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9.10.2020 |

Announcing the First Round of Speakers for the HundrED 2020 Innovation Summit

The HundrED 2020 Innovation Summit brings a renewed focus on our mission to help children flourish and provide quality education for all as we launch the HundrED 2021 Global Collection. Mark your calendar this year’s Summit will be held November 4th-6th.

The HundrED 2020 Innovation Summit brings a renewed focus on our mission to help children flourish and provide quality education for all as we launch the HundrED 2021 Global Collection. 

Mark your calendar this year’s Summit will be held November 4th-6th. It will be completely free and like nothing, we have ever done before! In this unprecedented year, we will explore a whole new range of topics from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic to why creativity is critical for the future of education and how to provide quality education for all - no matter what happens. 

HundrED Innovation Summit will be held November 4th-6th. It will be completely free and like nothing we have ever done before!

The Summit will kick-off with a Showcase focused on the importance of creativity in education, the opening keynote will be presented by the Vice-President of Global Programmes for the LEGO Foundation, Sarah Bouchie. We will then announce the 100 selected innovators for the 2021 Global Collection. We have a lot more exciting things planned for you but for right now we would like to introduce a few of our speakers:

Dido Balla

A passionate Speaker, Educator, and Entrepreneur, Dido graduated with a Master’s of Science in Secondary Education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Education. Dido has seven years of experience as a High School teacher, and he is also the founder of a non-profit organization called FitLit, whose mission is to use a blended curriculum of fitness and literacy to empower youth. As an experienced brain trainer, Dido has positively impacted hundreds of parents and educators as well as thousands of students in the areas of emotional intelligence, mindful awareness, and positive psychology. His work has expanded throughout the United States as well as abroad in Jordan and Brazil. Dido is currently the Director of Educational Innovation and Partnerships for the Goldie Hawn Foundation, where his focus is to maximize the impact of MindUP in schools, communities, and families. He is on a mission to make the world a happier, more productive, and more fulfilled place.

Sarah BouchieSarah Bouchie is Vice President, Global Programmes at the LEGO Foundation, leading the Foundation’s diverse portfolio of global initiatives that seek to promote learning through play in early childhood and primary school. Prior to the Lego Foundation, Sarah served as Vice President of Program Development at ChildFund International. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from Eureka College and a Master’s degree from American University.

Vicky ColbertLaureate of the first edition of the Yidan Prize for Education Development (2017) and 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate, Vicky Colbert is the founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva. Colbert is a Sociologist from Javeriana University in Colombia and pursued her graduate studies in Sociology of Education at Stanford University in the United States. In 2015, the American University of Nigeria distinguished her with an Honoris Causa Doctorate in Philosophy.

She is co-author of the worldwide renowned Escuela Nueva model and was its first National Coordinator. Colbert has pioneered, expanded, and sustained this educational innovation from many organizational spheres: as Vice-minister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF ́s Education Adviser for LAC and now from Fundación Escuela Nueva (FEN), an NGO she founded to ensure its quality, sustainability, and innovation. She has been recognized with several awards and distinctions in the fields of leadership and social entrepreneurship, such as the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship, the Clinton Global Citizenship Award, and the Kravis Prize. She has also been recognized as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation, Ashoka, and the World Technology Network.

Kim Karr After 13 years of teaching, Kim now gives students a voice by speaking full time and working side by side with the student interns and volunteers. In fact, she is a Co-founder of the non-profit called #ICANHELP. Kim shows students and adults to use technology and social media for good. #ICANHELP, an effective, outcome-based program, has received recognition from Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees and major tech companies like Google, Twitter + Facebook. #ICANHELP celebrates youth innovation, empowers digital changemakers, and promotes digital safety. Kim has presented the #ICANHELP program to over 450,000 students and has been instrumental in taking down a thousand negative social media sites. 

Jigyasa LabrooJigyasa is the Co-Founder and CEO at Slam Out Loud, a for-mission, non-profit that uses the transformative power of performance and visual arts to build Creative Confidence in disadvantaged children. Slam Out Loud currently reaches 50000 children across 4 states in India and through their response to COVID has been able to create a footprint in 19 countries, reaching 4.7 million children.

Jigyasa has also been an Arts for Good fellow at the Singapore International Foundation and is in the 2020 cohort of Emerging Leaders in Education by WISE, Qatar. Jigyasa believes deeply in the power of finding a voice and engages with music, travel, and coaching to constantly evolve hers.

Christina LoweryChristina Lowery is the CEO of Girl Rising (GR), a nonprofit organization that uses the power of storytelling to change the way the world values girls and their education. GR tells stories about girls who face daunting barriers to their independence and stand up to them with determination and courage. GR strategically deploys these stories to fuel and strengthen social movements - informing and inspiring people to take action for girls and gender equality. Additionally, GR works with local partners, adapting these stories into culturally relevant educational tools and curricula to build confidence and agency in girls and to change attitudes and social norms within their communities. Girl Rising is currently working in India, Pakistan, Thailand, Guatemala, Kenya, and the United States.

In her current role as CEO, she leverages her decade-plus worth of experience in documentary film to lead Girl Rising in using storytelling as an engine of social awareness and change. In 2009, she helped found Girl Rising and, eight years later she led its transition from a film production company to a non-profit. Christina is now responsible for the strategy and execution of Girl Rising’s expanding work around the globe including the production of new films and other media, implementation of GR’s on the ground programs, and ongoing engagement with public and private sector partners, foundations, media partners, educators, and grassroots supporters. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Brown University and a Masters in Community Planning from the University of Texas, Austin. She lives in New York’s Hudson River Valley with her husband and three children.

Mercedes MateoMercedes Mateo Díaz is the lead education specialist at the IDB Group where she leads a large initiative to rethink education and strengthen the learning ecosystems to equip citizens with 21st-century skills. She also coordinates the research, design, and execution of innovative education projects. Her work covers different areas of international development and social policy, with a strong emphasis on inequality. She has contributions in the areas of institutional reform, female labor force participation, early childhood, socio-emotional and digital skills, and social cohesion. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Louvain. In 2004, she was a postdoctoral research fellow of the Belgian Scientific Research Foundation (FNRS) and honorary researcher until 2007. From 2002-2004, she was a Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellow at the Robert Schumann Center of the European University Institute

Mitchel ResnikMitchel Resnick is the LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab. He develops new technologies and activities to engage people (particularly children) in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops the Scratch programming software and online community, used by millions of young people around the world. The group also collaborates with the LEGO Company on the development of new educational ideas and products, including LEGO Mindstorms and WeDo robotics kits. Resnick co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers where youth from low-income communities learn to express themselves creatively with new technologies. He earned a BA in physics at Princeton University (1978) and MS and Ph.D. degrees in computer science at MIT (1988, 1992). He worked as a science-technology journalist from 1978 to 1983. Resnick is author of the book Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play, which won the PROSE award for Education Practice in 2018. He is also the author of Turtles, Termites, and Traffic Jams (1994), co-editor of Constructionism in Practice (1996), as well as co-author of Adventures in Modeling (2001) and The Official ScratchJr Book (2015). He was awarded the McGraw Prize in Education (2011), the AACE EdMedia Pioneer Award (2013), and the ISTE Making IT Happen Award (2018).

Pasi SahlbergPasi Sahlberg is a Finnish educator who has worked as a schoolteacher, teacher-educator, researcher, and policy advisor in Finland and has studied education systems and advised education leaders around the world. He has written and spoken widely about teaching and learning in school, teachers' work and school improvement, educational change, international education issues, and the future of schools. His book “Finnish Lessons: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” won the 2013 Grawemeyer Award for an idea that has the potential to change the world. He is also a recipient of the 2012 Education Award in Finland, the 2014 Robert Owen Award in Scotland, the 2016 Lego Prize, and Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Resident Fellowship in 2017. He is a former senior education specialist at the World Bank (in Washington, DC), a lead education expert at the European Training Foundation (in Torino, Italy), a director-general at Finland’s Ministry of Education (CIMO), and a visiting Professor of Practice at Harvard University. He is a member of several international organizations, editorial boards, and advisory boards. His most recent book (co-authored with William Doyle) is "Let the Children Play: How more play will save our schools and help children thrive" (Oxford University Press, 2019) and forthcoming books "Finnish Lessons 3.0: What Can the World Learn from Educational Change in Finland” (Teachers College Press, 2021) and "In Teachers We Trust: The Finnish way to world-class schools" (Norton, 2021 with Tim Walker). He is a Professor of Education Policy and Deputy Director of the Gonski Institute at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Fred SwanikerFred is deeply passionate about Africa and believes that the missing ingredient on the continent is good leadership. In line with this, he has founded two organizations that aim to catalyze a new generation of ethical, entrepreneurial African leaders: African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network. In recognition of his work in developing Africa’s future leaders, Fred was selected as one of 115 young leaders to meet US President Obama at the first-ever President’s Forum for Young African Leaders held at the White House in 2010. He has been recognized as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum and was listed by Forbes Magazine among the top ten young ‘power men’ in Africa in 2011. Fred was also recognized by Echoing Green as one of the fifteen “best emerging social entrepreneurs in the world” in 2006. He was a 2009 TED Fellow and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network. Fred began his professional career as a consultant with McKinsey and Company and has an MBA from Stanford Business School, where he was named an Arjay Miller Scholar, a distinction awarded to the top 10% of each graduating class at the business school. He was born in Ghana but has lived and worked in about 10 different African countries.

We are certain that our diverse group of speakers will inspire you and fill you with hope for the future of education. We will be releasing more programing details and speakers in the days and weeks to come. To stay up-to-date on all the latest announcements be sure to register for the Summit. 

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