The Open edX 2020 Conference is just three months away, and if you’ve attended before, you know what it’s like when this incredible community gathers in one place to collaborate and learn. It’s always one of the highlights of my year. I come home buzzing with new ideas and eager to use the new skills I’ve learned. This year’s theme is “The Future of Work,” so sessions will focus on different aspects of how open learning technology will shape the future of upskilling, reskilling and delivering life-long learning.

But for those who haven’t attended or who just needed a few more reminders of why the Open edX 2020 Conference is not-to-be missed, here are six reasons to join us in Lisbon May 19-22. If you’ve got reasons that I’ve missed, share them with the community on social media via the #OpenedX2020 hashtag. 

The opportunity to learn, collaborate and have fun with learning visionaries from around the world

Last year, attendees came from nearly three dozen countries and a wide array of roles, from content developers and coders, to professional educators and business leaders. Networking with all of these interesting, enthusiastic innovators is a huge part of the conference, so we’ll make sure there are plenty of opportunities to do so.

Get Inspired

85% of past attendees have said that they planned to continue working on projects that began at the Open edX conference. Some of the inspiration for these engagements comes from talks and sessions, of course, but most of it comes from interactions within the community. It’s a truly exceptional group of people who attend, and from great people come great things.

Keynote speakers who are at the forefront of next-generation learning and technology

We’ve got quite a lineup this year. We’ll be joined by:

  • Katrina Stevens, director of learning science at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative;
  • Paula Marques, a multidisciplinary scholar of human learning, executive director of NOVA School of Business and Economics and Head of Innovation at MERCER;
  • Kelly Palmer, chief learning officer at Degreed and former chief learning officer of LinkedIn; 
  • And, of course, Anant Agarwal, founder and CEO of edX, who will give the opening keynote.

Extended Learning

This year, we’re offering Open edX Course Authoring Training on the first day of the conference. The edX team will share strategies and techniques for creating great learning experiences that can also scale. It’s a great opportunity to learn from a team that’s been creating learning content for a global platform for nearly eight years.

Diverse programming

We’ll have breakout sessions, lightning talks and workshops around four tracks: Pedagogy and Instructional Design; Platform and Product; Integrations and Extensions; and Devops and Operations. Whatever your role — developer, educator, technologist or something else entirely — we’ve got you covered. There’s sure to be plenty to interest you.

Lisbon, Portugal 

I’ve arguably saved the best reason for last. Lisbon is not only one of the world’s most beautiful cities, but it’s also one of its most ancient, older than London, Paris and even Rome. And there’s so much to see and do, from magnificent historical sites like São Jorge Castle and the pastel-colored buildings of the old city, to world-class restaurants and museums. The beaches are legendary, as is the city’s nightlife. Lisbon is going to be a lot of fun.

So put the conference on your calendar for May 19-22 and register today! You can find all the details here, including registration. And make sure to follow @OpenedX and #OpenedX2020 to stay up to date with every announcement. 

Looking forward to seeing you in May!