In just a few short weeks, we’ll all be meeting at UC San Diego for Open edX 2019. This year’s theme is “Collaborative Learning. Community Led.” and we’ve got a very strong mix of speakers, attendees and sponsors convening to discuss the future of collaborative learning.

You’ll attend thought-provoking sessions, hands-on workshops and demos, plus have numerous opportunities to mix and mingle with the global Open edX community.

Take a closer look at who you’ll meet in March. We can’t wait to see you there!

Top-notch speakers in Ed Tech and collaborative learning

We have a stellar lineup of keynote speakers, who will address the future of collaborative learning across the two days of Open edX 2019. Here’s who you’ll hear from:

  • Anant Agarwal, Founder and CEO of edX and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Anant Agarwal taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.

  • Candace Thille, Associate Professor at Stanford University and Director of Learning Science at Amazon

Candace Thille works with the Global Learning and Development team to innovate and scale workplace learning at Amazon. She is the founding director of the Open Learning Initiative at Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University.

  • Robert Lue, Faculty Director at Harvard University, and Faculty Director and Principal Investigator at LabXchange

Robert Lue is the faculty director and principal investigator of LabXchange, which builds on his longstanding commitment to interdisciplinary teaching and research. A professor of molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University, he also leads the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, and founded HarvardX, the university-wide initiative in online education.

  • Dean Baker, Co-Founder and Senior Economist at the Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Dean Baker co-founded CEPR in 1999. His areas of research include housing and macroeconomics, intellectual property, Social Security, Medicare and European labor markets. He is the author of several books and provides commentary on economic reporting through his blog, “Beat the Press.”

  • Walter Bender, Chief Learning Architect at Sorcero and Co-Founder of One Laptop per Child

Walter Bender is the chief learning architect at Sorcero, a knowledge-management and learning solutions company. Bender also founded Sugar Labs, co-founded One Laptop per Child and served as executive director for the MIT Media Lab.

You can also choose from a mix of breakout sessions, learning opportunities, lightning talks and many other sessions to round out your experience. These are just a few of the speakers you’ll hear from in March (start bookmarking your favorite sessions here):

  • Tim O’Shea, Edinburgh University, and Eileen Scanlon, The Open University
    Cheaper MOOCs and Masters: How recent innovations like teacher-bots and OERs can reduce course production and delivery costs
  • Daniel Seaton, David House and Elliott Yates, Harvard University  
    Harvard DART: Toward a MOOC Collaboration Economy:
    Use cases and demos of how Harvard instructors and students can search and reuse content from edX, YouTube, SoundCloud and Kaltura

  • Braden MacDonald, OpenCraft and David Ormsbee, edX
    Blockstore Architecture: A technical overview of the new system for storing content in Open edX

Check out the full list of speakers and sessions. You can also get the details of our new DevOps Day, Instructional Design Summit and Mobile Developer Summit – all are opportunities for you to get a deep dive into a specialized focus area.

An enthusiastic, diverse attendee community

We know networking opportunities are one of the top reasons you attend the Open edX Conference, so expect many opportunities to mingle and learn from each other throughout the event. Here’s who you’ll meet:

A strong mix of career roles and titles. Here’s who attended in 2018:

  • 39% developers and IT professionals
  • 23% educators, researchers and course designers
  • 25% educational/training decision-makers and other executives

A diverse mix of organizations attending. Here’s who we saw in 2018:

  • 36% of attendees were from educational institutions
  • 15% from public sector (government or non-profit organizations)
  • 46% from corporations and other for-profit organizations

Our generous sponsors, leading companies in education and learning technology

We couldn’t pull off this conference without the support of our sponsors, who are doing great work in the Ed Tech and corporate learning space. Be sure to stop by and visit during the conference.

Special thanks to Pearson, our reception sponsor, Walmart, our cornerstone sponsor, and Data Science Dojo, our premier sponsor.

Additional sponsors include:

Register for the conference here, then book your hotel room and bookmark your favorite sessions.