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Join Asia's EdTech Ecosystem Growth Catalyst Community

EdTech Asia Summit aims to provide insight into the shifting dynamics and critical needs within the education sector and highlight trends and opportunities in the EdTech entrepreneur, investment, and innovation ecosystems.

Key Stakeholders

EdTech startups, thought leaders, investors, entrepreneurs, practitioners, government, and media will come together to highlight opportunities, build networks, and understand key issues and markets.

Convenient Location

Bangkok, Thailand provides easy and affordable access for EdTech stakeholders from throughout the region to convene at one of ASEAN’s leading business schools and hub for entrepreneurship leadership.

Engaging Format

Two full days of engagement that include workshops, networking events, startup showcase, panel discussions, and media announcements with the key stakeholders of the industry.

SPEAKERS

Meet the key players of the Asian EdTech entrepreneurship and innovation ecosystem.

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Yoshi Okamoto

SZIV

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Allison Baum

Fresco Capital

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Richard Qiu

Udemy

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Rachel Brujis

Pearson

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Sandeep Aneja

Kaizen

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Sophie Chen

JMD Edu

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Tuan Pham

Topica

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SoYoung Kang

Gnowbe

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Rishi Kapal

EduGild

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Ch. Manawanit

Taamkru

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Vu Van

ELSA

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David Klett

Klett Group

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Shivanu S.

Teamie

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Tak. Homma

Quipper

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Nadia Wong

NBPC

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Viv. Kathpalia

Nishith Desai

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Tawan Dheva-Aksorn

Aksorn

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Goichiro Arai

Arcterus

PROGRAM

Two full days of engaging sessions, workshops, and an evening networking function.

Keynotes

EdTech Growth in Asia as the Next Frontier

Recent years have seen a rapid increase in the amount of capital raised in the education technology (EdTech) sector, with most investments occurring in North America and Europe. Due to socioeconomic drivers, increasing demand for skills, and technological advancements, the EdTech sector is expected to continue positive growth, particularly in areas not dominated by investment thus far such as the Asian region over the next 5-10 years. Amid the exciting growth in this sector and increasing focus on Asia, the number of stakeholders and level of activity in the EdTech ecosystem has grown rapidly in the region, confirming that Asia truly represents the next frontier for growth.
This opening session will feature insights from a leading regional investment firm, EdTech group, and strategy consultancy with expertise in the Asian education market. Drawing on their insights and data, we will explore key dynamics that are driving growth in the region.

55mins

Main Hall

All

Keynotes

Tuan Pham, (Topica EdTech Group), Sandeep Aneja, (Kaizen PE), Anip Sharma, (Parthenon-EY)

Panel

The Digital Transformation of Education

As technology enters the classroom and redefines learning, how we engage the learning process and gauge achievement is shifting and being re-imagined. Classrooms are no longer confined to rooms where teachers educate students using textbooks, whiteboards, and one-directional teaching methods. Today's classrooms are virtual, collaborative spaces that integrate innovative ways to enhance the learning process for students. Meanwhile, parents desire more international and holistic education for their children, major education companies are increasing investments in domestic and international education tech companies, and there is immense growth in early-stage startups and investments. Our panel will discuss key trends in the digital transformation of education in Asia, and what opportunities and challenges we can expect in the future.

45mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

David Klett (Klett Group), Rachel Brujis (Pearson), Tawan Dheva-Aksorn (Aksorn), Elvin Tan (Knewton), Moderator - Meredith Karazin

Panel

Shared Success: Insights from East Asia [Auditorium]

When it comes to education systems and outcomes, Korea and Japan are widely considered to be high flyers. However, with an education system that is largely accessible and considered to be highly effective, what need and room is there for EdTech growth and innovation? This panel of prominent entrepreneurs will explore the advanced education markets of Korea and Japan, key factors driving market growth, and trends in education technology. They will discuss unique needs and dynamics in these education markets, insights applicable to the rest of the Asian region, and their perspective on how to ensure sustainable growth in this sector.

45 mins

Main Haill

All

Panel

Yoshi Okomato (SZIV), Tae Woo Kim (Classting), Goichiro Arai (Arcterus), Moderator - Ed Sato (EdTech Asia Advisor)

Panel

Innovative Financing for Education

What are the available funding sources beyond the traditional equity and debt investments for EdTech companies that foster growth and value? In this session panelists will critique and discuss various innovative funding options including crowdfunding, open innovation challenges, venture philanthropy and impact investment.

45mins

Main hall

All

Panel

Monica Mehta (Omidyar Network), Clive Lee (Yidan Prize), Piyush Jain (Impact Guru), Bill Ning (Future Works), Moderator - Amitav Virmani (Education Alliance)

http://avpn.asia/

Panel

Asia’s Unique Mentoring and Language Learning Landscape [Auditorium]

Asian culture places a strong emphasis on academic achievement, which is typically measured by a student's exam results. This has given birth to a large, dynamic and fragmented market for tuition and language learning products and services which are unique to Asia. How does this differ from the West? How are companies thriving and addressing users' needs in the face of emerging trends? How is technology utilized to register the strong growth for those companies? What are some of the opportunities still existing in this market? This panel of entrepreneurs and experts will explore and discuss these questions in detail and provide insight into the tutoring and language learning global marketplace.

45mins

Auditorium

All

Panel

Vu Van (ELSA), Daniel Burnham (Dyad), Ollie Capehorn (Lingualift), Moderator - Nattawut Arunanondchai (EdTech Asia Advisor)

Panel

The Coming Age of Educational Data, Privacy, and Security

With the rapid rise of education technologies that create and manage sensitive and private information in Asia there is a critical need to ensure that this data is stored and managed securely, from the outset. Likewise there have been tremendous positive outcomes through open data initiatives in various social sectors, increased transparency and enhancement of data driven decisions at all levels of educational management. An expert panel will discuss the current paradigm of data, privacy, and security in the EdTech sphere, the changes taking place, and how key players in Asia are addressing relevant issues.

45mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Jon Kapp (Community Systems Foundation), Damien Yee (Conexus), Samuel Harris (Amazon Web Services), Niki Khemchandari (BSD Academy), Moderator - Mike Pelletier (Nobel)

Panel

Serving the Underserved: Social Impact through EdTech

While there is reason to celebrate the progress that has been achieved in education across Asia in recent years, such as near-universal access to primary education, issues remain concerning education accessibility and quality, a widening digital divide, and critical skills training for the most vulnerable communities across the region. Panelists will highlight the innovative ways that EdTech and entrepreneurs are addressing challenges facing impoverished, marginalized, and underserved individuals and communities and providing for their unique needs.

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Kris Oswalt (Community Systems Foundation), Adam Choi Townsend (Solar Leap), Nadia Wong (NBPC), Peter Dalglish (UN-Habitat), Moderator - Paul Apivat Hanvongse (GSSE)

Panel

Balancing Monetisation, Learning Metrics, and Efficacy [Auditorium]

One of the biggest challenges facing EdTech companies is the struggle to simultaneously monetize their solutions, identify the appropriate learning metrics, and track and ensure their impact on education outcomes. Several EdTech entrepreneurs will share insight into the challenges and lessons learned in their attempt to find the right balance that allows successful monetization of EdTech ideas and ventures while also emphasizing clear learning metrics and efficacy in a sustainable manner.

45 mins

Auditorium

Startups

Panel

Wicharn Manawanitjarern (Taamkru), Derrick Koh (Kung Fu Math), Paul Sabda (Zenius), Wei Chong Ng (ZapZap Math), Moderator Gregg Alpert (Pearson Affordable Learning Fund)

Panel

Mobile and Telecoms Emerging Role in the Asian Education Sector [Auditorium]

As major telecom companies in the region take on increasingly sizeable and visible roles in Asia's education sector, many questions are being asked about the role of these companies, their interests, and their impact on the education sector. Our panel of leading telecom companies are either exploring education sector engagement or have already led major investments and initiatives. The panel will provide insight into how major corporations are investing in education, addressing needs, partnering with stakeholders, and fostering growth.

45 mins

Auditorium

All

Panel

Sunil Pticek-Damle (Mentorverse), Rommuk Piachan (True), Sowirin Chuanprapun (UNESCO), Sompoat Chansomboon (Telenor), Moderator - Julian Gorman (GSMA)

http://www.gsma.com/

Panel

EdTech Company Valuations and Investor Relations

Is there a lack of smart capital in EdTech? What is the value of an EdTech venture or investment? What is the growth potential? How should EdTech companies and startups engage with investors? With the increasing amount of EdTech technology and information available in Asia and globally, it is critical to use data and analysis to size EdTech markets, value companies, and inform startup decision-making, growth strategies, and investments, while ensuring that users' learning experience is improved. The right data, assumptions, and growth story can also underpin a winning investment case, secure investment, and spur further activity in the EdTech ecosystem. This panel of entrepreneurs and investment professionals will discuss these issues and offer insight into how to use data to shape strategic planning, investment decisions, and investor relations programs.

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Alison Baum (Fresco Capital), Raj Shastri (Kaizen), Shivanu Shukla (Teamie), Lana Duong (NSI Ventures), Moderator - Paul Ark (SCB Ventures)

Presentation

EdTech Law: Important Tips to Consider for Efficient Growth

T.B.A.

15 mins

Main Hall

All

Presentation

Vivek Kathpalia (Nishith Desai Associates )

Brief Presentations

Startup Showcase

8 EdTech Startups from across the region will make brief 5 minute presentations.

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Brief Presentations

Utkarsh Lokesh (EdTech Review) - Session Host

Awards Acknowledgements

EdTech Asia Awards

The EdTech Asia Awards will acknowledge the winning teams from regional EdTech events that are organized, supported, or partnered by EdTech Asia including the Techstars community event ASEAN Startup Weekend Education 2016 and Topica's EdTech Asia Hackathon 2016. Additional acknowledgement of the most promising regional EdTech Startup will be determined by a panel of experts based on criteria such as growth potential, innovative solution, and learning impact.

30 mins

Main Hall

Awards Acknowledgements

Simon Osborne (AIP Global) - Host

Panel

Understanding ASEAN Education Markets

The ASEAN region is one of the most powerful economic blocs globally, and the region has been characterized by resilient economic growth, closer market integration, and a highly diverse population. While the region has achieved near-universal access to education, issues of education quality, outcomes, and sufficient preparation for the workforce remain a challenge for some countries. Alongside these dynamics, the ASEAN region is becoming a hub of education innovation. There is an increasing number of promising startups with incredible ambitions for impact and scale, while many have already achieved incredible success. What problems are being addressed, and how are these companies succeeding? Come hear about the unique education markets of ASEAN nations, and gain insight into the innovations and companies - leveraging new ideas, approaches and technologies - that are driving EdTech growth.

60mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Herry Rizal (EdTech Indonesia), Henry Motte-Munoz (Edukasyon), Hien Dao (Rockit Online), Titipong Pisitwuttinan (SkillLane), Moderator - T.T. Nguyen (Pearson Affordable Learning Fund)

Panel

Potential Disruption of Higher Education

Free and accessible higher education via online learning platforms are dominating higher education conversations globally. Meanwhile, emerging transparency and accountability regimes and the rapidly evolving expectations of students, faculty, institutions and employers are forcing post secondary institutions to demonstrate and reaffirm their value. How is higher education evolving? How will the value of education be measured? How is technology disrupting higher education? Come hear from a panel of entrepreneurs and education providers in the higher education space, and learn about the disruptive innovations being developed to ensure that students have increasingly efficient access to the knowledge required to succeed and advance society.

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Kenn Ross (Minerva), Jenny Dang (Topica EdTech Group), Ian Fenwick (Sasin), Moderator - Pearl Phaovisaid (GSSE)

Panel

Integration of EdTech Solutions into Schools and School Systems

So you have an solution. You have a team. You have funding. You have a startup. How do you get your solution in to the classroom? Join a panel of experts who will reveal how to navigate the challenges that face startups seeking to integrate EdTech solutions into schools and school systems, see how this process is unfolding across Asia, and discover strategies to ensure that your ideas have a path to the classroom.

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Kim Chongsatitwatana (Nanmee), Takuya Homma (Quipper), Mike Pelletier (Nobel), Moderator - Tong Ratanapan (Flipped)

http://flipped.io/

Panel

Comparative Insight into the Education Markets of India and China

Understanding education technology in India and China is essential if you truly seek a regional (and global) strategy and impact. The two dominant education markets in the region are constantly evolving and maintaining robust growth. An hour long deep dive into the education markets of these two powerhouse nations will provide greater understanding into the unique opportunities and challenges for educators, investors, company leaders, and students that look to engage and learn from these markets. This panel of prominent entrepreneurs will highlight the key drivers of growth, including socioeconomic realities, regulations, and the role of the private sector and investment paradigms in India and China. Come learn about notable EdTech trends in these countries, as the panelists highlight opportunities and challenges facing these nations and the impact on Asia's EdTech market overall.

50 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Rohan Pasari (Cialfo), Rishi Kapal (EduGild), Sophie Chen (JMD Edu), Alvin Lee, Moderator - Payal Lal

Fireside Chat

E-learning, Professional Development, and the Rapidly Changing Workforce

What will the workplace look like in 5-10 years? How can we prepare ourselves and our organizations, given that many of the jobs and technologies of tomorrow do not exist today. What skills, trends and industries are growing more impactful, and which less? With all of these questions, what will be the role of e-learning in supporting and maintaining professional development and lifelong learning in Asia?

30 mins

Main Hall

All

Fireside Chat

Richard Qiu (Udemy), Interviewer - So-Young Kang (Gnowbe)

Panel

Strategic EdTech Ecosystem Growth: Programs and Community Builders

This session will hear from leading EdTech community builders who will share insight as to how EdTech entrepreneurship and the supporting ecosystem is evolving in Asia and beyond. Panelists will discuss potential actions for enhancing the support of entrepreneurs, education sector innovators, policy makers, organizations, and investors with the aim of ultimately improving opportunities for strategic EdTech ecosystem growth throughout the region and beyond.

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Lalitha Wemel (TechStars), Jacob Dayan (EdTech Israel), Bobby Liu (Topica), Stuart Patton (Polkuni), Moderator - Arnold Chan (HBS 2016')

Panel

Tech Ed: Adapting to the Needs of the 21st Century Learner and Workplace

Critical Thinking. Communication. Collaboration. Creativity. Preparing children, students, and would-be professionals for the high expectations of college and the future workforce requires us to completely re-imagine the learning experience, within and beyond the classroom. Readiness comprises more than just academic performance, as social competency and behavior also serve as highly effective predictors of future achievement. As curricula and training programs work to increase technical competencies and incorporate soft skill training, what role can technology education play in the learning process? What alternatives are there to the traditional education model for technical training that yield similar or perhaps better results?

45 mins

Main Hall

All

Panel

Christopher Geary (BSD Academy), Jan-Cayo Fiebig (Coders Trust), John Tan (Saturday Kids), Moderator Andrew Kamthong (MAQE)

Final Remarks

Final Remarks & Acknowledgements

30 mins

Main Hall

All

Final Remarks

Mike Michalec (EdTech Asia), Quincy Tanner (EdTech Asia)

T.T. Nguyen & Gregg Alpert

[Day 1] [Pearson] Learning Metrics and Efficacy for Startups

What are your goals? How do you measure success? If you offer a tool, do other factors - such as mindsets - need to change in order to enable success? The process of identifying meaningful learning metrics, measuring success, and securing uptake of a technology in an evolving environment can be a complex undertaking, involving multiple stakeholders with different perceptions, motivations, and expectations. This can be particularly challenging for EdTech startups. In this specialized workshop supported by Pearson's Affordable Learning Fund invitees will explore these issues and potential solutions.

90 mins

Workshop

Startups

Anna Rehermann

[Day 1] [GHA] Introduction to Growth Hacking for EdTech Startups

Seeking the skills and knowledge to grow into a regional and global success story? Growth Hacking Asia will lead a training workshop that aims to equip Asian entrepreneurs with the skills necessary to do just that. This hands-on workshop will focus on knowledge, application and implementation of Growth Hacking techniques and tactics to help EdTech startups succeed.

90 mins

Workshop

Early and Growth Stage Startups

T.B.D.

[Day 2] [Topica] Cultivation of Education Entrepreneur Leadership in Asia

Topica EdTech Group, one of the leading online education providers in Southeast Asia, to lead workshop session T.B.D.

90 mins

Workshop Room

T.B.D.

Aarushi Jain (Nishith Desai), Vivek Kathpalia (Nishith Desai)

[Day 2] [Nishith Desai Associates] Navigating the EdTech Legal Landscape

Legal experts from Nishith Desai Associates will provide insight into navigating the edtech legal landscape. This session will provide valuable information for both startups and investors alike as they seek to reduce risk and maximize efficiency with their respective companies.

90 mins

Workshop Room

Aarushi Jain (Nishith Desai), Vivek Kathpalia (Nishith Desai)
http://www.nishithdesai.com/

EdTech Asia Newsletter

For the latest in regional news and announcements, the EdTech Asia newsletter features curated highlights of what is trending in the education entrepreneurship and innovation space throughout Asia. The newsletter also features edtech startup job announcements, events, and opportunities for partnerships.

EdTech Startup Growth Hacking Bootcamp

Conducted by Growth Hacking Asia on August 1st and 2nd, this post-summit event will feature two full days of customised edtech bootcamp content that examines the success and failures of regional edtech startups. The bootcamp will provide actionable insights that aim to improve the capacity of both early and growth stage edtech startups and improve outcomes.

EdTech Asia Startup Showcase

A selection of the most innovative and promising EdTech startups from across Asia will be selected to highlight their current successes and plans for growth. Apply for a chance to be chosen as one of our 3 VIP finalists who will receive free tickets to attend and an opportunity to present on the main stage on day one.

venue

Thailand's leading business school in the heart of ASEAN.

Sasin Institute of Business Administration, Chulalongkorn University

Main Hall - 9th Floor
Sasa Patasala Building
Soi Chula 12, Phyathai Road
Bangkok, Thailand
10330

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Accommodation

Siam Center and the EdTech Asia Summit are in close proximity to a wide range of hotels that cater to all budgets

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EdTech Startups

60

Speakers

28

Sessions

250

Attendees

REGISTRATION

Limited capacity event, apply early via the application below. Standard tickets on sale until July 15th, late tickets until July 30th. Team tickets entitle admission for two people.

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