We were pleased to hold, in association with the SydEduTech Group, our Australian Ed:Tech startup event, Ed:Spark 2014 on Wednesday January 29 at the Amora Hotel Jamison Sydney.
Ed:Spark was a half day event, highlighting the opportunities, challenges and emerging technology startup solutions in the Australian education industry.
We had the great pleasure of having Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor at University of Melbourne, present the keynote address on Disruptive Change in the Education Industry.
Professor Davis' keynote address was followed by an overview of Ed:Tech investment trends in the United States, presentation of the Australian Ed:Tech Startup Report, fireside chat with co-founder and CEO of Open Colleges Anthony Bohm and edtech startup panel culminating in a pitching competition where the winning startup was sponsored by Optus-Innov8 Seed to attend Echelon 2014 in Singapore.
With Master of Ceremonies, John Haining, Deputy Director, Research Engagement, University of Technology Sydney
Andrew Buay, Vice President CSR & Talent, Optus-SingTel
2:10pm Keynote Address
Prof Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor, University of Melbourne
2:35pm US Ed:Tech Investment Trends
Dr Bobbi Kurshan, Executive Director of Academic Innovation at Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania (via video link)
3:05pm Tea Break
3:20pm Australian Ed:Tech Startup Report
Terry Hilsberg, Sydney Educational Technology Meetup Group
3:35pm Australian Ed:Tech Founder Story and Startup Panel
Fireside Chat: Anthony Bohm, Open Colleges
Seed Stage Founder: Wes Sonnenreich, Intersective
Series-A Stage Founder: Vicky Lay, Zookal
Growth Stage Founder: Alex Roche, Androgogic
Exited Founder: Anthony Bohm, Open Colleges
4:15pm Tea Break
4:30pm Startup Pitches
5:30pm Networking Drinks & Canapés
STARTUP JUDGING PANEL
Jeremy Colless, Managing Partner, Artesian Capital Management
Katrina Reynen, Education Industry Manager, Optus Business
Terry Hilsberg, Convener of Sydney Education Technology Group
Peter Huynh, Director, Seed Innovation & Investments, SingTel Group Digital Life
Deepak Natarajan, Investment Director, SEA and ANZ, Intel Capital
Alan Jones, Chief Growth Hacker, BlueChilli