Global Committee of EdTech experts select candidates from Raspberry Pi, RefMe and Lego Education to join inaugural ranking of 50 international innovators
In association with WISE, the World Innovation Summit for Education, EdTechXGlobal, the organisers of leading education technology-focused conferences EdTechXEurope and EdTechXAsia, have launched the Makers and Shakers of Education Technology Index – the first comprehensive global listing of ground-breaking innovators in the EdTech field.
The international index celebrates 50 of the most innovative EdTech thought leaders, organised by four geographical regions (Europe, Americas, MENA and Asia). The 2016 Index honours these luminaries who through digital and physical technologies, have introduced innovative new ways of learning to the market through play, construction or interactive design.
The list was curated by EdTechXGlobal and WISE and then selected by 15 members of the global advisory committee; comprised of industry leaders from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google for Education, IDEO, IBIS Capital, Kaizen Private Equity, Learn Capital, LinkedIN, Times Higher Education and TES Global. The 2016 international media partners, including Business Week MENA, l’Etudiant, JMDedu, LinkedIN and TES also aided the selection process and will help showcase these innovators to their worldwide communities.
The advisory committee scored each proposed candidate against criteria including; individual vision, disruptive innovation and impact and contribution. The “Makers” were defined as rising stars of education technology, innovating and pushing boundaries for future success, and “Shakers”, as established leaders in their region, inspiring worldwide EdTech change.
The 13 European candidates selected include:
- Michal Borkowski (Maker) – Brainly
- Demis Hassabis (Shaker) – DeepMind
- Filippo Yacob (Maker) – Primo Toys
- David Braben (Maker) – Raspberry Pi
- Ms Nell Watson (Maker) – Singularity University
- Thierry Debarno (Maker) – Digischool
- Brian J. Baptista (Shaker) – Lego Education
- Jeremy Lachal (Shaker) – Ideas Box
- Xavier Niel (Shaker) – Ecole42
- Tom Hatton (Maker) – RefME
- Mike Dawson (Maker) – Ustad Mobile
- Ms Charlotte Fereday (Maker) – Code First: Girls
- Michaela Meier (Maker) – Papagei.com
“This Index seeks to recognise thinkers and doers who have pioneered innovative approaches to addressing challenges in education”, said Stavros N. Yiannouka, the CEO of WISE.
“The Makers & Shakers of Education Technology is a global index that elevates Education innovators and thought leaders as 21st Century social rock stars. The index rewards talent, creativity, impact and influence in education,” added Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, Co-Founder of EdTechXGlobal.
The selected global candidates will be invited to an exclusive networking and celebratory dinner due to take place in London on the evening of 15th of June, as well as having the opportunity to participate in the EdTechXEurope conference programme, when the fourth annual summit kicks off 15th-16th June, at Kings Place.
The full ranking of global candidates is available here: http://makersxshakers.com