eT4e Edtech for Export - exploring New Zealand export opportunities in the global $257 billion dollar EdTech sector .

Dr Karen Billings
Keynote 1: What is Edtech? – a USA perspective

International EdTech expert and author, Dr Karen Billings, set the ‘what is EdTech’ scene, and shared strategic directions and initiatives happening in the US software & information industry.

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Karl Engkvist
Keynote 2: In the Dragon’s Den – opportunities in Asia

Karl Engkvist leads regional business development in China, Korea and Indonesia for global education company Pearson. He shared his EdTech experiences from the early days to today.

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Tim Brooke-Hunt
Keynote 3: On A Screen Near You – Multichannel ABC TV

Controller of Children’s programming, Tim Brooke-Hunt, has seen television move into multichannel delivery. He shared how digital channels are now part of ABC TV’s education picture.

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Breakout Speakers

The conference featured two breakout streams. Stream A focused on export case histories while Stream B focused on export education information.

Breakout A1: Fun & Games – the virtual learning world of MiniMonos

CTO, Greg Montgomery, shared the development of MiniMonos, an online learning world for children 8 years+ . He offered insights into lessons learned, finding the right markets, and managing a digital business from New Zealand.

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Breakout B1: What’s Hot? – opportunities in digital learning and serious games

Chair of the NZ Game Developers Association (NZGDA), Stephen Knightly painted a picture of what’s happening now here in New Zealand and the future trends in serious games and digital learning internationally.

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Richard Wyles
Breakout A2: Finding friends, forging global contacts

Richard Wyles, CEO of Totaralms, shared his experiences in rolling out EdTech products and services into over 29 countries, and the process involved in forming critical relationships and networks along the way.

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Breakout B2: What’s next? – future oriented learning

Leading education researchers, Dr Garry Falloon & Rachel Bolstad, shared their recent research, unpack how students feel about a range of learning-based apps, and discussed how researchers can share knowledge with those working in Edtech.

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Breakout A3: Start Up to Baby Steps – early adventures in EdTech export

Gabriel Smith and James Fitzsimons unpacked the journey so far for their examination and assessment company Avancert, and shared their ‘where to from here’ next steps.

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Nick Billowes
Breakout B3: What’s happening? – EdTech in overseas education and school settings

Core Education’s Director of Development, Nick Billowes, explored how new technologies are being used in teacher practice and professional development in international education and school settings.

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Hitlab
Breakout A4: Augmented Reality – here and now

Andreas Düenser shared Hitlab NZ’s story as a worldclass leader in areas such as emerging technologies, augmented reality (AR), next generation video conferencing, immersive visualization and human-robot interaction.

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Nikki Burns, Grow Wellington
Breakout B4: Smart Money – accessing skills & funding to do business offshore

In this breakout, a panel of experts discussed ways to access the skills and funding you need to do business offshore.

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Final Panel: Reflections on the conference and where to from here.

In this last session of the conference, our keynote speakers come back together to reflect on the conversations they have heard throughout the day, and to discuss what next ideas.

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End of conference refreshments

Please stay on in the Oceania Room to enjoy end of day refreshments and to continue the networking opportunities forged through the eT4e conference.

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