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Kiran Sethi speaking at EDUtech Asia

Kiran Sethi
Founder/Director of The Riverside School - Riverside Education Foundation, and
Founder of Design for Change – Global

Kiran Sethi is an Indian designer, educationist, education reformer, and social entrepreneur. It was when her children started going to school that Sethi recognised her true calling - putting design thinking into education. She founded the award-winning Riverside School in Ahmedabad that focuses on empowering children with the I CAN MINDSET – nourished with humane values, and finally Design for Change which is today the largest movement of change – for and by the children.



Human by Chance. HumanE by Design.

There is an urgent need to prepare our young people to both navigate an unknown and complex future and believe they have the skills to shape a more desirable, sustainable future. Design thinking is one of the ways we can address this need. It asserts that new and better things are possible and that each of us can make change happen if we cultivate a human-centred, collaborative and optimistic mindset.

In her session, Kiran will challenge you to consider:

• Why the twenty-first century ‘learner’ demands new approaches to ‘learning’ 

•  The need to embrace student voice and agency to value ‘creativity’ and ‘character’ over ‘compliance’ and ‘content’ 

•  How to inculcate skills for student success - collaboration, creativity, compassion, and problem-solving 

•  Why teachers must tap into their own creativity and build this same belief in their own capacity to develop and drive change within education 

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Raya Bidshahri speaking at EDUtech Asia

Raya Bidshahri
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
School of Humanity

Raya Bidshahri is a serial entrepreneur and award-winning educator. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of School of Humanity, an online high school with an innovative learning model and interdisciplinary curriculum. She has been featured by the BBC as one of the 100 most influential and inspiring women globally. Her mission is to reinvent global education systems in order to better serve humanity. 



Reinventing Schools: A Practical Vision 

What would an alternative education system with no grades, subjects or exams look like? How could we reimagine and reinvent schools globally? Raya will explore these questions, as well as outlines strategies and practices that we can all apply in order to reinvent schools. 

In her thought-provoking session, Raya will inspire you to:

• Explore case studies of alternative and innovative schools globally.  

•  Consider alternatives to common features of industrial-era education models, such as exams and subjects 

•  Identify mindsets and strategies for educators and school leaders to enable exponential innovation  

•  Apply first principles thinking to innovation in schools

Watch our interview with Raya




Steve Isaacs speaking at EDUtech Asia

Steve Isaacs
Program Manager
Epic Games

Steve Isaacs was a classroom teacher for 28 years. He started a middle and high school Game Design and Development program in New Jersey, USA, which led to a transformation in the style of teaching from one of direct instruction to taking a back seat and creating a space for learning that leveraged student expertise and co-learning. This shaped Steve’s career immeasurably as he truly embraced the notion of meeting students where they are and supporting them through the learning process, as well as his mission at Epic games where he is able to support educators to guide students in learning to use industry-standard software without the need to be an expert in these tools.



From Player to Creator: How Gaming is Shaping the Metaverse

Steve is quick to realize that our students are already living in the prototype of the Metaverse. They are passionate about games and participating in immersive online experiences. Game Technology is driving the development of the Metaverse and transforming industries including TV/Film, Advertising, Fashion, Simulation, Broadcasting, Automotive and Aerospace. We have an opportunity and responsibility to nurture the next generation of creators. Let’s leverage student interest and expertise to nurture the next generation of creators!

Participants will

• Gain an understanding of how Interactive 3D and Game Technology is transforming a wide variety of industries beyond games.

• See how the Player to Creator pathway provides opportunities for students to develop industry skills based on their passion and expertise. 

• Understand how sandbox games and game engines have changed the landscape of game based learning to support students as content creators.

Watch our interview with Steve




Albert Park speaking at EDUtech Asia

Albert Park
Chief Economist

Albert Park is the chief spokesperson for the Asian Development Bank on economic issues and leads the Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department (ERCD). He has more than 2 decades of experience as a development economist who has also served as an international consultant for the World Bank and a member of the steering committee for the Asia-Pacific Research Universities’ Population Aging Hub. Albert has worked on a broad range of development issues including poverty and inequality, intergenerational mobility, microfinance, migration and labor markets, the future of work, and foreign investment. He is Chair Professor of Economics (on leave) at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) and previously served as Director of the Center for Economic Policy at HKUST.



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