Back to Silicon Valley, the Sum of All Summits

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We've been living on the road this year. In our campaign to connect some of the most innovative edtech companies and educators around the U.S., Team EdSurge has eaten crab in Baltimore, picked a banjo in Nashville, walked a red carpet in Los Angeles, stood under St. Louis’ famous arch, and even braved the rain (what’s that?) in Seattle. So it’s nice to finally be coming home!

On November 21-22, EdSurge will host our Silicon Valley Tech for Schools Summit. Add the Digital Innovation in Learning Awards (DILA) Gala on Friday night, and you’ve got one heck of a weekend. All events will take place in Mountain View at the Computer History Museum.

The Summit kicks off Friday with our Ed Leaders Workshop (formerly “Administrator Workshop”). Educator leaders from around the Bay Area and beyond will assemble to discuss the best ways to communicate edtech ideas and learn from thought leaders on the latest industry trends. After lunch, leaders and companies will converse about the needs of individual districts and schools, and collaborate to find solutions. You can see a list of the participating companies here.

If you’re an educator or administrator making decisions around technology in your district and would like to join us on Friday, you can RSVP for free here.

Then, on Friday night, we’ll don our fancy clothes and celebrate what individuals and teams have accomplished in edtech--and how it’s being accomplished--at the DILA Awards Gala. Seventeen educators, administrators, and organizations will be honored for their work in fifteen different categories, from a New York teacher who’s busting geographic boundaries with students, to a Los Angeles administrator with an open-door “tell all” policy, to a company that’s modeling how to listen and learn from its customers. This promises to be a special night full of fun, reflection, and edtech best practices.

Tickets are on sale for the Gala now--you can purchase yours here.

And finally, we’ll wrap up our weekend with the All Educator Day, a meeting of hundreds of educators and 35+ companies. Former West Virginia Governor, and president of the Alliance for Excellent Education Bob Wise will kick off the day. Afterwards, the attendees will adjourn to our Edtech Playground, where educators and companies will meet to discuss the latest edtech products, and where educators will provide their detailed thoughts on these same tools. The Summit will officially end at 3pm with the big raffle, where 15 educators will walk home with brand new devices. You can find a list of the companies participating in Educator Day here.

Tickets are still available for the Educator Day, and are free for all current educators. Get yours here.

Questions about the Summit? Unsure of which event might be right for you? Shoot us an email at summits@edsurge.com. If you can’t make the Silicon Valley Summit, don’t worry! We’ve got a full slate of events coming up in 2015. Stay tuned for details on those…

See you in two weeks!

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