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19, 20, 21 October

The major worldwide conference on education, technology and innovation.
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What is enlightED

EnlightED is a major worldwide conference on education, technology and innovation, organised by the Telefónica Foundation, IE University and South Summit.

This fourth edition, in an innovative hybrid format, will bring together leading international experts in education, technology and innovation to reflect on learning challenges and to draw real-life conclusions around the debate on education in the digital age.

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Dean Kamen
Creator of Segway and Founder, FIRST
Wendy Kopp
Wendy Kopp
Founder, Teach for All
José María Álvarez-Pallete
José María Álvarez-Pallete
Chairman & CEO, Teléfonica
Michelle Weise
Michelle Weise
Vice Chancellor, Strategy & Innovation, National University System
Vinton Cerf
Vinton Cerf
Vice president & Chief Internet Evangelist, Google
Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal
Professional Tennis Player
Linda Liukas
Linda Liukas
Founder, Rails Girls
Daniel Goleman
Psychologist and Emotional Intelligence Expert
Kiran Sethi
Kiran Bir Sethi
Founder, Design for Change
Magdalena Brier
Magdalena Brier
General Director, ProFuturo
Ana Capilla
Ana Capilla
DIrector of Higher Education and Science, Organization of Ibero-American States
Enrique Dans
Enrique Dans
Professor of Innovation, IE Business School
Tom Declercq
Tom Declercq
Dean, Deloitte University EMEA
Diego del Alcázar Benjumea
Diego del Alcázar Benjumea
Executive Vice President, IE University
Lucía Figar
President and CEO, The Global College
Howard Gardner
Howard Gardner
Hobbs Research Professor of Cognition and Education, Harvard University
Ignacio Medrano
Ignacio H. Medrano
Founder & Chief Medical Officer, Savana
Dr Wayne Holmes
Wayne Holmes
AI & Education Consultant, UNESCO
Ana Inoue
Ana Inoue
Superintendent of Itaú Education and Work, Itaú Foundation for Education and Culture
Jeff Maggioncalda
Jeff Maggioncalda
CEO, Coursera



Bridging the innovation gap to transform educational systems

In a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic brought to the educational landscape a transformation that would have otherwise taken years or even decades. During this first day of enlightED2021, we will explore which have been the major shifts in education and how likely they are to last over time.


Bridging the skills gap for new societal needs

On this second day of enlightED, we will discuss what exactly students should be learning in the digital age of new technologies and planetary-wide problems like pandemics and climate crises. What are the competencies and skills employers will seek? What constitutes useful and relevant knowledge? How attitudes can be taught and learned effectively in a classroom? In addition, we will explore how to connect vocational training and higher-ed more effectively with the changing demands of our labour markets.


Bridging the digital gap to reconnect with youth and foster positive change.

On this third day of enlightED, our speakers will analyze the ways in which the app generation is interacting with digital media and what can we do to help them, to breach the digital divide but also to ensure that technology becomes a force of positive change, to develop meaningful social relations and to contribute to build a better society overall.

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The enlightED Awards are back!

Once again this year, the awards are growing and maintaining their commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition to the categories of best startups in education there will also be an award for best practices in educational innovation.

The categories in which you can participate are:


Newly created companies, startups and entrepreneurial ecosystems. 


Corporate training, lifelong education, upskilling and permanent formal and non-formal training. 


Universities, Vocational Training and higher education institutions. 


Primary, Secondary and Post-compulsory Secondary Education schools and projects. 

Previous editions

You can see all the previous editions of the enlightED conferences here.

Ken Robinson
How is technology transforming education? What opportunities does it offer? What are the biggest challenges in the field of educational technology?
Nial Ferguson
What are the ethical limits of technology? How does education need to reinvent itself in light of the digital revolution we are experiencing?
Salman Khan
Is digital competence the 21st century skill for teachers and students? Is the digital school the solution to the educational gap? Is 2020 a turning point for the world of educational technology?