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Theme: Emerging education

This event occurred on
January 22, 2015
10:00am - 6:00pm CET
(UTC +1hr)
Barcelona, B

Which values do we teach our kids? Through sports or arts, how do we develop respect, team spirit and collaboration? How do we change the perspective on gender from the youngest age? Can we apply Burning Man’s principles in the classroom for self-directed learning or collaborative experiments?

Can we leverage technology to solve educational challenges? Give access to the best educational content to the most remote areas or underserved communities. Ensure lifelong learning. Adapt to each individual’s rhythm. Gamify the learning curve. How can we create significant experiences that can be scalable? bring together the media, courses, experts and experiences that can rapidly accelerate learning? And descentralize the content generation process?

How do we learn all along our lives? Traveling, experimenting...

For us, life is a journey!

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Martin Cadee

Martin Cadée is an educational innovator and social entrepreneur dedicated to encouraging people to explore, live and commit to manifest their soul’s call to serve. He is founder of The Journey Network: a community and platform to support people journeying beyond the status quo of their lives – seeking for meaning, purpose and a personal answer to real needs in the world. Martin’s work is inspired by the ways many cultures help their people move from one phase of their life to another – rites of passage – especially through ceremonial retreats into nature. In 2007 he co-founded KaosPilots Netherlands (now Knowmads): an international school for young entrepreneurial talents who want to make a positive difference in the world.

Elizabeth Hensick Wood

Elizabeth Hensick Wood is the European managing director of Worldreader, a social enterprise that promotes literacy and education using mobile technology and digital books. Elizabeth collaborated with UNESCO on the first ever large-scale research project on mobile reading in the developing world and the resulting report, Reading in the Mobile Era, points to the enormous opportunity to leverage mobile phones to advance literacy and learning in underserved communities around the world. Elizabeth holds a BS from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications and a MBA from INSEAD. She can be contacted on LinkedIn here.

Marta Arias

Marta has been involved for almost 20 years now with different social initiatives around international development, children’s rights, education and popular mobilization. She is currently the Director of Advocacy and Public Engagement in the Spanish Committee for UNICEF and for a period of almost 15 years she was involved in different positions with Oxfam Intermón and Oxfam International. She has been highly involved in different social platforms (development NGO and children’s organizations) and she collaborates as volunteer in ACADE (Network of Professionals in International Development) and Fundación Esplai (focused on education of children and youth in leisure time). She loves writing, what she does in different blogs, being her most personal project.

Steve Munroe

After a ten year stint at the United Nations, Steve founded three companies in three years. These include Hubud, Bali’s first coworking space and TurnPoint, a media and education startup. Through Hubud, Steve helped pioneer a modern working environment, drawing over 1,200 people to work in Bali. He is exploring how work practices are changing and how education can help people take control of their lives, pursue their passions and find their place in an increasingly borderless world.

Alvaro Solache

Alvaro Solache it’s Communitarian psychologist entrepreneur and performer. He’s been working since 1996 creating, training and developing teams, first as human resources manager and consultant and later on as trainer and performer. His passion is help develop teams and people to discover his superpowers and perform like a superheros team. Alvaro It’s the founder of one training company (teamtowers) one social startup ( and a creative tribe (

Ivo Degn

With roots in many places and branches going out in many more, I’ve spent the last years extensively studying life and the question of purpose and reason. At the Knowmads School in Amsterdam I’ve found an ideal learning space and community. In an inspiring, challenging and empowering ecosystem, the future of education and human unfolding have become my main field of interest. My current journey is the creation of the Knowmads School in Sevilla, Spain, with intuition, guidance, joy and learning.

Kaisu Tuominiemi

Kaisu Tuominiemi is passionate about education in its all forms. She is seeking to create impact and transformational learning through teams. Graduated from Team Academy Finland as BBA, and being part of the leading team of Mondragon Team Academy (Mondragon University, School of management) she has worked the past years in the field of education by running and co-developing LEINN (Degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership and Innovation), the first official bachelor degree in Europe on Entrepreneurship as well as MINN (International Executive Master Program on Intrapreneurship and Open Innovation). She has been involved in creation of Mondragon Team Academy since its beginning 2008 inside of Mondragon University School of Management. Also she has played a key role on building the reality of what it is today – A global Network of Social Innovation Labs where radical Innovation education takes place, being formed by more than 500 Teampreneurs worldwide. As a part of the Global internationalization team (Mondragon Team Academy) she has been facilitating workshops and learning processes in Finland, Germany, Holland, Spain, China, India, Thailand and the U.S. What really inspires her is to help people to change their ways of doing, to find their creative potential and to create new solutions for business and life. With her love for culture and arts combined she has been developing multidisciplinary products as the Learning Show, creating an educational experience of all senses combining management theory with drama interaction and dance. This year she will be co-leading the opening of the new urban campus of LEINN degree in the heart of Barcelona.

Nicholas Carlisle

Nicholas Carlisle is an attorney, psychotherapist and the Executive Director of No Bully. Having experienced firsthand the reality of bullying in the high school years at school, he is committed to creating schools where every child feels accepted by their peers. Nicholas graduated from Oxford University, qualified as a lawyer with a human rights focus and was chairman of the non-profit section of Amnesty International in Britain. He researched with Professor Eric Rofes the effects of school bullying (published in 2007 in the Journal of Traumatology). Nicholas is a seasoned conference speaker, expert witness and commentator on school bullying for television and radio stations across the country.

Anne-Marie Ifamidon

Anne-Marie has always been interested in business, Maths and technology. Her unique achievements include holding the current world record as the youngest girl ever to pass A-level Computing (aged 11), being named on Evening Standard’s list of ’25 under 25s’ and Guardian’s ‘Top 10 women in tech you need to know’, and being one of the youngest to be awarded a Masters’ degree in Mathematics and Computer Science by Oxford University, aged 20. She was also named the UK IT Industry & British Computer Society’s ‘Young IT Professional of the Year’ in 2013 , the 2014 FDM everywoman in Technology ‘Rising Star of the Year’ and Red Magazine’s 2014 Woman to Watch. Anne-Marie has amassed a wealth of experience in industry through work at Goldman Sachs, Hewlett-Packard, Deutsche Bank and Lehman Brothers. Most recently Anne-Marie has set up the award-winning social enterprise “Stemettes” which is inspiring the next generation of females into Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics roles through panel events, hackathons and exhibitions. She is also a board member at Inspirational YOU and the Urban Development Music Foundation and a Fellow of the RSA as well as an advisor to the European Union on digital matters.

Boris Mir

Boris Mir has a son in Elementary, a daughter in Middle School, another daughter in High School and his oldest son is in University. He is into education, he’s got no choice. And just in case this wasn’t enough, he’s a High School teacher, a high-risk, extremely creative and passionate career. Interested in the real transformation of education, he’s set up a great team within Les Vinyes School-Institute. This institution is part of an innovative institute network belonging to the Educational Sciences Institute (ICE) of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB).

Montserrat Del Pozo

As an educator with over 30 years of experience inteaching, she has a great vision for the future. Montserrat del Pozo says “she has been educating for life and that education must help a person as a whole grow in order to do good things”. A pioneer applying the Theory of Multiple Intelligences in Education in Spain, she seeks to work the individual abilities of each student in a personalized way. She also educates them on critical and creative thinking, problem solving and decision making, to enable them to make logical approaches, to generate and understand music and artistic expression, and generate their own ideas. She has taken this educational project to Latin America and Africa, and she has received the Award for Educational Innovation in 2010 and in 2014. Montserrat del Pozo is also the creator of Think1.TV, an educational and cultural television accessible to anyone with Internet connection. With Catholic Schools she has led the training project “Teachers for change and innovation”.

Claudia Urrea

Claudia Urrea es una investigadora en la Oficina de Aprendizaje en Línea y el Laboratorio de Medios del MIT. Claudia nació en Colombia, donde obtuvo un título de Ingeniería de Sistemas en la Universidad EAFIT. A principios de los 90, se trasladó a los EE.UU, donde recibió su Maestría en Medios y Tecnología Educativos de la Universidad de Boston, y su Doctorado en el Laboratorio de Medios del MIT. Actualmente esta trabajando dentro de la Comisión Especial de MIT que tiene como misión “reinventar la educación de MIT”, como gerente de las experimentos de verano.

Volker Hirsch

Volker is a mobile, gaming and digital media entrepreneur and executive. He is the co-founder of Oystercrowd (growth accelerator for start-ups), Blue Beck (a game development studio) and Digital M (branded digital merchandise for avatar and sticker platforms), and serves as Chairman of Cognisess, a people analytics start-up based in Bath and Berkeley, California. He is also a Venture Partner at Emerge Venture Lab, an education-tech accelerator sprung out of Oxford University’s Said Business School. Previously, he served as the Global Head of Business Development – Games for BlackBerry. BlackBerry had acquired mobile social gaming platform Scoreloop where he was the Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel and had helped drive growth to now 450m+ users. A lawyer by education, Volker has worked in mobile entertainment since 1999. He worked with music artists like Britney Spears, Snoop Dogg and Nile Rodgers on the world’s first mobile artist services and oversaw licensing and corporate development with Mforma/Hands-On Mobile and Connect2Media (which he co-founded) and worked with Marvel, Hasbro, Activision, LEGO, BMW, Konami, the World Poker Tour, Universal, Viacom, and many developers, brand owners and network operators along the way. Volker is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Governor of the Fallibroome Academy, and “outstanding” (OFSTED) comprehensive school in North-West England. He is also a member of the Steering Committee for TEDx Youth @ Manchester and a co-founder of Mobile Monday Manchester as well as an expert for the Apps for Good programme. He tweets @vhirsch.

Maria Acaso

Maria Acaso has been described as one of the leaders of what has been called The Education Revolution or, in her own words, #rEDUvolution in Spain and Latin America. She is the coordinator of the Disruptive Education School (Telefónica Fundation), CEO of Invisible Pedagogies (Disruptive Education Office), and also Associate Professor of Art Education at the Universidad Complutense Madrid (Spain).

John Roberts

John Roberts is currently the President (pro tempore) of the Open University of West Africa and co-founder of Hub Accra. He has a Diploma in Cuisine and Pastry from Le Cordon Bleu, Bachelors in International Affairs from the American University of Paris, and a Masters in Public Policy from the National University of Singapore. He left his Doctorate in Education at Pepperdine University in order to focus on his work with the Open University of West Africa. He has worked in Niger with the World Food Program, co-founded a non-profit organization, and a social enterprise. He is a Global Shaper at the World Economic Forum, an Ambassador of the Sandbox Network, and a Fellow at Power of Youth. OUWA: Open University of West Africa (OUWA) is a learning community based in Ghana that provides support services for online education in West Africa. OUWA plays a significant role in aiding online education to penetrate the West African market. Historically this has been by acting as a last-mile delivery system for MOOCs. OUWA has recently entered into a collaboration with University of the People to provide similar support for their degrees. We are the first step in a three part development model; educate, incubate, and invest. The other two components of this model are carried out in collaboration with Hub Accra, SliceBiz, and many other partners.

Aape Pohjavirta

Aape Pohjavirta is the chief evangelist and founder of Funzi, a mobile service ecosystem for the emerging markets, and an entrepreneurship coach and lecturer in Startup Sauna, Aalto University, DTBi and other institutions. He is also a founder of Inclusion – an open source software project for mobile learning. Aape sits on advisory boards of research projects and technology programs. Formerly he was the CEO and founder of Ympyra and CMO of Exomi. Aape has worked in the mobile industry since 1997 in various management roles and has a solid track record of international business, product, and technology development including. He is an Apple Achiever and an international patent inventor (mobile media app).

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Barcelona, Spain
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