Ed Tech Industry Summit to Focus on ‘Navigating Next’

Nation’s premier education technology industry conference to explore what’s coming next in the teaching and learning process in a post-PC world

Washington, D.C. (April 9, 2013) – The 10th annual Ed Tech Industry Summit (ETIS), hosted by the Education Division of the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA), will be held May 5-7 at The Palace Hotel in San Francisco. ETIS is the nation’s leading education technology industry conference, featuring content-rich sessions on the ed tech market and connecting industry executives through networking sessions.

This year, the Summit’s theme is “Navigating ‘Next.’” Sessions will focus on preparing conference attendees to build the infrastructure, products and services to support the changes that schools want or need in a post-PC world. Conference attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in speed networking, attend the Innovation Incubator Program presentations and the CODiE Awards Dinner and presentations, and meet the honorees of the 2013 Ed Tech Impact and Ed Tech Lifetime Achievement Awards. New this year, ETIS will end with a Closing Reception and Happy Hour with attendees of the Ed Market 101, which is co-located with the Summit and whose attendees include education industry start-ups.

During the conference, industry leaders will provide strategies, case studies and success stories about best business practices on strand-based topics, including: Game-Based Learning; Going Global and Going Mobile; Market Data and Trends; OER and Commercial Publishers; Leveraging Social Media; What Keeps Education Leaders Awake at Night; Making the CIO Your Ally on Campus; MOOCs and the New Higher Education; Up in the Cloud; Does Personalization Mean 1-1?; and Motivating Students to Learn.

In addition to conference breakout sessions, the Summit will feature keynote presentations to further explore “What’s Next.” Monday’s opening keynote will feature a conversation hosted by Betsy Corcoran of EdSurge with thought leaders representing education, technology and the financial communities. Tuesday’s luncheon plenary session features a “Virtual Conversation About Innovation in Education” between Mickey Revenaugh from Connections Academy speaking from ETIS in San Francisco and Jeff Ralston from Y Combinator and Imagine K-12, speaking from the Milken GSE Education Business Plan Competition in the University of Pennsylvania.

2013 Innovation Incubator Program
Learn more about the 2013 Innovation Incubator participants during the Business Profile Presentations, Welcome Reception and Innovation Showcase on Sunday, May 5. Find out who wins the awards for Most Innovative, Most Likely to Succeed, and the Educator’s Choice. For more information, visit http://siia.net/etis/2013/incubator.asp.

2013 CODiE Awards Program
Join members of the education technology industry on Monday, May 6, during SIIA’s 28thAnnual CODiE Awards Reception and Gala, where the premier products and services from the industry will be announced and celebrated. The final three awards of the evening will be given to the Best PK-12 Solution, Best Postsecondary Solution, and Best Education Solution. To learn more about the CODiE Awards program, visit http://www.siia.net/CODiES.

K-12 Market Data Session
Join three industry experts as they share their insights into the K-12 market. Peter Grunwald will highlight mobile opportunities using the newly-available Grunwald Mobile Learning Study, based on an AT&T underwritten survey of pre-K through 12th grade parents. John Richards will present preliminary data from the 2012 U.S. Education Technology Market: PreK-12; the third annual vendor study conducted by the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). Susan Meell will present initial findings from the sixth annual SIIA Vision K-20 Survey of educators. These three surveys will provide a wealth of data and knowledge into the K-12 Ed Tech market.

Conference Details
What: The SIIA Ed Tech Industry Summit
When: May 5-7, 2013
Where: The Palace Hotel, San Francisco

To register for the conference, visit http://www.siia.net/etis/2013/register.asp.

Media representatives can apply for complimentary press passes at http://www.siia.net/etis/2013/press.asp.

About SIIA
The Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA) is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA provides global services in government relations, business development, corporate education, and intellectual property protection to more than 500 leading software and information companies. The SIIA Education Division serves and represents more than 180 member companies that provide software, digital content and other technologies that address educational needs. The Division shapes and supports the industry by providing leadership, advocacy, business development opportunities and critical market information. For more information, visit www.siia.net/education.

Media Contacts
• Laura Greenback, SIIA Communications, 410-533-1943, lgreenback@siia.net

• Saul Hafenbredl, C. Blohm & Associates, 608-216-7300 x25, saul@cblohm.com

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