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10th to 11th of September in Berlin

New Competences Made in Europe

Learning and Education for a Smart Europe

The ELIG conference will investigate how the development of  digital competences and skills can be supported on a broader scale and more holistically than today in all levels of the European education systems. In this context we will also investigate trends and leading examples of corresponding learning innovations from the viewpoint of learning- and educational providers as well as institutions.

Day 1 – 10th September, Allianz Forum, Berlin, Pariser Platz 6
11:00         Registration & Fingerfood Lunch
12:00 Welcome Speeches
  • Richard Straub, Secretary General ELIG, President Peter Drucker Society Europe
  • Volker Meyer-Guckel, Dep. Sec. General Stifterverband

Conference Chair: Gero von Randow
12:20 EU Political Keynote
Towards a Smart Europe
  • Markku Markkula, President European Committee of the Regions
12:50 Digital Education in Germany – Case examples from Code Week 2015
  • Gesche Joost, Professor for Design Research, German Digital Champion for the EU Commission
13:15 Panel 1
Industry leaders perspectives on the need for digital competences
  • Sangwoo Kim, President Corporate Affairs Samsung Europe
  • Thomas Sattelberger, Former Chief HR Officer Deutsche Telekom, CEO German Initiative "MINT Zukunft schaffen"
  • Franz Fehrenbach, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Sean Corcorran, General Manager Steelcase Education Solutions
14:15 Coffee Break
14:45 Keynote
Inspired by Humboldt: Transforming Education in the Digital Age
  • Jörg Dräger, Member Executive Board Bertelsmann Foundation, Executive Director – CHE Centre for Higher Education
15:15 Panel 2 Introductory Case
School of Design Thinking – Hasso Plattner Inst.
  • Ulrich Weinberg, Director
15:30 Panel 2
The view of educational leaders
  • Chris Dede, Harvard Graduate School of Education
  • Kristiina Erkkilä, Director of Development at City of Espoo
  • Johan Roos, Dean, CEO and Managing Director, Jönköping International Business School (JIBS)
  • Vincent Zimmer, Co-Founder Wings University
  • Wolfgang Heckl, Oskar von Miller Professor at TUM, President Deutsches Museum
16:30 Keynote
Reinventing learning itself with digital technology
  • Bror Saxberg, Chief Learning Officer, Kaplan

Chair: Sean Corcorran, Steelcase, Education Innovation Columnist The Huffington Post

Panel 3 (Solution Providers)
Potentials arising from new educational technologies and content
  • Mike King,Global Head of Education IBM
  • Axel Unger, Managing Director and Partner IDEO Germany
  • Marianne Voigt, Founder and CFO Bettermarks
  • Juergen Boos, CEO Frankfurt Book Fair
  • Alexa Joyce, Director of Policy, Teaching & Learning, Worldwide Education, Microsoft
  • Sam Weber, Head of International Business Development Blackboard
18:00 Snacks
18:30 Quadriga Debate
Science 2.0- Science in Transition
(separate registration required)
20:30 Cocktail reception & Fingerfood
Day 2 – 11th September, Regionalzentrum der FernUniversität Spree Palais am Dom, Berlin, Anna Louisa-Karsch-Straße 2
08:30         Welcome Coffee
09:00         Welcome
FernUniversität in Hagen
  • Prof. Dr.-Ing. Helmut Hoyer, Rector of the FernUniversität in Hagen
09:20 Parallel Workshops
Chair: Hank Kune (Educore & Aalto Camp for Social Innovation)

Workshops 1
Digital Learning getting local:
New learning spaces, Hacking and Maker Labs, Building Classrooms of the Future with Steelcase, IDEO, Frankfurt Bookfair,, City of Espoo

Workshops 2
Curriculum and content for Digital Competences
with Forum Digitizing Higher Education Germany

Workshops 3
New learning services, platforms and technologies
with Samsung and iversity

Workshops 4
Big data in an age of educational entrepreneurship
with Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kaplan
12:00 Walking Lunch
Feedback and collecting results from workshops
13:00 Closing of the Day
  • Elmar Husmann, Deputy Secretary General ELIG
  • Oliver Janoschka, Leader Berlin Office, Forum Digitization Higher Education Germany

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The ELIG Conference is part of the week "THE DIGITAL TURN". Download the entire programme > here.