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AI & Education Insights and Strategy

Join the leading thought leaders from across Asia and beyond to keep abreast of AI trends in learning and workplace innovation.

Partnerships and Collaboration

Build business relations with edtech, hrtech, and learning innovators including startups, investors, corporates, and government.

Networking and Social Events

Meet and mingle with key stakeholders from the regional edtech and hrtech community during the conference, fringe actitivities, and ecosytem tour.

2019 Speakers

The AI & Education Forum will bring together key stakeholders from across the region who are influencing the future of learning and work innovation through emerging technologies such as AI. Prominent speakers representing the most progressive companies in education and technology will be on hand to share insights and explore synergies.

Duc Luu
RISE Education
Bhavneet Chahal
Founder GoSkills
Yoshi Okamoto
SZIV Japan
Juliette Li
Navitas Education Group
Stuart Patton
Founder Polkuni 
Pei Ying Chua
Eric Yung
Founder Playnote
Deana Gao
Founder China Gravy
Timothy Leung
Hong Kong AI Lab
Djoann Fal
Founder GetLinks
Diana Wu David
Author & Board Director
Furuzonfar Zehni
Fresco Capital
Jessica White
EdTech Consultant
Billy Naveed
Founder Young Founders School
Rachel Brujis
Pearson Education
Steven To
Onion Math

Session and Workshop Schedule

Hall 1 Schedule

[9:05am – 9:15am] Welcome Address by InvestHK & EdTech Asia

[9:15am – 9:35am] AI and Emerging Trends in Education (Duc Luu – Chief Strategy Officer, RISE Education)

[9:35am – 10:15am] AI and The Future of Learning and Work (Uptic Saiidi – Journalist, CNBC International)( Daniel Callaghan – Head of Adecco Group X, APAC)(Yat Siu – CEO, Outblaze)(Juliette Li – Regional Director, Navitas)(Yoshi Okamoto – Founder & Executive Director, SHO-zemi Innovation Ventures)(Jessica Kennedy White, EdTech Consultant)

[10:15am – 10:45am] Pathways to Profitability – EdTech Success Stories (Steven To – VP Strategy & Operations, Onion Math)(Ingrid Chung – Head of Business Development, SnapAsk)

[10:45am – 11:00am] Morning Break

[11:00am – 11:45am] Big Data for Workforce Analytics and Career Guidance (Pei Ying Chua – APAC Team Lead, Economic Graph Analytics, LinkedIn)(Candace Cheung – Strategic Marketing, Senior Manager HK, eBay)(Dicky Yuen – Founder & Managing Director, Venturenix)(Will Greene – Director, Tigermine Research)

[11:45am – 12:00pm] Tech’s Role in Future Proofing Careers (Diana Wu David, Author of Future Proof)

[12:00pm – 12:30pm] Bridging The Skills Gap (Jordan Kostelac – Director of PropTech, JLL Asia)(Anjali Choudhary – Director of Partnerships, Young Founders School)

[12:30pm – 1:30pm] Lunch Break

[1:30pm – 2:00pm] Optimisation of Talent Acquisition and Professional Development with AI (Djoann Fal – Co-founder and CEO, GetLinks)(Timothy Leung – Executive Director, Hong Kong AI Lab)

[2:00pm – 3:00pm] EdTech & HRTech Emerging Company Showcase (Presentations and Q&A from GoSkills, Jaipuna, iEdu, Smarter Me, Emotics, Cookie Langs)

[3:00pm – 3:15pm] Introduction to EdStart (Sze Lok Chan – Startup Business Development Manager, AWS)

[3:15pm – 3:30pm] Afternoon Break

[3:30pm – 4:15pm] Education, AI, & Ethics – Ensuring Ethical and Effective Use of AI in Education (Rachel Brujis – Head of International Market Development, UK Online Programs, Pearson)(Chris Geary – CEO, BSD Education)(Raphael Nolden – CEO, Jaipuna)(Son Minh Tran – Director of AI, Topica EdTech Group) (Jessica Kennedy White, EdTech Consultant)

[4:15pm – 4:50pm] Greater Bay Area – Cultivating a Global Hub for HRTech and EdTech (Edward Chan – Senior Business Development Manager, Mainland and International, Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks)(Data Ng – Representative, Cyberport Startup Association EdTech Subcommittee)(Philip Kung – Head, Business and Professional Services, InvestHK)(Bhavneet Chahal – Co-founder, GoSkills)(Youssef El Kaddioui – Innovation Partner, Metta)

[4:50pm – 5:00pm] Closing Remarks and Showcase Announcements by EdTech Asia

Hall 2 Schedule

[11:00am – 11:30am] STEAM Education – Cultivating the Creative Edge through Technology (Eric Yung – Founder, PlayNote)(Eagle Chan – Founder, iSTEM)(Juan Keymer – Visiting Professor, Tsinghua University Shenzhen)(Data Ng – Co-founder, 42lab)(Crispian Farrow – Director, Young Founders School)

[11:30am – 12:30pm] The Future of Knowledge Acquisition and Accelerated Learning (Lamont Tang – CEO, Oyalabs)(Anne Tham – CEO, ACE EdVenture)(Stuart Patton – Co-founder Polkuni)

[2:00pm – 2:30pm] Leveraging Tech for Company Branding and Talent Acquisition (Belinda Esterhammer – Founder and Director, Springboard Group)(Fyiona Yong – Founder, Wholistic Coachsulting)

[2:30pm – 3:00pm] Future Ready Education – Anticipating Tomorrow’s Workplace Needs Today (Lavine Hemlani – Founder and CEO, Xccelerate)  

[3:00pm – 3:15pm] Digital Transformation of Higher Education in Emerging Markets (Jenny Dang – CEO, Topica Regional)



Breakout Room Schedule

[11:00am – 12:30pm] Room 426 – Local Leaders Workshop – AI and Education Roundtable Discussion (session by invitation only)

[11:00am – 11:30pm] Room 428 – Leveraging Social Media for Customer Acquisition in Education and EdTech (Deana Gao – Founder, China Gravy)

[11:30am – 12:00pm] Room 428 – Roadmap to Success – Launching and Financing EdTech Startups (Bobby Liu – Senior Director, Topica EdTech Group)(Furuzonfar Zehni – Senior Associate, Fresco Capital)(Shellie Gazdik – Sales and Implementation Manager, BridgeU)

Startup Pitching Competition

Showcasing the most promising EdTech and HRTech startups from across the region join us as we celebrate entrepreneurial innovation. Applicants interested in participating in the competition can begin the application process in mid-November.

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