‘EdTech Enabling the Knowledge Economy’, is taking place on Thursday 25th June from 8:30am – 1pm in the Aviva Stadium.

Global investment in EdTech grew from $888 million to $1.8 billion between 2012 and 2014 and it is estimated that the global market will be worth more than $250 billion by 2017. Latest figures for Ireland show that in 2013 there were 2,366 jobs in the EdTech sector and it was responsible for €228 million in revenues and over €170 million in exports that year.

The Learnovate Centre, hosted by Trinity College and located at the Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus, is part funded by Enterprise Ireland and the IDA. The Centre’s Director, Dr Martyn Farrows, said that the combination of Ireland’s three decade long record in EdTech, aligned with a world-class pedigree in research, is unique and gives Ireland an international edge in the sector.

Speaking yesterday Dr Farrows said: “Working with our partners which include multinationals, Irish high potential start-ups and SMEs, our mission at the Learnovate Centre is to drive growth of the EdTech sector, attract more inward investment to Ireland and ensure the sector continues to create jobs for the country.”

“With a strong heritage in EdTech spanning three decades Ireland is extremely well positioned to play a pivotal part in the development of the sector worldwide, if the funding and policy environments are appropriately framed. The potential for job creation in the sector is just becoming a reality with many of our member companies making strong inroads into large export markets like the US. In addition we’re seeing international names from the sector choosing to locate in Ireland because of the talent and skills available to them here.”

“At our conference we’ll have a mix of both Irish and international speakers attending and they will be discussing the sector in all its forms from the traditional educational space to the corporate level. We’ll also have a number of projects displayed to demonstrate the sector and its growth potential.”

Guest speakers at the conference include Pat Chadbourne, a US thought leader in designing and implementing futuristic workforce planning and analytics solutions for global organizations; Sharon Claffey Kaliouby, State Street Global Advisors, Boston, USA; Alan Gray, BNY Mellon; Mary Moloney, CoderDojo; Regina Murray, Microsoft; and Gearoid Mooney, Director of ICT Commercialisation at Enterprise Ireland.

The Conference will explore the roles and responsibilities of both the formal education system and corporate organisations in the development of EdTech and will be of interest to learning and development managers, HR professionals, education professionals and practitioners, learning technology developers and vendors, learning analytics and data protection professionals and policy makers in the fields of education, training and professional development.

For more information on The Learnovate Centre visit www.learnovatecentre.org.

To register for the conference, go to: https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/edtech-enabling-the-knowledge-economy-tickets-17257779483.

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