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MIT Open Learning and J-WEL announce the 2019 Across Boundaries Conference, co-sponsored with the LearnLaunch Institute

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JANUARY 28, 2019- MIT Open Learning and J-WEL will co-host the 7th Annual LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference, New England’s premier edtech event. Featuring five keynotes, over 150 speakers in 50 breakout sessions, student showcases, and more, Across Boundaries will be held at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on January 31 and February 1, 2019.

"Across Boundaries provides a forum for diverse stakeholders to explore and share innovative solutions for impacting learning, developing the tools and technologies that will serve the workforce of the future," says Dr. M.S. Vijay Kumar, Associate Dean for MIT Open Learning and Executive Director of J-WEL.

Over 1,300 edtech stakeholders - including educators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, students, and investors - will explore the cutting-edge innovations that are transforming learning and the business of the education sector. With sessions on topics ranging from megatrends in higher education to AR/VR applications for learning, Across Boundaries brings the world of education innovation to Boston.


The distinguished group of keynotes includes: 

  • Ryan Craig, Managing Director at University Ventures: “Education Meets Employment”

  • Melina Uncapher, Assistant Professor, UCSF: “How Can Learning Engineering Be Applied In Schools?”

  • Mawi Asgedom, CEO of Mawi Learning: “Social-Emotional Learning in the Age of Artificial Intelligence”

  • Dr. Pamela Moran, Executive Director of the Virginia School Consortium for Learning, and Ira Socol, Senior Provocateur and Learning Environment Specialist, Socol Moran Partners: “How to Roadmap Your Journey to Innovation, Creating a Culture of Innovation and Contagious Creativity”

  • Debbie Cavalier, SVP of Online Learning at the Berklee College of Music/CEO of Berklee Online: “How to Build a Higher Ed Online Powerhouse”

MIT Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Vice President for Open Learning Sanjay Sarma will moderate a panel on “Ed Credentialing on the Blockchain.”


He is joined by other MIT speakers, including:

  • Mary Callahan, Registrar and Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education: “Ed Credentialing on the Blockchain.”

  • Carole Cafferty, Co-Director of The Educational Justice Initiative: “Innovating for the Underserved: Edtech in Prisons.”


In conjunction with Across Boundaries, the LearnLaunch Accelerator is hosting its eighth Demo Day. The event marks the official end to the Accelerator program and features nine emerging edtech companies spanning early education, pK-12, higher education, and workforce education. 

Register today or learn more about Across Boundaries.