2021 Jacobs Foundation Conference

Education solutions for a post-COVID world

As COVID-19 has disrupted our lives and education systems, we will run our 2021 Jacobs Foundation Conference in a virtual format. Partnering with MIT Solve, we are organizing the event around a Solveathon, which will support our core goal of enabling learning systems globally to provide children between the ages of 2-12 with equitable opportunities, so that they can reach their full learning potential and thrive. We want to encourage the co-creation of effective, cross-sectoral and scalable solutions to the challenge of learning in a post-COVID-19 world.

What is a Solveathon?

The 2021 Jacobs Foundation Conference Solveathon will be hosted by MIT Solve and use a human-centered design thinking process focused on rapid ideation, refinement, and prototyping of solutions to four global education Challenges. And the solving goes beyond the event: every idea developed in a Solveathon is submitted to Solve's Open Innovation platform as a solution to one of Jacobs Foundation Conference’s four global education Challenges. The best ideas from the Solveathon will be eligible for funding from a pool of 1,000,000 Swiss Francs and mentoring, coaching, and partnership opportunities to further implement their solutions.

WHO CAN JoiN?

We invite educators, academics, researchers, investors, technologists, funders, practitioners, and other parties interested to join us in this event. You can register as a participant or mentor to take part and actively shape the Challenges. Alternatively, you can register as part of the audience to attend the plenary sessions and follow the Solveathon and its progress.
In the Solveathon, four challenges are run by Challenge Partners to
develop education solutions for a post-COVID world.
CHALLENGE QUESTION:
How can 1,000 actionable school-ed solutions be codified, validated, and showcased through an online portal
to help the world’s teachers and education policy-makers improve quality learning for all?
Challenge partner:
SCHOOLS2030
CHALLENGE QUESTION:
How can evidence-based blended
learning solutions be scaled in low-
resource contexts?
CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW
Challenge partner:
Global Schools Forum
CHALLENGE QUESTION:
How can school leaders in low-
resource settings effectively gather
student data to improve learning
outcomes?
CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW
Challenge partner:
Global School LEADERS
CHALLENGE QUESTION:
How can all young learners have
access to quality, safe, and equitable
learning environments?
CHALLENGE
OVERVIEW
Challenge partner:
MIT SOLVE
THE PROGRAM
EST: Eastern Summer Time CEST: Central European Summer Time
★ Open only to Solveathon participants; sessions for each Challenge run in parallel
THE SPEAKERS
FABIO
SEGURA
Co-CEO
Jacobs Foundation
As Co-CEO at the Jacobs Foundation (JF), Fabio Segura shares the responsibility for the overall success of the organization, while leading the development and execution of its 2030 strategy. Previously, Fabio served as Head of International Programs at the JF, where he was leading programs across Africa and Latin America.
SIMON
SOMMER
Co-CEO
Jacobs Foundation
Simon Sommer is Co-CEO of the Jacobs Foundation(JF) where he shares the responsibility for the overall success of the organization, while leading the development and execution of its 2030 strategy. Simon was previously Head of Research at the JF,where he was responsible for developing numerous prestigious research funding instruments.
DR. ANDREW CUNNINGHAM
Global Lead for Education
Aga Khan Foundation
Dr. Andrew Cunningham co-leads AKF's global education portfolio in Africa, Asia and Europe to strengthen the public provision of quality, lifelong learning for all based out of AKF’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Schools2030 is one of AKF’s flagship global programmes.
KAVITA
RAJAGOPALAN
Programme Director
Global Schools Forum
With more than a decade of experience, Kavita brings a deep understanding of the education sector in India. She is currently Programme Director at Global Schools Forum, where she works to support and strengthen school networks and intermediary organisations globally.
ELIZA
BERG
Lead, Learning and University
Community, MIT Solve
Eliza Berg is the Lead for Solve’s Learning and University Communities. She brings with her a passion for ensuring that everyone has access to and benefits from high quality, continuous learning opportunities that support their lifelong goals.
SAMEER
SAMPAT
Co-Founder
Global School Leaders
Sameer is the co-founder of Global School Leaders. He was the India School Leadership Institute’s (ISLI) first CEO. Prior to that, he worked as a Project Manager and Research Analyst with the Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University.
REGISTRATION
Do you have an idea for an education solution that will support learners in a post-COVID world?
PLEASE NOTE THAT THE REGISTRATION FOR THE
SOLVEATHON CLOSES ON APRIL 16, 3PM CEST.
REGISTRATION FOR AUDIENCE MEMBERS
REMAINS OPEN UNTIL APRIL 20, 5PM CEST.
EVENT REVIEW
View the highlights of the 2021
Jacobs Foundation Conference.
CONTACT US
If you have any question or need assistance regarding the conference, registration and general request, please feel free to contact
the Jacobs Foundation Conference Team.
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