By Mario Barosevcic, Emerge Education

Covid could not have been more kind towards EdTech. An industry that has faced slow sales cycles, hesitant consumers and investor doubts, is now the hottest industry in town. EdTech is a very broad industry solving many different problems. In bull markets like this, it is easy to forget about one, still neglected area that more founders need to pay attention to — pedagogy and learning impact.

The first two decades of this century have been about setting up the technology foundations in the significantly underdigitised education market through software like the Learning Management System…


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In a 2016 article entitled Top 10 grandmothers in fiction published in the Guardian, the author Jenny Downham lists her favourite fictional grandmothers highlighting why these women stood out in the eyes of their grandchildren. Unsurprisingly perhaps, none of these grandmothers were being heralded for building an EdTech startup.

Esther Wojcicki is an 80-year-old grandmother to 10 grandchildren, and, although she undoubtably has many of the characteristics depicted in Jenny Downham’s selection, one could argue that she has something a little different to the norm. Known as The Godmother of Silicon Valley, Esther Wojcicki or “Woj” is an internationally renowned…


Africa is becoming one of the biggest and most important developing educational markets. Across the continent, from Nigeria and Kenya through to Uganda and Tanzania and further through to Zimbabwe and South Africa, a lively EdTech scene is transforming education on the continent and creating a more solid future for its vast population. This is confronting deep-rooted educational impediments such as high schooling costs, unequal education budgets and poor-quality teaching methods.

EdTech companies are promising to unlock Africa’s potential, however, they face many challenges. The first being the major barriers to connectivity. An estimated 800 million people on the continent…


By Lee Rubenstein — edX

“I never could have imagined this in my wildest dreams…” said a F1000 CEO to me in July, as we pondered an unimaginable pace of change in how businesses are being run with global disruption in every aspect of their business; from hiring to retention to training to supply chains, to an overheated financial market and shareholder expectations.

While change and evolution continuously occur in the workplace, and ‘predictors’ are forecasting a 50% reduction in current jobs driven by advances in technology, AI, and robotics — no one expected that a pandemic would come to…


By Satya Nitta -Merlyn Mind

Can artificial intelligence improve education? This question is as old as artificial intelligence itself. When John McCarthy, Marvin Minsky, and other AI pioneers met in the 1950s for a conference that basically began AI research, one of their goals was to create intelligent machines that could teach people. I spent most of the past decade on a similar pursuit.

I led AI solutions for learning at IBM Research and helped launch the Watson Education division of IBM. At IBM, we made great progress towards developing an intelligent tutoring system that was intelligent enough to teach…


Earlier this year, we launched the Edtechx Challenge — a virtual competition to source the best ideas that can transform the learning industry. Over the challenge period of three months, students from every region across the globe worked on ideas and proposals across our four submission categories: 1. Skills Over Degrees, 2. Learning Management & Tools, 3. Alternate Learning Formats and 4. Collaborative & Community-Led Learning.

Our judges were incredibly impressed with the submissions containing ideas ranging from a reimagined university to smarter chatbots. …


Bernhard Niesner, CEO & Co-Founder of Busuu

In a $60 billion global language learning market set to nearly double by 2025, Busuu CEO and co-founder sees his business becoming the world’s most trusted brand for committed language learners in the same time period.

Inspired by emerging social media platforms like Facebook, and with a vision to empower people through languages, Bernhard Niesner alongside his co-founder, Adrian Hilti initially created Busuu as a social network for language learning in 2008. The company has since grown to become one of the leading language learning platforms by combining AI-powered courses, instant feedback from a global community of native speakers, and…


Byron Nicolaides, Founder & CEO of PeopleCert

The story of PeopleCert is deeply intertwined with that of its founder, Byron Nicolaides. The son of two teachers, Byron’s profound appreciation of education as a key to expanding horizons led him to quit a lucrative career path in the shipping industry and follow his true calling. “One thing became clear early on: I wanted to be a part of the future of education. This is the path that I chose for myself and the one that I intend to stay on,” he told us.

This calling was to take Byron on a journey which would lead to the helm…


Bhavneet Chahal, Co-Founder of GoSkills

The American writer and futurist, Alvin Toffler famously said, “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn,” a message that should resonate with businesses in industries that are rapidly evolving, like online education. This is the viewpoint of Bhavneet Chahal, co-founder of online learning company and 2020 EdTechX Startup Award winner, GoSkills. For this latest Previous EdTechX Award Winners Showcase, Bhavneet told us how she and her team have had to continuously iterate and improve their product over the last 8 years, positioning, customer acquisition…


Gauthier Van Malderen, Co-Founder of Perlego

For Gauthier Van Malderen, Co-Founder of Perlego, entrepreneurship started at a young age. When he was just a kid, he started a business selling notebooks. Then, whilst at university, he ran a small business selling hoodies. But it was his own experience of being a student that gave him the inspiration behind Perlego, one which would eventually take him to new entrepreneurial heights. “The idea was borne out of one of my biggest grudges whilst studying. I was constantly buying expensive textbooks and it was draining my student loan,” he told us. After graduating in 2017, Gauthier and his co-founder…

Carolyn McIntyre

Editor of EdTechX 360 — The home of all EdTechX news, insights and more — edtechxeurope.com

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