Academic gaps? This occasion will deliver collectively nice world thinkers to replicate on the topic

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Educational gaps? This event will bring together great world thinkers to reflect on the subject

This article was translated from our Spanish edition using AI technologies. Errors can occur due to this process.

The fourth edition of enlightED will focus on the large educational gaps in the areas of innovation, competence and digitization, which will return in hybrid format on October 19, 20 and 21. More than 11,000 people from 20 countries have signed up for the most global edition of the event, with 147 world-class speakers from 10 countries.

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Funded by Fundación Telefónica, IE University and the South Summit, it has gathered 470,000 unique viewers from 46 countries and 300 international speakers since its inception in 2018 and has cemented itself as the global benchmark in educational innovation. In its 4th edition, it comprises 47 round tables and discussions as well as 25 participatory workshops, which can be continued in Spanish, Portuguese and English, with international experts coming from Madrid, Buenos Aires, Sao Paulo, London, Montevideo, Mexico City, Quito, Santiago de Chile, Bogotá or San Francisco.

Hybrid program with top-level experts

With a varied program over three days and changing lectures and face-to-face workshops with round tables and virtual discussions, enlightED brings together 147 world experts at the highest level, including the following:

  • Vinton Cerf, is considered the father of the Internet;
  • Daniel Goleman, psychologist, journalist and author of the bestselling Emotional Intelligence;
  • Howard Gardner, psychologist, researcher and professor at Harvard University, known in the scientific field for his theory of multiple intelligences;
  • Kiran Bir Sethi, founder of Design for Change and The Riverside School in India and finalist for the Global Teacher Prize 2019;
  • Michelle Weise, author of Long Life Learning and a member of the Thinkers50 list for 2021;
  • the tennis player Rafael Nadal;
  • José María Álvarez – Pallete, President of Telefónica;
  • Hadi Partovi, founder of;
  • l li-Pekka Heinonen, former Minister of Education of Finland and current Director General of the International Baccalaureate Organization;
  • Wendy Kopp, founder of Tech for All;
  • Linda Liukas, founder of Rails Girls, a worldwide movement of girls programming workshops, among others.

With them, representatives of the most important educational institutions in the world such as María Brown, Minister of Education of Ecuador; Milton Ribeiro, Brazilian Minister of Education; and Pilar Alegría, Minister of Education of Spain; accompanied by the presidents of the funding organizations; Santiago Iñiguez, President of IE University; and María Benjumea, founder and CEO of South Summit.

Everyone will ponder three of the big gaps that accelerated during the COVID-19 pandemic: the challenge of bridging the innovation gap to transform education systems; the challenge of solving the lack of skills related to new social needs; and third, how the lack of digital skills can be addressed in order to reconnect with young people and promote positive change.

“In the fourth uninterrupted edition of Enlighted, one of the analytical themes is the skills gap, which is reflected in the discrepancy between the supply of uncovered employment and the rise in unemployment. Three factors contributing to this void are the digitalization of the economy, the automation of many tasks, and the increase in teleworking and remote activities. Several of the panels during the conference will offer international best practices and creative solutions to meet this challenge, “commented Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, President of IE University.

The enlightED Awards 2021 recognize entrepreneurship and educational innovation

In its 4th edition, the enlightED Awards continue to grow and strengthen their commitment to innovation and educational entrepreneurship and establish themselves as one of the most important educational innovation awards in the world. The awards give their attendees the opportunity to share with the rest of the educational community the latest digital education and innovation projects in response to the situation caused by COVID-19.

Carmen Morenés, Director General of Fundación Telefónica, stressed the importance and urgency of reducing the digital divide through the development of digital skills at all levels of education: “among teachers to accelerate teaching and learning, among the youngest to improve employability , and most importantly, to ensure that technology becomes a force for positive change that enables us to build meaningful social relationships.

The finalist projects have already been announced from more than 700 applications from more than 15 different countries and as a novelty in this edition the categories of the best startups in the fields of education, innovation and edTech are added, awards for the best practices of education innovation in business Education, higher education and basic and secondary education.

The winners, selected by an evaluation committee composed of professionals with experience in the areas and topics of each of the four categories, will be announced on October 21, the last day of the enlightED Hybrid Edition 2021.

“We have to consider together how we can use innovations to improve teaching and learning processes. We live in a crucial moment to adopt the technology and solutions that startups provide to problems that require urgent action today, ”affirmed María Benjumea, founder of South Summit.

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