Meet our Keynote Speakers

In 2018, we explored the future of teaching and learning with technology through three threads: access, technology and learning environments.

To dive deeper into those threads, Innovate welcomed three keynote speakers throughout the day who are experts in those areas. See what our keynotes had to say when asked: Thinking about the future of teaching and learning, what is one thing educators need to do now to prepare for it?

Emily Pilloton

Thread: Learning Environments

Emily Pilloton

"I always encourage educators to go do that brave creative thing they’ve always wanted to do, not with their teacher hat on, but as a human. Learn how to rock climb or weld or screen print or code, because these things keep us curious and able to model that curiosity for young people. The more we view our practice as malleable, flexible and evolving, the better equipped we’ll be for the future."


Emily Pilloton is a designer, builder, educator and founder of the nonprofit Project H Design and its sister program, Girls Garage. Using architecture and design as a vehicle for social justice, she has worked alongside youth ages 9-18 for the past decade to co-design and build public architecture projects that transform lives and communities.

She is currently a lecturer at the University of California Berkeley, and is the author of two books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, and Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives with Design-Based Education.

Follow Emily on Twitter: @ProjectHDesign


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George Couros

Thread: Access

George Couros

"We are not only interested in preparing our students for the future, but to get them ready to create something better than we have now."


George Couros is an Innovative Teaching, Learning and Leadership Consultant. He is the author of The Innovator’s Mindset, a book that challenges traditional educational norms and encourages teachers and administrators to empower their students to wonder, explore and become forward thinkers.

Couros was formerly the Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning with Parkland School Division in Stony Plain, Alberta. He has more than 17 years of experience working with all levels of school—from K-12 as a teacher and technology facilitator, to a school and district administrator.

Follow George on Twitter: @GCouros


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Bryan Alexander

Thread: Technology

Bryan Alexander

"Educators should pay close attention to the changing world of their students: their use of technology, their expectations from institutions, and their experience of the world so far."


Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education.

Some of his areas of expertise include digital storytelling, mobile devices, gaming, pedagogy, scholarly communication, forecasting, and the future of academia. Prior to writing full time and running his consulting firm, Alexander helped build a national nonprofit organization, the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), where he was senior fellow.

Follow Bryan on Twitter: @BryanAlexander


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