Education 4.0: Globalization and Technology

What is the purpose of education in a timeframe of four years? A lifetime? Generations?

By leveraging new technologies, harnessing our increased connectivity, and recognizing the importance of frugal learning and interdisciplinary study, education is following suit of industry with its own revolution. One that requires us to not only revise what we teach, but re-examine the greater purpose of our educational systems in society.

At Education 4.0, IdeasXChange will explore questions concerning the future of education in an era of rapid change. The event will tap into the knowledge and experiences of leaders in the field, to explore education from social, technological, and pedagogical perspectives.

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Vanessa Andreotti

Professor, UBC Educational Studies

Vanessa Andreotti is the Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change at the UBa. Her research examines the systemic reproduction of inequalities through educational systems and how these limit or enable possibilities for collective existence and global change.


Wes Wong

Community Outreach Director, Open Science Network

Wes Wong is a director at the Open Science Network, Vancouver’s first community bio-hacking and DIY bio lab. Serving as a co-working and educational space, Wes works to further OSN’s mission of bridging the fields of STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) through open-source material, better accessibility, and hands-on learning that encourages experimentation.


Saeed Dyankatar

Executive Producer, Emerging Media Lab

Saeed Dyankatar is the Executive Producer at Emerging Media Lab, an incubation space for experimentation and new applications of immersive technology. With a background in systems design, human factors, and disruptive technologies, he has worked with academia on adopting various forms of media to enhance knowledge translation, research, and the learning experience.