Keynote Speakers

Graham Brown-Martin. Author, broadcaster and educator, Learning {Re}imagined (UK)

Education & the Fourth Industrial Revolution


Ubiquitous, mobile supercomputing. Intelligent robots. Self-driving cars. Neuro-technological brain enhancements. Genetic editing. Artificial intelligence. Climate change. Population growth and the rise of the precariat. What do these mean for the future of work, social agency and education?
Brown-Martin considers the opportunities, exciting possibilities and significant challenges of the fourth industrial revolution and how schools can respond.

About Graham Brown-Martin

Graham Brown-Martin is a leader in the field of foresight and anticipatory research, bringing together social, political and technological trends to consider how we might prepare ourselves for the future. He is the author of Learning {Re}imagined, the best selling book on global education published by Bloomsbury. He has enjoyed a 30 year career spanning the education, technology and entertainment sectors. He was the founder of Learning Without Frontiers (LWF), a global think tank that brought together renowned educators, technologists and creatives to share provocative and challenging ideas about the future of learning. He left LWF in 2013 to pursue new programmes and ideas to transform the way we learn, teach and live. He is a renowned public speaker on the subjects of global education and transformation, innovation and the fourth industrial revolution. He works internationally, consulting for numerous government agencies, leading corporations and start-ups. He is the chief education & product officer for pi-top, one of Europe’s fastest growing educational technology start-ups.

Twitter: @GrahamBM

Emily Pilloton. Project H Design (USA)

Fear Less, Build More: Making, Bravery, and Purposeful Creativity in the Classroom

Emily Pilloton

Despite growing challenges within education and educational policy, teachers and schools are expressing a renewed interest in and excitement about hands-on, creativity-based education. As we acknowledge that students learn in different ways through multiple intelligences, creativity and design-based education is more poised than ever to be a great equalizer and invitation to all students to find meaning and purpose in their own learning. From maker spaces to reinvented vocational programs to the integration of more project-based activities in language, math, and science classes, there are so many strategies to help teachers and students alike embrace rigorous creative practice. Furthermore, by connecting creativity to our communities, bringing real projects to life in the real world, students become young leaders with the soft and hard skills that will prepare them for the future. And in turn, communities thrive by collaborating with brilliant young people and educators committed to impact. Emily Pilloton has been doing this work in the classroom and in the community for over a decade, and has built public architecture and other real-world projects with over 1000 students. With a background in design and architecture, her educational experience has led to new adopted curriculum in public school districts along with dozens of community-based design projects that have been led and built entirely by students. In her presentation, Emily will share stories of these community-focused creative projects and provide strategies and mindsets to bring purposeful making into any classroom.

About Emily Pilloton

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 to transform communities and classrooms, she works alongside youth ages 9-18 to co-design and build public architecture projects. She has built a farmers market with high school students, a playhouse with girls whose families have experienced domestic violence, a school library designed by its own middle school students, and microhomes for a homeless housing agency. Her work seeks to change the authorship of our built environment and cultivate power in underestimated communities, specifically young girls, immigrant youth, and communities of color. With an educational philosophy rooted in making, design thinking, and project-based learning, Emily also works with educators and schools to reinvent teaching and learning in hands-on and community-focused ways. Emily holds a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture from the University of California Berkeley, and a Master of Fine Arts in Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a Lecturer in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California Berkeley, and is the author of three books, Design Revolution: 100 Products that Empower People, Tell Them I Built This: Transforming Schools, Communities, and Lives With Design-Based Education, and a forthcoming book about tools and building for young women. Her work is documented in the full-length film If You Build It, and has been featured on the TED Stage, The New York Times, The Colbert Report and presented to the Obama Administration's Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. Emily lives with her family in Oakland, California, and in her spare time, loves going on adventures with her dog, and boxing.

Twitter: @ProjectHDesign