EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit: Silicon Valley 2013



You know those moments when the pieces start to snap together?

This is one. 

On November 2, EdSurge will cohost a summit in Silicon Valley designed to bring local educators and entrepreneurs together for a genuine exchange about tools for school.

No spin. No fluff. Really.

Educators will get a chance to try out innovative products, to put questions to the entrepreneurs and developers who built them. Entrepreneurs will have a chance to ask teachers: Is this what you need? How would my work fit in your classroom?

EdSurge is proud to host this gathering with our partners,NewSchools Venture Fund, the Silicon Valley Education Foundation and the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

We were inspired by Chicago; we are excited about Rhode Island. We can’t wait for November. We’re riding a trend here. If you think your community would benefit from this kind of confab, drop us a note here.

And if you’re in the Valley in November, join us. Because like the song goes, every once in a while, there are indeed days like this.



9:00 AM: Registration and complimentary breakfast

9:45 AM: Greetings and introductions

10:00 AM: Exploration and interaction with edtech tools 

12:30 PM: Complimentary lunch

1:30 PM: (More!) Exploration and interaction with edtech tools 

4:00 PM: Cocktail reception

5:30 PM: Fireside chat with Lynda Weinman (CEO, Lynda.com)


For Teachers:

WHO: This event is open to Silicon Valley and Bay Area educators. The Silicon Valley Education Foundation will be circulating invitations to schools. Gotta be there? Request a ticket here.


WHAT TO EXPECT: Brief product demos from companies, followed by the opportunity to dig into products that you might want to use in your classroom. No marketing fluff allowed!

WHAT TO BRING: This event is all about trying out new school tools! Please bring your mobile devices such as a laptop or tablet. You can bring smartphones too but not every product may be designed for them.


For Companies:

WHO: All organizations–for profit & nonprofit–building edtech tools for K-12 schools are welcome to apply for a spot at the conference. As many as 30 products will be chosen by a panel of five esteemed judges. APPLY HERE

HOW MUCH: There is a $100 application fee. Those selected will pay an additional $400 participation fee.

WHEN: Applications are due September 27, 6:00 pm PT. Selected companies will be notified by October 2.

WHAT TO EXPECT: Companies will have the opportunity to give a short product presentation and be stationed at a roundtable where they can conduct demos with interested parties.

WHAT TO BRING: Each company may bring:

  • Up to two employees (preferably founders or executives) and one teacher who has used the product. (Total of three people per company.)
  • One free-standing banner (eg: 33″ wide x 80″ tall) 


  • One large monitor
  • Extra laptops and tablets (educator attendees will be asked to bring their own devices)

EXTRAS! HIGHLY SUGGESTED! Selected companies are encouraged to make their products available for a free trial to participating teachers for two weeks before the conference and two weeks after the conference.


For Sponsors:

Sponsorship opportunities are available for companies and organizations seeking to connect with Silicon Valley’s pioneering edtech companies and educators! Inquire here.