How to attend
We are used to hearing about the threat of automation and the ‘rise of the robots’, but less attention is focused on the skills required to thrive in a digitally-enabled future. Our research predicts growing demand for ‘21st century skills’ - those which combine social and cognitive abilities - in the labour market of the future. What does this mean for educators and policymakers now?
Who should attend?
'Acting now for future skills', Nesta’s flagship education and skills event, will bring together those who are working to improve our education system now - across the entire education pipeline - and those who are thinking about the skills we require in the future.
Join policymakers, educators, frontline innovators, civil society groups, technologists and funders, and register your interest to discuss emerging trends, explore practical solutions for developing skills, share insights and take part in collaborative workshops.
Key themes and highlights:
Compare the UK’s performance in ‘collaborative problem solving’ with other nations around the world as Andreas Schleicher, Director of Education and Skills at the OECD and architect of PISA testing, explores the upcoming PISA test results.
Question how policymakers, educators and industry should be supporting the development of the ‘21st Century Skills’, which our cutting edge combination of foresight exercises and machine learning predicts will become increasingly important.
Find out first-hand how practitioners are experimenting on the ground with novel approaches in a series of live innovator pitches.
Challenge the models of learning that take place in many universities and hear from institutions that are shaking up higher education with alternative structures, content and methods.
Unpick the dichotomy between ‘skills’ and 'knowledge' and hear about innovative approaches to bridge the gap.
Explore the potential of adaptive and algorithmic technology in the classroom.
Acting now for future skills will run from 09:00 to 17:30 on Thursday 30 November 2017 at Altitude (Millbank Tower), London. As places are limited for this event, please follow the link to register your interest.
- Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD
- Alina Dimofte, Digital Skills Policy Lead, Google UK
- Catherine Knivett, Principal Policy Officer – Digital Skills, Greater London Authority
- Dinah Caine CBE, Member of Creative Industries Council / Creative Skillset Board Member
- Duncan Piper, Director, Dyson Institute
- Ems Lord, Director, NRICH
- Hasan Bakhshi, Executive Director, Creative Economy and Data Analytics, Nesta
- Heather Picov, UK Managing Director, Apps for Good
- Jim Thompson, CEO, CogBooks
- Lesley Giles, Director, The Work Foundation
- Maija Itkonen, Co-Founder, Gold&Green Foods
- Sir Michael Barber, Chair, Office for Students
- Ndidi Okezie, Executive Director, Teach First
- Nick Corston, Co-Founder, STEAM Co.
- Michael Trucano, Global Lead for Technology & Innovation in Education, The World Bank
- Oli de Botton, Co-Founder and Head Teacher, School 21
- Sophie Bailey, Founder, The EdTech Podcast
- Steve Preston, Founder, Skills Route
- Tom Harriott, Deputy Head of Sixth Form, Harris Academy Battersea
- Zhi Soon, Director - Productivity, Behavioural Insights Team