The highlight of my trip to SXSWedu 2014 was sitting on Dell’s Innovation in Teaching and Learning panel.
I won’t try to go onto the details, but if you want to watch it then it’s online here.
If you are wondering why I have a coat and scarf on, well it was about -10-C inside the Dell tent! I thought Texas would be warm escape from London and when I arrived on Saturday it was a balmy 28C. On Sunday morning, it was 20C when I sat down to breakfast with Naimish Gohil of ShowMyHomeWork, 15 minutes later the temperature had plummeted to 0C and that’s where it stayed until we flew home on Thursday.
What was really inspired me that morning were the ideas and activities of my fellow panellists, who included:
- Jack Andraka – who at 15 invested a cheap and accurate test for pancreatic, liver and ovarian cancer
- Erik Martin – a student video games designer whose Ted Youth talk is a must watch
- Zak Malamed founder of Student Voice
- Ritankar Das the founder of See Your Future (currently studying at Oxford)
- Jamira Burley (our moderator) Executive Director of the Philidelphia Youth Commission
- Jordan Howard – of GenYnot who is already changing America and I suspect pretty soon the whole world!
If you ever despair about young people, don’t, these six show why the future is so exciting.
Many thanks to Sarah Luden and Jon Phillips of Dell.