Qatar to host three-day World Innovation Summit for Education

  • Over 2,000 participants from 100 countries to gather in Doha to re-imagine education at a time of disruption, economic uncertainty

LAHORE: Some of the world’s most creative leaders in the fields of education, technology, social entrepreneurship, global development, media and philanthropy will convene in Doha, Qatari capital, on November 14-16 for the eighth World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE).

Up to 2,000 participants from 100 countries are expected to attend the biennial global summit which, since its establishment in 2009, has become a premier international gathering on education. The theme of WISE 2017, Co-Exist, Co-Create: Learning to Live and Work Together, sparks debate around the education challenges in times of global disruption and economic uncertainty.

Central to discussions will be the role of education in a post-truth world, with sessions focusing on media literacy; artificial intelligence and virtual reality; social entrepreneurship; design thinking and nudging for right education choices, among others.

Prof Sebastien Thrun, CNN host Fareed Zakaria, Dr Armel Karboul, Wendy Kopp, Sir Michael Barber, Noella Coursaris Musunka, Prof Kishore Mahbubani, Sarah Borgman, Vivian Onano and Samir Saran will be among the speakers. A highlight of the programme will be the introduction of the 2017 WISE Prize for Education Laureate.

The WISE Prize for Education is the first distinction of its kind to recognise an individual or a team of up to six people for an outstanding, world-class contribution to education. Qatar Foundation Chairperson Sheikha Moza bint Nasser will present the WISE Prize to the Laureate during the opening plenary on November 15. The laureate receives the WISE Prize for Education gold medal, and $500,000.

The summit is an opportunity to meet the people behind pioneering international projects championed by WISE initiatives all year round. These include the WISE Awards for proven, high-impact education solutions; the WISE Accelerator, supporting promising edtech projects; the WISE Learners’ Voice, a mentorship program for young education leaders, and the WISE Research series of reports authored by experts from leading international institutions.