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Spark: A space for social innovators to combine ideas with networks - Ed Tech

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Spark Workshop on Ed Tech

with Damon Kornhauser, INCITE Creatives; Andrea Coleman, CEO of the Office of Innovation at the New York City Department of Education; Esteban Rodriguez, Education, Entrepreneurship; Zak Malamed, Student Voice Live; Holly Pavlika, MOMentum Nation; Stanley Buchesky '02, The EdTech Fund

Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Brainstorming workshop will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes early.
Reception will follow the workshop at 8:15 p.m.

This workshop will focus on an exploration of education, technology and values in re-imagining 21st century learning.

From No Child Left Behind to Common Core State Standards, charter schools to smart boards, the modern classroom is straining to reinventing itself in order to properly prepare students for a world of challenges that are only now being dreamed into existence.

Outside the schoolyard, startups, apps, and MOOCs are threatening the current (or let's face it, yesterday's) classroom model with global access, gamified curricula, and student-driven experiences.

What is happening as these arenas continue to impact and interweave, and is the rising use of education technology helping or hindering learning itself, and how? Over the course of the workshop, we'll brainstorm deep into our hopes and concerns regarding the use of technology in shaping tomorrow's generation, and perhaps even create a list of values we should all steer by as we set out to innovate the learning experiences of tomorrow.

Areas of discussion:

  1. As the line between education and commerce is increasingly blurred, what concerns emerge with collaborations between EdTech startups, MOOCs, and other alternative platforms? What barriers exist that the different players can incorporate into their own perspectives and solutions? How can each sector learn about the others while ensuring that student learning outcomes remain the top priority?
  2. What are elements or solutions within these different industries that will ensure transparency and success? What resources does each sector need to contribute to guarantee the goals success? Examples of solutions may include online platforms, brick and mortar solutions, etc.

About Damon Kornhauser:
For most of the last decade, Damon has worked in organizational learning, service strategy, and management for some of the world’s leading hospitality organizations. Drawing together a degree in nonprofit management and narrative from NYU’s Gallatin School, Damon’s passion is leveraging the power of human experience and perspective to transform companies into authentic and actualizing cultures. Through his consultancy Applied Humanity, Damon has built training programs, service/experience designs and management education/coaching for such companies as Mario Batali, Soho House and Fig and Olive.

Wondering if the very skills he was working to provide leading organizations could be taught at an earlier stage, Damon founded INCITE Creatives in the fall of 2012. An education venture positioned for youth 13-18 years old, INCITE provides youth with real-world organizational challenges, through a workshop and platform optimized for the learning of creative problem solving, critical thinking, and collaboration. Working in both in-class and virtual teams, students create out-of-the-box solutions to actual company problems, earning scholarship opportunities and delivering undreamt-of innovation and insight to leading organizations.

Above all, Damon is committed to creating spaces for learning, engagement and actualization, whether with his corporate clients, student participants, or in workshops around the world.



Spark provides Social Innovators with an opportunity to explore resources, connections and potential solutions to help their social ventures, by tapping the collective knowledge within Columbia University, and the larger entrepreneurial and social impact community in the New York area and beyond.

This workshop is open to all who are willing to bring their ideas, experience, and connections to help solve social and environmental challenges that these social innovators aim to address.


If you are unable to attend the above event but would like more information on Spark, please register for our mailing list.

For more information, or if you would like to suggest a future Spark workshop, please contact:
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This event is supported by the Social Enterprise Program, the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center and the Social Enterprise Club at Columbia Business School.

August 6th, 2013 from  6:00 PM to  8:30 PM
Columbia Business School
United States
Phone: 212-854-2176