Spraoi School at the U.S Embassy’s 2014 Annual Economic Conference

Spraoi School at the U.S Embassy’s 2014 Annual Economic Conference

We're delighted to announce that, as part of his participation in the EdTech Ireland Exchange, Philip has been invited to curate two panels at the U.S. Embassy's 2014 annual economic conference in Dublin. 'Smart People for a Smart Economy: Technology, Education and Filling the Skills Gap' will take place on April 3rd, 2014.

The conference will bring together tech leaders, policy makers, educators, entrepreneurs and business leaders from the United States, Ireland and Northern Ireland to explore the next wave of innovation set to hit education with broad implications for growth in the transatlantic economy. Investing in people is key for the success of a Smart Economy, but how can innovation be brought to education?

The conference will launch with a keynote address by the Taoiseach, Enda Kenny.

Philip will be curating the following sessions:

Building an Ecosystem for EdTech

From venture capital, to harnessing of university research and encouraging start-ups, what can be done to build an ecosystem to support deployment of evidence-based educational technology?


  • Ciaran Cannon TD, Minister of State for Training and Skills
  • Martyn Farrows, Learnovate
  • Jonny Parkes, Leaf Investments
  • Sean O’Sullivan, SOSVentures

Innovating in Education

How can educational institutions ensure that they are embedding innovation into their organizations to capture the opportunities of fast moving technology and solutions coming out of start-ups, social entrepreneurs and companies?


  • Anne White, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
  • Deirdre Butler, St. Patrick’s College
  • Bernard Kirk, Galway Education Centre
  • Lynn Scarff, Science Gallery

We look forward to seeing you there!

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