Global Business Coalition for Education

#Tech4Ed Twitter Town Hall + Global Education and Technology Forum a Success in Silicon Valley



February 13, 2013

Tech CEOs and education advocates gathered at Twitter headquarters for the first Global Education and Technology Forum hosted by UN Special Envoy for Global Education and former British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, GBC-Ed Advisory Board member and Emerson Collective Chair, Laurene Powell Jobs, and Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo.  Over 100 people participated in discussions on effective corporate engagement in global education, specifically data solutions, unique technology for teacher training and providing greater, more cost-effective outreach to millions of students around the globe.


The forum started off with a Twitter Town Hall where Costolo welcomed guests and read questions that had been tweeted from around the world using the hashtag #Tech4Ed.




The forum continued with a series of panels featuring:




Michael Jones, Google – Daphne Koller, Coursera – Gordon Brown (Moderator) – Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Wireless – Matt Keller, Vice President of Global Advocacy, One Laptop Per Child




Amanda Ripley, Time Magazine (Moderator) – Rebecca Winthrop, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution – Ari Gesher, Palantir – John Bicket, Meraki – Jonathan Harber, Pearson




Carlos Watson (Moderator) – Wendy Kopp, Teach for All – Sujay Jaswa, Dropbox – Sebastian Thrun, Udacity




Peter Diamandis, who launched the Global Literacy X Prize




Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education




Laurene Powell Jobs (Moderator) – Carlos Slim, Carlos Slim Foundation – Salman Khan, Khan Academy


Thank you to all of the members, attendees, and tweeters who participated!


Photos by Drew Altizer Photography