December 10-11, 2012, Dan Panorama Hotel, Tel Aviv, Israel
The Levinsky College of Education will host the International Conference on Education and Teacher Education on December 10-12, 2012 to mark the college's 100th anniversary. The conference will focus on research and innovation in education and is open to researchers and practitioners in education and teacher education working in academia and in the educational field both in Israel and abroad. The conference will be organized around three main themes: (a) discourse, research and innovation in education and teacher education; (b) music education; and (c) education from a historical-developmental perspective.
Educating the Future: Technology Start-up Competition in Education
A competition among start-up companies working in the field of education will be held as part of the conference. Entrepreneurs are invited to submit their proposals, to be presented to a panel of experts comprising leading figures in the fields of education, venture capital and technology. In addition to monetary awards, the winning companies will receive media exposure and access to academic research.
Companies are invited to submit proposals for innovative and unique start-up projects that incorporate technology in education in the following areas:
- Computer software fostering learning and thinking skills in formal or informal learning setting for diverse age group.
- Websites facilitating different educational aspects (within specific disciplines, arts and specific educational aspects, such as the development of social and emotional skills)
- Applications and/or educational applications for tablets and smartphones (e.g., virtual textbooks, applications for preschoolers, etc.)
Only projects that their development was completed between three months to two years prior to the submission deadline and are currently operational may be submitted to the competition. Preference will be given to companies launching their project at the time of the conference. The proposal must be submitted as a written abstract of up to 250 words, including the following points: product goals, rationale, target population, brief description of the startup company and its staff, importance and implications for education. Abstracts should include the product website and/or screenshots of the product, as well as a brief biography (4-6 lines) of the entrepreneurs.
The startups will be judged by a panel of experts, headed by Dr. Alona Forkosh-Baruch from Levinsky College of Education. The two top-ranking startup companies will receive monetary awards: 30,000 NIS (New Israeli Shekels) for first prize and 20,000 NIS for second prize. In addition, the winners will receive assistance in conducting research, as well as academic exposure and an opportunity to try out their initiative within the education system.
The prizes will be awarded during the conference as part of a special event marking the competition. At this event, each finalist will give a brief demonstration of its start-up project to the judges and the conference participants. The event will be held on Tuesday December 11, 2012 at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv.
Judges Panel (in alphabetical order):
- Dr. Alona Forkosh-Baruch, Levinsky College of Education (Chair)
- Mr. Uri Adoni, JVP Partner
- Mr. Uri Ben-Ari, Athena fund, Founder & President, Ceo U.B.A Ventures
- Ms. Iris Elhanani, Levinsky College of Education
- Mr. Maor Ezer, Entrepreneur and start-up developer
- Dr. Alon Hasgall, The center for Academic Studies; Board member, Internet Association
- Prof. David Mioduser, Tel Aviv University
- Mr. Teddy Nehmad, C Capital Ltd. Founder & CEO
- Mr. Ido Pollak, Chairman, Groupon Israel/ CTO, Matomy Group
- Mr. Izhar Shay, Canaan Partner
- Dr. Sari Slonim, Levinsky College of Education
- Mr. Gabriel Teitel, Executive vice president, Banking division, Bank Massad
- Dr. Rivka Wadmany, Hakibbuzim Academic College of Education
- Ms. Orli Yakuel, Web analyst and blogger