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Top Education Conferences in 2017

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If you’re looking for the Top 2017 Education (EdTech) Conferences that you should attend, you’ve come to the right place.

With hundreds of EdTech conferences lined up, it can be tough to figure out which one is the right one for you and your team.

We’ve done our research and have compiled a list to help you narrow it down!

We’ve listed all the EdTech conferences below in chronological order and we’ve also split them up by region. The three regions are :

  • America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific

If we’ve missed an upcoming conference, help us out by listing it in the comments below!

We also recommend you recheck the schedule, location and price, especially for those later in the year as they may change.

Here we go!


Month: February


Region: America

TCEA 2017 Convention & Exposition

Date: February 6-10, 2017

Location: Austin, TX

Price: $79-$319

Why you should attend: There will be over 900 presentations, workshops, and events scheduled over 5 days at TCEA 2017. Some of the workshops include:

  • 3D Printing and Virtual Reality
  • K-12 Coding and Computer Science

PETE & C

Date: February 12,2017

Location: Hershey, PA

Price: $85-$328

Why you should attend: Attendees say the conference is packed with positive energy and ideas at high speed. They say there is something for everyone at Pete&C. Here are some things on the agenda:

  • Mobile Learning Mindset
  • Why Our Why is Not Technology, But Instead Working Together to Save Student Lives

METC17 Conference 

Date: February 13-15, 2017

Location: St. Louis, MO

Price: $50-$370

Why you should attend: METC is a well-established brand and no stranger to those in the EdTech world. This will be their 34th annual conference. Here are some great programs at a glance:

  • Use Science to Teach Reading, Reading to Teach Science
  • Coding is fun for everyone K-12

OETC

Date:  February 14-16, 2017

Location: Columbus, OH

Price: $40-$170

Why you should attend: OETC offers tons of hands-on and interactive learning and new technology for educators and innovators. It’s also affordable. Look out for programs like:

  • Foundational Concepts of Universal Design for Learning
  • Tips, Tricks, and Techniques for Google Classroom

CBOL 2017

Date: February 23-24, 2017

Location: Golden, CO

Price: $135-$500

Why you should attend: Tom Vander, author of “Getting Smart, Smart Cities, and Smart Parents” is their Keynote speaker. Tom was previously the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


LLI Southwest 2017

Date: February 23-24,2017

Location: Arlington, TX

Price: $275-$325

Why you should attend: Real-world learning is the key selling point for this conference as you learn from classroom observations and keynote speakers such as Diana, a teacher for two decades. There are also sessions like:

  • Authentic Experiences in Math
  • Collaborative Note Taking
  • Design Thinking In Action

BrainStorm Conference K20

Date: February 26-28, 2017

Location:  Wisconsin Dells, DI

Price: $245 onwards

Why you should attend: Get ready to learn as there are over 120 technology-focused sessions and 1,100 attendees to network with. 

Watch the video!


ICE CONFERENCE

Date: February 28 – March 03, 2017

Location: St. Charles, IL

Price: $125 onwards

Why you should attend: Some say there are no better ways to learn from executives in the industry. You will get to hear from Betsy Corcoran, CEO of the renowned Edsurge, and Joe Sanfelippo who wrote “Hacking Leadership”.


Month: March


Region: America

Innovations Conference 2017 by the League for Innovation in the Community College (League)

Date: March 12-15, 2017

Location: San Francisco, CA

Price: $600-$850

Why you should attend: Not many can say they have been serving community colleges around the world for over 45 years. That’s what the League does. Learn from their experiences and network with educators and faculty members at this conference.


Edcamp Independent Schools Baltimore 2017

Date: March 4, 2017

Location: Baltimore, MD

Price: $0-$10

Why you should attend: Edcamps are made by educators for educators. It’s a great way to network and learn from others for FREE.


SITE 2017

Date: March  5-9, 2017

Location:  Austin, TX

Price: $235-$435

Why you should attend: SITE, known as ‘The Friendly Society’ will host its 28th annual conference in March and will focus on integration of technologies into the teacher education programs. You can also look out for topics like:

  • Computational Thinking
  • Digital Fabrication
  • Digital Storytelling/Media
  • Games & Simulations

SXSW edu

Date: March 6-9, 2017

Location: Austin, TX

Price: $495

Why you should attend: SXSW needs no introduction. They organize some of the best conferences in the world. Sessions and workshops are targeted as they are largely contributed by the community. In 2016 the conference had over 7,000 participants from 38 countries. Look out for sessions on:

  • Arts
  • Early Learning
  • ESL/ELL
  • Learning Spaces
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CUE 2017

Date: March 15-18, 2017

Location: Palm Springs, CA

Price: $150-$320

Why you should attend: The CUE Conference is the largest and oldest education technology conference in California. What separates them is their small Presenter-to-Attendee ratios, where their sessions are built to have one presenter for every 20 attendees.


2017 MACUL CONFERENCE

Date: March 15-17,2017

Location: Detroit, MI

Price: $70-$245

Why you should attend: This is one of the Midwest’s largest educational technology conferences with over 5000+ educators from across Michigan, the region, and Canada.


ITEC IT Conference

Date: March 16-17, 2017

Location: Nevada, MO

Price: $125 onwards

Why you should attend: ITEC is an established conference brand that organizes conferences around the United States. It’s affordable to attend as well.


UCET 2017

Date: March 16-17, 2017

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Price: $52 onwards

Why you should attend: UCET is definitely one of the most affordable EdTech conferences in the list. You’ll also learn from some of the best tech teachers such as Alice Keeler.


Learning Solutions 2017

Date: March 22-24, 2017

Location: Orlando, FL

Price: $1,795 onwards

Why you should attend: The iconic host of Project Runway, Tim Gunn will be one of the keynote speakers. Tim will share practical tips he has learned in his lifetime. Talk about learning from the best. Now you can as well.


Region: Europe


Digifest 2017

Date: March, 14-15, 2017

Location: Birmingham, UK

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Expect fun topics from data and learning analytics to AR & VR at this event. Here’s what Dan Harding had to say on Twitter:

  • “Registered for @Jisc #digifest17, but only just catching up with #digifest16 reading. Judging by the keynote, should be worth the wait.”

INTED2017

Date: March 6-8, 2017

Location: Valencia, Spain

Price: €270 – €580

Why you should attend: Every year, INTED brings together more than 700 delegates from 80 different countries. Be prepared to network and learn from others. There is a workshop on Google Educator that looks to be popular.

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Region: Asia Pacific


21st Century Learning, 2017

Date: March 10-11, 2017

Location: Hong Kong

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Now in it’s 9th year, the 21st Century Learning Conference is the leading professional development event for technology in education & innovative learning for K-12 schools in South East Asia. Here are some excellent testimonials:

  • “This conference offers the deepest dive into the latest thinking on technology and learning. The keynotes are combined with a number of top practical sessions” – David Elliott
  • “I found the keynote speakers to be stimulating and challenging. The workshops were very well done and were clearly designed to provide maximum opportunity for interaction and connection. I walked away from this conference with a number of new ideas and a collection of new contacts” – Dave Rehnberg

Global Ed & Skill Conf, 2017

Date: March 18-19, 2017

Location: Dubai, UAE

Price: $495 onwards

Why you should attend: This conference attracts leaders in business, finance, government, public policy, academia, philanthropy, and more to attend and exchange their experience and thoughts.

Watch the video.


Month: April


Region: America

EDCAMP VERMONT

Date: April 1, 2017 (9am-2:30pm)

Location: Winooski, VT

Price: $ Free

Why you should attend: If you don’t already know, Edcamps are free to attend. Watch this video if you’re not convinced.

Watch the video.


CoSN 2017 Annual Conference

Date: April 3-6, 2017

Location:  Chicago, IL

Price: $499 onwards

Why you should attend: CoSN is an established brand that has been around since 1992. Included are workshops such as:

  • Developing and Refining Your Organization’s Roadmap for Implementing Effective Online Professional Development
  • From Privacy to Trust
  • Framework for School System Success

DESIGNING FOR DIGITAL

Date: April 3-5, 2017

Location: Austin, TX

Price: $295-$590

Why you should attend: You can choose to attend the conference virtually if you can’t attend in person. Here are some session previews:

  • A Librarian’s Guide to Usability Testing
  • Adapt or Die: Designing Google’s Mobile-First Index
  • Students & Search Results: The UX Nitty Gritty

OLC Innovate 2017

Date: April 5-7, 2017

Location: New Orleans, LA

Price: $400-$720

Why you should attend: With their great program lineup, OLC Innovate is another conference that you can choose to attend virtually. The program includes:

  • In Search Of A Quality Online Program: Steps For Program Evaluation And Improvement
  • Brand Me! Creating A Cohesive (And Creative!) Look And Feel For Your Online Course Using Free Graphic Tools

NETA Spring Conference 2017

Date: April 20-21, 2017

Location: Omaha, NE

Price: $114-$159

Why you should attend: NETA has a great brand with a ton of interactive workshops. The best part is 100% of their previous participants would recommend this conference to others. In fact, one in every 15 Nebraska-based educators attended this conference.


Ed Tech Summit

Date: April 21, 2017

Location: Ashland, OR

Price: $30-$60

Why you should attend: They have great programs and their registration fee is low, making it affordable for anyone to attend. I would look out for topics on 3D printing to Stem & Robotics discovery.

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ATLIS 2017

Date: April 23-26, 2017

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Price: $475-$825

Why you should attend: Other than their great programs, you can look forward to their 2017 Keynote Speaker, Jaime Casap. Jamie is the Education Evangelist at Google, and will be giving a talk titled “Iteration and Innovation in Education”.


CONNECT 2017

Date: April 25, 2017

Location: Niagara Falls, ON, Canada

Price: Free

Why you should attend: CONNECT is the largest education technology conference in Canada that attracts over 2,000 participants yearly. It’s a great opportunity for all to meet, discuss their challenges, and share their successes. Get ready to have your mind blown here.


EdSurge Tech for Schools Summits

Date: April 28, 2017

Location: Milwaukee, WI

Price: Free

Why you should attend: ‘I will never get to sleep tonight! Too many ideas going at once’ said one of the participants who attended EdSurge previously. Oh, did I mention the conference is free?


Region: Europe


Learning2 Europe

Date: Apr 6-8, 2017

Location: Warsaw, Poland

Price: $470-$610

Why you should attend: Learning2 is known for their diverse topics and hands-on workshops. There will be topics on:

  • Google for education [bootcamp]
  • Make your own learning

CSEDU 2017

Date: April 21, 2017

Location: Porto, Portugal

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: This would be their 9th international conference on computer-supported education. Look out for sessions like:

  • Serious Games on Computer Science Learning
  • Lifelong Learning

Month: May


Region: America

DIGITAL INITIATIVES SYMPOSIUM by University of San Diego

Date: May 2, 2017

Location: San Diego, CA

Price: $40-$85

Why you should attend: This day and a half conference features workshops and user group meetings for a variety of institutional repository platforms, focusing on the digital elements of library ecosystems and institutional repositories.


BrainStorm Conference K20 2017

Date: May 7-9, 2017

Location: Sandusky, OH

Price: $245-$295

Why you should attend: BrainStorm is an established brand that organizes great conferences around the United States. Attending is highly recommended for everyone who caters to the K20 community.


 ASU+GSV Summit 

Date: May 8-10, 2017

Location: The Grand America Hotel, Salt Lake City, UT

Price: $2,395

Why you should attend: This conference has a great line-up of excellent speakers such as Chase Jarvis, one of the most influential photographers and one of the greatest tennis player on earth, Andre Agassi.


Region: Europe


Bett Brasil & Educar

Date: May 10-13, 2017

Location: São Paulo, Brazi

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: The agenda focuses on the quality of School Education and its consequent relationship to the improvement of life and social practice. Previous topics include ‘The impact of social networks on education’.


Month: June


Region: America

Emerging Learning Design

Date: June 1-2, 2017

Location: Montclair, NJ

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Here’s another place where inclusive learning experiences are added to engage the attendees. Topics such as AR and VR will be covered here. Other topics include:

  • Open Source
  • Personalized Learning
  • STEAM
  • Usability & Accessibility

Learning DevCamp 2017   

Date: June 5-8, 2017

Location: Salt Lake City, UT

Price: $699-$1099

Why you should attend: Not many details are out for this conference but one of its selling points is the gorgeous view of the Wasatch mountains. What you can expect would be Practical Field Knowledge and Skills for eLearning, mLearning, and Online Instruction. I recommend looking this conference up in a few weeks time. Here are some testimonials:

  • “The careful crafting of sessions to cover so many relevant topics to help us make our online training more efficacious. I learned so much!”
  • “Spending time with like-minded professionals was truly the most valuable part of DevCamp. ”

Watch the video.


The Teaching Professor Technology Conference

Date: June 2-4, 2017

Location: St Louis, MO

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Get educated, engaged and inspired! Many of the previous attendees enjoyed being at this event. Many mentioned it offered a great value at a great venue. Expect to learn more about:

  • How different program formats can benefit different audiences
  • Boosting participation among full-time, part-time, and adjunct faculty
  • Helping faculty connect theory to practice
  • Shifting technical training from “how-to” to “why-should-you”

iPadpalooza 

Date: June 5-8, 2017

Location: Austin, TX 

Price: $150-$375

Why you should attend: IPadpalooza is not a conference, it’s a learning festival! They have many interactive sessions such as the APPmazing Race that has been a huge success over the last two years.


InnEdCO 2017 

Date: June 12, 2017

Location:  Keystone, CO 

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: One of the best ways to learn is by learning from other educators and keynote speakers. Look out for more information soon.


NCSC17

Date: June 11-14, 2017

Location:  Washington D.C.

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Not many conferences have the gravity to pull attendees from all 50 states. Last year, they had over 4,300 participants.

NCSC17

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AETC 2017

Date: June 13-15, 2017

Location: TBD

Price: $100 onwards

Why you should attend: Many well known speakers and education consultants such as Jeff Utecht, Kevin Honeycutt, and Leslie Fisher will return this year to speak.


EdMedia2017

Date: June 20-23, 2017

Location: Washington, DC

Price: $295 onwards

Why you should attend: Gorgeous location and great line up of excellent speakers such as Diana Oblinger from EDUCAUSE. Here are some testimonials from previous attendees:

  • “I would just like to say that in the MANY conferences I have attended, SITE and EdMedia are the best organized, best planned, and best managed conferences! Thanks for all your hard work, your attention to detail, and your constant updates. It is a pleasure to submit, be accepted, and attend your meetings!”
  • “EdMedia is becoming a key-event for those who play a role in learning communities, learning organizations and educational institutions. EdMedia has the right ambiance to bridge the worlds of practitioners, research, industry and leadership.”

IALLT 2017

Date: June 20-24, 2017

Location: Moorhead, MN

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: This conference offers an international perspective by attracting participants from around the world. Suitable for K-12 or post-secondary educators.


ISTE 2017

Date: June 25-28, 2017

Location: San Antonio, TX

Price: $200-$410

Why you should attend: Here are some mind-blowing numbers from last year’s conference: 500 companies,1,000 sessions and over 15,000 attendees. Yup! That’s how big the conference will be this year.

Watch the video.


Region: Europe


Future EdTech Europe

Date: June 13, 2017

Location: London, UK

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: This is the only event in Europe to bring together institutional leaders, technologists and academia. This makes it a great platform for those of you looking to get in touch with the key stakeholders of Europe’s EdTech sector. Here is some data from their previous event:

  • 52% Decision Makers Institutional Leaders, C-Level & Director/Head
  • 79% University Representatives
  • 2,103,964 Social Media Reach

EdTechXEurope

Date: June 20-21, 2017

Location: London, UK

Price: £348 onwards

Why you should attend: According to the BBC, “this conference has the latest innovations in the section that most tapped to transform the world we live in.” That’s just one of the many testimonials for this conference. They also had testimonials from Forbes, Edsurge and more.

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C&T 2017

Date: June 26, 2017

Location: Troyes, France

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: The conference program will include competitively selected, peer-reviewed papers and case studies, as well as pre-conference workshops, a doctoral consortium, and invited keynotes.


Region: Asia


EduTech2017  

Date: June 8-9, 2017

Location: Sydney, Australia

Price: $620 onwards

Why you should attend: Much like every year, expect a giant turn out at this event. They have excellent masterclasses lined up such as:

  • Teaching kids to code
  • Cyber security
  • Mindmapping

Watch the video.


Month: July


Region: America

Learning with Innovative Technology

Date: July 7, 2017

Location: Saratoga Springs, NY

Price: FREE

Why you should attend: This one-day-only annual event is free for all to attend. Not many details have been released, but last year they discussed topics on:

  • Formative Assessment Tools – Practical Everyday Use
  • Coding With Google CS

HI-TEC 2017

Date: July 17-20, 2017

Location: Salt Lake, UT

Price: $100-$600

Why you should attend: HI-TEC focuses on the more technical aspects of EdTech. They have topics on:

  • Learning, Evaluation and Research
  • Micro and Nanotechnologies
  • Security Technologies
  • Workforce Diversity

Campus Technology 2017 

Date: July 17-20, 2017

Location: Chicago, IL

Price: $545-$1070

Why you should attend: Campus Technology has been around for ages and covers a broad range of diverse topics.


BbWorld17   

Date: July 25-27, 2017

Location: New Orleans, LA

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: There will be over 2,000+ people attending this conference from around the world. They stand out for organizing DevCon, a specific day-and-a-half conference for developers, prior to their main BbWorld conference.

Watch the video.


Month: August


Region: America

eduWeb

Date: August 7-9, 2017

Location: Boston, MA

Price: $975-$1445

Why you should attend: The conference has continued to grow yearly. Last year, it attracted 500+ attendees from 15 countries and 42 states. They have an impressive list of speakers.


AETC IETC 2017 

Date: August 16-18

Location: Cambridge, MA

Price: $250 onwards.  

Why you should attend: The International Educational Technology Conference series, founded in 2001, has been all over the world. Their experience includes hosting conferences in Dubai, Malaysia, and Taiwan. This year’s edition will be at Harvard’s campus.


Region: Asia Pacific


SETC 2017

Date: August 23-24, 2017

Location: Singapore

Price: $SGD 615 onwards

Why you should attend: This conference was founded by former lecturers and researchers from the University of Cambridge and they try to bring the best to this conference.  Brian O’Dwyer, founder of CognaLearn, a company that helps people learn better and faster, will be one of the speakers here.

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Source: Facebook


Month: October


Region: America


DML2017   

Date: First week of October 2017

Location: TBD

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: There are not many details on this conference yet, but according to one participant, other EdTech events could learn a lot from this one in terms of structuring a more inclusive conference.


Magna Teaching with Technology Conference 2017

Date: October 6-8

Location: Baltimore, MD

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: With multiple concurrent sessions at the event, you can choose which sessions and topics will be right for you. More details will be announced on their page soon.


ITEC  

Date: October 15-17

Location: Des Moines, IA

Price: $ (not mentioned)

Why you should attend: ITEC organizes events around the US. This one in Des Moines features many keynote speakers including Dr. Buddy Berry, who has a passion for reinventing the K-12 school experience.

Watch the video.


iNACOL Symposium 2017 
Date: October 15-18

Location: TBD

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: There will be over 200 sessions and workshops offered, regardless of experience level. Last year, the CEO of iNACOL gave an excellent speech on the Global Perspective on Innovation for Equity and Redefining Student Success.

Watch the video.


Learning 2017  
Date: October 22-25

Location: Orlando, FL

Price: $1495-$1595

Why you should attend: Learning is an action-packed conference where you will learn from the best. They caught my attention because they have one of the best speaker lineups:

  • Anderson Cooper
  • George Takei
  • Captain Scott Kelly
  • Tiffany Shlain

EDUCAUSE 2017   

Date: October 31-November 3

Location: Philadelphia, PA

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Educause allows professionals to attend both face-to-face and online to join over 300+ sessions. Here’s a testimonial from one attendee:

  • “The conference was great…I came to get fresh ideas on a range of subjects and did just that.”

Month: November


Region: Asia Pacific

L2 Asia Shanghai

Date: November 2-4

Location: Shanghai, China

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: L2 sessions are built to be interactive and hands-on with each session being three hours long.

Watch the video.

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BETT-Asia 2017 

Date: November 11

Location: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: If you’re in Malaysia, I recommend going to this conference to connect with the education community there. The Bett Asia Expo is free-to-attend for educators.


WISE Summit

Date: November 14-16

Location: Doha, Qatar

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Wise summit is known to attract worldwide attendees. Previously, it had over 1,500 attendees from over 100 countries. The NY Times said “The WISE Summit is unusual in that it brings together both decision-makers and professionals working in the field from a wide variety of sectors, both public and private, to share ideas and best practices.”


EdTechXAsia 2017

Date: November TBD

Location: Singapore

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: Expect the latest topics at this conference. Last year, topics from gamification to m-learning and immersive environment learning such as VR were discussed. 


Month: December


Region: Europe

OEB

Date: December 6-8

Location: Berlin, Germany

Price: $ TBD

Why you should attend: On top of the 2,100+ participants from 93 countries, the presence of government stakeholders seems to be the unique selling point here. 17% of total attendees last year were involved in the government sector. This makes it a great platform to incubate public-private partnerships. Included in their agenda is:

  • Serious e-Learning: Integrating Learning Science with Experience Design
  • “Be a Game Changer!” Making Learning Addictive Using Game Design Thinking and Practices & more

Phew! That’s one large list.

So, which ones are you attending this year?   Let us know in the comments below!

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