2020 LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Conference


Hynes Convention Center
900 Boylston Street
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Thursday, 30 January 2020 - 9:00am to Friday, 31 January 2020 - 4:00pm

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LearnLaunch Across Boundaries is New England's premier education innovation event. Join us to explore the cutting edge of learning and teaching with educators, entrepreneurs, investors, and innovators from across pre-K to gray.

Our carefully curated program of keynotes, panels, and workshops will maximize your exposure to thought leaders and practitioners driving changes in education. More than just an industry conference, Across Boundaries brings together stakeholders from across the education sector - last year, invited speakers ranged from a student representative to the Boston School Committee to the Massachusetts Secretary of Education. You'll hear from early-stage startups, high schools students, top executives, and university leaders all in the same event, and sometimes even on the same panel!

Meet the people you need to know at Across Boundaries.


Explore our history

Across Boundaries features five keynotes, over 150 speakers in 50 breakout sessions, student showcases, startups, and more. Explore last year's agenda here and stay tuned for more information on our speakers and sessions in the fall.

Watch keynote videos.

Explore Learning Innovation Showcase projects.

Meet pitch competition finalists.


Get involved

Go beyond attending LearnLaunch2020 and join our community. It takes a village to produce the premier education innovation conference on the East Coast.


Interested in volunteering?

We love volunteers!

Apply to volunteer here.


Pitch Competition

Early stage edtech companies are invited to participate in the 2020 LearnLaunch Across Boundaries Pitch Competition.

Apply to pitch here.


Learning Innovation Showcase

The Learning Innovation Showcase is an opportunity for a school-based team, including at least one educator and three students, to share their innovative learning experience through a demonstration table and Ignite Session (1 minute student-led presentation).

Apply for the 2020 Learning Innovation Showcase here.

Learn more about last year's Learning Innovation Showcase teams here.


Call for sessions

The LearnLaunch2020 program is developed by a dedicated team of LearnLaunch staff and a super-star advisory board. But each year, we reserve space for sessions suggested by our amazing community.

Submit your session idea below by August 31 at 11:59 PM for consideration. Due to the high volume we receive every year, we are unfortunately only able to respond to successful submissions.

Submit your session here.


More information

The conference website can be found here.


Advisory board

Our program is carefully curated by the LearnLaunch team with the guidance of experts from academia, K-12, business, research, and policy. The advisory board for the 2020 Across Boundaries Conference is:

Dan Abramson, SVP Instruction, Curriculum Associates

Sarah Bassett, Chief Marketing Officer, Certica

Nathaniel Brown, Associate Professor of Research, Boston College Lynch School of Education

Andrew Calkins, Deputy Director of Next Generation Learning Challenges, Educause

Mary Churchill, Associate Dean, Boston University’s Wheelock College of Education and Human Development

Paul Crockett, CEO, Authess

Chris Dede, Professor, Harvard University

Daniel Downs, Director of Digital Learning, North Reading Public Schools

Mary Driscoll, Associate Superintendent, Boston Public Schools

Pam Eddinger, President, Bunker Hill Community College

Brian Fleming, Executive Director, Sandbox ColLABorative, Southern New Hampshire University

Renee Foster, Former President, Curriculum Associates

Elizabeth Freedman, Principal, Greater Lawrence Regional Vocational Technical HS

Chris Gabrieli, Chair, Massachusetts Board of Higher Ed

Sean Gallagher, Executive Director, Center for the Future of Higher Education and Talent Strategy & Executive Professor of Educational Policy, Northeastern University

Kerry Gallagher, Assistant Principal for Teaching and Learning, St. John’s Preparatory School

Brent Grinna, CEO, EverTrue

Jean Hammond, Partner, LearnLaunch

Steve Hiersche, Superintendent, Beverly Public Schools

Michael Horn, Head of Strategy, The Entangled Group

Nina Huntemann, Senior Director of Academics & Research, edX

Jeremy Kelley, Director of Data Implementation, Burning Glass Technologies

Don Kilburn, CEO, UMass Online

John J-H Kim, Senior Lecturer of General Management, Harvard Business School

Ann Koufman-Frederick, Chief Academic Officer, LearnLaunch

Amar Kumar, SVP Product Management, Pearson Online & Blended Learning

Grace Magley, Director of Digital Learning, Natick Public Schools

Marta McAllister, Senior Program Manager, Google for Education

David Meyers, CEO, Teachers Connect

Mark Miller, Managing Partner, Good Harbor Partners

Omo Moses, CEO, MathTalk

Furqan Nazeeri, Partner, Extension Engine

Tisha Nguyen, Solutions Professional for Boston and New England on the US Education Management Team, Microsoft

Daquan Oliver, CEO, We Thrive

Beth Rabbitt, CEO, Learning Accelerator

Ramji Raghavan, Founder and CEO, Pragya Systems Corp.

Seth Reynolds, Managing Director, Parthenon-EY

Meredith Rosenberg, Practice Leader, Russell Reynolds

Eileen Rudden, Board Chair, LearnLaunch

Diane Sadowski, Vice President, Program Management Office, McGraw Hill Education

Alexandra Schaffrath, Chief Strategy Officer, Ultimate Medical Academy

Mary Skipper, Superintendent, Somerville

Jane Swift, President & Executive Director, LearnLaunch

Bill Triant, CEO, Stripes Learning

Dara Warn, Chief Operating Officer, Penn Foster



Payment must be received before the start of the conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020. If payment is not received, your registration will be subject to cancellation. Those requiring a purchase order must complete the Purchase Order Form at the time of registration. For other details please contact LearnLaunch at conference@learnlaunch.org.

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Cancellation Policy
Please note that after December 13, 2019, LearnLaunch will charge a $25 cancellation fee for any canceled registration. After January 1, 202, LearnLaunch will not be able to reimburse you for your registration.

Photo Release
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