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Rising to the Challenge! 

About 1.5 billion primary and secondary learners have had their education disrupted by Covid-19. In response to the extraordinary disruption in 2020, the Jacobs Foundation Conference 2021 rises to the challenge in the form of a Solveathon. The virtual conference event takes place on 21-23 April.

In the Solveathon, teams of educators, academics, investors, technologists, funders and practitioners will work together to co-create effective, cross-sectoral and scalable solutions to the challenge of learning in a post-COVID-19 world.

Innovative education solutions will be developed in response to four challenges run by our challenge partners:

Solutions will be judged by a group of distinguished scholars and experts in fields from education, entrepreneurship and program design to economics, sustainable development and policy.

  • Rukmini Banerji: CEO, Pratham
  • Wendy Kopp: CEO, Teach for All Global
  • Tom Vandenbosch: Global Director Programmes, VVOB
  • Noam Angrist: Fellow, Oxford / Consultant, World Bank / Co-founder and Executive Director, Youth Impact
  • Joanne Caddy: Senior Analyst / Team Leader Pisa for Schools, OECD
  • Joyce Malombe: Interim Program Director, Wellspring Philanthropic Fund
  • Emiliana Vegas: Senior Fellow and Co-Director, Center for Universal Education at The Brookings Institution
  • Molly Jamieson: Engagement Director, EdTechHub / Senior Program Director, Results for Development
  • Bill Egbe: Former Board Chair, The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation, Jacobs Foundation Board Member
  • Amy Jo Dowd: Head of Evidence, LEGO Foundation
  • Michael H. Levine: Senior Vice President, Nickelodeon / Founder and Executive Director, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center
  • Daniel Wagner: Professor of Education, University of Pennsylvania / Chair in Learning and Literacy, UNESCO / Director, International Literacy Institute / Director, International Educational Development Program

The conference supports our core goal of enabling learning systems globally to provide children between the ages of 2-12 with equitable opportunities so that they can reach their full learning potential and thrive.