Each LEGO® Idea Conference features some of the most inspiring and influential speakers on topics related to learning and education and early childhood development. From young protagonists trying to change the system to established voices who are part of a deep-rooted way of thinking about learning and education. We invite thought leaders, practitioners, researchers and social innovators to share their insights on new ways of learning that will equip and empower children to become creative, engaged, lifelong learners.

We will be adding speakers for the 2020 conference to this page as they are confirmed.

Past speakers include

Jaime Saavedra, Director, Education Global Practice, World Bank Group
Pia Britto, Chief and Senior Adviser, Early Childhood Development, UNICEF
Ziauddin Yousafzai, Co-founder, Malala Fund
Pasi Sahlberg, Professor of Education Policy, Gonski Institute, UNSW Sydney
Jack Shonkoff, Director, Center on the Developing Child, Harvard University
Kiran Bir Sethi, Founder, Riverside Schools and Design for Change
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chair Emeritus, BRAC
Rebecca Winthrop, Director, Center for Universal Education, Brookings
Sir Ken Robinson, Author and Speaker
Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Professor of Psychology, Temple University
Saku Tuominen, Founder and Creative Director, HundreEd
Wendy Kopp, CEO, Teach for All

Andreas Schleicher
Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD
Mitchel Resnick
LEGO Papert Professor of Learning Research, MIT Media Lab
Andria Zafirakou
Associate Deputy Headteacher, Alperton Community School
Mark d'Inverno
Professor, Goldsmiths, University of London

Andreas Schleicher is Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD. He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments which create a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators to innovate and transform educational policies and practices. He has worked for over 20 years with Ministers and educational leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said about Andreas in The Atlantic (7/2011) that “He understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I’ve met, and he tells me the truth”. Andreas is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the “Theodor Heuss” prize, awarded for “exemplary democratic engagement” in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany. He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Website: www.oecd.org/education

Featured videos about Andreas Schleicher

Assessing Creative Thinking to Empower Learners

Mitchel Resnick, Professor of Learning Research at the MIT Media Lab, develops new technologies and activities to engage children in creative learning experiences. His Lifelong Kindergarten research group develops the Scratch programming software and online community, the world’s largest coding platform for kids. His group also collaborates with the LEGO Company on the development of new educational ideas and products. Resnick co-founded the Computer Clubhouse project, an international network of 100 after-school learning centers for youth from low-income communities. He is author of the book Lifelong Kindergarten: Cultivating Creativity through Projects, Passion, Peers, and Play.

Featured videos about Mitchel Resnick

Projects, Passion, Peers and Play

Andria Zafirakou is the recipient of the 2018 Global Teacher Prize in recognition of her contribution to education. She is art and textiles teacher in Brent on the outskirts of London, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse places. She is passionate about education and changing the lives of young people and under served communities through creativity. She recently launched the Artists In Residence charity “AIR” to redesign the profile of arts education in the school curriculum and inspire school children by collaborating directly with various artists.

Featured videos about Andria Zafirakou

How can play and other techniques be used to enhance creativity in classrooms?

Mark d’Inverno has spent the last 20 years undertaking cutting-edge research at the frontiers of AI, creativity and learning – asking how they relate to each other and how the different academic disciplines can provide us with insights into the role we want AI to play in both learning and creative practice. Mark’s PhD from UCL investigated the concepts of agency and autonomy in artificial systems, and since then he has published around peer-reviewed 200 articles and several authored and edited books (including the book “Computers and Creativity”). Mark is a Pro Warden (Pro Vice-Chancellor) at Goldsmiths, University of London – known for an array of alumni who have contributed to the creative and cultural industries nationally and internationally – where he leads on developing the College’s international profile and engagement.  Before his current role, Mark led the Department of Computing, renowned for pioneering new programmes at the cutting edge of new technologies and creative practice (Digital Arts Computing, Music Computing and Creative Computing). He is a critically acclaimed jazz pianist (Guardian, Observer, BBC) and for nearly 40 years has led a variety of successful bands in a range of different musical genres.

Website: www.doc.gold.ac.uk/~mas02md/

Featured videos about Mark d'Inverno

The Mark d’Inverno Quintet

AI, Creativity and All That Jazz

Computers, Creativity, Composition and Constraints

Mark d’Inverno with the Reflexive Looper