Education is the Eco Devo Agenda

There’s an event in Kansas City in January that is shaping up to be the must-attend conference of gigabit cities.  But, also for educators. 

That’s right.  And we couldn’t be more excited…

This main stage event is the Gigabit City Summit – your chance to learn how to make your own city smarter, faster and better.  At this 3-day event, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with hundreds of gigabit city thinkers and leaders from around the country as we explore how ultra-high-speed Internet is reshaping cities. The Gigabit City Summit is the only event where you can learn how your city and your metro can prepare for the opportunity to become a Gigabit City.

Lead with learning.

Mozilla Gigabit Community Fund has wrangled together an amazing Edu Track within the Gigabit City Summit, where teachers, principals, superintendents and education stakeholders  will hear, explore and openly discuss education’s role in building smart, connected cities, with an emphasis on economic development.   This special experience will take place Tuesday, January 13, 2015, from 12:45 – 3:45pm in the Bloch Executive Hall, room 413.


  • If you are a Kansas City-area educator, you may purchase a specially priced EDU Pass for the education track only.
  • If you are already attending the Gigabit City Summit and wish to also attend GCS EDU, or if you would like to add a teacher or education professional to your metro delegation, Email Us for a group rate discount before purchasing tickets.


12:45-1:45pm – Smart Cities That Work for Everyone: 7 Keys to Education & Employment

As the majority of the world’s population becomes urban, cities must become centers of learning for young and old. Every person, organization and region needs to get smart – to skill up, learn more and build new capacities faster and cheaper than ever.

Learn from Getting Smart CEO Tom Vander Ark how education is the economic development agenda

1:45-2:30pm – Tynker’s Approach to STEM

In a world where technology touches every aspect of our lives, it is crucial that our children become active creators of technology, not just passive users. What separates those who simply have an idea from those who make their idea a reality is the ability to program.

Learn from CEO Krishna Vedati how Tynker is working to provide every child with solid foundations in STEM through visual programming apps and games.

2:45-3:45pm: KC’s Learning Revolution

From Gigabit-to-the-schools to next-gen learning, join an open discussion on the pathway from connectivity to innovation, featuring a distinguished panel of local and national experts in Ed Tech.

Moderated by Ray Daniels, Former Superintendent of Kansas City, Kansas Public Schools; Member of Board of Trustees, Kansas City Kansas Community College; Board Member, KC Digital Drive, Kansas Learning Network and PREP KC, and former member of the Mayors’ Google Bi-State Innovation Team.

Panelists include:

  • Susan Wally, Executive Director, Prep KC
  • Joe Fives, Director of Technology, Kansas City, KS Public Schools
  • Kyle Pace, K-12 Instructional Technology Specialist and Google Certified Teacher
  • Lev Gonick, CEO, One Community

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