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TECH 2017

Highlights of the Transforming Education Conference for Humanity


The three-day Transforming Education Conference for Humanity (TECH) 2017 organised by UNESCO MGIEP was held at Novotel Varun Beach, Visakhapatnam from December 16 – 18, 2017, focused on digital pedagogies for building peaceful and sustainable societies – through 21st century skills, schools and policies.

The conference was attended by over 1,700 registered participants (including teachers, educators, learners, technology and gaming experts, amongst others) from more than 75 countries and witnessed highly engaging deliberations on the future of education, particularly on the innovative methods of teaching using technology. Over the 3 days, TECH comprised of 2 Headline Sessions, including that of award-winning Prof. Sugata Mitra, over 50 catalytic speakers, 100+ presenter sessions and a dedicated Learning and Startup Zone. TECH 2017 was supported by the State Government of Andhra Pradesh and the Ministry of Human Resource Development, Government of India and will be held annually.

For further details, please follow UNESCO MGIEP’s social media channels.  A detailed coverage of the TECH 2017 will be covered in Blue Dot 8 (due for release in July, 2018).



Click to view the videos of TECH 2017

Post-event summary videos

1) Official TECH video (6 minutes)

2) Official TECH Video (2.5 minutes)

3) Talking Across Generations on Education

Special sessions

1) Flipping Education: Talk by Anantha Duraiappah

2) Opening Ceremony


1) Disruptor’s Panel: We don’t need no education

2) Headline Session by Sugata Mitra

3) Headline Session by Heather Knight

Catalytic Sessions

1) Talking Across Generations on Education

2) TECH 2017 Catalytic Session: ICT Pedagogies and Capacity Building

3) TECH 2017 Catalytic Session: Design Thinking as a Strategy

4) TECH 2017 Catalytic Session: What are the Attributes of a Future Digital Teacher/Educator?


Cover Story
Youth Voices

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