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The Next Wave in Edtech

  • CTRL Collective Pasadena 45 South Arroyo Parkway Pasadena, CA, 91105 United States (map)

On June 21st we invite you join a conversation centered around the future of education and preparation.

How is AI, machine learning, spatial computing, robotics, and educational software disrupting the role of educators and creating philosophical shifts in teaching and remodeling the classroom?

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." - Malcolm X



6:30pm-7:30pm Arrivals / Networking

7:30pm-8:30pm Panel

8:30pm-9:00pm Q & A

9:00pm-9:30pm Networking



Dr. Gigi Ragusa - professor at the University of Southern California (USC) in the Viterbi School of Engineering’s Division of Engineering Education. She co-chairs and directs USC’s STEM Education Consortium. She serves in the School of Engineering’s Division of Engineering Education and is also on the University’s Academic Senate (faculty governance) as chair as the University’s Library Committee. She has led the Viterbi School of Engineering Dean’s Engaged Learning Initiative for three years. Her research interests and areas of expertise include: STEM and in particular engineering education, engineering innovation and global preparedness, college access for first generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds, STEM PK-12 education and teacher education, STEM literacy education, as well as assessment and measurement in STEM.

Nader Hamda - CEO Ozobot. A serial entrepreneur specializing in products that use technology to make children’s lives better, Nader Hamda has presented his vision for a modern curriculum at California Institute of Technology (CalTech), City of STEM Science Festival, and FETC 2018. After watching his daughters grow up in a world of smartphones and scrolling to nowhere, Hamda founded Ozobot, a company on a mission is to inspire young minds to take the leap from consuming technology to creating it. Ozobot’s robots, Evo and Bit, can be coded two ways: online with the OzoBlockly code editor and screen-free with Ozobot’s patented Color Codes. Today, Evo and Bit are inspiring the next generation of coders and creators in over 10,000 schools.

Jason Roberts - Founder Math Academy. TLDR: Our students complete BC AP Calculus in the 8th grade, and cover most of what's typically taught in an undergraduate math degree in our high-school program at Pasadena High School. There are about 70 kids currently participating, with 41 of them in the 6th-grade!

Advait Shinde - CEO GoGuardian.



Heather Brunold - thought leader in education, specializing in adolescent development and family/school dynamics, for more than two decades. After completing her doctorate in education from the University of Southern California, Heather became passionate about utilizing her talents as an educator to impact the greater community. Feeling she could positively influence her community’s approach to how we learn, Heather established Words2Action, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to engage learners, leaders and educators – through spoken word and tangible action – in a united effort to change the world, one idea at a time. Heather is by her nature a helper, healer and teacher. Her passion for learning and her love of relationship building are the reasons she enjoys serving TEDxPasadenaWomen as the Executive Director/Licensee.

Thank you to our partners CTRL Collective, Innovate Pasadena,, and Janas Associates for providing our community the resources to thrive.

Ticket proceeds benefit LA’s BEST non-profit which provides after school enrichment programs for 192 elementary schools in Los Angeles’s most underserved communities.

Earlier Event: May 17
Designing & Building Worlds
Later Event: July 19
DTLA Happy Hour