Our upcoming Technapex event is less than two weeks away and we’re excited to share that 2U, formerly known as 2tor will be joining our panel of experts to discuss the future of open and social education. 2U is a hot NY-based edtech startup that partners with some of America’s top universities–including USC, Georgetown, Washington University in St. Louis and UNC-Chapel Hill–enabling them to create and market online degree programs. Jeremy Johnson, 2U cofounder and president of undergraduate programs, will join our panel lineup that also includes experts from CourseHorse, Skillshare and Lore.
The Technapex edtech event will be held at the Wix Lounge (10 West 18th Street, New York, NY) on Monday, December 10th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Early bird ticket pricing ends after this weekend, so grab your tickets before the price goes up! To purchase tickets, click here.
At the event you’ll have time to mix and mingle with drinks and appetizers followed by the panel discussion, moderated by Laura Pappano, the award-winning journalist, author and blogger. Laura writes for The New York Times Education Life section, and The Harvard Education Letter. She recently wrote “The Year of the MOOC” article for the New York Times. You can learn more about her here.
Meet the panelists
Jeremy Johnson, 2U cofounder and president of undergraduate programs, will be a panelist at the event. With the exception of a brief (and ultimately misguided) foray into politics during college, Jeremy is a lifelong technology entrepreneur with a passion for leveraging the interwebs to advance and enhance the way people interact. He founded his first company, a marketplace for virtual currency, at 15 and his second, a social network around the college admissions process, at 21 while a student at Princeton University. Having raised funding contingent on him taking time off to run it, he left Princeton to pursue the venture and, two years later, negotiated its acquisition by Zinch. In 2008, at 24, Jeremy co-founded 2U with John Katzman, founder of the Princeton Review, to explore the final frontier of online higher education.
Hunter Horsely, marketing and operations lead at Lore, will also be speaking. Hunter dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was studying business, to join Lore as the first employee in May 2011. Since then he’s led marketing and operations.
Lore’s goal is to connect the world’s learners and teachers as the platform for education. Since launching in December 2011, it’s actively used at over 600 schools. And to date, the company has raised $6M in funding.
Nihal Parthasarathi, co-founder of CourseHorse, will also be speaking on the panel. CourseHorse is an online marketplace that helps people discover, compare and enroll in trusted local classes. CourseHorse partners with established providers of personal and professional classes (ranging from Spanish to cooking to continuing education) and centralizes their offerings to make it easier for consumers to find classes, and for professional educators to sell their seats. Previously, Nihal was an education technology consultant for Capgemini, where he worked to implement a Learning Management System, redesign the consumer-facing website, and overhaul online marketing for a major test-prep provider.
Additionally, Skillshare engineer, Eric Ma, will be speaking on the panel. Eric is a recent transplant to New York, moving back to the east coast after living in the Bay Area for the past six years. Before joining Skillshare, he was a Developer at Jumo, and also worked on a startup he co-founded in San Francisco for two years.
Get to know our sponsor
Thanks again to our sponsor, Wix! Located steps from Union Square, the Wix Lounge is a completely free co-working and event space for creative professionals. The Wix Lounge is run by Wix.com, a free website publishing platform providing user friendly tools for building beautiful, easy-to-make desktop, mobile, and Facebook sites.
You can learn more about how teachers have been using Wix.com in the classroom here.