Past Events:

MOOC Madness: Technapex’s Panel on Online Education

When: May 20, 2013 from 6:30-9 p.m.

Where: Runway SF (1355 Market St.) in San Francisco

At this mixer and panel discussion, panelists discussed the effect MOOCs and online education have had on the higher education system in the past few years. Our panel, comprised of educators and entrepreneurs with experience in both online and traditional education, raised a lot of questions about the current higher education system and if or how we can incorporate more online education into the current system to improve it, sifting facts from the hype.

Speakers included Keith Devlin, mathematics professor at Stanford teaching his second MOOC; Amin Saberi, founder and CEO of NovoEd; Inna Lisker, associate director for Berkeley’s Resource Center for Online Education; and James Vernon, history professor at UC Berkeley and co-chair of the Berkeley Faculty Association.


 SXSFedu: Technapex’s Pre-Conference EdTech Mixer

When: February 25, 2013 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where: Parisoma (169 11th St.) in San Francisco

This was a happy hour event in San Francisco for those who couldn’t make SXSWedu in Austin or people who wanted to meet fellow attendees before the conference. SXSF brought together investors, executives and entrepreneurs to discuss innovations and challenges in the education tech space. The panel, moderated by KQED MindShift editor and edtech guru Tina Barseghian, explored the digital shift in edtech.

Tina Barseghian is the founder and editor and of MindShift, a news website about innovations in learning. MindShift was launched more than two years ago through NPR as a medium to understand and dig into how progressive teaching tactics and technology have the potential to make learning relevant to students.

Panelists included innovators from successful edtech companies, including lynda.comKnoEdmodoGlassLab (collaborators on SimCityEDU), and Meograph.

Technapex NYC EdTech Event: Open and Social Education

When: December 10, 2012 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Where:  Wix Lounge (10 West 18th Street) in New York City

Laura Pappano, award-winning journalist, author and blogger, moderated a discussion among local edtech entrepreneurs about how education is becoming more open and social.

Laura is a frequent contributor to The New York Times Education Life section, and The Harvard Education Letter. She is the author of Inside School Turnarounds (2010), co-author of Playing with Boys (2008), and author of The Connection Gap (2001). She recently wrote the article, “The Year of the MOOC,” which was featured on the cover of the New York Times Education Life section.

Panelists included innovators from successful edtech companies, including Lore, Skillshare, 2U (formerly known as 2tor) and CourseHorse.

Technapex: EdTech Investor Panel

When: May 23, 2012 from 7-9 p.m.

Where: Roe (651 Howard Street) in San Francisco

We brought together investors from NewSchools Venture Fund, Bessemer Venture Partners, Impact at Scale and Learn Capital for a panel discussion on the growing number of investments in edtech startups, moderated by Liz Gannes from AllThingsD.


Technapex EduTech Mixer & Panel: Digital Content and Changing the Way Students Learn

When: March 28, 2012 from 6 – 8 p.m.

Where: Roe (651 Howard Street) in San Francisco

We brought together entrepreneurs, investors, journalists and forward-thinkers for a panel discussion on  how content in the classroom and the way students learn is changing. In a talk moderated by Josh Constine from TechCrunch, panelists looked at the benefits of new technology and collaborative learning for students, as well as the limitations, and trends for where the industry is headed in 2012.

Panelists included innovators from successful edtech companies such as InstaEDUGrockitPiazza, and Subtext.