4th Annual Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance International Symposium:

The mEducation Alliance

4th Annual Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance

International Symposium: 2014 Networking Fair for Scaling Project Impact

October 20-21, 2014 Washington, DC

The mEducation Alliance is continuing an action-oriented approach to its annual Symposium and we are inviting presentation submissions.

This year’s Symposium will bring together leading donor, private sector, NGO, ICT4E researchers, project innovators, and key policymakers engaged in the field of mobile technologies and education to deepen knowledge exchange and collaboration for scaling project impact.

While all selected projects for presentation must have some level of organizational commitment, they may be in different stages of development, including the following examples:

  • Ready to Launch/Scale: a (new) project or initiative looking for partners in order to get off the ground or scale up;
  • Looking for Partners: an established project that is looking for additional partners to address challenges or opportunities (resources or other); and/or,
  • Stocktaking Stage:  a project or initiative where project leaders are in need of technical assistance and would benefit from structured input from technical experts.

During this year’s mEducation Alliance Networking Fair, selected presenters will have the opportunity to showcase their project(s), discuss topics and trends in the field and environments in which they work, share challenges in a safe setting, brainstorm with a group of technical experts, identify potential partners, and develop concrete plans of action. Presenters should be prepared to discuss their project at length in intensive, small-group working sessions organized to identify project collaborators and areas of possible partnership (e.g., shared interest, financial, technical platform, technical support, etc.).

The overall goal of the mEducation Alliance Networking Fair is for participants to meet potential collaborators and partners with whom they can significantly strengthen and scale promising mEducation opportunities, projects, and initiatives.   Participants will benefit from a unique environment to engage with their counterparts, mEducation Alliance members, and other leading technical experts and thought leaders, among other participants. Whether discussing mobile-based interventions for improving literacy and numeracy, strengthening youth and workforce activities, and/or scaling mEducation interventions for marginalized and/or hard-to-reach learners, each session will explore ways to improve outcomes and impact of mobile-based education interventions through informed project-building strategies and collaboration. 

The mEducation Alliance embraces a broad definition of mobile devices including, but not limited to, phones, laptops, e-Readers, tablets, flash memory, micro projectors, and audio/video devices.  We welcome formal presentation proposals representing a range of technological solutions aligned with the following major tracks:

Mobiles for Literacy

Mobiles for Numeracy

Mobiles for Youth and Workforce Development

Mobiles for Promoting Governance and Accountability in Education

Mobile Payments in Education

The organizers and review committee encourage presentation proposals which are aligned with one or more of the major tracks and  in the context of which may address, but not exclusively, illustrative sub-thematic topic areas such as:  Monitoring and Evaluation, Professional Development, Inclusive Education, Community Engagement, School Leadership, and Gender Empowerment.

The Mobiles for Education (mEducation) Alliance is an international collaborative effort between bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners, academic researchers, and implementing organizations. Our collective agenda is to explore cutting-edge intersections between mobile technologies for education, particularly in low-resource and developing country context, to reduce duplicative efforts, to promote collective knowledge-sharing, and to identify and support efforts to scale promising interventions.  The increasing ubiquity and lowering costs of mobile technologies provides enormously valuable opportunities for supporting quality education impact in developing countries.  

Please see the mEducation Alliance website for the full call for proposals, submission guidelines, and proposal presentation template, but note that the following deadlines.

 Important Dates

Session proposals due to mEducation Alliance

August 15, 2014

Proposal applicants notified of selection results

August  29, 2014

Presenters submit all A/V requests

September 12, 2014

Final Presentations due

October 10, 2014

mEducation Alliance International Symposium

October 20-21, 2014