7th Annual mEducation Alliance Symposium
Future-Proofing Technology for Education in International Development

Washington, DC, October 5–6, 2017

Many thanks to the proposal submission teams!
The mEducation Alliance received an exciting number of submissions and is currently reviewing them.  

Proposals will be selected on a rolling basis.  

This year the mEducation Alliance Steering Committee is taking a novel approach for the guiding theme and format for this year’s Symposium: Potential presenters, including education policymakers, are asked to look backwards from the year 2020 and share specific information about the pathways they or other partners followed for gathering the evidence to scale and spread their successful information and communications technology (ICT) initiatives by this year. The mEducation Alliance embraces a broad definition of ICT4E including, but not limited to, phones, laptops, e-Readers, tablets, flash memory, micro projectors, and audio/video devices.

Presentation proposal applicants should include the proposed “future-proofing” steps for their initiatives, identifying the piloting, research, evidence, technology selection, and partnerships to achieve their ICT4E initiative’s goals. This year’s theme demonstrates the power of the Symposium as a venue for discussing pathways to spreading and scaling innovations and the importance of gathering evidence of impact and for highlighting the essential role of policy makers in adopting ICT4E initiatives and in spreading and scaling the most impactful of these innovations.

The Symposium will follow a first-time Education “track” at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Annual Grand Challenges (Gates GC) Meeting, also being held in Washington, DC, October 1-4, 2017, and just before the Symposium.  Several of the sub-themes highlighted at the Symposium will carry through these two events. Some mEducation Alliance Symposium attendees will also be invited to attend the Gates GC Meeting.

Sub-themes of this year’s Symposium include:

Literacy (including assessment, local language materials, etc.)
Girls’ Education
Nonformal Education/Lifelong Learning
Monitoring and Evaluation/Research

The 7th Annual Symposium is a valuable opportunity to connect with leading donor organizations, private sector, NGOs, ICT4E researchers, innovators, and policymakers engaged in the field. As in past Symposia (see here for 2016 Symposium highlights), this year’s event will include interactive sessions and formats including pitch presentations (with the always popular “mock investors” panels), gallery walks, and even more extreme event networking.

Timeline of Key Dates

Submission deadline is August 4, 2017 (this is now closed).

Presentation proposals will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

All selected applicants will be informed before August 18th.

The mEducation Symposium will be held on October 5th and 6th, 2017.


Taking advantage of opportunities to sponsor the Symposium is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to the ICT4E ecosystem and to highlight your organization’s work in the space.  Click here to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

Additional Information

For additional information about this year’s Symposium, this call for proposals, and sponsorship opportunities, please contact us at 2017medusymp@gmail.com.

The mEducation Alliance Symposium is hosted annually by the mEducation Alliance’s Steering Committee. The Alliance was founded in 2010 and 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 ICT4E interventions.  The increasing ubiquity and lowering costs of mobile technologies provides enormously valuable opportunities for supporting quality education impact in developing countries.

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.