The 2020 Symposium

What do you get when you bring together non-tech and tech global ed game developers, with play-based experts, with education specialists, and policymakers all focused on supporting learners in low-resource, developing country context? Lots of ideas and innovations for accelerating the use of play and games to benefit learners of all ages.

This year’s Symposium will facilitate the free flow of ideas between policymakers, donors and other investors, practitioners, researchers, and ed game developers about what works with play- and game-based approaches, and how technology, broadly defined, can be used to help replicate and scale promising initiatives. This is our 10th annual event so a special occasion for celebration with organizers and attendees. (And, yes, there will be cake.) For the first time, we’ll be hosting this event at the Kennedy Center’s new REACH performing arts complex (classily sitting just next to the Potomac River).

If you haven’t attended a previous Symposium, you are in for a real treat (not just the cake:-)! Please see highlights from our 2019 event focused on Digital Literacy and Skills for Education and Development to see who typically attends and how this global event is organized.

As usual, presenters and participants will benefit from a variety of innovative knowledge exchange and networking opportunities within high-energy participatory formats (e.g. ignite talks, unconventional panel presentations, unconference, pitch presentations, gallery walks, game play) to facilitate the exchange of ideas.

We’ll also have hands-on demonstrations, exhibits, serious — and silly – gaming spaces to demonstrate some of the best of non-digital and digital educational games and to help forge new partnerships.

Please note that attendance to the Symposium is invite-only.

We invite applicants to submit presentation proposals here by Thursday, April 30th around the following themes:


Helping to sponsor the Symposium — and other Alliance products — is a great way to demonstrate your commitment to the ICT4E ecosystem and to highlight your organization’s work in the space for a highly engaged audience.  Click here to find out more about sponsorship opportunities.

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The mEducation Alliance Symposium is hosted annually by the the members of the mEducation Alliance . The Alliance was founded in 2010 and is an international collaborative effort between bilateral and multilateral donors, NGOs, foundations, private sector partners, and academic researchers.  Our collective agenda is to: highlight and catalyze promising information and communications technology for education (ICT4E) practices and initiatives, particularly in low-resource and developing country context; to reduce duplicative efforts; to promote collective knowledge-sharing, and to identify and support efforts to evaluate and scale promising ICT4E interventions.