CFP : Call for Blockchain in Education Summit Participation

Poster - Blockchain in Education Summit 2018


BOSTON, USA — August 06, 2018

World's Experts in Educational Technology and Blockchain Technology to Convene in Boston on November 30 and December 1.

The Immersive Education Initiative today released the official Call for Participation (CfP) for the Initiative's inaugural Blockchain in Education Summit (iED 2018), for which all keynote talks (see below) and exhibits will be open to the public and free of charge.

Speakers at previous conferences have included United Nations, NASA, Harvard, Smithsonian, MIT, MIT Media Lab, Disney, Google, Microsoft, Intel, US Department of Education, Stanford, USC, UCLA, and other world-class organizations and academic institutions (see below).

  • Present or Exhibit: Individuals and groups interested in presenting or exhibiting at the conference are encouraged to respond to the Call for Participation (CfP) as noted below and online at

  • Attend: Individuals and groups interested in attending the conference may sign up for email notifications at

Attendees will receive a limited number of Knowledge Token® ("Knowken") digital tokens.

First introduced at Immersive Italy 2017, Knowledge Tokens may be used to pay for future conferences, training & certification programs, camps, clubs, Minecraft accounts & servers, VR headsets, 360 degree VR cameras, VR and gaming graphics cards (GPUs), and more. Special Blockchain in Education Summit sessions will also provide attendees with in-depth instructions on how to utilize and distribute Knowledge Tokens in their own classes and training activities.

Opening Keynote

Alex Sandy Pentland MIT - Immersive Education Initiative Summits - Immersive LearningMassachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) professor Alex "Sandy" Pentland will deliver the opening keynote for the inaugural Blockchain in Education Summit. Pentland directs the MIT Connection Science and Human Dynamics labs and previously helped create and direct the MIT Media Lab (Cambridge, MA) and the Media Lab Asia (India).

One of the most-cited scientists in the world, Forbes recently declared Pentland one of the "7 most powerful data scientists in the world" along with Google founders and the Chief Technical Officer of the United States.


Summit Overview

The Blockchain in Education Summit will convene the world's leading educational technology and blockchain experts on November 30 and December 1 in Boston, Massachusetts, to: 1) Address the emerging role of blockchain technology in the fields of education and training, and 2) Examine the role and impact of academic and corporate research on blockchain technologies and standards.

The conference will be organized into 3 distinct strands:

  1. TEACHING BLOCKCHAIN sessions will present case studies and best practices for teaching students of all ages about blockchain technologies, apps and applications.

  2. USING BLOCKCHAIN sessions will teach educators, trainers and researchers how to utilize blockchain technologies, apps and applications in the fields of education, training and research.

  3. RESEARCH sessions will provide attendees with an in-depth understanding of current and emerging technical and theoretical research studies focused specifically on blockchain technologies, apps and applications.


iED Summits - Immersive Education Initiative Summits - Immersive LearningCorresponding Immersive Education Initiative Blockchain Technology Working Groups (TWGs) and Community Groups (CGs) will be announced during the opening keynote address, and will subsequently be open to all educators, trainers and researchers.

Dates and Call for Participation (CfP)

The international Blockchain in Education Summit will take place in Boston, Massachusetts (United States), on November 30 and December 1, 2018. The conference, which is open to the public, will feature cutting-edge technology and research from around the world along with related presentations, exhibits, tools, techniques, standards and best practices.

  • ATTENDEES: If you are interested in attending the conference please sign up for email notifications at

  • SPEAKERS AND EXHIBITORS: Speakers, researchers, teachers, trainers, students, exhibitors, sponsors and other individuals and groups interested in speaking, presenting or exhibiting at the conference are invited to respond to the CfP at

World-renowned Speakers

Speakers at Immersive Education events have included faculty, researchers, graduate students, staff, administrators and executives from the world's leading academic and cultural organizations, universities, and companies, such as Harvard University (Harvard Graduate School of Education, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT Media Lab, The Smithsonian Institution, UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization), Federation of American Scientists (FAS), United States Department of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Department of the Interior (DOI) National Park Service, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Stanford University, Cornell University, Duke University, UCLA, USC, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Oracle, Halliburton Company, Turner Broadcasting, Gates Planetarium, Computerworld, Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel), The MOFET Institute (Israel), Keio University (Japan), Chukyo TV Broadcasting Company (Japan), Nikko Telecommunications Company (Japan), National University of Singapore (NUS), University of St Andrews (UK), University of Glasgow (UK), Coventry University (UK), INDIRE (Italian Ministry of Education, Universities and Research institute), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (Italian National Research Council), Università degli Studi di Padova (University of Padua, Italy), Open University (UK), University of Oulu (Finland), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD; France), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel), Graz University of Technology (Austria), University of West of Scotland (UK), University of Barcelona (Spain), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), University of Vienna (Austria), Government of New South Wales (Australia), Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (Hungary), University of São Paulo (Brazil), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS; Brazil), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (India), and many more world-class organizations detailed at

Press Contact

Barbara Mikolajczak
Immersive Education Initiative
+1 (617) 997-1017

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Thousands of Members Worldwide

The Immersive Education Initiative is a non-profit international collaboration of educational institutions, research institutes, museums, consortia and companies. The Initiative was established in 2005 with the mission to define and develop standards, best practices, technology platforms, training and education programs, and communities of support for virtual worlds, virtual reality, augmented and mixed reality, simulations, game-based learning and training systems, immersive teaching and immersive learning platforms, and fully immersive environments such as caves and domes.

Thousands of faculty, researchers, staff and administrators are members of the Immersive Education Initiative, who together service millions of academic and corporate learners worldwide.

Chapters support the rapid and continued growth of Immersive Education throughout the world, and constitute the geographically distributed structure of the organization through which regional and local members are supported and enriched. Chapters organize officially sanctioned Summits, Days, workshops, collaborations, seminars, lectures, forums, meetings, public service events and activities, technical groups, technical work items, research, and related activities.

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