Mr. Carlos Slim participated in the first Global Education and Technology Forum at Twitter's San Francisco offices
January 31, 2013. San Francisco, CA

The Global Business Coalition for Education (GBC-Ed), Emerson Collective and Twitter joined forces to convene the first Global Education and Technology Forum at Twitter's San Francisco offices. The event was hosted by Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for GlobalEducation and former British Prime Minister, Laurene Powell Jobs,GBC-Ed Advisory Board member and Emerson Collective Chair, and DickCostolo, CEO of Twitter. More than100 technology and education executives gathered to discuss the importance of providing quality education for youth around the world and ways to use technology to get all children in school and learning.

The town hall generated thousands of tweets from a diverse audience, including tech start-ups and on-the-ground education providers.

The event included high-level panel discussions focused on various aspects of the challenge of using technology to improve global learning.

The forum started off with a Twitter Town Hall where Costolo welcomed guests and read questions that had been tweeted from around the world using the hashtag #Tech4Ed.

Michael Jones, Google – Daphne Koller, Coursera – Gordon Brown (Moderator) – Strive Masiyiwa, Econet Wireless – Matt Keller, Vice President of Global Advocacy, One Laptop Per Child.

Amanda Ripley, Time Magazine (Moderator) – Rebecca Winthrop, Center for Universal Education, The Brookings Institution – Ari Gesher, Palantir – John Bicket, Meraki – Jonathan Harber, Pearson.

Carlos Watson (Moderator) – Wendy Kopp, Teach for All – Sujay Jaswa, Dropbox – Sebastian Thrun, Udacity.

Peter Diamandis, who launched the Global Literacy X Prize.

Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education.

Laurene Powell Jobs (Moderator) – Carlos Slim, Carlos Slim Foundation – Salman Khan, Khan Academy.

Photos by Drew Altizer

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