enlightED, an international meeting of education, innovation and EdTech

Fundación Telefónica, IE University and South Summit are promoting enlightED, an international meeting involving great thinkers and innovators with the aim of staging a great debate on education in the digital age. The meeting will be held in Madrid on 3, 4 and 5 October within the framework of the South Summit 2018.

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How is technology transforming education? What opportunities does it offer to facilitate access and to improve learning? Who are the greatest exponents of educational innovation at the moment? What are the challenges in EdTech? What do entrepreneurs think about the education of the future? If we want to reinvent education in the digital world we must start by asking ourselves the right questions. To address these issues, enlightED brought world experts from 3 to 5 October to a meeting promoted by Fundación Telefónica, IE University and South Summit, within the framework of South Summit 2018.

With a transversal and participatory approach, enlightED focused on panel discussions and conferences with business leaders, academics, innovators, students and futurists in a debate on new opportunities for learning and development in the EdTech world, and proposals that facilitate the full participation of everyone in digital society.

enlightED was held in the facilities of La Nave, in Madrid. .


Thinkers and innovators such as Sir Ken Robinson, Barbara Oakley, Jonathan Zittrain, Maysa Jalbout, and Gerd Leonhard, among many others, participated in this major international event to engage in a major debate on education in the digital age.

“We believe education is the best tool to achieve a

fairer and more equitable society and that technology is the lever to do it”,

(José María Álvarez-Pallete, Chairman of Telefónica)


“The education of the future will focus on new content, new formats and a leading role

for technology to have a greater impact on people”

(Santiago Íñiguez de Onzoño, Chairman of IE University)


“Education is key to responding in time to the technological revolution in which we

find ourselves and the pillar to achieving a more equal society.”

(María Benjumea, founder and CEO of Spain Startup – South Summit)


enligthED is looking for the 10 best EdTech startups in the world

enlightED also wants to be a window to the world and a space for networking for EdTech startups, so it is launching a special call to reward the 10 best international startups in the sector, at any stage of development.

The selected startups will be among the finalists of the South Summit and will have the opportunity to have their own space at the meeting, increase their visibility, access to training, meetings with potential investors or corporations in search of innovation and mentoring, among other the advantages.

Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can register until August 17. The finalist startups will travel to Madrid to present their projects and will vie for, in addition to the prizes of the South Summit competition, the enligthED Awards which include 3 special prizes:

IE University enlightED Award to the ‘Best startup in Higher Education ‘.
Fundación Telefónica EnlightED Award to the ‘Startup with the greatest social impact in education‘.
Wayra and Telefónica Digital Education EnlightED Award to the ‘Startup with best technological solution for learning and training‘.

The evaluation criteria for selecting the finalist projects will be their innovative nature, feasibility, scalability, team profile and ability to attract investment. The selection Committee will be made up of an international network of investors, entrepreneurs and experts in various industries.

The winners will have access to the startups accelerator of Edtech IE Rockets; the Wayra international entrepreneurship network; the entire investment system of the South Summit as well as the possibility of collaboration with its partners and collaborators.