What is the edX Global Forum?

The edX Global Forum brings together the edX partner network of senior leaders and digital learning innovators from the world’s best universities and organizations. This annual summit provides an opportunity for edX partners to share knowledge, exchange ideas, and design the future of education together. Attendees can expect provocative plenaries, informative breakout sessions, small group meetings, dynamic networking opportunities, and exciting evening events.

To Register

Registration for the 2018 edX Global Forum is currently open to all edX partners. Register today to secure your space!

Questions about registering? Contact globalforum@edx.org.


Saadia Zahidi

Head of Education, Gender and Work
World Economic Forum

Deb Bubb

Vice President, Chief Leadership and Learning Officer

Lawrence Bacow

Harvard University

Krishna Rajagopal

Dean for Digital Learning

Jill Zimmerman

Partner, Global Chief Talent & Inclusion Officer

Peter Mathieson

Principal and Vice-Chancellor
University of Edinburgh

Jeffrey Jaffe

World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)

Carol Quillen

Davidson College

Mohammad Qayoumi

Minister of Finance
Government of Afghanistan

Francisco Mora

Universitat Politècnica de València

Wendell Pritchett

University of Pennsylvania

Andrew Shennan

Wellesley College

View our full list of speakers

Conference Schedule

Our program will be packed with dynamic speakers, engaging discussion, enlightening sessions, and plenty of time for networking with colleagues and edX leaders.

View a full, detailed version of our program agenda.

Key highlights of the 2018 program will include:

Wednesday, November 14:
4:00pm Registration Opens
6:00pm Opening Reception, Park Plaza Hotel
Thursday, November 15:
9:00amForum begins! Opening Remarks from edX CEO Anant Agarwal
9:30amKeynote Conversation: Saadia Zahidi, World Economic Forum
1:00pmedX Town Hall, Hosted by Anant
4:30pmRedesigning Education for the 21st Century - an Interactive Workshop
6:00pmReception & Dinner - John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum
Friday, November 16:
9:00amKeynote Conversation: Deb Bubb, IBM
10:00amedX Product Vision & Roadmap
1:00pmedX Learner Panel
2:00pmedX Prize Winner Announcement!
4:00pmClosing Remarks; Forum concludes.

Hotel, Venue, and Travel Information

Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Hotel and Conference Venue: Boston Park Plaza Hotel


The conference will be held at the Park Plaza Hotel, located in the heart of historic downtown Boston.

The Park Plaza is conveniently located downtown, within short walking distance of a number of other hotels. EdX has a reserved block of rooms at Hotel 140, a highly rated hotel just a short walk from the conference venue. Please reach out to globalforum@edx.org to reserve a room in this block. Please be aware that space is limited and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

November is one of the busiest convention months in Boston; we strongly encourage you to book your accomodation as soon as possible to secure availability and best pricing options.

Boston Park Plaza Hotel


The recommended airport is Logan International Airport (BOS), which is 10-30 minutes from downtown Boston depending on traffic. Taxi is the most commonly used transportation from the airport, and costs about $30 with tip.

For sedan or private car services, feel free to use Commonwealth Limo, Boston Coach, or Carey Limousine. For other means of transportation, visit Rideguru.com.


Boston is a dynamic city with much to offer in cultural attractions, museums, and activities. For more information about Boston, try U.S. New Boston Guide, Boston Visitors Bureau, or Trip Advisor.

Who should attend?

The edX Global Forum is a conference for leaders in the online learning space. The audience is made up of senior leaders at universities and organizations, as well as their teams. All current edX partners are welcome to attend (the event is closed to non-partners). A list of our partner organizations can be found at edx.org/schools-partners.