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

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

Conference Schedule

Wednesday, November 14: Arrival and pre-meetings; opening reception

Thursday, November 15: Conference Day 1; evening reception to follow

Friday, November 16: Conference Day 2

Further details of the event schedule will be released soon!


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. Conference attendees are encouraged to stay at the Park Plaza for convenient access to the conference venue. November is one of the busiest convention months in Boston; we strongly encourage you to book your hotel room as soon as possible to secure availability and best pricing options.

The Park Plaza is conveniently located downtown, within short walking distance of a number of other hotels. View a list of other nearby hotels.

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.