Event Cancelled

Please be advised that this event has been cancelled due to safety concerns related to local circumstances. We apologize for any inconvenience caused. For more information please contact globalforum@edx.org.

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, engaging parallel sessions, small group meetings and discussions, dynamic networking opportunities, and exciting evening events.

The 2019 Global Forum will be hosted by edX contributing charter member The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.


Speakers for the 2019 Forum include:

Charles Yidan

Co-founder, Tencent
Founder, Yidan Prize Foundation

Gayatri Agnew

Senior Director
Walmart Giving

Scott Pulsipher

Western Governors University

Helen Brand


Robert Brown

Boston University

Peter Høj

Vice Chancellor and President
University of Queensland

Ahmad Hasnah

Hamad Bin Khalifa University

Nigel de Bussy

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Business and Law
Curtin University

Aiji Tanaka

Waseda University

Ignacio de la Vega

EGADE Business School - Tecnológico de Monterrey

Arthur Mol

Rector Magnificus
Wageningen University

Additional speakers for 2019 will be announced as they are confirmed.

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.

Monday, November 11:
12:00pm - 4:00pm Pre-Meetings; Registration Opens
6:00pm Opening Reception
Tuesday, November 12:
9:00am - 5:00pmConference Day 1, including keynote speakers, parallel sessions, and networking
6:00pm - 9:00pmEvening Event: Reception & Dinner
Wednesday, November 13:
9:00am - 4:00pmConference Day 2, including keynote speakers, parallel sessions, and networking

The 2019 program agenda will be finalized over the coming months. Click here to view a full, detailed version of our previous year's program agenda.


Hotel, Venue, and Travel Information

Location: Hong Kong
Hotel and Conference Venue: Hotel ICON


The conference will be held at the stunning Hotel ICON, located in historic Kowloon in the heart of Hong Kong. We strongly advise participants to reserve their accomodation at the ICON for your ultimate convenience. To book your stay at Hotel ICON, use this reservation link for Global Forum guests. Please be aware that space is limited; We strongly encourage you to book your accommodation as soon as possible to secure availability and best pricing options.

Hotel ICON, Hong Kong


The recommended airport is Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), which is 30-45 minutes from the Hotel ICON. Taxi is the most commonly used transportation from the airport, and costs about $30 USD (225 HKD).

Hong Kong

Hong Kong is a dynamic city with much to offer in cultural attractions, museums, and activities. For more information about Hong Kong, try Travel & Leisure or TripAdvisor.

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.