PLEASE NOTE: Due to the global situation, the Festival is being postponed to the week of September 21-25, 2020 exact dates to be determined. Read our letter here and make plans to join us in Bella Italia in the fall!

U.S. – Italia Education
Innovation Festival

Inspiring an Education Renaissance

September 21 - September 23, 2020

Ercolano, Italy (Naples)

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About the Festival

CER is proud to present with Stoà, the most important and historic management school in the South of Italy, The U.S.–Italia Education Innovation Festival, September 21-23, 2020, at Stoà, steps from Pompeii and overlooking the Bay of Naples.

The U.S.–Italia Education Innovation Festival will be the first global Ed Tech event in Italy, with a concentration on innovations and technologies that amplify, engage and educate the world’s students in the arts and sciences. Our focus will be on exploring, uncovering and connecting with technologies and innovative practices already being increasingly applied across the globe to learning, teaching, and in the workforce, bringing us each day more quickly than the last into the 21st Century. Together, we will move from early education, through K–12 and Higher Ed and across the Workforce, breaking up the silos to build continuum of education models that cut through all levels of education, preparing us for work, life and explosive change–across the globe.

Gather with the experts, investors, entrepreneurs and start-ups from one of the world’s most beautiful, culturally rich, scientifically pioneering countries in the world. Our host region, Campania, and its most famous city, Naples, home to the first Greek settlements, is widely considered the epicenter of world history and scientific invention, beauty and culture.


Area9 Group CEO Ulrik Juul Christensen joins Reality Check to talk about learning science and personalization, in a run up to his keynote. From its origins in the 1980s to covering breakthrough new developments in technology, Artificial Intelligence and data science are fueling better, faster learning across the globe. How, why, and more about what it means for K to gray is a must listen.

Speakers Include:

Scott Baron

Tammy Baron

Scott Bess

Janine Caffrey

Sam Caucci

Marco Clark

Lucilla Crosta

Carol D'Amico

Lisa Dawley


daniele denti

Jamey Heit

Leonardo Lecce

Andrea Leone-Pizzighella


EAN Mikale, J.D.

Stephanie Nellons-Paige

Ben Nelson

Nick Paradiso

Enrico Poli



Niels Vildbrad

Chris Whittle

What to Expect from the U.S.-Italia Ed Innovation Festival

The U.S.-Italia Ed Innovation Festival will link the entrepreneurs of the US and Italy in an exploratory new Western civilization partnership for education.  A successful first event may lead to the creation of an Italian-based accelerator and incubator for Italian and other European start-ups.

If you’ve ever been to New York’s EdTech Week, or the ASU+GSV Summit, you know that there is no shortage of work that can and needs to be done, if only we had more time to showcase and learn from one another.  With these colleagues and others, we aspire to work collaboratively to highlight and host the best that both our countries offer, and welcome innovators from every nation.

The Festival will drive new markets and exponential growth of pathbreaking innovations in education and demonstrate what can occur when new partnerships, with new countries with their unique talents and attributes engaged, are seated equally at the education innovation table.


  • Players from Italian and U.S. education and technology sectors will have the opportunity to present, exhibit, pitch and market their ideas and products.
  • Keynotes from some of Italy’s most famous cultural icons, and U.S. and Italian government leaders;
  • Opportunities to build new networks of educators, providers and financial sectors.
  • Several plenary, break out and private meeting opportunities are available.
  • New ideas, products and people;
  • Fresh and impactful avenues for work and investment;
  • Engagement in the United States, entrepreneurial Education + Technology sectors!


  • Technology innovators
  • Early-Stage Investors
  • EdTech Entrepreneurs
  • Media Representatives
  • Policymakers
  • Corporations
  • Educators
  • Students

How can you be featured at the conference?

Are you interested in speaking? Exhibiting? Sponsoring?

Contact us to learn more about these opportunities

Join us to build the new education renaissance worldwide.


Attendees are encouraged to arrive at least a day in advance. Several educational and cultural experiences will be provided, including visits to Pompeii and Oplontis, as well as food and wine tasting events.