Tyton Partners hosts an annual gathering of thought leaders from across the global knowledge marketplace.

The Tyton Education Summit 2015: How Innovation Scales

This invitation-only event is one of a very few that brings together entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and private equity investors, company and foundation executives, and institutional leaders from across the global knowledge markets to engage in meaningful discussion about the mission-critical issues of today.

This year’s event will be held June 1-2, 2015 at the New York Times Center in New York City.


This reflects the current agenda for the Summit and is subject to modifications leading up to the event. For information or questions, please contact Kerry VanMolle.

Day 1

12:30 p.m.          Registration

1:30 p.m.            Tyton Partners Welcome

2:00 p.m.            Education as Innovation

The education sector has garnered significant attention in the press across the past few years as the industry has witnessed record amounts of capital inflows to new and emergent businesses. However, the real story is not the innovation occurring within the markets and organizations in education, but Education as innovation transforming individuals, organizations, and whole markets / sectors. These panelists will discuss how Education is driving systemic change and scaling transformation within our communities and society at large.

3:00 p.m.            Short Shot – A Leader’s Perspective on Scaling Innovation

3:15 p.m.            Break

3:45 p.m.            Short Shot – A Leader’s Perspective on Scaling Innovation

4:00 p.m.            Will “Free” Models Win?

Open education resources. MOOC v1.0. Freemium communities and platforms. Badges and micro-credentials. All represent wonderful examples of dynamic efforts to exploit alternative paths of distribution in extending access to education and instructional resources. Fundamentally, these efforts are targeting “scale” and broad-based adoption as a shock to existing models. Identifying where these efforts have succeeded – and failed – and how to apply lessons learned to current company and institutional efforts is the goal of this panel.

5:00 p.m.            Keynote

5:45 p.m.            Evening Reception


Day 2

7:30 a.m.            Registration and Breakfast

8:15 a.m.            Welcome Back

8:30 a.m.            The Alternative to “School”?

K-12 and postsecondary landscape are awash with organizations that purport to offer an alternative to the traditional academic experience as a preparatory step. These innovative models have emerged suddenly and rapidly across the past decade, creating a new ecosystem of options for students of all ages. These panelists will offer insight into building businesses outside the traditional systems, and both the opportunities and challenges they have faced along the way.

9:30 a.m.            Short Shot – A Leader’s Perspective on Scaling Innovation

9:45 a.m.            Institutional Change Management – The Unfunded Mandate?

The tech revolution gripping the K-12 and postsecondary sectors must contend with a messy reality – many districts, colleges, and universities don’t have sufficient capacity and resources to implement solutions with the fidelity that all stakeholders would like. The reality is, institutional customers are struggling to absorb innovation and new models and the elephant in the room is often an effective change management protocol and scaffolding to support integration of new ideas and practices. These K-12 and postsecondary leaders will reveal their institutional efforts to address this challenge and effectively disseminate and scale new models and practices.

10:45 a.m.           Break

11:15 a.m.           Are You Ready for the Workforce?

Efforts to better align postsecondary institutional efforts with workforce demands remain an oft-cited priority across almost all relevant stakeholder communities. As a result, separate and distinct ecosystems of providers are emerging to support institutional and corporate efforts at this intersection, although neither set of customers has great visibility into the offerings available to the other. These panelists will highlight innovative models supporting workforce and talent development initiatives that have an eye on the bridge back into our postsecondary education system.

12:15 p.m.           Short Shot – A Leader’s Perspective on Scaling Innovation

12:30 p.m.           Lunch

1:30 p.m.             What Travels, What Doesn’t?

Our world gets ever smaller, with seemingly every corner connected through social media and other technologies that seem to collapse time and space. Shouldn’t education be one of those forces that transcends borders, with institutions, suppliers, practitioners accelerating the pace of diffusion of effective teaching and learning models and environments? In what areas is it happening and in what areas is it not, despite earnest efforts? Should the US be an importer of innovations or an exporter? These panelists will help us frame these issues, sharing perspectives generated from their efforts both here in the US and abroad.

2:30 p.m.            Short Shot – A Leader’s Perspective on Scaling Innovation

2:45 p.m.            Break

3:15 p.m.            Consumer Education Opportunities: Easier than We Thought?

Targeting consumer audiences within the education sector used to be a fool’s errand for all but a handful of businesses and market segments. Today, there appears to be a renewed push – with greater levels of success – to build and execute business models that depend on robust consumer adoption and awareness. As companies strive to find audiences beyond the traditional institutional one, these panelists will share insights and strategies for how to do so effectively.

4:15 p.m.            Closing Keynote

5:00 p.m.            Closing Remarks