Winter Games

January 5-7, 2021 | Digital Immersive Experience

Calling all dreamers, doers and drivers!

Join a global community of changemakers for learning, co-creating, community and fun at the 2021 Winter Games to shape the future of learning in the digital age.

First we build smart campuses, then smart regions - then worlds.

The 2020 Olympics may have moved, but there’s another set of global games afoot at ASU. The Summer 2020 Olympics in Tokyo were moved to Summer 2021, and the Winter 2020 Olympics in Beijing are just a year away.

Welcome to the first-ever ShapingEDU Winter Games. Spend January 5-7, 2021 engaged in a breadth of activities designed to surface the best in emerging approaches for shaping the future of smart campuses, cities and education -- and life during and after the pandemic. Leveraging the unique opportunity presented in these remote times, the annual Smart Region Summit is going global (!!!) and will take place this year at the Winter Games through a specialized track designed by The Connective. All dreamers, doers and drivers who want to address the pressing question of what comes next are invited to register today and join us for a series of keynotes, breakouts and hackathons, Winter Games style. We're getting the slopes ready for you: students, faculty, technologists and business leaders!

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Diamond Co-Conveners

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Submit Your Activity Idea!

Calling all smart skiing instructors, student medalists, digital path-charters, and learner success coaches, and tech trainers! Help co-create the Winter Games by submitting your idea for breakout sessions and hackathons. Here are a few things to keep in mind for designing a successful session.

Submission Deadline for New Session Proposals: November 25, 2020

If you've already heard from the ShapingEDU team about your session idea, please ignore the deadline above which refers to new session ideas rather than finalized descriptions for publication.

Snowy Mountain

Breakout Tracks

Each day over the course of three days will feature an open plenary (keynote) and set of current breakout sessions afterward centered around the below tracks. Each day will conclude with a plenary around the ice rink followed by an evening social activity.

Winter Games Daily Glance (see captions for more detail)

Check the Daily Glance for event details!

At 9:00 a.m., start your day with an impactful Keynote. At 10:45 a.m., Join a Breakout session or Hackathon. At 11:45 a.m., join a Breakout session. At 4:00 p.m., gather with fellow ASU Winter Games Olympians to relax and recharge with entertainment and activities! (Please note, all times noted are for Arizona time - Mountain Standard Time.)

Cross-Countries Smart Skiing

Cross-Countries Smart Skiing

The official track of the 3rd Annual Smart Region Summit, in partnership with The Connective
Smart campus. Smart city. Smart region. Smart world. Spaces and places around the world are being equipped with internet of things-enabled technologies to collect data and inform smarter practices that support people and infrastructure. Enjoy the views on this cross-countries tour guided by smart city architects from The Connective.


Freestyling Over The Horizon

The pandemic has been a daunting blind run, with downslopes and upslopes and zig zags. As we learn to breathe in new altitudes, we’ve also gathered new research and new skills that could become permanent fixtures of our new reality. Sessions in this track address the core question: Where do we go from here? Join us for value-led conversation and working sessions to explore and further visions for the future.

Bobsleighing Tech Fears

Bobsleighing Tech Fears

Even the most accomplished medalist must conquer their fears. The pandemic has accelerated the use of all things digital, and everyone is barrelling through the barriers when it comes to digital fluency and the emotional support needed. What’s new in technology? How is it being used in innovative ways to create new opportunities and solve challenges? Let’s climb that mountain together and talk about what’s needed to reduce friction against our sleighs in the next normal we’re creating.


Medalists Co-Conveners


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2021 Winter Games Bronze Medal    
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