WISE (World Innovation Summit for Education) the dynamic platform that promotes innovation in education returns for its 11th edition this month.

An initiative of Qatar Foundation (QF), WISE is an international, multi-sectoral platform for creative thinking, debate and purposeful action in education. Through both its biennial summit and a range of ongoing programmes, it promotes new thinking and joint action to build the future of education.

Founded by HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, Chairperson of QF, previous speakers have included former US First Lady, Michelle Obama; singer and activist Shakira, who created the educational initiative Fundación Pies Descalzos, in Colombia; and columnist and CNN host Fareed Zakaria.

This year, recognising the transformative power of AI (artificial intelligence) and how it is becoming an integral part of our daily lives, the WISE Summit 2023 will bring together educators from diverse backgrounds, including tech innovators, AI ethicists, policymakers and students, to create dialogues on how AI will shape the future of education.

Themed Creative Fluency: Human Flourishing in the Age of AI, the event will take place on November 28 and 29. And, in addition to exploring how education can pave the way for a future where humans can thrive alongside AI, discussions will also revolve around AI being integrated into learning environments in a way that enhances learning experiences, fosters creativity and prepares the next generation for a future where both educators and learners can use AI tools and systems.

WISE 11 will feature live podcasts, immersive AI experiences, interactive masterclasses and panel discussions that address a range of topics holding significant implications for the future of education, including AI strategies that bridge educational gaps, creating inclusive learning environments tailored to diverse needs, and AI’s role in progressing from traditional classroom learning to AI-influenced teaching.

The event will also raise awareness on how educators can ensure AI in education addresses ethical and socio-economic concerns and how it aligns with local values while integrating global AI advancements, as well as ensuring learners are equipped with skills for evolving roles in an ever-changing and dynamic job landscape. Attendees can expect 150-plus speakers, more than 20 core sessions and hands-on learning across a fully bilingual programme with simultaneous translations in Arabic and English.

WISE CEO, Stavros N Yiannouka, said: “At a time when AI is at the forefront of the global conversation, it is imperative that we consider its role in the future of education. WISE 11 provides a platform for policymakers, educators and innovators to collaboratively envision how AI can enhance the learning experience and empower individuals. WISE 11 aspires to provide inspiration and thought leadership, providing a roadmap for a future where teachers and learners can leverage AI to create transformative learning experiences.” ✤