On May 7-8, we hosted our fourth User Group Conference in Asia-Pacific at Hong Kong Academy. We were thrilled to welcome more than 150 participants from over 60 schools.

This was our first two-day conference in Asia-Pacific, which featured an expanded programme of keynotes and breakout sessions led by experienced school administrators, as well as a “Genius Bar” for ManageBac support.

The first day began with remarks from Hong Kong Academy’s Head of School Stephen Dare, and a keynote talk from Dana Watts, the Director of Innovation at 21st Century Learning, on breaking down silos within schools to empower authentic student learning.

The keynote was followed by a presentation from Hong Kong Academy’s Directory of Technology Andy Birch and MYP Coordinator Jennifer Swinehart, who shared their journey implementing ManageBac over the last six years. A company update from ManageBac followed, which included a product development roadmap for 2016.

Participants then went into programme-specific breakout sessions, including:

Following lunch, the afternoon breakout sessions included:

Participants then came back together for a workshop led by Melinda Alford & Hugo Drummond of Shen Wai
International School on engaging stakeholders in the use of ManageBac.

On the second day of the conference, the morning offered three talks:

Breakout sessions followed, focused on:

The final breakout sessions after lunch included:

Participants ended the conference with a Jobs-A-Like and Networking session.

We had a wonderful time connecting with our schools in Asia-Pacific, and are grateful to Hong Kong Academy for hosting us in their beautiful new campus.

Here are some photos from the conference:

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Participants said:

For someone new to ManageBac it was very useful to pick brains. The presenters and experts were warm and helpful. A few of my concerns have been laid to rest.

It was one of the best conferences I’ve attended. Sessions were meaningful and focused and the keynotes were great.

The best conference I have been to in a long time. I loved that it was not just about ManageBac, but also allowed opportunities to communicate with others with similar pedagogical interests and then consider applying these through MB.