#vtc2013 – That’s a Wrap!

<How quickly time flies… I started writing this post a month ago and it just kept getting pushed back and back… Sorry about the lag!>

The #vtc2013 participants

Back in September 2011, I was sitting in a hotel lobby in Shanghai with Gary Bertoia and we asked each other: “What if schools in Vietnam were to create a local #edtech conference?”

Almost 16 months later, we have!

The past two days have been the culmination of months of work and collaboration between UNIS Hanoi and Saigon South International School to organizing the Vietnam Tech Conference (#vtc2013). It has also been the product of 95 Vietnam-based teachers who were willing to share, teach, learn, mentor, collaborate and network with one another in  a way that has never happened in this country before!

Some of the goals that we had for the conference were to create a dynamic learning environment for the teachers that was high quality and relatively low cost; to have maximum impact on student learning; to maximize teacher participation by

The Organizing Committee

The organizing crew took the best bits of some of our world-class regional technology conferences and combined them into two intense days. We had a day of structured workshops (I even managed to squeeze in a session on Digital Citizenship) combined with a day that was more participant-driven and progressive, featuring two rounds of SpeedGeeking and two blocks for Unconferences. All in all, I think it came together quite well. I’m looking forward to sitting down the conference feedback information and getting a more in-depth feel of what the participants thought.

Saigon South International School did an amazing job of hosting the conference. Robert Appino, David Perkin, Theresa Flaspohler and the entire SSIS crew thought of just about everything and pulled off the weekend without a hitch! I’m a little sad that I won’t be at UNIS Hanoi next year when #vtc2014 is hosted there, but I have no doubt that they will match or exceed this year’s organization!

Image Credit:
VTC2013 Group PhotoSome rights reserved by Clint Hamada (photo courtesy of SSIS)
The Organizing CommitteeSome rights reserved by Clint Hamada (photo courtesy of SSIS)