Education Innovation Showcase & Award

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Honoring K-12 Education System leaders at ASU+GSV 2023

The Education Innovation Showcase will honor K-12 education system leaders advancing innovation in their community and fostering meaningful change at the systems level. We invite applicants from around the globe to submit their visionary ideas and breakthrough impact for a chance to be one of 10 finalists who receive complimentary registration and hotel accommodations to the 14th ASU+GSV Summit. At the Summit, we will celebrate the impact of all finalists, and during the Showcase Event, the final three will be announced live and invited to share their ideas, with the winners taking home over $50,000 in cash and prizes! We know education leaders innovate every day, and the Showcase is the opportunity to share advancements and ideas in pursuit of equal access to the future for ALL.

Emceed by Darryl "DMC" McDaniels

We are honored to welcome Darryl McDaniels as this year's showcase emcee! We are excited to announce that as part of the grand prize, Darryl will visit the winning school/district.

Darryl "DMC" McDaniels is co-founder of the legendary group RunDMC, selling over 40 million albums and changing music history. In 2009, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and in 2016 he received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award. He has co-authored 2 top-selling autobiographies, "King of Rock: Respect Responsibility and My Life with Run-DMC" (St. Martin's Press) and "Ten Ways Not To Commit Suicide" (Harper Collins). As co-founder of the award-winning nonprofit Felix Organization, celebrating its 15th anniversary, he has worked to enrich the lives of children in the foster care system. In 2019, he partnered with the team at Uwill as an investor and mental health advocate, supporting the mental health and wellness needs of colleges and students.

In 2021, DMC partnered with Nickelodeon on a cross-category licensing program that includes apparel and a publishing deal with Random House Children’s Books. In January 2022, he released Darryl’s Dream, a picture book about creativity, confidence and finding your voice. He also collaborated with Noggin, Nickelodeon’s interactive learning platform for kids ages 2 to 7, for What’s the Word? a brand-new original short-form music series available on all major streaming platforms.

DMC has several new music projects releasing this year, including standalone hip singles "Color Fool" and "You All Know" an all-star rock royalty EP entitled America featuring songs with artists such as Joan Jett Sammy Hagar Sebastian Bach Mick Mars Travis Barker and more and a new EP. The legendary rapper will also lend his voice to What's the Word, a new short-form animated series on Nickelodeon's Noggin preschool platform.
Watch DMC's 2022 Summit Keynote

Application & Selection Process

Application opens on Tuesday, January 17.
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AMA (Ask Me Anything) is 1/26 from 3-4pm EST
Application Deadline: Thursday, February 9.
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Live Showcase: : The 14th ASU+GSV Summit, where 10 finalists will be honored at the live event, the Final 3 will be announced and winner will be selected!
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About the SPONSOR

ClassIn is a groundbreaking online teaching platform that enables teachers and students from across the globe to come together, face-to-face, and learn in a collaborative online environment. With a shared, interactive blackboard, a suite of essential teaching tools, and a cloud service that allows easy access to teaching materials, ClassIn has everything you need to create engaging classes online. Whether you are teaching ESL, math, science, art, music, coding, or offering professional development courses, ClassIn is the platform for you.
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About the Organizers

LEAP Innovations catalyzes innovation and education to transform how students learn. Fueled by the evidence-based strategies of the LEAP Learning Framework, our work focuses on igniting learner talent and potential by connecting learning experiences to each student's needs, interests and strengths.
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Started in 2010 with a collaboration between Arizona State University (ASU) and Global Silicon Valley (GSV), the annual ASU+ GSV Summit connects leading minds focused on transforming society and business around learning and work. Our north star is that ALL people have equal access to the future.
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