Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the "in-person" Open edX conference has been cancelled.

There also will be no virtual event.

Shaping the Future of Education Together

May 19–22, 2020 in Lisbon, Portugal

This year’s event is focused on the future of work and using open technology to solve the challenges of upskilling, reskilling and delivering life-long learning.

We will hear about innovative uses of technology in higher education, inside corporations and across nations, and learn about advancements in instructional design, course production, and methods for operating, extending and enhancing the Open edX platform.

  • Tuesday: long-form tutorials and workshops
  • Wednesday/Thursday: 45-minute breakouts and 10-minute lightning talks
  • Friday: in-depth summits for developers and instructional designers
  • Registration includes light breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks, and a cocktail reception on Wednesday.
  • We are also offering Open edX Course Authoring Training on Tuesday as an add-on to the full conference pass.


Registration for the Open edX 2020 Conference is open! Tickets are $299–$649. Register now.

Keynote Speakers

Our plenary sessions will feature three education thought leaders from the worlds of learning science, academia and industry as well as an opening keynote from Anant Agarwal.

Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

Founder and CEO of edX, and MIT Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Katrina Stevens

Katrina Stevens

Director of Learning Science
at Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Paula Marques

Paula Marques

Executive Director for Business Transformation, Executive Education at NOVA School of Business and Economics and the Head of Innovation at MERCER

Kelly Palmer

Kelly Palmer

Chief Learning Officer at Degreed and author of Expertise Economy: How the smartest companies use learning to engage, compete, and succeed

New for 2020, at the plenary we will be awarding the Open edX Prize to celebrate impactful work by the Open edX community of engineers and instructors. Nominate projects in either the technical category, or the instruction and learning design category.

Location and Hotels

The conference will be on the campus of Nova School of Business and Economics.

Carcavelos Campus
Rua da Holanda, n.1s
2775-405 Carcavelos

Driving directions and other details will be posted soon.

There is no particular Conference hotel this year, however, we recommend Sofitel Lisbon Liberdade or Sheraton Lisboa Hotel and Spa. Please note that these hotels are about 30 minutes away by car from the conference location.

There are also smaller hotels and Airbnbs in the area that you can consider. Please book your accommodation soon - May is a tourist season and hotels will get booked very quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is covered by the Conference ticket fee?

  • 4 full days of the Conference
  • Light breakfasts, lunches, coffee breaks and cocktail reception
  • Conference program

Where can I can find Conference schedules?

Detailed schedules will be posted on this website closer to the event. Here is an overview of what you can expect:

  • Day 1 (Tuesday): Registration. Long-form tutorials and workshops. Add-on training on course authoring (for add-on ticket holders).
  • Day 2 (Wednesday): Keynotes, 45-minute breakouts and 10-minute lightning talks. Cocktail reception.
  • Day 3 (Thursday): Keynotes, 45-minute breakouts and 10-minute lightning talks
  • Day 4 (Friday): in-depth summits for developers and instructional designers

You can also check out the Open edX Conference 2019 schedule from last year, to get a rough idea about topics and Conference structure.

What is the add-on training?

This is the first year we are offering edX-led "Open edX Course Authoring Training" on Tuesday as an add-on to the full conference pass. Note: To attend this training, you will need to purchase a ticket for the add-on as well as a Conference ticket. Add-on tickets are not sold without a Conference ticket.

I have never been to an Open edX Conference, will it be useful for me?

New participants are very welcome. You can watch recorded presentations from the 2019 Open edX Conference to see if this format and content suit your needs.

I have dietary restrictions, can you accommodate them?

We have dairy free, gluten free, vegan and options at all food events. If you have restrictions beyond these please include them on the Registration form and we will do our best to accommodate them.

Will there be WiFi?

Free WiFi will be available at the conference site. Access information will be printed in the program that you will get when you check in at Registration.

What about transportation during Conference?

All Conference events will be held at the Nova SBE campus which is fully accessible, and the reception will be at a restaurant that is a 10-minute walk from campus. If you have a mobility issue that prevents the walk, please include this on your Registration form and we will arrange transportation.

Note: You will need to provide your own transportation from your accommodation to the Conference site and back. There are public transportation options and Uber is widely used in Lisbon. We will post transportation options on our website in the coming weeks.

Any accommodation tips?

Please secure your own accommodation. While there is no particular Conference hotel this year, we recommend the following:

Note: May is high tourist season in Portugal — hotel rooms will get booked quickly. Please make reservations soon to assure your accommodations.

Do I need a visa to go to Portugal?

You might, depending on your country of citizenship. Citizens of certain countries require a visa to enter Portugal. Please contact your local Portuguese consulate for guidance on all current and applicable visa requirements.

Note: Visa processing times vary and may be long. Please start your visa process soon.

Will you provide visa support for me?

You will need to take care of your own visa application. However, we are happy to provide you with a letter of invitation in support of your visa application. Please contact to request one.

What else should I know?

edX seeks to foster an open and welcoming environment in this event. All participants are expected to follow Open edX Code of Conduct.


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