Get Ready for Open edX 2024!

Open edX
Conference

July 2–5, 2024

Hosted by 

Breaking Boundaries, Building Bridges:
accessible, effective, and relevant online learning
July 2 – 5, 2024 • Stellenbosch, South Africa

Join us, along with global EdTech leaders, from Tuesday, July 2nd to Friday, July 5th, 2024 at Stellenbosch University in Cape Town, South Africa. Learn about innovative uses of the Open edX Platform, within a variety of business and higher education use cases, and discover the latest advancements in instructional design, course constellation and methods for operating and extending the Open edX platform.

View our pre-conference webinar here to discover further details regarding the event. 

The conference will be on the campus of the Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch Central.

Registration

Registration for the 2024 Open edX Conference is open!

Join the Open edX Conference 2024 in the Western Cape of South Africa

We would like to extend a special offer, sponsored by Wesgro, for any participants who register to the conference between now and June 12th! By registering to the Open edX Conference 2024 during this timeline, you will enter into a chance to win a two-night complimentary stay at the  Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel (a five-star hotel), two complimentary tickets to Table Mountain (one of the world’s 7 natural wonders), as well as two complimentary tickets with a local tour bus company, Red Bus. 

If you are passionate about shaping the future of education and increasing access to high quality education for all, do not miss this opportunity to register for the Open edX Conference 2024 and become a potential candidate for the prizes outlined above! 

Reserve your spot now!

Tickets range between $199 – $649.

Questions? Contact us at [email protected]

If you require financial assistance to attend this event, please submit your inquiry to [email protected]

Meet our Keynote Speakers

Hatim Eltayeb

Hatim, the Chief Executive Officer of the African Leadership Academy, has been instrumental in nurturing Africa’s future leaders through his stewardship of the Academy’s mission. From overseeing the Diploma Program to representing ALA’s work globally, his leadership has been pivotal in shaping the next generation of African leaders. He first joined the African Leadership Academy in 2009 as a Teaching Fellow in the African Studies Department. There he was recognized as an exemplary teacher being named the ALA “Teacher of the Year” in 2011. In 2012, Hatim founded Symposium, a school services and consulting company. Symposium’s supported hundreds of students at 15 leading schools in Cairo, Egypt. In 2016 Hatim returned to ALA as the Dean of the Academy and became the Academy’s Chief Executive Officer in 2022.

Professor Jonathan Jansen

Professor Jansen is a distinguished professor of education at Stellenbosch University, and president of the Academy of Science of South Africa. He is a luminary in the field of education, with over 30 books to his name, including the acclaimed Leading for Change (Routledge, 2016), As by fire: The end of the South African university (Tafelberg, 2017), Song for Sarah: Lessons from My Mother (Bookstorm, 2017), and The Decolonization of Knowledge (Cambridge, 2022). His insights into race, leadership, and personal growth as well as his tireless advocacy for tolerance and human rights has earned him accolades including a Lifetime Achiever Award for Africa at the Education Africa Global Awards in New York, and the University of California’s Spendlove Award for his contribution to tolerance, democracy, and human rights.

Schedule

Be sure to check out our new Founder’s Lounge session on Friday!

Travel Guidelines

Travel to South Africa for foreign nationals may require a visitor visa. There are specific visas for purposes of entering South Africa. Please follow these instructions to determine whether or not you require a visa and contact the local South African embassy for any questions you may have. If you require a conference invitation letter, please contact the Open edX Community Manager, Eden Huthmacher at [email protected].

Accommodation & Experiences

Stellenbosch has a variety of accommodation to suit both your comfort and budget. For budget friendly accommodation click here, and for more premium options click here. Use the code OPEN2024 to access the booking platform.

Airbnb, Booking.com and Lekkeslaap also offer a variety of accommodation options. 

Welcome to Stellenbosch, a place where the vibrant pulse of student life intertwines with the rich tapestry of history and culture that this town is renowned for. Stellenbosch is South Africa’s second oldest town and most inspiring wine, food, art and cultural destination. The scenic Stellenbosch Wine Route is the oldest in South Africa and one of the most popular destinations for local and international visitors alike. 

As part of the Open edX pre and post tours and experiences you can look forward to cellar door experiences, award-winning wine estates, celebrated restaurants and Stellenbosch’s unique and enviable lifestyle. 

Stellenbosch is an ideal getaway year-round. The historic town center is a living museum with a vibrant street culture. Expect friendly locals, a host of lively events (from art, music and history to outdoor pursuits) and natural scenery to rival even our finest grape.

Kindly note that prices are subject to change and should be confirmed with the operator at the time of booking.

Explorersafari.com offers a variety of overland tours and experiences that are perfect for travelers seeking adventure and exploration. Their tours cover a range of destinations, from the iconic Serengeti in Tanzania to the rugged landscapes of Namibia. 

Explorersafari.com’s overland tours are designed to provide a unique and immersive experience, with opportunities to engage with local communities and witness stunning wildlife in their natural habitats. They offer a range of accommodation options, including camping under the stars, lodges, and even treehouses. Additionally, their experienced guides provide informative and entertaining commentary, ensuring that travelers gain a deeper understanding of the regions they explore.

Explorersafari.com’s overland tours and experiences are perfect for those seeking a more authentic and adventurous way to discover the beauty of Africa. To book your overland experiences, please click here

To view or book overland tours, click here or email: [email protected]

Lauren is an experienced overland tours consultant and will gladly assist with any questions you might have.

Frequently Asked Questions

The conference is taking place in Stellenbosch, South Africa. Stellenbosch is located in the Western Cape Province in the southwestern part of South Africa. South Africa has 9 beautiful provinces. Cape Town is the provincial capital and also the legislative capital of South Africa.

The conference will be hosted at Stellenbosch University across two buildings – The Van Der Sterr and CGW Schumann Buildings, both located in Bosman Street, Stellenbosch.

Meals and refreshments will be provided as per the final program.

South Africa has 12 official languages. English, Xhosa and Afrikaans are widely spoken in Stellenbosch.

Here some of the most common South African slang words to learn before your trip:

  • Eish: This is a Khoi San term and is used to express shock or surprise.
  • Haiybo: This is a Zulu word that means definitely not.
  • Howzit: A common greeting that’s used instead of hi, how are you.
  • Lekker: This is an Afrikaans word and means awesome, great, or good.
  • Now Now: This either means right now or as soon as possible.
  • Robot: South Africans call stoplights robots.
  • Shame: It’s not slang, but you’ll hear this word used when South Africans think something is really cute or if they are being sympathetic.
  • Zebra Crossing: A zebra crossing is the local term for pedestrian crossing.

 

Click here for everything you need to know about South Africa’s entry requirements. Please note that visa applications can take up to 3 months, depending on the local consulate/embassy in your region.

To locate your nearest embassy or consulate, please visit the Official Department of Home Affairs website.

Should you require a visa invitation letter for your visa application, please email the Conference Hub at [email protected]. Please note that invitation letters for visas can only be processed once registration fees are settled in full.

Most major car rental agencies are based at Cape Town International Airport, so you can book a vehicle as you arrive. It’s best to book your rental beforehand, especially if you’re travelling in the peak season to ensure your booking. Keep in mind that you will need a driver’s license that is valid in South Africa, or an international driver’s license.

 

Stellenbosch is a large university town in the cosmopolitan Western Cape. As such, we would advise travelers to exercise the same level of vigilance they would exercise when visiting any city in the world.

This includes ensuring you follow basic safety tips such as keeping emergency numbers on hand, avoiding carrying large sums of cash, and keeping your valuables safe at all times. The overwhelming majority of visitors to Stellenbosch and the Western Cape, enjoyed a positive and memorable experience.

We want you to leave our beautiful region with nothing but with happy memories. To ensure a pleasurable trip, please keep in mind a few precautions that you can employ on all your travels across the world:

  • Avoid walking in deserted and dark places at night
  • Never allow strangers to assist you in any way at ATMs
  • At night, park in a secure and well-lit area with street guards
  • Keep photocopies and all valuable documents in a safe place

South Africa has a well-developed communication infrastructure and offers national coverage for mobile calls and Wi-Fi coverage. Local sim cards can be purchased at the MTN stores, located at the Arrival Halls at Cape Town International Airport. Free Wi-Fi is available at some public spaces, hotels, shopping centres or restaurants.

The Rand (ZAR) is the official currency unit in South Africa.

See this currency convertor

Most major international credit cards are accepted in South Africa, including Master and Visa. Although widely accepted, American Express and Diners Club sometimes may not be accepted. ATM’s are widespread and most will allow visitors to withdraw Rands directly from bank or credit cards.

Although most people employed in the service industry will receive a base salary, tips generally form the bulk of what they take home each day. If you’ve experienced excellent service, show your appreciation with a South Africa has a tipping culture. 10% is acceptable, though 12-15% is better.

The South African electricity supply is 220/230 volts AC 50HZ. Most commonly, three-point plugs are used across South Africa. 

“Loadshedding” is another term for rolling power cuts. This is implemented in 2.5 hour stints, sometimes multiple times per day, but most public spaces have generators that keep the lights on. An easy way to keep in the loop of any scheduled loadshedding is by downloading this app.

All stores charge the Value Added Tax (VAT) of 15% levied on the purchase of most goods in South Africa. Ensure that you receive your tax receipts for all purchases made. To claim your VAT refund as a foreigner, present all your tax receipts to the VAT administrator at your point of departure (airport).

Sponsors

Sponsoring the Open edX Conference is your opportunity to get front and center of the most brilliant minds in online education today. Please contact the Open edX Community Manager, Eden Huthmacher, at [email protected].

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