Shaping the Future of Education Together

Online May 27, 2021

The 2021 Open edX Conference is a half-day event to bring Open edX practitioners together to share ideas about online learning techniques.

The Open edX Conference is where the Open edX community and leading experts in ed-tech discuss the latest research, new approaches to learning, and the best practices for integrating new technology into the virtual classroom. The enthusiastic, supportive community make this a unique, must-attend event.

This year’s event is focused on the growing importance of collaborative learning and how educators, students, and technologists are coming together to build the next generation of educational technology.

This smaller format event will feature a thought-leader keynote, eight practical talks, and plenty of unstructured spaces for direct connections with other attendees.

We couldn’t hold our traditional three-day conference in 2020. This year, we’re taking advantage of the virtual format to bring the community together in a different way. Also, keep an eye out for our physical gathering in spring of 2022.

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Featured Speakers

Anant Agarwal

Anant Agarwal

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

Sanjay Sarma

Sanjay Sarma

Vice President for Open Learning at MIT


Time (EDT)




Keynote: Anant Agarwal (CEO edX Inc.)


Keynote: Sanjay Sarma (VP Open Learning at MIT)

Future of Education




Eran Raviv (Director, Campus-IL)

5 Models of Blended Learning

Stefania Trabucchi, Ilaria Botti (Abstract Technology)

The importance of collaborative learning: How to build an effective Open edX course




Braden McDonald (CTO, OpenCraft)

Building with Blockstore - How We Developed LabXchange using Open edX

Michael Karsh (Co-Founder, Edios Media)

Using Narrative to Increase Learner Engagement


Social time in Gather

Including: Anant Agarwal AMA (11:00-11:20)


Daniel Quiroga (eduNEXT)

Micro-Frontends, From Local to Production Environment

Andrés González (CTO, Aulasneo)

Machine Learning Techniques for Open edX courses




Nimisha Asthagiri, Sarina Canelake, Jeremy Bowman (edX Engineering)

State of Open edX Community and Architecture Engineering

Marco Morales (edX Product)

Teaching and Learning Platform Direction


Social time in Gather

Including: Nimisha Asthagiri AMA (12:30-12:50) and Marco Morales AMA (12:50-1:10)


Our virtual conference will be running on two platforms: LoudSwarm for presentations, and Gather for social interactions. See these two videos for an overview of how they work:


Gold Sponsor

Gold Sponsor: Open Craft

Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Bronze Sponsor: ABC Online Courses
Bronze Sponsor: Abstract Technology
Bronze Sponsor: Edly by arbisoft
Bronze Sponsor: Raccoon Gang

Media Partner


Registration for the Open edX 2021 Conference is open! Tickets are $20–$50. Register now.

If you have any questions, reach us at

Frequently Asked Questions

What platform will the conference use?

The conference will be hosted on Loudswarm, an online conference platform built on Zoom, Slido, and Jitsi. Invitations to Loudswarm will be sent out in the days leading up to the conference.

Will the presentations be recorded?

Of course! The recordings will be available to conference attendees immediately after the conference, and then to the public a month later.

Can we hang out with other attendees?

Absolutely. We can't provide a physical space, but we've tried to create a similar experience using We've scheduled 90 minutes of unstructured time for people to self-organize and network.

What else should I know?

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