The conference will return at a future date
University of
San Diego
Highlights from 2019!
EDInnovateLive is postponed due to the impact of Covid19

Designer, TV Personality & 

Carson Kressley

Emmy Award-winning TV personality, style expert, fashion designer, interior designer and New York Times best selling author are some of the credits of the multi-talented and unforgettable Carson Kressley.

Carson started his career as an independent stylist and became invaluable to major designers such as Ralph Lauren A few years later, he took a leap into television when, in 2003 he became a breakout star as the fashion savant on Bravo’s Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, which won a primetime Emmy and gained a worldwide following for Carson which continues to this day. 


A strong supporter of many philanthropic causes, Kressley uses his celebrity to advance different concerns such as True Colors United, implementing innovative solutions to youth homelessness, the Human Rights Campaign, AIDS WALK, and the Al D Rodriguez Liver Foundation.

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One of the country’s leading scientific experts on creativity, collaboration, and learning

Dr. Keith Sawyer

Dr. R. Keith Sawyer, author of The Creative Classroom, Innovative Teaching for the 21st Century, and Distinguished Professor of Education at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, studies creativity, learning, and collaboration.


After receiving his computer science degree from MIT in 1982, he began his career with a two-year stint designing videogames for Atari. Since receiving his Ph.D. in 1994, he has dedicated his career to research on creativity, collaboration, and learning. Dr. Sawyer has published 17 books and over 120 scientific articles. His research has been featured on CNN, Fox News, TIME, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR and other media. A popular speaker, he lectures to corporations, associations, and universities around the world on creativity and innovation.

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Teach Boldly: Using EdTech for Social Good

Dr. Jennifer Williams

Today’s students as our “builders of tomorrow” are ready to design, dream, and make the future! Join as we explore ways to come together as educators to activate positive change through innovative practices, meaningful use of technology, and social action. We will outline a step-by-step plan for creating social good projects in classrooms and will dive into topics of social good, empathy, and diversity. Top tools, projects, and creative processes for social good will be shared along with classroom examples, and participants will leave with ready-to-go action plans to teach boldly and use edtech for social good. Let’s get going to make a positive difference for people and planet through creativity-powered innovation!

Jennifer is the author of the ISTE book, Teach Boldly: Using Edtech for Social Good, is a professor at Saint Leo University, and is the co-founder of #TeachSDGs, the UN-appointed organization that has connected more than 30,000 international educators to the Sustainable Development Goals.


Creative and Innovative Educational Experiences Through The Phenomena of Rock & Roll, Hip Hop and Soul

Dr. Darryl Adams

Dr. Darryl Adams draws on his experiences as a MTV Recording Artist, Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Rapper, Music Teacher, High School Principal and School Superintendent to showcase the affects and effects of creativity and the arts on learning experiences that propel us to heights sometimes unimaginable. Dr. Adams tells his story of tragedy and triumph from growing up poor in the Memphis, Tennessee to being lauded at the White House for innovative approaches to teaching and learning and never taking no for an answer.  

Be ready to sing, dance, laugh and cry in this interactive keynote concert that will leave the audience Entertained and Edutained! 


Creativity-Powered Ed Innovation

  • creativity & design

  • Student-centered learning experience (LX)

  • Emerging Learning Technologies & Pedagogy

  • learning science & analytics


  • Edupreneurship

Over 350 attendees from around the globe participate in two days of conference and pre-conference workshops. Our attendees include a cross-section of district, school, and non-profit leaders, researchers and faculty, teachers, entrepreneurs, inventors, students and industry supporters. If you identify as an educational innovator, this is your conference!

This year's theme is Creativity-Powered Innovation! What does research tell us about the importance of creativity to fuel our imaginations? What creative processes can we bring to our organizations, team and classrooms to spark new learning? How do we educate our next generation as the builders of tomorrow? 


Network with leading educational innovators, get inspired by engaging keynote speakers representing leading education changemakers and researchers; participate in informative breakout sessions and our Ignite Talks; experience hands-on interactive workshops and explore new learning technologies in our innovation lab and playground!

University of San Diego

University of San Diego, July 29-30



Call for Proposals 

  • Inspire and network with educational innovators

  • Empower all learners to engage in innovative practice

  • Motivate leaders to create opportunities for innovation

  • Foster educational innovation by showcasing effective curriculum, programs, and practices

  • Advance research and knowledge about innovative learning, teaching, and leadership

  • Enhance ed innovation through the use of emerging technologies and space design



  • 9-4 PM: Conference Keynote Dr. Keith Sawyer, Sessions, Workshops & Tech Playground

  • 6-8 PM: Harbor Bay Cruise (optional)


  • 9-3 PM: Conference Keynote Carson Kressley, Sessions, Ignite Pitches, Tech Playground & Ice Cream Social

  • 6-8 PM: Mexican Lobster Dinner & Margaritas in Old Town (optional)


  • 9-3 PM: Post-Conference Workshops







"EDInnovateLive brought together the who's who of innovative educators from San Diego and beyond. If you want to rethink education, this is the conference to be at!"

- Dr. Connie Liu, Founder, Project Invent & Forbes 30 Under 30

"EDInnovateLive brings together a cross-section of innovators and changemakers in higher education, K-12, Workforce, and Government.  There's literally something for everyone!  Will be there in full force again this year!"

- Dr. David Miyashiro, Superintendent, Cajon Valley Union School District

"EdInnovateLive challenges our thinking while amplifying our progress. It's a few days when we as eager innovators come together to be inspired by big picture possibilities and big picture successes from all parts of education."

- Marisa Thompson, Innovation Support Coach, Carlsbad Unified School District

"EdInnovateLive was one of my favorite gatherings of the year in the education space.  I was able to authentically connect with new voices in the space, enjoy a diversity of viewpoints from pioneers and innovators who challenged my thinking while enjoying some amazing San Diego weather."

- Dr. Erin Mote, Executive Director and Co-Founder of InnovateEDU

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Located in beautiful San Diego, the University of San Diego (USD) was recognized by The Princeton Review as the Most Beautiful Campus in the U.S. Hosting 200 attendees, this intimate venue promotes relationship building and hands-on learning with some of education industry's leading innovators. Tickets will sell out early!


We are located overlooking Mission Bay, close to downtown, Sea World, Mariner's Village and other San Diego attractions. Parking will be available on campus for a small fee, however, many people stay nearby in local hotels and use Lyft or Uber for transportation.






University of San Diego

School of Leadership & Education Sciences
(Mother Rosalie Hall) 
5998 Alcalá Park 
San Diego, CA 92110

PARK in the West Campus parking lot, trams arrive every few minutes to bring you up the hill. Onsite registration is in the School of Leadership & Education Sciences building (Mother Rosalie Hall).


University of San Diego School of Leadership and Educational Sciences
The Jacobs Institute for Innovatio in Eduction. Empowering Educational Innovators
San Diego county office of education. Future without boundaries™
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