Class of 2120: Technology and the Future of Education

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Class of 2120 is the first in the NEXT 100 series of events, where an eclectic mix of panelists debate how technology will transform our future. Learn more about the series here.

Rising tuition costs, an ever-changing economy and cost-effective digital tools are changing education.

What will the future of learning look like?

Will anyone still get a university degree in 100 years?

What world will a Class of 2120 step into?



Experts from tech companies, educators, industry leaders and - of course - students will engage in a debate about what education will look like in 2120.

Moderated by a student leader, the discussion will have panelists grappling with difficult questions about an industry steeped in tradition and ripe for disruption.

Doors at 6:30PM - Event at 7:00PM

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Heather Payne is the CEO of HackerYou, Canada’s original programming bootcamp and the only one of dozens around North America founded and run by a woman.

HackerYou runs both full- and part-time courses for over 1000 students from its campus at Queen & Spadina in Toronto. Also an active Angel Investor, Heather was the first investor in ShopLocket, and was recently named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Trendsetters & Trailblazers category, as well as one of the Globe and Mail’s Top 12 Canadian “Innovators at Work”.



Travis Ratnam is the CEO and co-founder of Knowledgehook. An electrical engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo and a former program manager from Microsoft, Travis co-founded Knowledgehook to help students learn more effectively starting at the source: teachers. 

Knowledgehook is an Instructional Guidance System (IGS). It's the first software to focus on teaching the teachers. Knowledgehook won Google's Game Changer and BNN's Top Disruptor awards in 2016.



Ms. Andrea Ross is a Senior Lead within Shopify’sEngineering team. Her career spans more than 20 years as an award-winning software architect, software developer, and technology leader. She has developed innovative industry solutions based on open technologies for geospatial, telecom, healthcare, IT, government, not-for-profits and more. 

Andrea is currently responsible for Computing Education programs at Shopify. Her responsibilities include programs for outreach, educational partnerships, work integrated learning, and software developer courses.


Dr. James Andrew Smith is an Assistant Lecturer and Graduate Attribute Lead in York University's Lassonde School of Engineering where he specializes in experiential teaching methods. His research combines aspects of robotics, biomechanics and 3D printing to the development of biomedical devices. 

He has won teaching awards at Ryerson University as well as the University of Alberta. James was the recipient or co-recipient of four international IEEE Real World Engineering Projects awards from 2007 to 2010. 


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