The Learning Innovation Hub (iHub) connects Education Technology (EdTech) entrepreneurs, educators, and researchers to facilitate collaboration and product feedback for optimal decisions to integrate technology tools and solutions for our classrooms.

Our work includes connecting EdTech with Silicon Valley classrooms through iHub pilot programs for evaluation. Student and teacher feedback allows these entrepreneurs to further improve their products as they best fit teaching and learning needs.

This work is highlighted in our Pitch Games event. This annual event allows innovative EdTech startups to pitch their products to the education community. A panel composed of Silicon Valley business and education leaders selects the most promising companies to “match and connect” with the iHub network of educators.

The iHub Process

AssessConduct technology assessment to identify needs

Plan: Create an action plan to meet needs identified in assessment

Partner: Facilitate a rapid feedback cycle between EdTech entrepreneurs and classrooms for product evaluation

Adopt: Commit to being an iHub school to review iHub products and subsequently adopt an iHub tested product

Collaborators and Partners

iHub Innovation Advisory Board

Sara Allan, Deputy Director of Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Brigid Barron, Professor at Stanford Graduate School of Education

Bram Bout, Director at Google for Education

Bruce Chizen, Former CEO of Adobe Systems

Chris Funk, Superintendent of East Side Union High School District

Burton Goldfield, President and CEO of Trinet

Kathy Gomez, Superintendent of Evergreen Elementary School District

Dave House, Chairman of Brocade

Karen Johnson, Senior Program Officer K-12 Education at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Ronnie Lott, Founder All Stars Helping Kids + NFL Hall of Famer

Michael Moe, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer of GSV Capital

Tarkan Maner, Chairman and CEO of Nexenta

Tory Patterson, Co-Founder and Partner at Owl Ventures

Ron Sege, Chairman and CEO of Echelon

Marc Suidan, Partner at PwC

Jorge Titinger, President and CEO of SGI

Meet the iHub Team

Arati Nagaraj – iHub Director

Arati is the Program Director for the Learning Innovation Hub (iHub) at Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Her experience has spanned classroom teaching, curriculum design, training facilitation and school board governance over the past 20 years. After working at Pearson Education, Houghton Mifflin, Apple, Facebook, and Google Arati has brought her education and corporate experience to the non-profit sector.

Teaching and learning has been the common thread in Arati’s meandering journey. At iHub she is fortunate to share her passion with students, teachers, school administrators, EdTech entrepreneurs, and business leaders.
Arati grew up in Bombay (yes, it’s Bombay to me and Mumbai to others), came to Boston for her Masters in Educational Media and Technology, worked in the Boston area and then moved to Silicon Valley in 2003. In her spare time, she enjoy’s traveling, watching movies and carving out “replenish” time for herself. She loves the Bay Area but her heart is still in Boston (Go Patriots!).
Casey Agena – iHub Manager

Casey is the Learning Innovation Hub (iHub) manger at the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Before joining the Foundation in 2016, he worked at Punahou School in Honolulu, Hawaii and in the San Francisco Unified School District. His passions include: Inquiry-based learning through tackling “real world problems,”  and attacking the Digital Divide.

Casey is a graduate of Purdue University (BA), Boston College (M Ed.) and University of Southern California (Ed. D). When he’s not working, he can be found painting with his children, surfing or tweeting about the Boston Red Sox.

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