Keynote speakers

Ewan McIntosh
Ewan McIntoshKeynote speaker
Leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh. A highly-regarded keynote speaker at events around the world, he’s also the author of How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen and regularly writes about learning on his blog
Richard Gerver
Richard GerverKeynote speaker
Richard is former teacher and schoolleader, writer of the bestseller ‘Creating tomorrows schools today’ and currently one of the most celebrated speakers in the world. His insights into change and leadership have seen him work with organisations from Google to Harrods and Deloitte to Technicolor. His influence has led to him advising the Hilary Clinton campaign, the music industry and Olympic and elite sports organisations throughout the world.
Keimpe de Heer
Keimpe de Heer
Keimpe is the initiator and co-founder of Rotslab Coöperatie U.A. Rotslab is a medialab based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Rotslab aims to create platforms for digital fabrication, artistic research and creative events. Our main goal is to create a survival kit for the urban citizen to live a sustainable and self sufficient life in the context of the smart city.
Frank Evers
Frank Evers
Frank is Innovation Leader bij NPDL Nederland bij Turning Learning en werkt daarnaast o.a. voor Marant Interstudie met scholen aan het ontwikkelen van nieuw onderwijs en deep learning door bewezen didactiek te combineren met nieuwe technologie. Zijn passie is om via onderwijsinnovatie leerlingen de vaardigheden mee te geven om later bij te dragen aan een mooie, duurzame en verdraagzame wereld.
Evert Hoogendoorn
Evert Hoogendoorn
Evert Hoogendoorn is programmaleider Ludodidactiek. Hij is gamedesigner en docent aan de HKU. Evert maakt zich sterk voor de toepassing van principes uit de gamewereld in het onderwijs.
Inge Blauw
Inge Blauw
Inge is de programmamanager onderwijsinnovatie op de Hogeschool Utrecht en is de drijvende kracht achter het BlendedLab, een broedplaats waar docenten in opleiding werken aan de meest innovatieve onderwijstoepassingen.

The Perfect Storm Education Conference

Do you have the ambition to kick-start innovation in your school? Join our community and register for The Perfect Storm Education Conference. At this ground breaking event like-minded innovators work together in a highly energetic incubator programme on new ideas, concepts and prototypes. The design sessions are supported by international experts in the field of Design Thinking and Deep Learning.

Stop talking, start doing!

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From challenge to sustainable innovation

Many teachers are driven by an enormous amount of ambition and enthusiasm. We see them testing new pedagogies, learning content and experimenting with new technology at their schools. These pioneers are the fuel for bottom-up innovation. The actual effect of innovation emerges when these ‘Islands of excellence’ are connected in networks and start to strengthen each other.

Make sure your hard work is about solving the right problems. How can we connect all the ambition to their underlying challenges with the aim to develop an incubator for fundamental innovation?

This is the key question we’ve put at the heart of the conference programme. Design thinking will help you bring your challenge to a new level. With guided sessions about simple thinking and prototyping you will end the day with a true existing next step. By bringing the right elements together we can unleash a perfect storm in education.

Design Your Own Innovation

Through our unique design approach DYOI (Design Your Own Innovation) you will develop a layered result in a one-day program: an overview of new emerging learning strategies, a vision for the future of education and an in-depth insight into how to make innovation happen in your school.

This day offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with colleagues from all over the world, looking at the education of tomorrow guided by leading experts in education design and innovation. Key ingredients to support you are Deep Learning, Experienced-Based Design, Design Thinking, Users-as-Designers and new pedagogies for learning in the 21st century.


Morning session 09.00 AM - 12.45 PM

Start Keimpe de Heer and Frank Evers
Keynote Ewan McIntosh
Design Thinking sessions
–          & Unconference

–          & Campfire sessions

–          & Moderated Reflection


Ed-Tech Startups, UtrechtInc.

Keimpe de Heer

Keynote Richard Gerver

Lunch 12.45 PM - 13.30 PM

Afternoon session 13.30 PM - 17.00 PM

Reflection Keimpe de Heer
Prototyping Ewan McIntosh, Richard Gerver, Keimpe de Heer and Frank Evers
Campfire sessions
Pitches and Award Ceremony UtrechtInc.

The programme is designed around your ideas, concepts, questions and ambitions. In a series of Design Thinking sessions you will develop context and scenarios for your goals with a strong focus on how to scale up and broaden innovation in your local community.

Because the day is all about fundamental innovation at schools, the programme is relevant for directors, school leaders and teachers.  Innovation after all requires connection, both horizontally and vertically; inspiration doesn’t follow hierarchy.


1500,-per team (5 persons)

Register before January 13, 2017 and receive an early-bird discount. Early bird single price tickets:  € 349,-

*prices are ex VAT (ex btw 21%)

The conference moderator

Ewan McIntosh

Leading projects around the world for clients in education and industry, Ewan is the passionate and energising tour de force behind NoTosh. A highly-regarded keynote speaker at events around the world, he’s also the author of How To Come Up With Great Ideas and Actually Make Them Happen and regularly writes about learning on his blog


NoTosh is a global consultancy with a passion for learning and a conviction that innovation and creativity can change the way people think, the way they learn and the way they work – as individuals, teams, organisations and communities.

“As a French and German high school teacher in Scotland back in the 1990s, I wanted to find new ways to help students engage with my subjects – I felt strongly that technology was both critical to this and underused in the classroom, so my classes were among the first in Europe to podcast and blog as part of their daily learning. From here, it was a reasonably logical step to become National Advisor on Learning and Technology Futures for the Scottish Government … although joining Channel 4 as their Digital Commissioner in 2008 was a step in a different direction. But it was at Channel 4, that I became fascinated by the strategies and tactics that my creative colleagues were using to create imaginative and truly engaging digital services for young people. Could I take this insight and make it work in an education setting? Yes, I reckoned I could… and that’s how NoTosh came about.”

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