What is enlightED?

Reinventing education in a digital world

EnlightED is an international conference that brings together experts in education, technology and innovation to fuel debate on education in the digital era. Telefónica Foundation and IE University are co-organizing the event which is set to take place on October 3 – 5 in Madrid as part of South Summit 2018.

What will education be like in the future? What role will technology play? What are the best indicators of the level of integration of education, technology and innovation? How can we guarantee that the new digital society will be fairer and will bring opportunities for everyone? If we want to reinvent education in the digital world we have to start by asking ourselves the right questions. enlightED will serve as a platform led by Telefónica Foundation, IE University and South Summit to bring together leading international experts to tackle these issues. The Conference take place on October 3-5 at the La Nave exhibition center in Madrid, and will form part of South Summit 2018.

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Edtech Startup Competition

enlightED also wants to serve as a window onto the world and a networking space for edtech startups. Hence a special competition has been launched to award prizes to the best 10 edtech startups worldwide, which can be at any stage of development.

Selected startups will be among the finalists of South Summit and will have the opportunity to have their own space at the event, thereby gaining advantages that include enhanced visibility, access to education, and meetings with potential investors or businesses that seek innovation and mentoring.

Entrepreneurs interested in taking part in the competition have until August 17 to register on the southsummit.co website. Finalists will travel to Madrid to present their projects and, in addition to the South Summit competition prizes, will be eligible for the enlightED Awards, which include three special prizes:

  • IE University enlightED Prize for the “Best Startup in Higher Education.”
  • Telefónica Foundation enlightED Prize for the “Startup with the Biggest Social Impact on Education.”
  • Wayra enlightED Prize & Telefónica Educación Digital for the “Best Tech Solution for Learning and Education.”

Evaluation criteria for entries include innovative nature, viability, scalability, team profile, and a capacity for attracting investment. The judges’ panel will comprise international investors, entrepreneurs and experts in a range of sectors.


Fundación Telefónica promotes the social side of the digital transformation through educational, cultural, employability and volunteer projects. It is present in Latin America, Europe, Africa and Asia. By the end of 2017, it had impacted 6 million people.

IE University offers a technology-based learning ecosystem for leaders who make a difference in the world through innovation, global vision, an entrepreneurial mindset and a unique approach to the Humanities.

South Summit is the leading innovation platform that connects the most disruptive startups with investors and corporations around the world looking to improve their competitiveness through innovation. South Summit will be held the 3rd to 5th of October at La Nave in Madrid (Spain).

OCT. 3-5 2018

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  • This pass is for all three days of the enlightED Conference, and will permit you to enjoy the global experience of South Summit.

  • Other options

  • Find out more here about the possibilities offered by other types of entrance tickets.


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