With significant backing from Princeton University, Wolfram Alpha, Google Education, and more, IgniteSTEM brings together thought leaders to make the “classroom of the future” a reality. Through an international series of conferences, IgniteSTEM empowers educators and provides cutting edge ideas to disrupt STEM learning environments with education technology and project-based learning. Get to know why this matters.

After the conference you can…

  •  Experience a “hacking education” in a non traditional style

  •  Listen to passionate education innovators about how they changed their own STEM field

  •  Learn to increase student interest in STEM with makerspaces and design thinking

  •  Work in small groups to create successful plans that connect STEM thought leaders to your school, community, or workspace

  •  Receive professional development hours available for attending

  •  Facilitate your own Hackathon with a Do-It-Yourself kit, "Hack-In-A-Box", and a Hacker Fund team member

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xPrinceton 2019: DECEMBER 7, 2019

xStanford 2020: COMING SOON


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Past Speakers


Director of Product Management,

Google Education

Jonathan Rochelle is Product Management Director at Google Apps for Education.  He managed the startup and launch of Google Classroom, Expeditions, and related Google apps for Education.  He previously worked as Product Management Director and Co-Founder of Google Docs and Drive.  The company he co-founded and led as CEO was acquired by Google in 2005 to become the basis for Google Sheets


Co-founder & Chief Create Office Officer, NuVu

Saba Ghole is an architectural/urban designed turned education and technology entrepreneur.  Her multidisciplinary explorations have formed her holistic understanding of design, creative eduation and the interface of people and their environments.  Her experience in the urban design world exposed her to a myriad of innovative educational projects including the Central Los Angeles high School #9, the National Research Foundation's CREATE Project, and the Princess Nora Bint Abdulrahman University in Riyadh (the world's largest center of higher learning for women)



Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT.  Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries.  He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT.  He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works. 


Founder, MLH

Mike Swift is the founder of Hacker League, the premier platform for managing hackathons, and the Commissioner of Major League Hacking, the Official Collegiate Hackathon League.  He is one of the foremost authorities on organizing effective hackathons.


Co-founder, General Assembly

Matthew Brimer is an entrepreneur, community builder, and instigator of creative mischief.  He is Co-founder of General Assembly, and has recently launched GA's philanthropic arm, Opportunity Fund.  Brimer is also Co-founder of DayBreaker, a global community and lifestyle brand producing conscious morning experiences around the world.  Brimer also serves as an advisor to a handful of startups, including Common, Fluent City, ZZ Drigs, and Lightmatter.  Brimer has been named Vanity Fair's "The Next Establishment," Forbes' "30 Under 30," Inc. Magazine's "30 Under 30," and Business Insider's "Silicon Valley 100"


Chief Academic Officer, Code.org

 Pat is the Chief Academic Officer for Code.org, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting computer science education. As a national voice on K-12 computer science education, his passion is to bring computer science opportunities to every school and student in the United States. Throughout his career as a computer science teacher, he inspired students to create mobile games and apps for social causes, and implemented initiatives to broaden participation in computer science among underrepresented groups. As a result, enrollment in his school’s computer science program doubled, the number of girls taking advanced computer science tripled, and many of his students went on to majors and careers in computing. 

For more past speakers, please visit our Conferences page

"Fantastic keynote speakers with an encouraging and motivating message. People who attended the conference were all like minded...either have a deep seated passion for STEM or who are seeking insight and motivation to take the leap"

- Attendee


"It was such an awesome conference and you had the opportunity to network with the presenters along with the attendees. I walked away feeling inspired to bring these ideas to my school district"

- Attendee

"Being able to hear about the innovations by the staff members and speakers were invaluable in seeing STEM being implemented in a variety of ways for all students. This ignited STEM in my thinking and mindset."

- Attendee