2021 ICoBC Symposium Program


08:30 – 09:00

Registration, Coffee and Networking
Attendees can visit Exhibitor tables during this time onsite and online

09:00 – 09:10

Opening Remarks by Armin Hopp, President at ICoBC:
Purpose of the Symposium and agenda setting, introduction to the Miro Board

09:10 – 10:00





Keynote Panel by

  1. Doug Belshaw, Founding Member at We Are Open Co-Op
  2. Phillip Long, LER Network Facilitator at T3 Innovation Network
  3. Kerri Lemoie, Director Digital Credentials Research & Innovation at Concentric Sky

on the topic: "10 Years of Badges and Credentials, what are the lessons learned?" 
with interactive moderation

Facilitation: Jan Muehlig, CEO at relevantive GmbH

10:00 - 10:45







Panel Discussion on the key challenges for education, the corporate sector, associations and policy:
How can global exchange, collaboration, and development across sectors work?

  1. Abtar Kaur, Professor, Innovative Digital Learning at Asia Pacific University of Technology and Innovation
  2. Nick Lambert, CEO at Dock
  3. Sue Martin, Global Head Personnel Certification at TÜV Rheinland
  4. Rupert Ward, Associate Dean at University of Huddersfield
  5. Jan Renz, Projektgruppe Digitaler Bildungsraum bei Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

Moderation: Gerard Pruim, Gear Up, Essential Skills Program partner

10:45 - 11:15

Coffee and Networking
Attendees can visit Exhibitor tables during this time onsite and online

11:15 - 12:00










Roundtable Round 1: Root Cause for Challenges (problems2solve)

  1. Group: The role for badges and credentials in Workforce Development and engagement by Rebecca Stromeyer, instructed by the respective Working Group on the role for credentials and badges in Workforce Development and Engagement 
  2. Group: The potential for badges and credentials for the Corporate Sector by Irina Melnikova, Co-Lead of the respective Working Group on Rolling out badges and credentials in larger organizations
  3. Group: The growing importance of associations for mutual recognition of badges and credentials by Rolf Reinhardt, Co-Lead of the respective Working Group on developing a scaling badge framework for associations, CSR and non-profits
  4. Group: The opening of accredited education organizations to mobility and flexibility with badges and credentials by Ebba Ossiannilsson, Professor, Dr. Innovation in Open Online Learning.
  5. Group: The digital identity as a backbone of trust for badges and credentials by Hakan Yildiz, Consortial Partner at IDunion, SME in Blockchain, Distributed-Ledger Technology (DLT) and Self-Sovereign Identity (SSI)
  6. Group: The role of 21st century skills in enabling badges and credentials to support the future of work by Rupert Ward, Co-Lead of the respective Working Group on 21st Century Skills.

12:00 - 12:45

Roundtable Round 2: Vision for the Future (solution)

12:45 - 13:30

Lunch Break

13:30 - 14:00

Surprise Game

14:00 - 14:45

Roundtable Round 3: Actions to the vision

14:45 - 15:30

Summary Presentation from the Roundtable Rounds 

15:30 - 16:00

Coffee and Networking
Attendees can visit Exhibitor tables during this time onsite and online

16:00 - 16:45





Panel Discussion on group findings

  1. Sean Murphy, Walmart
  2. Sheila Jagannathan, World Bank
  3. Klemens Riegler, Wirtschaftskammer Österreich
  4. Dominic Orr, atingi.org
  5. Adrian Portugall, LinkedIn

Moderation: Rolf Reinhardt, Concierge at ICoBC

16:45 - 17:00

Wrap-up and next steps for ICoBC by Armin Hopp, President at ICoBC

17:00 - 18:00

ICoBC Reception


Virtual Moderation Team: Garnet Berry, Next Education Services and Jean-Baptiste Milon, Martel Innovate


ICoBC Secretariat

Leibnizstr. 32

10625 Berlin



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