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PioNear Summit 2018

April 13, 2018The Nearpod Team


On Feb 23-25, Nearpod hosted our 3rd annual PioNear Summit in sunny Hollywood Beach, FL. We were thrilled to welcome a packed room of passionate edtech enthusiasts from around the world. Some came from as far as the Middle East! We spent a weekend of community building and professional development.

This year’s summit was all about transformation. Conversations focused on questions like:

  • How do we harness technology to transform the way teaching looks in the classroom?
  • How do we ensure we are preparing students for the world that awaits them?
  • How can we provide easy-to-use digital resources to more teachers and students?

Watch the brief video that brings together the best moments of this inspirational weekend.


Mass rock, paper, scissors contest.


Some of our favorite Summit moments included:

  • Nearpod VP of Content Jennie Kristoffersen’s discussion about how we must bridge the gap between active and passive use of technology in the classroom
  • A behind the scenes look at how the Nearpod product platform is evolving with CTO John Eckerd and Head of Product Sebastian Feldman
  • A Next level VR demonstration by PioNear and VR enthusiast, Steve Bambury
  • Indisputable evidence that educators can sing (and dance) at Plug-IN Karaoke


PioNear Experience

See what the PioNears had to say about their Summit experience.





Read Crystal Trotter’s full experience at the PioNear Summit here.

Read Gabriel Carillo’s experience at the PioNear Summit here.

You can read the rest of the social media buzz using #PioNearSummit.


Nearpod Team Experience

The PioNear Summit was an opportunity for Nearpod employees to connect with PioNears. Nearpod keeps teachers at the center of everything we do and the Summit weekend was an outlet for employees to connect at a deeper level with Nearpod’s most avid fans.


The insight shared by the PioNears stretched my mind, allowing me to see how Nearpod can be used in ways I never imagined. Together, we bounced ideas off one other and cultivated a space of creativity which also strengthened our community. Together, we reflected on how we are transforming education and how we can continue to do so.

Valeria, Customer Success Manager


Nearpod keeps teachers at the center of everything they do. The PioNear Summit is just one example of this mission and collaboration. As a former district math coordinator, I am proud to work for a company with such a strong teacher focus.

Jennie, VP of Content Strategy 


The PioNear Summit was a tremendously inspirational and energizing experience. The passion PioNears have for education and technology is infectious!

Inga, Senior Director of Marketing




Thank you PioNears!

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