A former hedge fund analyst with a vision for offering free, high-quality education to everybody no matter where they live will formally open this year’s Heart Rhythm 2016.
Sal Khan, founder of the Khan Academy, will deliver this year’s keynote address at the Opening Plenary. During the session, which starts at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in Moscone West, he will talk about what a reimagined education system could look like and what needs to happen to make his dream of “providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere” a reality.
Offering personalized learning through the internet, the Khan Academy provides learners free access to more than 7,000 video lessons and 150,000 practice problems in almost 40 languages. The not-for-profit Academy, founded in 2005, has no advertisements and doesn’t require subscriptions.
The Academy’s beginning traces back to 2004, when Khan tutored a young cousin in math. They communicated by phone and used an interactive notepad. As others took notice and expressed interest in the lessons, Khan posted tutorials on YouTube. Those lessons became so popular that the Harvard and MIT-educated Khan left his job and focused on developing the self-pacing software available for free on the website. Today, the Academy has 80 people working as developers, teachers, designers, strategists and content specialists.
In 2012, Khan published “The One World Schoolhouse: Education Reimagined”, which presents
a detailed version of his vision of a transformed educational system.