Best-selling author Daniel Pink to give opening keynote at 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference

Pink will give his insights on leadership, innovation and human motivation, providing FETC attendees with a new system to promote enduring motivation through autonomy, mastery and purpose
By: | June 28, 2019

The National Future of Education Technology Conference® announced that international best-selling author Daniel Pink will deliver the opening keynote for the 40th anniversary event, to take place January 14-17, 2020 at the Miami Beach Convention Center in Miami, Fla. Pink’s keynote, “Leadership, Innovation, and the Surprising Truth of Human Motivation,” will kick off FETC 2020 with a powerful and practical presentation that challenges attendees to consider the key question, “what motivates people to do their best work?”

“For 40 years, FETC has invited education professionals from all roles to engage with content that pushes their thinking on leadership, instruction and driving meaningful change in our education system. Daniel Pink is one of the most appropriate and exciting speakers to challenge our participants in each of these ways, as his books and speeches have long resonated with teachers and education leaders, presenting them with insights and ideas that have informed practices in countless schools and classrooms,” said Dr. Robert M. Avossa, Senior Vice President & Publisher, LRP Publications. “Importantly, he is extremely skilled at articulating the factors behind motivation and engagement, essential elements for everyone in the education field to understand and consider. We are excited to welcome Daniel Pink to FETC 2020 as the opening keynote and are confident attendees will gain great benefit from hearing his insights in this venue.”

Pink is the author of six provocative, bestselling books about business, work, and behavior — including his newest, When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing, which spent four months on the New York Times bestseller list and was named a best book of 2018 by Amazon, iBooks, Goodreads, and several more outlets. This book unlocks the scientific secrets to good timing to help readers flourish at work, at school and at home. His other books include the long-running New York Times bestseller A Whole New Mind and the number one New York Times bestsellers Drive and To Sell is Human―books that draw on behavioral and social science to present a better understanding of motivation and persuasion, among other topics. His books have won multiple awards, have been translated into 39 languages, and have sold three million copies worldwide.

Pink’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 20 million views, and his FETC keynote presentation will cover and expand on similar subject matter. In the dynamic presentation, “Leadership, Innovation, and the Surprising Truth of Human Motivation,” he will ask what motivates people to do their best work, a question central to leadership, strategy, learning and innovation. He will emphasize and focus on technology, education and preparing for the future of work. Tapping 50 years of research in behavioral science, Pink will show why many traditional rewards fall short of their promise and sometimes even backfire. Then, marshaling the evidence, he’ll reveal a more effective motivational operating system. This new system, which has been embraced by smart organizations around the world, promotes enduring motivation through autonomy, mastery, and purpose—the fundamentally human desires to direct our own lives, to make progress in work that matters, and to contribute to a team.

For 40 years, the Future of Education Technology Conference has gathered the most dynamic and creative education professionals from around the world for an intensive, highly collaborative exploration of new technologies, best practices and pressing issues. Each year, FETC is tailored to the needs of an increasingly technology-driven education community and 2020, the 40th anniversary event, will be no exception. The conference will feature industry experts and unrivaled agenda content, an Expo Hall filled with the latest and greatest solutions, and a community of thousands eager to network with like-minded peers.

By attending FETC, school and district administrators, classroom teachers, IT professionals, special education directors, curriculum and media specialists, and other educators with roles or interest in ed tech will experience the professional learning, technology solutions and connections needed to transform learning in and out of the classroom. The conference program―which will feature more than 600 diverse learning opportunities across six targeted program tracks―has the unique advantage of being curated by an experienced former educator and knowledgeable program chair; a highly-regarded former superintendent and education thought leader; an ed tech innovation expert and former State Educational Technology and Data Coordination Director; and the expert editorial staff at LRP Publications.

Registration is now open for the 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference. For additional information and to register, visit or call toll-free 1-800-727-1227. Educators who register before November 1, 2019 will save up to $150 by securing the Super Saver rate.

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