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July 9 - 11, 2018
Early Childhood Innovation Summit
Louisville, Kentucky

Attend the Summit if you...

Have a great idea and want to implement it, or need a spark to generate new ideas!


The 2018 Summit will take place July 9-11, 2018 in Louisville, KY

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Become innovation-fit in just three days!

Innovation is for people and it starts with them too. The HeadStarter Network believes we can enhance innovation in early childhood education if we help to enable as many members of the early child community as possible to think, feel, and act like innovators—by providing them with the tools, knowledge, and spirit to do so in their everyday work.

The HeadStarter Network’s Innovation Fitness Program offers both an opportunity to acquire the soft and the hard skills that will help you innovate in your area of work, and it will challenge you to upgrade and expand your existing capabilities. Even the most experienced innovators must constantly “renew their license” and become more proficient while maintaining the mindset of an absolute beginner who does things for the first time.

Debuting at the 2018 Innovation Summit in Louisville, KY, the Innovation Fitness Program provides a carefully curated mix of inspiration and implementation through a variety of case studies, deep-dive conversations, simulations, and workshops. And last, but not least, you may inspire others with your knowledge and serve as an innovation coach to them when you return home!

Innovation Fitness at the Summit

Earn credits toward your first Innovation Fitness Badge by attending the 2018 Early Childhood Innovation Summit. 

  • Understanding humans: learn how to identify and translate unmet needs and desires
  • Design thinking: learn why thinking like a designer is key to solving complex problems and how to create compelling, delightful experiences for students, partners, and colleagues
  • Technology: hear about the latest technology trends and how you can use specific digital technologies such as artificial intelligence, data science, and Blockchain to create more value
  • Intrapreneurship: study the traits of entrepreneurs and how you can apply them in your organization to realize innovation
  • Product management: understand how to design and develop products that are uniquely relevant
  • Marketing and communications: learn how to tell the story of your idea, reach your audience, build followers inside and outside your organization, and drive adoption

Schedule at the Summit

July 9, 2018

  • Product Management
  • Intrapreneurship
  • Design Thinking

July 10, 2018

  • Technology
  • Understanding Humans

July 11, 2018

  • Marketing & Communications