Innovative Learning Conference - 2017
Information for Speakers

Thank you for agreeing to speak at the 2017 Innovative Learning Conference. Please find helpful information below.

Overview of Innovative Learning Conference

Every two years, educators and innovators from around the world convene at the Nueva School for the Innovative Learning Conference (ILC) to discuss and share ideas about many of the most challenging and critical issues facing education.

The conference is organized by the Nueva School and features lively discussion among internationally preeminent speakers, scholars, educators, parents, community members, and students.

Important Information

Thursday and Friday session schedules are available. Please view the schedules for Thursday Hillsborough sessions and Thursday Bay Meadows sessions. 

Please view Friday's session schedule - all sessions take place at Hillsborough. 

Driving Directions 

Parking will be available for all speakers on campus both days. Please see directions to each of our campuses below. 

Hillsborough Campus 

6565 Skyline Blvd. 
Hillsborough, CA, 94403
Front Desk: (650) 350-4600

Bay Meadows Campus 

131 E. 28th Ave.  
San Mateo, CA, 94010
Front Desk: (650) 235-7100


Thursday: Shuttles will be available from the Hyatt Regency running to both campuses from 7:00 am-9:30 am. Please note: There is no afternoon shuttle running to the Hyatt on Thursday, however there will be a shuttle running to and from the Speaker Reception in the evening, between 5:00 pm and 8:00 pm. 

Friday: Shuttles will be available from the Hyatt Regency to the Hillsborough campus departing from 7:00 am-9:30 am. There will be an afternoon shuttle returning to the Hyatt Regency starting at 4:30 pm, and running through the afternoon reception. The last shuttle will leave Hillsborough campus at 7:00 pm. 

Caltrain/Bart: Shuttles will be available from the Millbrae Caltrain/Bart station, running every 30 minutes, from 7:15 am-9:30 am and again in the afternoon from 4:00 pm-7:00 pm. 

A full schedule can be viewed here

If you will need other transportation arrangements, please email


Contract Returned & Registration Completed Immediately
Travel Reservation Requests within 14 days of Registration
Bio & Photo Aug. 15, 2017
Talk Title & Abstract Aug. 15, 2017
Presentation & Handouts Oct. 12, 2017
Tech & Room Setup Needs Oct. 12, 2017

Speaker Registration

The Innovative Learning Conference speaker registration is live! The registration portal asks speakers to please provide their contact information; submit their bio, photo, talk title, abstract, presentation, handouts, and tech needs; and submit travel needs and meal preferences. We so appreciate your timely submissions as they allow us to begin preparing conference materials.

Presentation and Session Guidelines

Most speakers attend the entire conference day as it is an excellent opportunity to hear, see, and network with esteemed colleagues who are passionate about innovative education. In addition, after the day’s sessions, the conference has a closing reception until 7:00 pm in Nueva's Mansion Ballroom.
  • Normal session time will be one hour.
  • Please plan for a 45-minute presentation (unless discussed otherwise). The remaining time is for questions and answers.
  • Presentations that focus on the commercial intent of a product or service are not permitted.
  • Please check in 60 minutes prior to your session at the speaker registration desk, which will be at the Nueva School administration offices.
  • If you make changes to your presentation after you submit it to us, please make sure to bring an updated version with you on your presentation day so our tech team can upload it.
Technology Information

Please email your tech requirements, presentations, and handouts to by Thursday, October 12, 2017. If you already submitted materials through the registration portal, we have them. If you would like to make modifications, please email the updated copies to To see what you have already submitted, please visit the Registration page, select Modify Registration and use the email you used to register and your last name to log back in.  


We would prefer that speakers bring their own laptops, preloaded with their presentations. Please note there are format differences between PowerPoint for Windows and PowerPoint for Mac that could adversely impact your presentation on a school-supplied laptop. On conference day, we encourage speakers to arrive at the Tech Tent as early as possible to ensure your presentation will run properly. Nueva’s Tech team will be onsite to ensure that your machine will work smoothly with our systems.

The following will be provided for you:
  • LCD projector with a male VGA connection (with an Apple mini DisplayPort to VGA adapter)
  • Projection surface
  • Microphone
  • Sound amplification for laptop (via headphone port)
Please plan on bringing these pieces of equipment, if needed:
  • Laptop power adapter and power cord
  • An adapter for your laptop’s video port adapter to VGA (especially if you have an standard, mini, or micro HDMI video port)
  • Remote clicker (for advancing slides)
  • Laser pointer
The following is a sampling of items that may be provided if specifically requested in advance through the registration page:
  • Dry-erase board surface
  • Easel/stand
  • Podium
Travel Arrangements and Hotel Information

If you will be traveling to the Bay Area to present at the conference and need assistance with airfare and hotel, please email Meredith Donaldson. All hotel arrangements will be made at Hyatt Regency San Francisco Airport, 1333 Bayshore Highway, Burlingame, CA 94010. Complimentary shuttle service is available between the airport, hotels, and ILC. Shuttle schedules will be available in fall 2017.

Important Forms

Please find the W-9 form here.
Please find the speaker reimbursement form here.
A speaker packet with additional details and information will be mailed to you in the coming months.

Please return all forms to Sarah Hill at


After you have confirmed you will be speaking at the 2017 conference, our speaker liaison will send your contract along with registration information. Please make sure to check your spam filter as emails from the school are often caught. If you have not yet received your contract, please contact Sarah Hill at


There will be a bookstore at the conference. Conference attendees and presenters, members of the public, and Nueva faculty, staff, and parents will be invited to come, browse, and make purchases on both days of the conference. You will be able to provide a suggested list of titles when you register.

Social Media

Each year our conference sells out. Please help us share your stories with those who are unable to attend, and don’t hesitate to reach out to our Social Media Specialist, Nina Thompson, We’ve committed to using the hashtag #ilcnueva and our special hashtag for this year's conference is #ILCBlurringBoundaries.

Webpage Linking Request

If you have a section on your websites and/or publications for your own appearances/announcements/press releases/calendar, we would like to provide a link to your website and ask that you create a direct link to the Innovative Learning Conference website.

To create the link, here is our information:
The Innovative Learning Conference
October 19 & 20, 2017
The Nueva School
Hillsborough, CA

Speakers' Reception

Speakers are also invited to a reception on Thursday evening. We would be thrilled if you could join us for this special event. 

If you are a speaker and have any special requests or inquiries, please contact Sarah Hill at