Adobe Education Community LEADERSHIP SUMMITS 2015

Join the Adobe Education Community to design the future of creative education.

North America Summit

July 17-19*, Asilomar Conference Grounds, Pacific Grove, California USA

Asia Pacific Summit

September 28-30, Sydney, NSW, Australia

EMEA Summit

October 17-19, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Summit participation is by invitation only. For more information, email or follow #CreateEdu on Twitter.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the leadership summits?

This year’s summits are open to any current Adobe Education Leader as well as select members of other Adobe Education Community groups by invitation only. Space is limited at each event; we will maintain a wait list.

In what ways can I expect these leadership summits to be different from / similar to past AEL Institutes?

This year’s summits will be shorter and more intensive than past institutes. The focus will be on developing and strengthening our community, as leaders. Less emphasis will be placed on product training or presentations by Adobe staff in the formal agenda, although opportunities will be provided for optional add-on activities to learn about products or from staff. Just like in past years, you can expect a warm, collegial and collaborative environment in which Adobe staff and community members work together to co-create a meaningful learning experience for all attendees.

Do I have to attend the summit in my region, or can I attend summits in other regions?

You can attend any summit you like that works for your schedule. You can attend more than one summit but preference will be given to participants who have not yet attended a summit if there is a conflict.

What costs are covered by Adobe, and what costs should I plan to cover myself?

  • ACCOMODATIONS: Adobe covers the cost of your lodging on Day One and Day Two. If you need to arrive early or stay late, your additional hotel stays are not covered by Adobe and are your responsibility.
  • FOOD: Adobe covers all meals on beginning with dinner on Day One and ending with lunch on Day Three.
  • TRANSPORTATION: You will be responsible for arranging your own transportation to/from the event, including air, train, or car travel, ground transportation, and parking.

Do we have to share rooms?

Yes, all rooms for all summits are double occupancy. You can select your roommate(s) during registration. Please have a back-up roommate choice in case your first choice of roommate is popular. If you have no preference on your roommate, just say so on the registration form.

What if I have dietary restrictions / special needs?

You will be able to tell us about your needs on the registration form. If you need additional support, you can always email us or call to discuss.

I can’t attend this year. Will the events be recorded or streamed?

The Creative Catalyst talks on Day Two will be recorded and uploaded to the Adobe Education Exchange after the summit ends. The strategic working groups will share notes and plans but will not be recorded. You can follow the summits on Twitter with #CreateEdu if you cannot attend, and we hope to see you next year or at one of our upcoming less-formal meet-up events.

I registered but now my plans have changed. What should I do?

Email us at as soon as possible so we can plan for whatever changes you need to make.

What is a “Creative Catalyst” talk?

We’re planning a series of brief, impactful presentations by participants, similar in style to TED talks or those seen on stage during the 99u conference. In fifteen minutes or less, Adobe Education Community members will share a best practice they have used in their classroom or in their community for fostering creativity. These talks should inspire the audience to take action, or give them something to consider in the following day’s strategic working groups.

Who will deliver the “Creative Catalyst” talks?

All participants will be invited to submit a topic idea during registration. The event committee will then select a few participants (approximately 10-15 individuals) to create and rehearse presentations.

What is a “Strategic Working Group”?

On the second full day of the Summit, participants will work in small groups to develop a strategy and action plan for one sub-group within the greater Adobe Education Community. Sub-groups will include Primary/Secondary and Higher Education cross-curricular faculty and staff, design school and “core” faculty and Primary/Secondary career and technical education teachers. Other sub-groups will be formed using an “unconference” model after the Creative Catalyst talks conclude on the first full day.

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