Big Ideas Fest 2012: Dec.2-5
Ritz Carlton, Half Moon Bay, CA

Design. Innovate. Activate.

Big Ideas Fest convenes all education stakeholders in redesigning the future of education.  ISKME's annual event brings together teachers, policy makers, researchers, eduprenuers, students, and funders who are championing the transformation of K-20 education.
Working across traditional silos in education, Big Ideas Fest engages participants from the ballroom stage to outdoor fire pits, from the hallways to the parking lot roof, and from face-to-face networking to inspiring rapid fire speakers, all infused with activities that inspire and activate new ideas.  That's a promise!
What makes Big Ideas Fest difference from other conferences?
The Action.
Action Collabs™, which anchor the spirit of collaboration at Big Ideas Fest, use a design framework to engage small groups to brainstorm, prototype, and create scalable solutions to specific education challenges. The education challenges this year include: 
  • How might we create opportunities for learning through international collaboration?
  • How might we create educational offerings for adults who want to improve their employment opportunities?
  • How might we create opportunities that reinforce the value of arts in education?
View the 2012 Design Challenge Facilitators.
Big Ideas in Beta
This past year, we kicked off Big Ideas in Beta, which awarded funding and support to help refine three prototypes that were born at Big Ideas Fest 2011. Stay tuned for updates on these Big Ideas.
The Big Ideas in Beta 13 will be selected by our Beta Judges: Christy Chin, Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation; Dale Dougherty, Maker Media/O'Reilly Media; Jonah Houston, IDEO; Marleen McDaniel, Independent Consultant; and Hiten Shah, Kissmetrics.

Event Information

Big Ideas Fest starts on Sunday, December 2nd at 4:00pm and ends on Wednesday, December 5th at 1:00pm at the spectacular Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California. Attending Sunday through Wednesday is highly recommended in order to experience all speakers, networking opportunities, and the full Action Collab workshop process.

Cost of Attendance
The cost to attend Big Ideas Fest 2012 is $730 per person.  Please email to receive an invitation code to register.

The registration fee includes the following meals:

  • Sunday, December 2nd: Dinner
  • Monday, December 3rd: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Tuesday, December 4th: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Wednesday, December 5th: Breakfast, lunch

The registration fee does not include lodging. Participants must make their own lodging arrangements. See "Hotel Reservations" section below.

Refund Policy
In the event that you need to cancel your registration for Big Ideas Fest 2012, the following refund policy applies:
•    Cancelation requests received on letterhead or email before Sunday, November 4, 2012 will be fully refunded minus a $50 processing fee.
•    After November 4, 2012, we are unable to refund any amount for any reason; however we appreciate notification of your inability to attend. If notified, we can provide you with a donation letter for charitable giving purposes.
Contact Information
For questions about the event please contact or (650) 728-3322.
Venue Information
Big Ideas Fest is held in the spectacular Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay, California.
The Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay - journey to a spectacular cliffside resort peering over the immeasurable Pacific Coast.
Hotel Reservations
Reservations are to be made directly with the Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay. Please call (888) 293-0524 and request the group rate for “Big Ideas Fest."

Group Rate: $240.00 per night ($25.00 per night resort fee has been waived), plus 12% tax and $2.75/night in state, local and tourism fees. The official cut-off date for the hotel rate is Friday, November 9, 2012, 11:59pm Pacific Time. Based on availability, the hotel will determine whether they can accept reservations at the group rate based on a space-and rate-available basis after this date. All reservations must be accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.

If you plan to drive to the hotel or have a rental car, please note that valet parking is $35 per night. There is no self parking at the hotel. There are some rooms at the hotel that include a parking spot. Therefore, if you plan to drive, you can request a "Guest House" room when making your reservation. These particular rooms are identical to the rooms within the main hotel building and are located a few hundred yards away.
Note: Requesting a "Guest House" room does not guarantee you will be confirmed in such a room but every effort will be made to accommodate your request. You will not know the type of room that you will be assigned to until check-in at the hotel on the first day of the event.
There is street parking along Miramontes Point Road on the opposite side of Hwy 1 directly across from the hotel's entrance on Miramontes Point Road. It is a .8 mile walk along a sidewalk to the hotel.
Local Airports
San Francisco International Airport (located 24 miles from The Ritz)
San Jose International Airport  (located 43 miles from The Ritz)
Oakland International Airport  (located 40 miles from The Ritz)
Ground Transportation
At San Francisco International Airport (SFO), taxis are available outside of baggage claim for $80 one-way. You may call in advance and arrange for a taxi to pick you up for $60 one-way, we suggest Bay Cities Taxicab: (650) 591-5400.
Click here for a map and directions.
Highs are typically in the mid-50s and lows in the low-40’s, and rain or fog are common. We recommend checking for specific conditions upon your arrival. Here is a great overview of the weather in the San Francisco-Bay Area year-round. Or visit the web cam perched on top of one of our favorite local hangouts, Sam’s Chowderhouse, for a real-time view.