Sugata Mitra, Professor of Educational Technology, is the global leader in the field of minimally invasive education and self organised learning.  His pioneering “Hole in the Wall” experiments have helped to shed light into the potential of self organised learning – where groups of children with access to shared digital resources can learn to use computers and the internet and go on to learn much more than previously thought possible on their own without adult supervision.

Thirteen years of experiments in children’s education show us a series of startling results – children can self-organise their own learning, achieve educational objectives on their own, and can read by themselves. Perhaps, and most startling of all, groups of children with access to the internet can learn almost anything by themselves. From the slums of India and villages of Cambodia, to poor schools in Chile, Argentina, Uruguay, the USA and Italy, to the schools of Gateshead, and the rich international schools of Washington and Hong Kong, Professor Mitra’s experimental results offer a strange new future for learning: a future in which ‘knowing’ may be obsolete.

On 27th February 2013 Sugata Mitra won the first $1 million TED Prize .  See below for his acceptance speech:


Sugata Mitra, TED Prize

“My wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together. Help me build the School in the Cloud, a learning lab in India, where children can embark on intellectual adventures by engaging and connecting with information and mentoring online. I also invite you, wherever you are, to create your own miniature child-driven learning environments and share your discoveries.”

Sugata Mitra, Leonardo Crossing Borders Award 2012

“Mitra has inspired education experts around the world to re-think learning methods and to develop a new learning design for talent management – in school education as well as corporate learning.”

Sugata Mitra, AdvancED Global Educator Award 2012

The AdvancED Global Educator Award is presented to individuals who have demonstrated unparalleled leadership in promoting and advancing excellence in global and international education.  The 2012 AdvancED Global Educator Award winner is: Dr Sugata Mitra.

Sugata Mitra, Klingenstein Leadership Award 2011


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  • Sugata Mitra, TED 2013 invited talk, Long Beach, CA, USA, 3 Mar 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Jnana Probodhini conference, closing keynote, Pune, India, 9 Feb 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, UCAS, Keynote, Nottingham, UK, 5 Feb 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Dutch Teachers Conference, Keynote, London, UK, 29 Jan 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, TedX talk, Kharagpur, India, 19 Jan 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, International School, keynote, Geneva, Switzerland, 12 Jan 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, Guardian Activate, keynote Delhi, India, 21 Dec 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, University keynote Antwerp, Belgium, 13 Dec 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Autodesk University event, keynote Las Vegas, USA, 27 Nov 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote Rio, Brazil, 24 Nov 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, INSIGHTS Public Lecture – The Future of Learning, 15th Nov 2013
  • Sugata Mitra, The Sackler Lecture: The Future of Learning, 6 Nov 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, V&A event, London, UK, 6 Nov 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at STEM Learning Conference, San Diego, USA, 15 Oct 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Pearson Event, Colonia, Uruguay, 7 Oct 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at EAIE 2012, Dublin, Ireland, 13 Sep 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote Address, EAIE Conference 2012, Dublin, September 11th 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote, Rivers School, Cambridge, MA, USA, 6 Sep 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Leslie University, Cambridge, MA, USA, 5 Sep 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Berwick Academy, Dover, Maine, USA, 29 Aug 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Guidford, CT, USA, 27 Aug 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Consultation Billund, Denmark, 9 Aug 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Invited talk, Haystack Deer Isle, Maine, USA, 12 Jul 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote Washington DC, USA, 26 June 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynotes and school visits in several cities, Argentina, 14 Jun 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Gateshead event, Gateshead, UK, 28 May 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at E Learning Africa, Benin, 25 May 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Baltimore, USA, 10 May 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Bratislava, Slovenia, 22 April 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at LEGO conference Billund, Denmark, 17 April 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Invited lecture at UNESCO Conference, Barcelona, Spain, 15 Mar 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Invited lecture at Litfest, Bath, UK, 11 Mar 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at 21st Century Education Conference, Hong Kong, China, 21 Feb 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at Teachers Conference, Sao Paolo, Brazil, 11 Feb 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at London International Schools Association, London, UK, 20 Jan 2012
  • Sugata Mitra, Keynote at British Council event Bombay and Vadodara, India, 8 Jan 2012

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