Filmed in Chicago at Engage 2017, Top Hat CEO Mike Silagadze’s opening day keynote kicked off the conference.

As a university student, Silagadze was frustrated with the learning experience and the slow pace with which colleges embraced technologies. So, he decided to do something about it and started Top Hat, which has grown to be one of the most successful companies in the educational technology space. Silagadze discusses the biggest challenges for higher ed and why he believes professors are at the forefront of a revolution in the educational teaching and content world.  

Mike Silagadze is the CEO and co-founder of Top Hat. Under Silagadze’s leadership and vision, Top Hat has become the market leader in student engagement software, and is used by millions of students at 750 of the top 1,000 colleges and universities in North America. Silagadze holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

For more from Engage 2017, watch Professor Steven Sloman’s talk on community knowledge and how instructors can better understand how people outsource and share information.

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