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Thursday, November 9 • 15:20 - 16:05
Using LinkedIn to Fight Inequality in Education Access

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Since law school, Jake has worked to fight inequality - first through public international law, from tribunals in the Hague to Cambodia, and next through intellectual property law, including helping create an alternative to the patent system to incentivize drug development. Later, a company he founded built open source software to increase access to law, medicine and education across Canada, culminating in his work chairing the Technology Committee of UN Special Envoy for Education, Gordon Brown's Global Education Platform

Most recently, at LinkedIn, Jake has leveraged the company's map of the economy - the LinkedIn Economic Graph - to help non-profits and governments tackle key aspects of inequality in Canada. He has been running LinkedIn's Syrian refugee work, helping these newcomers find mentorship, networking and even jobs leveraging the platform. And he has built a partnership with the government of Ontario to provide skills-based online education content to every faculty, staff and student in the province. This in turn is a pilot to provide LinkedIn courses, combined with those from every college and university in the province, to Ontario's most disadvantaged, including those on EI and without access to other forms of education.

Jake believes Alberta, and Canada more generally, can take this work and expand on it - to leverage LinkedIn's data and content to better target its education system and workforce development.

Links to articles explaining his work at LinkedIn with refugees, cities, schools and non-profits can be found here.

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Jake Hirsch-Allen

Lynda.com Lead for Higher Education, LinkedIn Canada
As well as his work with Lynda.com, Jake Hirsch-Allen teaches at McMaster University, is on the advisory boards of Code for Canada and the Hot Docs cinema, and founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada's foremost software development bootcamp. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair... Read More →

Thursday November 9, 2017 15:20 - 16:05 MST
Kinnear Centre - KC 303

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