Background

Background

SOT Events started as a conference series in the year 2000 and are organised by Beaconhouse as part of its ongoing commitment to its social responsibility. Over the years, the series has evolved and grown, featuring thought leaders – including educators, futurists, technologists, scientists, environmentalists, architects, politicians, business leaders, performance and visual artists, poets, writers, journalists, filmmakers, sportspeople, social activists and many others – from across South Asia, the Middle East, Asia-Pacific, Europe and North America.

Our past events

Events by invitation:

Edition 1: Islamabad, January 2000: Rethinking Education

Editions 2, 3, 4: Lahore-Karachi-Islamabad, November 2005: Towards 2035: The School of Tomorrow

Edition 5: Lahore, November 2010: School of Tomorrow: Freedom to Learn

Edition 6: Kuala Lumpur, November 2012: School of Tomorrow: Empowering Lifelong Learners

Public events:

Edition 7: Karachi, November 2015: School of Tomorrow: The End of Education?* (*As we know it)

Edition 8: Lahore, November 2016: A World of Tomorrow: Seeking Inspiration & Equilibrium in a New Age

Edition 9: Islamabad, March 2017: A World of Tomorrow: Seeking Inspiration and Equilibrium in a New Age

SOT Events have greatly influenced change at Beaconhouse, directly benefiting our learners and educators.  To widen their impact, the series was opened to the public for the first time in 2015. Since then, we have successfully organised three major public events in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad featuring more than 400 speakers from around the world who shared new ideas and experiences with audiences of tens of thousands of people from all cross-sections of society. These three public events focused on the impact of developments in geopolitics and global security, media and digital technologies, popular art and culture and climate change on the future of societies worldwide. They also featured the popular Full STEAM Interactive Exhibition as well as a range of cultural performances.