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Credential Registry Learn and Build Summit: Putting Ideas into Action!

December 4, 2018 - December 5, 2018

The Summit

Innovative use of data will be the key to unlocking the mysteries of the credentialing marketplace and enabling students, workers, employers, and other stakeholders make more informed decisions about credentials and their content, meaning, and value. Better access to and use of credential data is necessary to power our education and workforce systems into the next century. To tackle these issues, we must pool the ideas and talents of our best and brightest.

This invite-only event will bring together technologists, developers, designers, and other stakeholders to demonstrate what innovations and ideas are possible with Credential Registry data. Join Credential Engine and event partner Learning Tapestry for two days of moving ideas into action by envisioning and prototyping applications and data services that will change how students, workers, employers, and educators engage with credential data. The Summit will also help identify the next steps for engaging and supporting this community moving forward.

Supported by JP Morgan Chase & Co., the Credential Registry Learn and Build Summit in the Washington, DC metro area is the first in a series of three regional events that will advance Credential Engine’s open application marketplace and grow the community of practitioners working with Registry data to build applications, tools, and products. Planning is underway for two additional events that will take place in different parts of the country in 2019.

Summit Goals

The following Summit goals have been drafted in close collaboration with participants and other key stakeholders. This list may evolve as we gather more feedback from potential participants in the weeks leading up to the event. Summit Goals:

  1. Envision and develop application solutions and data services that enable Credential Registry data to be utilized in new ways to solve real-world problems.
  2. Identify opportunities for scaling the open applications marketplace with an emphasis on user groups that will benefit most from the data (i.e. veterans, youth, small business).
  3. Establish a deeper understanding and shared vision of what innovations are possible with Credential Registry data.
  4. Collaborate with community members and strategic partners to propel technology development and the publishing of credential data in CTDL.
  5. Surface priorities and next steps for supporting and growing the community of practitioners working with Credential Registry data.

Summit Details

Click Here for the Learn and Build Summit Agenda.
December 4, 2018, 9am – 5pm
December 5, 2018, 9am – 2pm
VisArts Center
155 Gibbs St
Rockville, MD 20850
We’ve reserved a block of rooms at the Cambria Hotel in Rockville. Please note that rooms need to be booked by November 9th or they will be released to the public. Please reserve your room online or call the hotel directly at 301-294-2200 to make your reservation and ask for the Credential Registry room block or give them the registration code RH05Z5.
The agenda will be posted closer to the event date.
Software Development Kit
Access to a Software Development Kit will be provided to all participants. Check back here closer to the event for details.
Registration Link
Travel Scholarships
A limited number of travel scholarships are available for those who wish to attend. Applications will be considered on a case by case basis. To apply for a travel scholarship, please complete the following form: Travel Scholarship Application
Event Social Media/Blog
Twitter: https://twitter.com/credengine
Blog: http://credentialengine.org/articles
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Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a cost to participate?
Registration is free.
Can I share this event with my colleagues?
Yes, we encourage you to share this event with individuals that would be interested in participating. Please keep in mind that we have a limited number of seats available, so please share with those that would be most interested and have the potential to add the most value.
What is included with my registration?
All participants will be provided with a software development kit to enable hands-on work during the event. Facilitators will also be available throughout the event to provide expertise on both the Credential Registry and the business cases being tackled.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided both days.
How do I get there?
VisArts is located in Rockville, Maryland, just north of Washington, DC. It is three blocks from the Rockville Metro station on the Red Line.

Airports and Train

By Air
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) – 23 miles (Metro accessible)
Dulles International Airport (IAD) – 28 miles
Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) – 38 miles
By Rail
Amtrak/MARC – Washington Union Station (WAS) – 25 miles (Metro accessible)

Directions and Parking

By Metro
VisArts is located three blocks from the Rockville Metro station on the Red Line. Exit the Metro and follow the signs to Rockville Town Square. Cross Route 355 and head west on East Middle Lane. Walk two blocks and turn right on Gibbs Street. VisArts is located at the end of Gibbs Street on the right-hand side in the Arts and Innovation Center – 155 Gibbs.
By Car
From the North:

  1. Take I-270 South towards Washington DC Take Exit 6/W. Montgomery Ave
  2. Bear left towards Rockville/Rockville Town Center
  3. Continue on W. Montgomery Ave (MD 28E)
  4. Turn left on N. Washington St.
  5. Turn right on E. Middle Ln.
  6. Turn left on Gibbs St.
  7. VisArts is located at the end of Gibbs Street on the right-hand side in the Arts and Innovation Center – 155 Gibbs.
From the South:

  1. Take I-495N Slight left at I-270N spur towards (Rockville/Frederick)
  2. Merge onto I-270N (Frederick)
  3. Take exit 6A/W. Montgomery Ave (MD 28E)
  4. Bear right on W. Montgomery Ave (MD 28E)
  5. Turn left on S. Washington St.
  6. Turn right on E. Middle Ln.
  7. Turn left on Gibbs St.
  8. VisArts is located at the end of Gibbs Street on the right-hand side in the Arts and Innovation Center – 155 Gibbs.
We will provide you with validated parking tickets upon request. Please let us know during check-in each morning if you will need a validated parking ticket. IMPORTANT: these are only good for Garages A, B, and C ONLY.
Please note that to get to Garage B you will pass an entrance for the Rockville Metro Parking Garage. Do NOT park in this garage. If you park there you will receive a yellow ticket and will not be eligible for the validated parking ticket.
Local Transportation
If you are traveling by local transportation, such as Metro, taxi, or rideshare (Lyft, Uber), we can reimburse these costs to and from the event only up to $35/day per Credential Engine travel expense guidelines.

Where should I stay?

Nearby Hotels
Cambria Hotel Rockville – 1 Helen Heneghan Way, Rockville, MD 20850 – 0.3 miles
Best Western Plus Rockville Hotel and Suites – 1251 W Montgomery Ave, Rockville, MD 20850 – 2 miles
Hilton Washington DC/Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center – 1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 – 2.5 miles (Metro accessible)
EVEN Hotel Rockville-Washington DC Area – 1775 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852 – 2.5 miles (Metro accessible)
Map of Nearby Amenities

About the Facilitator

Allen Gunn is Executive Director of Aspiration (www.aspirationtech.org) in San Francisco, USA, and works to help NGOs, activists, foundations and software developers make more effective use of technology for social change.

Gunn has worked in numerous technology environments from NGO to Silicon Valley start-up to college faculty to large corporation, serving in senior management, engineering, teaching and volunteer roles. He is an experienced facilitator with a passion for designing collaborative open learning processes, and he believes in melding hard work with serious fun.

Prior to his role at Aspiration, he served as Chief Tech Organizer for The Ruckus Society, and prior to that he was co-founder and Chief Technology Officer at Pensare, an eLearning dotgone. He has served as senior software engineer at firms including Novell, NetManage, and a number of startups, and has shepherded large software projects through all stages of development, from inception, design, engineering, and testing to deployment, support and marketing, in environments ranging from start-up to large corporation to nonprofit.

Credential Engine

Credential Engine’s mission is to create credential transparency, reveal the credential marketplace, increase credential literacy, and allow everyone to make more informed decisions about credentials and their value.


December 4, 2018
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VisArts Center (Rockville, MD)
155 Gibbs St.
Rockville, MD 20850 United States
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