Hey Apple: Here’s A Company That’s Already Disrupting Education

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Apple’s just-announced software to allow authors to upload textbooks to the iPad is nifty. But is it disruptive? Unvetted books on pricy iPads may not trigger fast adoption from school boards and education aparatus, who lack market incentive to jump on board. (And Apple’s “my way or the highway” approach with content may not go over so well with all those administrators.) So how can innovators improve education?Ask Ellen Siminoff, the woman who is making it cool for teenagers to learn about Charles Dickens on their iPhones, through her startup Shmoop. Siminoff is one of many disruptors in mobile speaking at IGNITION West, Business Insider’s upcoming conference on the future of mobile, taking place March 21 in San Francisco. Experts will delve into the future of mobile apps, commerce, games, platforms, and hardware.

We just posted the Agenda. Check it out.

Tickets are on sale now at early-bird prices. (And there’s a startup special, too.) Here’s what you’ll get with your ticket:

  • Beyond The Techo-Chamber: Hear from Michael Arrington, TechCrunch founder and now at the helm of CrunchFund, on separating hot air from actual market promise, in a Pardon-The-Interruption-style drill-down onstage.
  • The Future of Mobile Gaming: Peter Vesterbacka, Rovio’s Might Eagle (aka marketing chief), will explain how the app got to 1 billion users, and, more importantly, how it’s going to net the next billion
  • Making Money in Mobile Content: Disney, Fox, and Discovery are doing it. They’ll tell us how.
  • Building Mobile-Native Social Apps: How did Instagram founder Kevin Systrom create such an addictive, delightful mobile-social service? And how will he monetise it?

And much more. Join us on March 21 to meet the entrepreneurs who are creating market-making devices, platforms, and software. Follow @BI_Events on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn for special discount and deals. See you there!