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“If you organize your life around your passion, you can turn your passion into your story and then turn your story into something bigger – something that matters.” – Blake Mycoskie
Washington, D.C. (September 11, 2019) –The Software and Information Industry Association (SIIA) offers the unfortunate following statement today regarding the passing of one of Education Technology’s (EdTech’s) pioneer’s, Eliot Levinson.
Very few within the EdTech community did not know Eliot Levinson. He spent his life focused on significant causes; making an impact on both humankind and animal welfare.
Upon entering the EdTech ecosystem, Eliot focused on the relationship between EdTech leaders – those within the private enterprise, investment, and educator communities. He made an impact by ensuring that EdTech truly reached the learners. Based on a foundation of bridging education and technology—this groundbreaking focus made him a leader amongst leaders.
If you attended one of his focus groups, you walked away with more than just insights or nuggets of fantastic information. You left with a new community and a deeper understanding of education challenges and steps towards solving them.
During his funeral services, one of his sons, Andrew, perfectly summed up on of the special qualities of Eliot – “My dad was in a constant search for interconnectedness with everyone he met, even those on a plane.” While today we say goodbye to a friend, colleague, and innovator, Eliot Levinson’s legacy matters and impacts many generations.
Industry leaders offered their condolences:
“Eliot Levinson served as a pioneer and mentor to many within the EdTech industry,” stated Jeff Joseph, President of SIIA. “He truly was a luminary in EdTech, focused on students, educators, schools, and private enterprise advancing education.”
“I had the pleasure of being talked into joining the BLE panels when I was at SchoolNet. Eliot used the right level of promise and coercion to bring me on board. The feedback was incredible and his ongoing support of SchoolNet had an impact on our business. Over the years, it became clear to me that Eliot always had his finger on the pulse on what districts needed and what the solutions were that fit the market. I had a chance to work more closely with Eliot at PCG. I was glad that we had an opportunity to celebrate his impact at ISTE in San Antonio. We all truly had a chance to hear the EdTech community pay tribute. He and I also shared a love for food, ties and wine. He was a transformative figure in our industry. I am lucky to have had the opportunity to share both business and personal times together over the last 20 years. He will be dearly missed.” – Alvin Crawford, VP of Sales, Revolution Foods
“Eliot was a true leader in innovating and at the same time making sure that innovation served a purpose for kids and educators.” – Mitch Weisburgh, Managing Partner, Academic Business Advisors
SIIA is the principal trade association for the software and digital content industry. SIIA accelerates innovation in technology, data and media by providing global services in government relations, business development, corporate education and intellectual property protection to the leading companies that are setting the pace for the digital age.
ETIN represents the EdTech community, connecting dedicated EdTech leaders who are at the forefront of transformative education. ETIN defines and defends the responsible role of private enterprise in education, represents EdTech private enterprise, uniquely understanding and advocating the industry profile and needs, and enables industry participants to combine forces for the good of the industry and of their own organizations to advance student and educator outcomes.