As I help our team prepare for the BbWorld Conference, I’m watching a keynote given by Sugata Mitra from Blackboard’s Teaching and Learning Conference at the University of Leeds. The conversations that stemmed from Sugata’s work have shifted educational policy and even inspired an Oscar winning film (that’s Slumdog Millionaire, btw). As BbWorld draws nearer, excitement continues to build at Blackboard, and the e-learning community at large, for the keynotes, user presentations and workshops that will be hosted this July at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV. To get an idea of the increasing buzz, just search the #BbWorld11 hash tag on Twitter or join the conversation yourself. The conference will feature a keynote from Sir Ken Robinson, who, like Sugata, is an international advisor and thinker on educational policy and innovation. For those interested in the future of education, this is a speech you will not want to miss. Still haven’t registered for BbWorld? Do it now, here. It’s the safest bet you’ll ever place in Vegas.