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Symposium 2023

Connecting the Dots

The 2023 ICoBC Symposium invites you to join us in exploring the theme of “connecting the dots” in the field of open badges and micro-credentials. We believe that these digital credentials have the potential to transform the way we recognize, assess and communicate learning across different contexts and domains. However, to realize this potential, we need to take a holistic view and engage with diverse stakeholders who have different needs, expectations and challenges.

Connecting the dots means to understand how open badges and micro-credentials can create value for individuals who are facing barriers to access, progress and transition in their learning and career pathways. It also means to understand how employers, associations, education providers and training agencies can benefit from innovative ways of recognizing and validating competencies and achievements. Moreover, it means to understand how we can ensure the quality, interoperability and trustworthiness of these credentials in a global and dynamic market.

The 2023 ICoBC Symposium will provide a platform for sharing research, best practices, case studies and insights from various perspectives and sectors. We will also facilitate networking and collaboration opportunities among participants who share a common interest in advancing the field of open badges and micro-credentials. Whether you are a researcher, practitioner, policy maker, educator, employer or learner, we welcome you to join us in this exciting event and contribute to the dialogue on connecting the dots.

At the 2023 Symposium, we will discuss how to:

  • Elaborate the concept and benefits of a holistic view on the value of open badges and micro-credentials for different stakeholders in the ecosystem of employment, education and learning.
  • Identify and analyze the challenges and opportunities for connecting the dots between different sectors and industries that use or could use open badges and micro-credentials as a way of recognition and assessment of skills and competencies.
  • Apply innovative and creative strategies to design, implement and evaluate open badges and micro-credentials initiatives that address the needs and expectations of individuals, employers, employees, associations, education providers and training agencies.
  • Demonstrate awareness and sensitivity to the diverse perspectives and experiences of various actors in the open badges and micro-credentials ecosystem, and foster collaboration and communication among them.
  • Evaluate the impact and effectiveness of open badges and micro-credentials initiatives on personal, professional and social development.

Become a sponsor

Previous sponsors and supporters include Microsoft, LinkedIn, Speexx, Lightcast / Emsi Burning Glass, CredShare, Credivera and relevantive. As a sponsors, you gain the following benefits:

  • 2 complimentary registrations at the Symposium
  • Hyperlink with company name and logo on the official 2023 Symposium web page
  • Company name on promotional emails
  • Logo/listing in the ICoBC onsite program as an official sponsor
  • Logo displayed on banner at event entrance
  • Logo displayed in video recordings

If you want to become a sponsor of the 2023 Symposium, please send us an email.

Participants of previous Symposiums


Access Microfinance Holding AG, AccessHolding, America Succeeds, ASIA PACIFIC UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY AND INNOVATION, Atlantic Technological University, Australian Catholic University, Badge Europe, Bayer, Bildungsplattform der WKO GmbH, Bloom Foundation, BMBF, Bookt, Brigham Young University, CanCred by Learning Agents, Certif-ID International OHG, CGFNS International, Concentric Sky / Badgr, Credential Engine, Credivera, CredShare, DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service), Digitary, Education Design Lab, Education in Motion, E-duProof UG, eLearning Africa, Emsi Burning Glass, Essential Skills Program, Fachhochschule Münster, FAO, Forever Day One (4ed1 GmbH), Gear Up, George Washington University, German Testing Board e.V., Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), ZDH, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, Humanitarian Leadership Academy, ICDE, ICoBC, imc AG, Institute of Technology Sligo, International Organization for Migration (IOM), Jumia,, Knapp & Associates Int’l, Lightcast, LinkedIn, Microsoft, NAEC, Open University UK, Proctorio GmbH, RANDA Solutions, Regione Emilia-Romanga, relevantive GmbH, Seneca College, Speexx, SRH Berlin University of Applied Sciences, Stifterverband, Studieorganisasjon Folkeuniversitetet, T3 Innovation Network, Technical University of Applied Sciences Lübeck, Technische Universität Berlin, The Open University, TU Berlin, TÜV Rheinland International GmbH, University of Huddersfield, University of Kentucky, University of Maine System, UNSSC, VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Visions, Western Governors University, World Bank

Job Titles:

Assistant Vice Chancellor for Innovation in Digital Badges and Micro-Credentials, Assistant Professor, CEO, CGO, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Strategy Officer, Co-Founder, Consultant, CTO, Dean, Director, Director Business Development, Director Strategic Partnerships, Director UK Higher Education, Director, Digital Credentials Research & Innovation, Education Designer, Micro-Credentialing, Education Futures Architect, Employment Counselor, Entrepeneur, Founder, Geschäftsführer / Managing Director, Global Head PersCertification, Head of Issuing Authorities, Head of Marketing, Head of Online Learning Innovation, Head of Online learning Student Experience, Head of Platform & Blockchain Development, Head of Product, Instructor, Lead Engineer, Learning Specialist, Manager, Digital Authentication, Managing Director, Network Facilitator/Senior Scholar, Partnerships & Projects, PM, Policy Advisor, President, Product Manager Verifiable Credentials, Professor, Professor, Dr., project coordinator, Project Lead, Project Manager, Provost, Research Professor and co-director, PSCWP, Researcher and project manager, Sales consultant, Senior Account Director, Senior Desk Officer Digital Credentials, Senior Director, Senior Project Manager, Sr. Director, Sr. Staff Development and Learning Assistant, Team Leader Testing, Teamleader, Vice President of Partnerships, VP, Workforce Intelligence & Credential Integrity

At the heart of Berlin

The ICoBC Symposium 2023 takes place at the Sony Center, Kemperplatz 1, 10785 Berlin