Announcing The Edtech Podcast Festival
Hello wonderful people,
Two years ago I quit my job and launched The Edtech Podcast. The first episodes of The Edtech Podcast looked at to what extent “ed” and “tech” were talking to one another in the amazing educational turn-around borough of Hackney, where I live in London. Now, over 100 episodes in, and having spoken to people from all around the world including from Vietnam, Palestine, Japan, China, USA, France, Canada, Israel, and Australia, I am launching The Edtech Podcast Festival back in Hackney.
Find out more about The Edtech Podcast Festival here
Why? Because the education and technology community here remains as vibrant as ever. In the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park something miraculous is happening; the creation of a new cultural and education district akin to Exhibition Road in Kensington.
The QEOP plays host to UCL’s new campuses, to 3D Printing companies like Hobs Studio, to the British Council and the Victoria and Albert Museum East, to Loughborough University Londonand to award winning schools like Mossbourne Riverside Academyand Chobham Academy. Further afield in the legacy boroughs, there are edtech companies like Sam Labs, Holistic and Linguimi, and the cohorts of Emerge Education at Hackney Community College, plus the innovative School21 focused on real world learning. (I am currently hosting three of their six formers to research, edit, produce, publish and promote a podcast on “Is Self Directed Learning a Fallacy?” which will be presented back at the festival as the culmination of their project)
In a previous episode of The Edtech Podcast, Martin Buck, Head of Curriculum and Learning at Hackney Learning Trust, reminded everyone that Hackney had some of the best secondary results in the country. Meanwhile, Here East (in the QEOP) houses London Tech Week and many delegations as part of a programme showcasing the international tech sector.
So Hackney makes an excellent home for our inaugural festival taking place this September 22nd, at Plexal in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, London to continue our conversation about “ed” and “tech” and how they might work together.
What can I expect at The Edtech Podcast Festival?
The one-day Festival is being developed with a mix of 200 educators, education leaders, policymakers, technologists, investors, learners and media in mind. Like the podcast itself, the aim of the festival is “to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech” for better innovation and impact, through storytelling.”
Some of the features announced include;
- A LIVE podcast programme featuring a community of edu podcasters including TeacherToolkit, DebateMate & Six Formers from School 21 showcasing their real-world learning podcast project
- A pop-up bookshop run by the Wellcome Collection and featuring book signings and chats from authors including Global Teacher Prize Nominees, and learning design specialists
- A series of educator workshops run by past @podcastedtech guests including everything from top tips for saving teacher time and supporting school improvement plans, to oracy, flipped classroom and the latest guidance on using digital technologies in the classroom
- A series of edtech workshops including everything from a clinic to assess how efficacious your product is, what legal problems you should worry about, how to get your service out there, and how to co-create with teachers and put learner centred design at the heart of what you do
- A Makers Yard including hands-on learning experiencesincluding coding, making 3D printing, and design thinking. Come here to get involved with the Imperial College pop up maker space
- A high street of innovation featuring new takes on solving real problems in teaching and learning, from early years to higher education and beyond into the world of work
- A series of meet ups to increase your personal learning network, including intros to communities across Government, International Edtech, Teacher CPD and the new cultural park partners (UCL, Here East, LLDC, and more)
- Lunchtime mindfulness walks and networking for educators and entrepreneurs around the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, our host venue
- A final festival party to end the day
The Edtech Podcast Festival has been developed after conversations with school CPD leads and Festival partners. The Festival is delighted to count among its supporters the following organisations: Here East, LLDC, Educate, UCISA, Research Schools Network, Bethnal Green Ventures, Emerge Education, United Learning, WomenEd and WomenEdtech, Association for Learning Technology and many others.
Sophie Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast says:
“The first three episodes of The Edtech Podcast looked at how education and technology had changed in Hackney, London over the past 20 years to become a centre of excellence. Now, at over 100 episodes in, I am delighted to be launching our festival back here, home to such a diverse community of edtech companies, schools, Universities and cultural institutions, to explore how learning is changing and how we can support that change.”
Jasel Nandha, Education Community Manager, Here East says:
“With Here East’s focus on technology and digital innovation, we’re creating an environment where unique relationships are forged to cut through traditional industry norms. Plexal, houses an interesting mix of innovators and digital makers, making it the perfect venue for the Ed Tech Podcast Festival. The event will bring together an exciting mix of companies based at Here East, providing a great opportunity for young East Londoners by linking industry to education.”
Hannah Barnett, Programme Lead for Real World Learning, School21 says:
“At School 21 we are committed to providing students with opportunities the learn from the real world. All students in Years 10 and 11 complete a real world learning project, which is our take on traditional work experience, with students working on an authentic project for a real employer. We are delighted that The Ed Tech Podcast is one of our employers and we can’t wait to see what our students have been working on to support set-up of this event!”
What’s next? Registration is open!
If you’ve ever listened to The Edtech Podcast or you are interested in how “ed” and “tech” can work together as learning evolves, then please do come along. We would love to welcome you and tickets are now open and available at early bird rates.
If you’re already signed up and you would like to share your registration with other people in your network, please consider sharing this post or using the below “click to tweet”:
“The Edtech Podcast Festival is this September. Are you joining? Use code EDUPAL” https://ctt.ec/79R2v
If you’d like to get involved we are still in dialogue with partners and would love to hear from you. Please contact here.
Listen to Festival Launch Episode of The Edtech Podcast
The Edtech Podcast
Sophie Bailey is the founder of the iTunes new and noteworthy, The Edtech Podcast. The mission statement of The Edtech Podcast is to improve the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ through storytelling, for better innovation and impact. The main audience are global education leaders, with a secondary audience of start ups, bluechips, investors, Government and media. The podcast has 1500+ downloads each week from 143 countries, with the UK, US and Australia forming the top 3.
Previous and upcoming speakers on The Edtech Podcast include:
- Hanan Al Hroub, Past Global Teacher Prize Winner (K-12)
- Tom Andriola, CIO and Vice President at the University of California Office of the President (HE)
- Paul Feldman, CEO, JISC (HE)
- Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX
- Ian Dunn, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Student Experience), Coventry University
- Dominic Norrish, Group Technology Director, United Learning (K-12)
- Andrew Harper, Head of Innovation, UNHCR (GOV/NGO)
- Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD (GOV/NGO)
- Danny Pan. Head of Education Technology and Higher Education, Department for International Trade. China
- Justin van Fleet, Chief of Staff to Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education (GOV/NGO)
- Deborah Quazzo, Edtech Investor, GSV Partners (Investment)
- Imogen Heap, Award-winning tech-enthusiast musician and collaborator (Lifelong Learning)
- Alex Waters, Lead for Edtech Policy, Department for Education, UK
- Sharon Leu, Sr Policy Advisor, Higher Education, US Department of Education