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EdTech Festival

Our festival has now taken place. You can listen in to the recordings on our podcast feed. Come back soon for the festival report, gallery & video too!


 – estimated 6 CPD points – 

Guest Speakers, Workshops Leaders & Podcast Hosts:

What’s it all about?

The Edtech Podcast is delighted to invite you to our first festival, in collaboration with our community partners, including GLF, United Learning, Voice 21, Research Schools Network and HereEast. 

Join 200-300 like-minded people to improve the dialogue between “ed” and “tech” for better innovation and impact, through storytelling.

Warning! This is not a conference. This is a festival of ideas, so expect to come and get involved. Educators, explore new tools and strategies to support your school improvement plan, and learner outcomes. Edtech orgs., get immediate feedback on your innovations and support your team with new skills. 

The Edtech Podcast Festival is set in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park at Plexal Innovation Centre at Here East. Check out some of what we have in store below. 

Festival Programme

View the full event programme and find out what’s happening at The Edtech Podcast Festival.

A LIVE Podcast stream with recordings including Schools Week LIVE reviewing the week’s news, the Teacher Toolkit podcast in conversation with Laura McInerney, NAHT and a local Deputy Head on saving teacher’s time, and Bloomsberg Tech and the Webby Award nominated Tech’sMessage podcast host Nate Lanxon talking with experts on AI and blockchain on technologies which are set to change the way we learn. 

A pop-up book shop run by the Wellcome Collection Gift Shop and Blackwell’s featuring referenced authors on the podcast.

A series of educator workshops run by past @podcastedtech guests including everything from top tips for saving teacher time and supporting your school improvement plan, 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 for hands-on learning experiences including coding, making 3D printing, and design thinking. Come here to get involved with the Imperial College pop up maker space.

A corridor of (lifelong) learning with exhibitors and sign-up sessions including Educate, Century Tech, now > press > play, London Legacy Development Corporation, Hackney Council, Education Media Centre and Primary CPD from Aureus School.

A series of meet ups to increase your personal learning network, including “international” “edu” and “educational media”

A lunchtime sign up session (limited places) including caneoing on the river lea cut, mindfulness practices in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Edu film cinema, Visits to a local 3D printing org. and meet the authors.

A final festival party to end the day.

Who is it for?

The Edtech Podcast Festival aims to bring together everyone involved in education innovation. Educators from early years to HE and everything in between, start ups, bluechips, publishers, investors, Government and media. We’ll work hard to mix you up and make your experience as hands on as possible. The ethos of the event is to go home with a head full of ideas, interesting conversations and follow up. After a gruelling week marking lessons or ‘hustling’ as an entrepreneur, we want you to feel loved! Education innovation cannot be achieved by one side alone. In year one, we aim to bring 200 people together. 70% UK and 30% ROW.

Education leaders and teachers
Start ups
Blue chips


The Edtech Festival 2018 will be held at Plexal, within the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in Hackney, London. There is a bus connecting the Plexal building to Stratford bus, train and underground stations; the venue building is also a five-minute walk from Hackney Wick train station. Alternatively, Plexal is a pleasant 20 minute walk from Stratford station.

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