The Edtech Podcast Festival 2018 – Saturday 22nd September 2018, Plexal, London

A new festival of shared ideas

200+ listeners and supporters, meeting & learning from one another

Educator workshops

Hands-on CPD, boost your confidence, build your network

LIVE podcasts, Visionary talks & 1:1 Meetings

Plus, input from the international education innovator community

What’s it all about?

The Edtech Podcast is excited to launch its inaugural festival in 2018. The mission of the one-day festival will be to bring together ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ for better innovation.

Edtech start-ups will be able to gain real-time feedback on their product development. Educators will be able to take part in hands-on CPD for teaching with technology. There will be a sign-up for educators looking to work with edtech companies to improve their products, as well as edtech companies offering pilots within schools and other educational institutions.

The international listener community will be invited along via a series of Facebook Lives, and we will also invite our international edtech podcasting colleagues to come to the event and document what’s going on.

What else? Good food, and music, excellent company, and a memorable setting hosting the event towards the end of Summer 2018 and in the South of the UK; the key ingredients to a festival! And, of course, the essential sessions will be published after the event via The Edtech Podcast, both as recordings and as a key findings document for attendees.

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Across the one-day festival, expect:

Imaginative Talks

The ethos of the event is to be as collaborative as possible. However, we imagine ‘big picture’ plenary sessions to start and end the festival to bring everyone together and to get minds whirring. What does future tech for education look like? Challenges and opportunities to help us navigate. Developing responsible and calm digital citizenship. (Plus, the future of work). And, Imagine (a world without tested assessment)…

Edtech Workshops

A series of edtech workshops will help edtech companies refine their offering and professionalise, (without becoming boring)! The sessions will be around 30 minutes long, and will then be followed by 30 minutes of 1:1 networking, covering everything from legal, funding, recruitment, marketing, UX, efficacy and pedagogy.

Educator Workshops

A series of educator workshops will help educators companies refine their practice and boost their confidence and connections in any given area. The sessions will be around 30 minutes long, and will then be followed by 30 minutes of 1:1 networking, covering everything from understanding data, maker-space technologies, oracy, and what does AI mean for me and my students?

LIVE podcast stage

Dedicated sessions will be recorded for The Edtech Podcast and we will invite international education innovation podcasters to come and get involved. We will invite the listener community to vote for sessions they would live recorded via social media ahead of the event.

Interactive Sessions

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.

Efficacy Assessment

Come along to this 1:1 session with researchers to get a lite-touch assessment of how efficacious (or not) your edtech product or service really is. Plus edtech-ers, find out more about opportunities to collaborate with researchers on product design and development and, teachers, find out more about how researchers can underpin excellence in teaching.

Educator Feedback

Morning and afternoon session will be available for edtech developers to share their latest product and service design with educators and get real-time feedback. Is a problem being solved? Is the UX good enough? How are price and interoperability factored in? Will my network manager like it? All this and more in an intensive user feedback session.

Pilot Placements

Two networking sessions will bring together educators who want to work with edtech organisations to improve their product and services. Edtech companies can introduce themselves and what input they are seeking from the community, including sign-ups for pilot schemes. 

Job Pitch

Looking for that amazing person to take your product or service to the next level? Pitch your job opportunity to our audience of marketing, sales, educators, and technical experts interested in edtech. Who they talk to depends on your job pitch!

Social events

Everyone knows that 90% of what makes an event great is the chance conversations, meetings and new introductions you make onsite. At The Edtech Podcast, we love people and whole-heartedly agree that more time should be spend chewing the cud, and making connections to actually get **** done! That’s why we will pepper the festival with socials where you get time to decompress, enjoy good food and drink, and connect.

Edtech Women UK MeetUp

A 60 minute meet-up for Edtech Women UK members and anyone interesting in joining the community. We will decide what we want to focus on in the 1H19 around diversity in investment, product design and product uptake. Plus, if you can’t join this, join our drinks where we make an exciting announcement!

Meet the Government

A chance for attendees to meet and connect with the Government edtech team from across the Department for Education, the Department for International Trade, and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

Meet the Chinese

A chance for attendees to meet and connect with the team at JMDedu  – China’s leading B2B media company in edtech – and ask questions about the Chinese state and international education systems.

Meet the Investors

A chance for attendees to meet and connect with investors from the US, UK and China.

Festival Party

Everyone knows that 90% of what makes an event great is the chance conversations, meetings and new introductions you make onsite. That’s why we will pepper the festival with socials where you get time to decompress, enjoy good food and drink, and connect. The Festival Party will be the pinnacle of these socials, with music, good food, and drinks to round off 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
Investors
Government
Media
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Timelines

We are looking to work with our existing partners to create a unique and memorable event which accelerates the collaboration between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’. We look forward to working with our partners on building the festival together.  Our 4Q17 focus will be building up the concept of the event and engaging media, content and sponsor partners , with a view to public launch in March 2018. Please contact us for more information about sponsorship, speaking or supporting.