Programme of Events
Plexal | Saturday 22nd September
EdTech Festival


Registration | Register, grab a drink and say hello to someone next to you! 

Performance | Newham Music Academy 

Why The Edtech Podcast Festival?

Sophie Bailey, Host, The Edtech Podcast Festival

Jasel Nandha, Education Manager, Here East

Anton Francic, Principal Secondary Adviser, Hackney Learning Trust

Layla Conway, Youth Panel, LLDC Community Engagement


The power of polymath | Dr Jess Wade, Department of Physics, Imperial College London

Learning through making: a manifesto | Graham Brown-Martin, Chief Education & Product Officer, pi-top and Dr William Ruskin, Former Head of Learning, apple

Increasing opportunity | Mursal Hedayat, CEO, We Are Chatterbox, winner of The Next Billion Prize is joined by a young learner

Live Podcast Programme 

The Edtech Podcast

Sixth formers Malika, Edil and Sungna present their podcast “Is Self Directed Learning a Fallacy?” as part of their real world learning programme

The TES Podcast

Ed Dorrell, Deputy Editor, TES, reviews the weeks policy news with a special guest

The LSE IQ Podcast

Tom Williams, Interim Film and Audio Team Manager, Communications Division, London School of Economics and Political Science

The Teacher Toolkit Podcast

Ross Morrison McGill, Founder, Teacher Toolkit talks to guests about saving teacher time and how to say no to marking & yes to feedback


The JISC Podcast 

Innovation Hub

Thank you to our Educator Workshops Lead Sponsor:

The innovation hub is our masterclass area where we feature short form interactive classes for educators to pick up implementable and impactful ideas for their own teaching environments. Networking will continue in the “high street”.

Learn how to communicate effectively for educators & learners | Anna Kyrk, Head of Curriculum Development & Project Based Learning, Primary Oracy at School 21, Newham

Reducing teacher workload in practice | Rory McGrath, Deputy Headteacher and Digital Lead, New Wave Federation

Edtech Hacks for Science

Pecha Kucha: Do’s & Don’t of Edtech for Impact, an SLT Perspective | Dominic Norrish, Group Tech Director and Bruce Wilson, United Learning with Sarah Beal, Learning & Development Advisor, Michelle Thomas, Exec CEO, New Wave Fed, Ian Dunn, Deputy VC (Student Experience), Coventry University

Edtech Hacks for English
Evelina Galaczi, Head of Research, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Assessing digital tools for research schools | Andy Samways, Director of the Teaching School & Director of the Research School, Samuel Academy Research School

Edtech Hacks for Maths 

Edtech Hacks Town Hall | A knowledge share on what tools and services are having an impact in the educator setting. 

Lunchtime Mindfulness

Teachers and entrepreneurs share at least one thing in common. Entrepreneurs have an above-average risk of mental-health issues, and teachers are also under immense stress from well-publicised overbearing workload. At The Edtech Podcast Festival we want to say thank you to all of the educator and edtech community, whilst enjoying the beautiful grounds of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

That’s why we will be taking a break at lunch time to take in some fresh-air, walk and talk with our fellow festival go-ers, say hello to the swans on the River Lea Cut and engage in some mini-mindfulness. All of our food and drink will be provided by local suppliers courtesy of Here East. Enjoy!

Makers Yard

The Makers Yard is our large interactive space which will host tactile features which aim to bring together “ed” and “tech”. 

Edtech efficacy clinic | Drop in with Dr Alison Clark-Wilson, EDUCATE, UCL Institute of Education 

Making is for everyone! | Take on some new maker space techniques with Kate Mulcahy, The Reach Out Makerspace, The Invention Rooms, Imperial College London

Primary School CPD | Engaging using YouTube, Primary Computing without Computers and Values based Digital Citizenship | Paul Wright, Lead Practitioner Designate in Computer Science, Innovation and Edtech lead, Aureus School

Media masterclasses | Stephan Caspar, Carnegie Mellon University and Digital Lead in iSolutions, University of Southampton

Research fact-check | Drop in and find out about the latest relevant research with the Education Media Centre 

Play-based learning with Lego Education 

Learning through making | Creative computing with the pi-top team


Putting the learner first | Jamie Brooker, Co-Founder, We Are Human / Kahoot! & Tim Moore, We Are Human

Learner experience design | Zahra Davidson, Co-founder & Director, Enrol Yourself

Legal Priorities for Schools, Universities & Edtech Orgs | Matthew Johnson, Associate, Cooley LLP

Edu Marketing  | Guests to be announced

A brief history of pedagogy

Business models for edtech | Jan Matern, Emerge Education

Walking on the left of the escalator with Richard Taylor


What’s “working” in edtech? | Michael Forshaw, Innovate My School, Emerge Education and UCL Knowledge Lab

The DFE, Edtech & Digital Skills 

Always learning


Our measure of success for the festival is how many people you meet and learn from as a result of coming along. As such, when you hear the festival CLAXON head to one of our meet up points throughout Plexal to get to know the various groups we have along. We look forward to hearing what you develop as a result of meeting together. Some of our meet ups below:

  • Edtech Women
    Hob-nob with @WomenEdtech and @EdtechWomenUK to develop your PLN around women educators and edtech orgs achieving great things and looking to partner.
  • Media Meet Up
    Get to know the UK and international Media covering edtech and new ideas in education.
  • Government
    Connect with policy makers and exchange ideas. 
  • Higher and Further Ed
    Connect with administration, strategic and teaching leads within the Higher and Further Ed Institutions and Associations
  • Investors, Accelerators and Associations
    We invite along curious VCs, angel investors and accelerators working in the edtech space.
  • K-12 and Early Years
    Involved in EYFS, primary or secondary? This is your meet up. Connect with others doing amazing things using tech for good, including CPD leads working to understand the research behind what works, when and why and how to cope on minimum budget.
  • Future of Work
    Involved in edtech outside of the classroom or back-end systems? Changing the way corporates teach their staff or how individuals upskills? Selling direct to consumer? This one is for you.

High Street of Innovation

10 high-impact & interactive exhibits form the “high street of innovation” at The Edtech Podcast Festival, in the following categories:

Change makers

SEND tools

Understanding Google Edu, Microsoft & Apple

Content for the “netflix” generation

VR & AR for 21c skills

Digital Safety Online


Literacy tools

Maths tools

Empathy tools

International edtech-ers

School improvement plan priority tools

HR tech

More details and apply here


10 3-minute pitches presented to a judging panel of local learners, educators and investors to give 3-5 minutes of feedback. We might throw a few policy makers and parents in the mix too.

Content for the “netflix generation”

Tools for parents & learners direct

Tools for teacher CPD

Adult lifelong learning

Actually, really AI in education

21c skills development

Tools for the underserved

Tools for literacy and the arts

Tools for maths and science

Tools for systems change / saving teachers time

More details and apply here

Pop-Up Book Shop from the Wellcome Collection

Pick up an inspiring read and enjoy some quiet time among the bean bags and grassy area. We’ll have a pop-up book shop on hand with titles from our podcast guest good-read recommendations from the last 100 episodes. Plus, select authors will be on site for fireside chats, book signings and live podcasts to discuss their ideas and hear your feedback.

Pop-up Book shop

Teaching in the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Koen Timmers, CVO De Verdieping, Belgium

Enhancing Learning and Teaching with Technology | Contributing authors to be announced 

Goodnight stories for Rebel Girls 

Bloomsbury CPD Library: Using Technology in the Classroom | Jose Picardo

The Edtech Podcast Festival Party

Share your learnings from the day, make those final contacts and start plotting your next project with attendees over a drink and some food. We made it!