Programme of Events
Plexal | Saturday 22nd September
EdTech Festival


Whether you get to us by bus from Stratford Station, overground to Hackney Wick, or barge along the River Lea cut, welcome! 

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

Performance | A musical welcome from local students   

Why The Edtech Podcast Festival? Sophie Bailey, Host, The Edtech Podcast Festival, with guests from Here East, Hackney Learning Trust, and LLDC Community Engagement


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

Learning through making: a manifesto | Guests to be announced 

Increasing opportunity | Guests to be announced 

Live Podcast Programme 

Rebel Girls | Podcast to be announced 

Saving teacher time: how to say no to marking & yes to feedback | Ross Morrison McGill, Founder, Teacher Toolkit & guests

Learning in the workplace | Six Formers Malika, Edil and Sungna from Six21, Newham with guests  

The no bullshit guide to AI in education | Guests to be announced

Innovation Hub

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”.

How to, flipped classroom| Evelina Galaczi, Head of Research, Cambridge English Language Assessment

Using your voice | Lizzie Lynch, Programme Manager, Voice21

Daily CPD | TBC 

Storytime: changing your life by upskilling online  

Making impact, edtech for school improvement | United Learning

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

How to understand data & not die of boredom | Guest to be announced

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 | Educate, UCL Insitute of Education

Making is for everyone! | Kate Mulcahy, The Reach Out Makerspace, The Invention Rooms, Imperial College London

Greenscreening with Aureus, how & why | Paul Wright, Lead Practitioner Designate in Computer Science, Innovation and Edtech lead, Aureus School

Play-based Learning

Learning through making

Become an online tutor

Edtech for Early Years

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


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 | Matthew Johnson, Associate, Cooley LLP

Getting the word out  | Guests to be announced

A brief history of pedagogy

Business models for edtech | Jan Matern, Emerge Education


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

What’s the DFE Edtech view on AI, blockchain, cloud &….edtech?

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. Exchange ideas and find out the latest on.
  • 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 (contact us if you would like to apply): 

  • Change makers
  • SEND tools
  • Understanding Google Edu, Microsoft & Apple
  • Content for the “netflix” generation
  • VR & AR for 21c skills
  • Digital Safety Online
  • Assessment
  • Literacy tools
  • Maths tools
  • Empathy tools
  • International edtech-ers
  • School improvement plan priority tools
  • HR tech


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!