Press release: Nesta & The Edtech Podcast co-chair event at London EdTech Week
Nesta and The Edtech Podcast co-chair event at London EdTech Week: Registrations are open for the event here.
Live podcast will explore the value of edtech asking, is Edtech a thing (yet)?
Ten leading education technology organisations based in London are joining forces to launch the first London EdTech Week from 19th to 23rd June 2017.
The Edtech Podcast and Nesta, the innovation foundation, will be hosting the podcast from 5:30- 9:00pm on the Monday 19th June, supported by Cooley LLP. The event will be held at Nesta’s offices at 58 Victoria Embankment and will explore themes of how we should value edtech: is it social impact, traditional investor ROI or opportunity cost? Do we need alternative models of funding, and, if so, what would these look like and what role do Government, parents and industry play?
Speakers will include:
- Richard Taylor, Angel Edtech Investor
- Lucy Heady, Impact Director, Nesta Investments
- Bukky Yusuf, Secondary Science teacher, consultant and qualified coach
- Matt Johnson, Senior Associate, Education, Education Technology, and Privacy & Data Security Practice Group, Cooley
London EdTech Week will showcase the latest developments in education technology and all participants in EdTech are invited to engage through a series of connected and collaborative events, including conferences, meet-ups, cocktail events, product demonstrations, awards and launch parties.
Other organisation taking part in EdTech Week include EdtechXGlobal, British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), EdTech Exchange, Google for Education, Emerge Education, TES Global, University College London (UCL) and UK Education Weekly.
Sophie Bailey, Founder and Editor, The Edtech Podcast said:
“Celebrating London’s thriving edtech ecosystem with a London Edtech Week is a totally winning idea, which is why The Edtech Podcast is delighted to be participating. Whilst based in London, The Edtech Podcast is downloaded in over 100 countries so we look forward to welcoming international listeners to this awesome week celebrating educational innovation and, improving the dialogue between ‘ed’ and ‘tech’ in London and beyond.”
Senior programme manager for Nesta’s education team, Michael Mann said
“Nesta is committed to supporting evidence-based, effective edtech that’s accessible to all. As a part of this, Nesta has supported a number of edtech pioneers who care about impact, including Cogbooks, Third Space Learning, Arbor and Getmyfirstjob. We also recently launched Rocket Fund – a pilot platform for teachers to crowdfund and test tech products that they think will aid learning in the classroom.”
He added “Nesta maintains the belief that edtech development should be learning-led rather than tech-led. We’re excited to be part of London Edtech Week, it’s a great opportunity to promote better use of technology for learning.”
Co-Founder of London EdTech Week and EdtechXGlobal, Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet said:
“Innovation in education requires collaborative and community-led approaches and that’s why we are thrilled to connect, together with our ten co-chairs, the entire EdTech ecosystem through a collaborative and community-led week-long event series.”
He added: “We expect more than 6,000 people across 20 events in London, ready to engage in discussions with the finest minds and most disruptive innovators of the global EdTech scene.”
Registrations are open for The Edtech Podcast and Nesta co-chair event here.
London EdTech Week will take place at several venues across London on 19 – 23 June 2017 – for more information and to reserve your place, please visit http://www.londonedtechweek.com
Nesta is a global innovation foundation. We back new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time, making use of our knowledge, networks, funding and skills. We work in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. We are a UK charity that works all over the world, supported by a financial endowment. To find out more visit www.nesta.org.uk
Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833.
About 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. The main audience are global education leaders, with a secondary audience of start ups, bluechips, investors, Government and media.
The podcast receives 1500 > 2000 downloads each week from 109 countries. Sponsors of the podcast have included Microsoft, The Japan Prize, Kano, Primo Toys, ClearlySo, and Firefly Learning.
Previous speakers on The Edtech Podcast have included Hanan Al Hroub, Global Teacher Prize Winner (K-12), Andreas Schleicher, Director for the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD (GOV/NGO), Deborah Quazzo, Edtech Investor, GSV Partners (Investment), and David Bray, Chief Information Officer, Federal Communications Commission (GOV).
The Edtech Podcast is available on iTunes, Pocketcast and Libsyn and is free to subscribe. Follow the conversation on Twitter @podcastedtech, Instagram @podcastedtech and Facebook, The Edtech Podcast.
About Cooley LLP
Cooley lawyers combine 30+ years of experience in the education industry with an unmatched background in technology and software to assist edtech companies in bringing disruptive technology to market. With the largest practice serving this rapidly evolving sector, we offer our clients deep substantive knowledge of all aspects of the education sector coupled with premier business and litigation practices. We focus on the distinct needs of high-growth companies developing leading educational tools, resources and products and the universities and institutions that leverage these technologies.
About London EdTech Week:
London EdTech Week is an open, collaborative platform that connects the local and global EdTech ecosystem through a week-long event series across London from 19th to 23rd June 2017. Ten leading education brands have come together to create this event series celebrating innovation and education across London. The ten Co-Chairs are British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA), EdTech Exchange, EdTechXGlobal, EdTech Podcast, Emerge Education, Google for Education, Nesta, TES Global, University College London (UCL) and UK Education Weekly.
In addition to the events organised by the Co-Chairs, London EdTech Week welcomes anyone from the local and global EdTech community to host an event in London anytime from 19th to23rd June 2017.
For more information and to participate in London EdTech Week visit: http://www.londonedtechweek.com