When and where? 23rd–25th March 2022, ExCel London
Three things to look out for
1. Interesting seminars
These are a great way to learn about what’s going on in the industry, new developments in tech and in research, as well as getting an idea of who’s who (as well as a respite for weary feet!). Come prepared to ask questions, though; audience participation is always encouraged. Check out my top picks below.
2. Your favourite coffee/tea/snack pavilion
Keeping your water and sugar levels in the right place is absolutely essential for a full day (or days!) at Bett. Find a go-to stand so you can always navigate back to that – it’s a good place for making connections, too.
3. Opportunities for fun
Get creative with some Lego or embrace playtime at the Kitronik, Marty the Robot or Amazing Interactives stands. Bonus points if you can avoid bringing back a bag full of freebies to the office!
My pick of the sessions
Wednesday 23rd March
- Hear from experts at Microsoft, Made by Dyslexia and the Education Policy Institute on What’s Now and What’s Next.
- Baroness Beeban Kidron highlights important developments in the UK Online Safety Bill and what they mean for keeping children safe.
- The likes of Twinkl, BESA and Educate Ventures unpack current trends impacting UK EdTech companies.
Thursday 24th March
- Dan Sandhu, Founder of the EdTech Evidence Group, shares what evidence to look for when assessing the impact of EdTech.
- In this session on collaboration, Baasit Siddiqui explores the positive impacts of schools and businesses working together.
- Michael Forshaw, Founder of EdTech Impact, introduces the 2022 EdTech Buyers’ Guide to see what evidence-informed EdTech is making an impact.
Friday 25th March
- ISC research looks at EdTech trends within international schools as they adapt to blended learning.
- Hear from a primary school about how digital technologies can be used to transform teaching and enrich learning across the curriculum.
Full agenda: https://uk.bettshow.com/agenda
My top five networking tips
Oriel Square is heading to the Bett Show from the 23–25 March if you’ll be there too and come say hello!
1. Plan your activities before you go.
At a huge show like Bett, a plan of action will go a long way! Look at the list of exhibitors and seminars and make a note of who you definitely want to see.
2. Prepare a short intro about yourself.
Even if you’re an old hand at networking, it helps to have a few lines to introduce what you do and how you can bring interest to the individual you’re talking to. It doesn’t have to be a pitch, just a bit about who you are and what you do.
3. Ask questions and be curious!
Engaged, active listening is really important to networking. Even if the individual connection isn’t the right fit, learn about the products on show, how they approach content development or the research they’ve been working on. This initial contact is your connection through to the right person or department.
4. All talk doesn’t have to be shop talk – personal connections are valuable!
Some of the most fruitful connections come about because of shared interests or hobbies, so if conversation lends itself to that, make the most of it.
5. Have fun and take a break when you need to.
Bett is huge and exhausting. An informal chat over a cup of tea, or even just a sit-down in relative quiet can be an excellent way to reboot!