Edu-innovators invited to enter the 2016 Bett Awards


The Bett Global Series brings world-class events presenting the latest, most innovative products, services and insight to the global education community. They embrace ideas that will inspire the future of education and, through technology and solutions, will make huge advancement possible. At Bett events, educators, tech experts, government officials and entrepreneurs come together to celebrate, find inspiration and discuss the role technology and innovation plays in enabling all educators and learners to thrive.


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Bett Awards partners i2i Events Group and BESA (The British Educational Suppliers Association) have announced the launch of the education sector’s 20th annual Bett Awards. This ceremony brings together developers, suppliers and educational practitioners each year to recognise, reward and celebrate ICT excellence in the education sector. The 2017 awards introduce three new categories: ‘Best Education Support Resource for Parents/Home Learning’, ‘Edtech Start-up company of the Year’ and ‘Higher Education Digital Services'.

BESA will again act as chair of judges, overseeing the impartiality and fairness of the robust, two-stage judging process by a panel of experienced educational professionals. Entries will be assessed on specific criteria.

“The UK edtech industry is not just thriving, it is growing at a significantly fast pace,” said Caroline Wright, director general of BESA. “The opportunities for edtech businesses are now unparalleled anywhere else in the world. There are few sectors of the UK economy with this capacity to grow and generate export earnings as impressive as education. This success can be attributed to the unprecedented quality of products and resources for learning and while the industry recognises this through financial success and exports, these awards will salute and applaud those companies who continue to demonstrate this level of excellence.”

The Bett Awards 2017 categories are:

  • Early Years Digital Content
  • Primary Digital Content
  • Secondary Digital Content
  • ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (classroom aids)
  • ICT Tools for Learning, Teaching and Assessment (whole school aids)
  • ICT Special Educational Needs Solutions
  • Digital Devices
  • ICT Leadership and Management Solutions
  • ICT Exporter of the Year
  • ICT Service and Support
  • ICT Company of the Year (less than £3m turnover)
  • ICT Company of the Year (over £3m turnover)
  • Free Digital Content/Open Educational Resources
  • International Digital Education Resource
  • Educational Apps
  • ICT Innovator of the Year
  • Best Education Support Resource for Parents/Home Learning
  • Edtech Start-up Company of the Year
  • Higher Education Digital Services

Debbie French, education portfolio director at i2i Events Group, said: “Recognition of the quality of learning resources provided by UK organisations continues to spread globally. Each year the Bett Awards offer suppliers the opportunity to celebrate their commitment to driving up standards within education. As the provider of these world-class awards, we are proud to see the number and calibre of entrants increase year on year. Each pushes at the very boundaries of what is new, innovative and possible in technology, and we are excited to help celebrate this again in 2017.”

Award entries can be completed online at until the closing date of 30th September 2016, and the winners will be announced at a gala evening event on Wednesday 20th January 2017 at the Brewery, London EC1Y. The Bett Show, meanwhile, will take place on 25th - 28th January at ExCel London. The event will include Bett Futures, of which Innovate My School is a partner.

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