Welcoming visitors back to Bett

On 29-31 March 2023, Bett is back at ExCeL London for three days of inspiring content, networking and product discovery. Bett aims to spark ideas, create connections and accelerate trade, resulting in improved outcomes for teachers and learners

Bett is the first industry show of the year in the education technology landscape, bringing together over 600 leading exhibitors and sponsors and over 20,000 attendees from the global education community.

The exhibition hosts innovative EdTech and resource solution providers showcasing cutting-edge and impactful products and services. From global tech companies to  renowned education brands and startups, visitors will find solutions for all education settings, challenges and budgets.
Brand new for Bett 2023, the show organisers will be restructuring the way it schedules content to ensure the Bett Arena becomes a must attend, featuring the most important voices in education. In its brand new, sound proof home off the show floor, there will be morning and late afternoon Arena sessions designed to not clash with the other stages or its meetings programme.

Bett 2023 has six global themes: leadership, futures, Inclusion, wellbeing, skills, and innovation.

There are a number of theatres at Bett covering a range of important topics. The Leaders @ Bett theatre is the place for policy, digital strategy, whole school management, FE transformation and more. Sessions are led by institution leaders and their teams.
The Teaching & Learning theatre is where we celebrate the best use of technology for engaging all students, demonstrating creative learning experiences that enhance teaching and enrich learning across the curriculum.
Bett Academy Live will be modelled on the online series of Bett Academies. This theatre is the perfect place for educators and leaders to top up their CPD. Bett Academy Live will take a closer look at classroom practice with schools sharing best practice and expert bodies delivering practical advice and support.
The Tech in Action theatre is the place for practical product demonstrations to deepen understanding and evaluate efficacy of hardware and software solutions.
The Futures theatre is the home of the startup where you can discover emerging innovations from EdTech companies in the UK and around the world, at the start of their journey. Sessions are a mix of advice for start ups, showcase pitches from exciting young companies and best practice case studies around evidencing impact.
The Global Showcase is the stage where Bett meets the world. The Global Showcase Theatre will host case studies from Ministries of Education, explore methods of entry into regional markets, and present key opportunities for international resellers looking for new products and partners. These sessions will support those looking to build an international network and develop their import/export strategy.

Esports @ Bett
Esports is everywhere in education, rapidly growing in K12, Further Ed and Higher Ed. An engaging, inclusive way to build STEAM and social-emotional skills, esports also helps develop students’ interest in future technology careers. In a 2020 survey of over 1,100 esports athletes conducted by GYO, over 60 percent said that they planned to pursue a career in either a STEM or esports field.
Esports @ Bett, hosted in association with British Esports, will showcase how schools and universities can harness this growing industry to engage students, support teaching and learning objectives and identify future skills. Each afternoon will host a takeover tournament between schools Esports teams.

Connect @ Bett
Connect @ Bett is a new large scale meeting programme, designed to transform how meetings get done in the global education sector. It will enable  EdTech companies and other solution providers, to connect with buyers from education institutions and governments via individual and group meetings.
More than 2,000 participants from education institutions and governments, 300 EdTech Companies and other solution providers are expected to participate in over 5,000 meetings at Bett UK 2023.
To ensure they are valuable, all Connect @ Bett meetings are double opt-in (both participants want to meet each other) and are scheduled based on each individual’s availability. The meetings will be held in a central location in the Bett Exhibition Hall.
Individuals from Education Institutions and Governments will be joining Connect @ Bett to use their time at Bett in the most efficient way possible, to meet the EdTech Companies and other Solution Providers they want to meet quickly and easily.
It will allow visitors to discover new and emerging products, services and solutions that can help address their organisation’s challenges and opportunities.
It will also allow visitors to participate in 45-minute small peer group discussions called Tabletalks on key education topics.
“We launched Connect @ Bett to help our community of solution providers, education institutions and governments meet new people, discover new organisations and create incredible opportunities and meaningful connections at our events,” said Rachel Brodie, managing director of Bett. “This new meetings programme will result in positive changes for them, their organisations and their learners.”

Ahead by Bett
Higher education institutions around the world are working at great pace to adapt to new approaches to learning, accelerate digital transformation, and take advantage of new business models recently introduced to the sector. With tech companies eager to pitch in on what is predicted to be a $40bn market by 2024, how can we ensure we are providing senior leaders in higher education with the right tools to move forward? To support universities and solution providers through this process and in response to emphatic demand from the Higher Education community, Ahead by Bett was launched in 2022 to sit alongside Bett.
Ahead by Bett is the destination for higher education leaders to come together with their peers and the world’s leading EdTech’s to learn, network and trade.
Ahead by Bett’s content spaces provide an opportunity for senior leadership, heads of faculty, technology leads and heads of research and innovation to congregate and tackle the current business issues faced in tertiary education.

Spread across three learning and networking spaces, Ahead by Bett will be hosting over 60+ speakers including highly acclaimed author and journalist Matthew Syed, who will be discussing mindset and high performance in higher education, professor Sir Steve Smith, the UK’s International Education Champion on the future of higher education, professor Rose Luckin on AI’s uses for understanding student data and professor Diana Laurillard on professional development as the new frontier of higher education.
Visitors will also be able to hear from other changemakers, experience innovation and collaborate with peers all within one place dedicated to Higher Education.
Founding partners Jisc, UCISA & Universities UK will be supporting the event and commenting on the launch of Ahead said: “Higher Education institutions around the world are working at great pace to adapt to new approaches to learning, address accelerated digital transformation, and adjust to and benefit from business model disruption. Supporting universities through this process, Ahead by Bett provides a forum to connect with cutting-edge technology solution providers to jointly tackle urgent business and pedagogical challenges. We are proud to support this event.”
Max Oliver, event director of Ahead by Bett said: “We are dedicating a whole new sister show to the Higher Education sector. The appetite and interest in this sector has grown over recent years and now is the perfect time for academics, changemakers, heads of faculty, and technology leads to gather together to share the very best in Higher Education practices and their vision for the future of tertiary study around the world.”
Last year, content was delivered in The Auditorium, The Sandbox and The Collaboration Space. The Auditorium is the heart of Ahead by Bett and a key platform for change makers, innovators and leaders in higher education.
The Sandbox is an opportunity to experience innovation in practice and get hands on with new technologies. The Collaboration Space meanwhile is the central hub for peer to peer learning through curated networking sessions and in depth roundtable discussions.