Three of EdTech’s leading authorities discuss the rapidly growing sector with Sophie Bailey of the EdTech Podcast.
Moderator: Sophie Bailey, Founder of The EdTech Podcast
On April 29, 2016, Sophie quit her job as Head of Content, Bett and launched three episodes of The Edtech Podcast, recognising the need to improve the dialogue between the 'ed' and 'tech' communities and the rise of the podcasting medium as a method through which to do so.
Since then, The Edtech Podcast has been downloaded over 36,000 times from 96 countries, with the USA at #2. iTunes new and noteworthy have featured The Edtech Podcast, which is also distributed across android platforms and via content partnerships including an official media partnership with SXSWedu 2017. The Edtech Podcast travels globally to meet the listener community, record LIVE podcasts and run pop-up events. Previous guests have included:
- Hanan Al Hroub, Global Teacher Prize Winner, Palestine
- Andreas Schleicher, Director of the Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD/PISA
- Deborah Quazzo, Partner, GSV & ASU GSV Summit
- Imogen Heap, Award-winning tech-enthusiast musician and collaborator
- Justin van Fleet, Chief of Staff to Rt. Honourable Gordon Brown, Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education
The audience is made up of global educators from early years up to higher education, plus start-ups, blue chips, investors, government and media. Past sponsors of the podcast have included Microsoft, Firefly Learning, Clearlyso, Kano and Primo Toys.
In her "spare time", Sophie also works as an independent advisor and consultant, connecting educators and industry and speaking at sector events. She has chaired The Nordic Edtech Conference, moderated at Bett, and spoken for the Department for International Trade (UK). Sophie has 9 years’ experience in industry research, content curation, events and international launches.
You can connect with Sophie (and she would love to hear from you) via twitter @PodcastEdtech or email email@example.com.
Nina Iles, Head of EdTech at British Educational Suppliers Association
Nina joined BESA in September 2016 to deliver the company’s Autumn Launchpad events programme, which included a debate on efficacy in EdTech, held in the Houses of Parliament and BESA’s annual Launchpad conference. During this time, she worked closely with over 70 edtech start-ups preparing to exhibit at Bett 2017 - specifically within the Bett Futures zone of the show - helping them to become ‘Bett-ready’.
In her role as Head of EdTech, Nina works closely with BESA’s Director General Caroline Wright and Director Patrick Hayes on the development and delivery of the trade association’s EdTech strategy, ensuring that all of the EdTech companies in full membership, as well as those who subscribe to its Launchpad service, benefit in full from all that BESA has to offer them.
Nina has devoted the past decade of her life to the education sector and has a passion for people, meaningful comms and, of course, EdTech. Prior to working with BESA, Nina spent over eight years at TES Global, publishers of the TES and Times Higher Education and host to the largest network of teachers in the world. There, she was the Communications Manager responsible for delivering the company’s global internal communications strategy, as well as working on various corporate projects, coordinating TES Global’s advisory board and delivering a number of both external and internal-facing events each year. Before joining TES, Nina spent ten years with UBM’s Comms team.
When not working, Nina, who has two grown-up children, enjoys all things sci-fi; visiting fringe theatres, reading, travelling and learning.
Jan Matern, Founder and CEO of Emerge Education
Jan Matern is the Founder and CEO of Emerge Education, Europe’s leading education technology accelerator and seed investor, backed by Oxford University Press and Qtone. Emerge Education invests in bleeding edge global edtech startups and provides them with access to beta-testers, corporate partners, and investors.
Jan is also a Co-founder and Director of Edspace, a co-working space for education startups and innovators based in London.
Jan was previously an Associate at Chelwood Capital, a London-based boutique investment and advisory firm. Jan graduated from New College, University of Oxford, with a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics.
Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet, co-founder of EdTechXGlobal
Benjamin is a co-founder of EdTechXGlobal the international thought leadership event series in London and Singapore connecting the global EdTech ecosystem. He also serves as an advisor for SXSW Edu, US largest conference on Innovation in Education and is the non-executive chairman of SolidLabs, an education technology company designing and manufacturing connected toys that help young children to learn 21st-century skills.
Benjamin is also Partner at IBIS Capital, a European investment and advisory firm specialised in Media and Education Technology.
Benjamin combines 15 years of operational, investment and advisory experience in the Media, Entertainment, Advertising and Education industries, with a particular focus on digital transition situations.
Formerly EMEA Head of Strategy, Corporate Development and New Ventures for Time Warner, Benjamin directly managed the expansion of a portfolio of thematic TV channels, digital brands, consumer products and TV joint venture participations spanning across 25 countries and representing 650 M EUR in revenues. As Global Digital Lead, he also managed a portfolio of digital ventures and led the international digital rollout of the group’s US brands (CNN, International Cartoon Network, Turner Sports, NBA.com, TMZ, Adult Swim..).
Benjamin previously held various managerial and corporate development roles at Modern Times Group (TV, Digital Media, E-commerce), Lagardere Media (Print, TV, Radio) and Omnicom BBDO (Advertising & Marketing Services), involving particularly acquisitions, roll out and development of entrepreneurial media and content businesses across Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa.
He is a graduate of Babson, ESCP Europe and The University of Texas at Austin.