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Digital Literacy & Digital Britain: Next Generation Learning & Education Tech

At the last Naace conference, Vanessa Pittard (Department of Education) stressed just how important technology is to UK growth:

- That the UK IT industry is predicted to grow at 2.19% p/a to 2019 (5 x faster than average in UK!)

- That there will be 500K new entrants into this sector in the next five years

- And that US businesses are 8.5% more productive than those in UK, almost all of which down to IT

The next TechHeads event focuses on the hot topic of computing science and digital literacy, and explores the importance of digital skills to UK PLC.

We've invited some of the UK's leading edtech and coding start-ups, to explore this swiftly changing landscape and examine the opportunity for companies to develop tools for the digital classroom.

From coding to games-based learning, video tutoring to the flipped classroom, come and meet some of the UK's leading startups and education entrepreneurs.


Member Showcase / Speakers:

1. CoderDojo

CoderDojo is a global collaboration providing free and open learning to young people, especially in programming technology.

Lindsay Macvean is a young entrepreneur and volunteer at CoderDojo, who will be joined by CoderDojo's Founder (Serial Entrepreneur, Bill Liao) via a live Skype link up from Ireland!

2. Decoded

Decoded run workshops designed to teach anyone to code in a day.

Co-Founder, Ali Blackwell is a passionate educator, coder, and tech evangelist. He regularly features in the media exploring how to engage young people with coding.

3. AppShed

AppShed is intuitive flexible platform that enables anyone to build content-based web apps that work on any smartphone and native multi-platform.

Co-Founder & CEO, Torsten Stauch will explore how AppShed is engaging the education market and look at opportunities for edtech startups.

4. Computing++

Run by Martin Saunders, Computing++ main goal is to facilitate computer science in becoming a main stream subject in primary and secondary schools by 2014. Martin is an entrepreneur and tech evangelist that works with the British Computer Society, Computing and Schools Programme.

5. CDI Apps For Good

Iris Lapinski runs CDI Apps for Good, an award-winning education movement where young people in schools learn to create apps that solve problems they care about and change their world.

From a modest start in 2 centres, 2 teachers and 50 students in 2010, by September 2012 CDI Apps for Good has grown exponentially to 100 schools across the UK with more than 250 teachers delivering courses to 5,000+ 13-18 year olds.

Iris will be speaking about the latest developments CDI Apps For Good is making in the education space.


6. Young Rewired State

Young Rewired State is the philanthropic arm of Rewired State and is a network of software developers and designers aged 18 and under.

Its primary focus is to find and foster the young children and teenagers who are driven to teaching themselves how to code, how to program the world around them. This is a mighty challenge though well-supported with free tutorials online, but inevitably an isolating and solitary activity.

Founder, Emma Mulqueeny will be exploring how YRS is engaging schools and raising digital skills.



Followed by Panel Discussion and Networking drinks.

Looking forward to seeing you!

The TechHeads team


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  • Edward B.

    Great to hear from some of the UK's best edtech companies. Thanks for everyone for coming down, and sharing their thoughts (on what a digital Britain looks like, for all learners).

    November 29, 2012

  • Dr. Anthony 'Skip' B.

    This Education Tech meeting was very well organised and sparked some brilliant discussions.

    November 29, 2012

  • Christopher S.

    Any other attendees interested in education tech for music learning?

    November 27, 2012

    • Dr. Anthony 'Skip' B.

      Hi Christopher - I have done work with live webcasts and webinars. This may be a topic to discuss tonight.

      November 28, 2012

    • Naimish G. seems like a decent one too

      November 28, 2012

  • lindsaymacvean

    Wow looking forward to being there!!!

    November 22, 2012

    • Naimish G.

      Hi Joe, would also love to tell you about some of the movements happening on Twitter in education. It's incredible the input and conversations that occur on ukedchat, slteachmeet etc...hope we can chat tonight...thanks for your message and putting this out there for people...

      November 28, 2012

  • Dr. Anthony 'Skip' B.

    Hello -
    I am interested in web video conferencing, webinars, web video testimonials and case studies.
    Please try for a free Adobe Connect account.
    As an Adobe International Ed. Leader I'm happy to share my experiences.
    See my R & D at
    Cheers, Dr Anthony 'Skip' Basiel

    November 28, 2012

  • Dr. Anthony 'Skip' B.

    This event looks like fun. If anyone would like to chat before or after the event - please have a look at or email me [masked]
    Dr Anthony 'Skip' Basiel

    November 23, 2012

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