Happy Birthday Bett!

I can’t believe how close it’s getting. A whole year seems to have flown by and now the excitement is mounting. No, I’m not talking about Christmas as you might imagine, but Bett 2014.

Here in the Mango office, we are full steam ahead in preparing for Bett 2014, the world’s leading event for learning technology taking place from 22 to 25 January at ExCeL London. We thrive on the buzz, excitement and general passion for the event that everyone we speak to seems to have.

This year more than ever however we can’t wait for January to roll around because it means we also get to celebrate a very special birthday – Bett’s big 3-0.

I’ll let you in on a secret here – Bett pre-dates me by a few years – yet it continues to go from strength to strength with every passing January. It’s hard to believe that a show that is such an event in the calendar for celebrating technology in education started way back in 1985 when computers were still a bit of a mystery for a lot of people, and Windows was only on version 1.0! Yet since this date, Bett has been on the forefront of recognising and celebrating the greatest thinking and innovation from sector thought-leaders, inspiring teachers and the most inventive of companies and suppliers.

Working on Bett 2014 is my fourth show and even in this time I have noticed a change in the trends; apps and tablets have taken off in terms of their popularity, Bring Your Own device (BYOD) is seeing mobile phones which were banned in my school days becoming increasingly commonplace in the classroom, and Twitter and Facebook are frequently used as a genuine learning resource.

This rapid pace of change is something that Bett is celebrating in January, with the launch of a very exciting competition that will ask schools and students to imagine the classroom of the future in 30 years’ time or what classroom technology has looked like over the years from 1985 onwards. Doing so, they’ll be in with a chance of winning some great prizes. We are excited to see young people’s imaginations at work. Who knows, if we created a time capsule and dug it up in 2044, we might find we had an ‘edtech’ physic sitting amongst the entries!

More details about the competition will soon be available on the http://www.bettshow.com website, so make a note to check it out.

Rebecca