50 reasons to celebrate UK edtech 

The Edtech50 – a celebration of the people, products and projects shaping the UK edtech sector – has been unveiled by Edtech UK. The inaugural 50 includes people, funders and products.

EDTECH50coverThe Edtech 50, supported Jisc, recognises products and projects demonstrating effective and impactful use of edtech in the UK, along with individuals who have played a leading role in developing this area of work.

The organisations behind the projects and products include further education colleges, an online learning community and a university spin-out. Read the full list of award winners.

According to the government’s digital strategy, published in 2017, education technology is one of the fastest growing sectors in the UK, accounting for 4% of all digital companies, and UK businesses have become world leaders in developing innovative new technologies for the education sector.

Judges of the Edtech 50 included entrepreneur and investor Sherry Coutu, Microsoft UK education director Ian Fordham and Martin Hamilton of Jisc.

Writing in the launch report, government education secretary Damian Hinds said: “There are so many reasons to be optimistic about the possibilities for technology across education. Edtech is increasingly supporting improved outcomes in across England and internationally, and in my short time as secretary of state for education I have already seen how it can support and transform education at every step of the journey.

“The work of inspirational leaders across the sector who are working tirelessly to support education, will be fundamental in ensuring the wider realisation of the opportunities presented by technology; to support improvements across the breadth of our education system.”

Edtech UK director Ty Goddard, leading the initiative, said the 50 had been chosen from a mixture of public nominations and the insight of its judging panel. “It has been a challenging and exciting process,” he said.

“The Edtech50 helps us all celebrate a wonderful sector, whilst recognising the benefits of education technology, and acknowledging the economic advantages of the growing edtech sector to the whole UK economy.”

Included in the Edtech 50

Naimish Gohil
Bethany Koby
Colin Hegarty

Omidyar Network
Founders Factory
Emerge Education

Raspberry Pi Zero
GIS 4 Schools – Esri UK

Coding for the future
Code Kingdoms
Code Club

Developing digital skills
Apps for Good

Imaginative employability
Sussex Downs College, Lewes