Bett announces global collaboration with Microsoft

    Bett, the world’s leading event for learning technology today announced a global collaboration with Microsoft – a three year partnership across the Bett events in the UK, Asia and Latin America.

    Together with its global network of educators, Microsoft aims to deliver inspiring content that shares next generation ideas and innovative, technology-led classroom practices in the UK and around the world. A number of educator-led sessions will showcase ideas, practices and technologies that have had an impact on educational outcomes, along with concepts to help develop 21st century skills and find solutions to global challenges.

    MicrosoftLogoThis collaboration forms part of Microsoft’s commitment in education to ’empower educators and inspire students to achieve more’. As Bett’s ongoing commitment is to ‘help educators explore the potential that technology, collaboration and creativity can offer’, it would seem the two companies make a sensible fit.

    Anthony Salcito, vice president, Worldwide Education at Microsoft, said:

    “Technology opens the door to a world full of possibilities infused with curiosity for educators and students alike. I’m excited to work alongside Bett to not only celebrate inspired thinking and leadership but to encourage, challenge and push each other to deliver big change and transformation in learning.”

    Mark Shashoua, chief executive officer at i2i Events Group, added:

    “This collaboration goes beyond business for both Bett and Microsoft. Working together to improve education, global prosperity and innovation in a necessary cultural shift, is exciting. The content that will be offered across the Bett events will share and celebrate new ways of thinking, working and educating. This is because we know that supporting teachers is one of the most effective ways of offering the best possible life chances and wellbeing for young people now, preparing them with the right skills for the future.”

    Over the 31 years since it began, Bett has become the global meeting place for educators, with its events in the UK and overseas attracting more than 50,000 visitors. The event has evolved to be the recognised global hub for those passionate about education and harnessing the power of technology.

    What do you think about this partnership? Does it make sense to you? Is there still a place for BETT? Add your comments below!

    Bett 2016 is free to attend and takes place from Wednesday 20 to Saturday 23 January 2016 at ExCeL London. For more information or to register, please visit