BETT is one of the largest edtech trade shows in the world and, with nearly 1000 exhibitors and around 35,000 attendees, it can feel overwhelming. We’ve pooled our knowledge about the show and gathered our top tips to help you make your visit to BETT 2018 more manageable and productive.
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Avoid wasting time queuing on the day – pre-register and print your ticket in advance.
2. Pick your day carefully
BETT runs from Wednesday to Saturday. The busiest day by far is Friday. If possible, plan to attend on either Wednesday or Saturday. Both days are quieter and you will have more time and space to browse the stands and speak with suppliers.
3. Plan your visit
Have a focus for your visit. Are you interested in VR? Do you need more printers? Know what you want to research and choose a few suppliers to visit to compare and contrast. The BETT site has a great filtering feature that allows you to pick out suppliers by sector, subject and product. New for 2018 on the BETT website is the visitor zone – helping you navigate all that the show has to offer in one place.
4. Download the app
The BETT app is a really handy way of planning your day and navigating the show. It’s available now for download on both android and ios.
5. Comfy shoes and snacks
Your day will be long and tiring. ExCeL is situated within a 100-acre site in Royal Victoria Dock, the main exhibition space covers more than 41,000 square metres and walking from one end of the venue to the other can take a long time. So, wear comfy shoes, take a bottle of water and pack some snacks. There are lots of places to buy food but the queues can be long and the food is expensive. So save yourself the bother and pack a sandwich.
It’s worth spending a bit of time pre-visit picking out one or two seminars of interest. BETT offers a huge number of sessions and these, combined with the free sessions provided by the suppliers, can be rather overwhelming. So, choose your seminars in advance and plan strategically as they also provide a chance for a bit of downtime in your day. Here are a few recommendations to get you started:
Mountain or molehill? GDPR in perspective
24-Jan-2018 12:30 – 13:05 The Bett Arena
With GDPR coming down the line, this talk focuses on the key aspects of the regulation that schools should be considering in the lead up to implementation.
Keeping children safe online
26-Jan-2018 12:15 – 12:45 The Bett Arena
Colleagues from NSPCC discuss the issues facing young people online safety and showcase opportunities for government, industry, schools, families and young people themselves to do more.
26-Jan-2018 13:45 – 14:15 The Bett Arena
Stephen Heppell leads this session which focuses on teacher workload and the opportunities that technology brings to improve productivity and ensure that ‘exhaustion is not the future’ for the profession.
7. Ask for help
There are information stations in the main entrance to the building. If you need help finding a stand or have any questions about the show then head for these. It could save you a lot of time.
8. Avoid the freebies
There is no such thing as a free lunch and this definitely applies at BETT. Most suppliers will be giving away pens, mugs, sweets etc. However, in return they want your contact details. So, unless you want to be inundated with sales calls in early February, be discerning and choose those freebies with care.
9. Use social media
Keep track of the trending topics and people. BETT has a facebook and twitter account. Use the hashtag #BETT2018 and get involved or just keep abreast of the hot topics of the day. Don’t forget to follow us @LdnCLC – we’ll be tweeting useful info from around the show.
10. Come and see us
As London CLC has been shortlisted for a BETT award this year, we thought it was about time we actually exhibited. So come and see us on stand G102. There will be lots of us there each day so if you want more tips on getting the most from the show, impartial advice on the tech you’re tempted by, to talk to us about CLC services or just want to see a friendly face then do make time in your day to visit us on G102.
- BETT runs from 24-27 January at the Excel Centre, Royal Victoria Dock, London. Visit the BETT website for more information.