Just two years ago the Future of Education Technology Conference went by another name. In 2014, and all years before, it was known as the Florida Education Technology Conference. The conference quickly grew to the largest education technology conference on the east coast (except years when ITSE was in an east coast city, like Atlanta). In 2015, the folks behind the Florida Education Technology Conference changed the name to better reflect what the conference stood for and it’s stature as a national conference.
FETC has always been one of the more progressive education technology conferences. They were the first to feature immersive learning, flipped classrooms, virtual reality and to acknowledge Minecraft’s place in the classroom.
That’s why it should be no surprise that the conference has set aside a pretty large area of the exhibitor floor for a startup pavilion.
Advancements in technology have made it easier for current companies in the education technology space to innovate. It’s also brought along more and more startups tackling some of education’s challenges with technology. Don’t believe us, just take a look at companies like Nearpod that came on the scene as a presentation tool and now, own the market for VR in the classroom.
Earlier this week FETC announced the 19 companies that will demonstrate their transformative ed tech solutions as part of the 2017 FETC Startup Pavilion, located in the conference’s exposition hall. Taking place January 24 – 27, 2017 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., the conference aims to connect attendees with today’s most innovative technologies and applications in the ed tech space, including those from the newest startups making their mark on the industry.
With the education market valued at $4.5 to $5 trillion per year, there is huge potential for companies looking to disrupt an industry and deliver new ways for students around the world to learn the skills needed for their future careers. And with ed tech poised to capture a great deal of investment in 2017 and become the biggest and most profitable digitized sector yet, a number of companies have emerged to capitalize on this opportunity and offer groundbreaking new products.
“The education technology industry is a vibrant and dynamic one, in which new advancements to enhance the ways educators teach and how students learn seem to emerge each day,” said Jennifer Womble, program chair of FETC. “Our Startup Pavilion puts the spotlight on the newest entrants to the market, giving these next-generation companies the chance to showcase their cutting-edge innovations and explain to attendees how their solutions can transform education at their schools. We are pleased to welcome the 19 companies participating in the 2017 Startup Pavilion and eager to see their ed tech breakthroughs in action.”
The 19 companies to be featured in the FETC Startup Pavilion are: 5-A-Day Fitness, Brainspace, Chalk.com, CodeMonkey, CueThink, Edcoda, ETIN, InstaVR, Koantum, Moxie Reader, Noodle Markets, Nutri-Link Technologies, Permission Click Inc., Planet3, Quick Key, SchooLinks, Spark Innovation, Educational Research + Innovation Hub (ihub) and ThingLink.
Spanning the areas of virtual reality, e-learning, coding, game-based learning, curriculum and instructional tools, software to create more interactive and personalized learning, and more, these startups reflect the vibrancy and diversity of the ed tech market, while meeting the changing requirements of today’s schools and addressing the growing demand for more digital learning solutions. As part of the Startup Pavilion, each company will provide FETC attendees with hands-on demonstrations of their innovations and show how these solutions can make a difference in their schools and districts.
The Startup Pavilion will be located at Booth No. 2005 in the FETC exposition hall. Attendees can learn more about these 19 startups and their innovative solutions during the conference’s expo hours, taking place Wednesday, January 25 from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.; Thursday, January 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; and Friday, January 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In addition to the Startup Pavilion, emerging startups in the ed tech space will present their game-changing solutions as part of the FETC PitchFest, conducted in partnership with the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). During this event, participating startups will present a five-minute pitch of their innovative products, with the winner chosen from a group of finalists, based on audience polling. FETC PitchFest will take place at the Learning Lab Theater #1 in Booth 863, with semi-final rounds of presentations on Thursday, January 26 at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The finals will take place on Friday, January 27 at 12:00 p.m.
More information is available at fetc.org