Nurturing a culture of innovation in EdTech

18 July 2022

Join us for an afternoon of information, informed debate and networking.


4pm - 8:30pm


AWS Headquarters
1 Principal Place, Worship Street
EC2A 2FA View Map


£10 + VAT & Fees

Join us for an afternoon of information, informed debate and networking.


EdTech Exchange, Amazon Web Service's and EdTech Evidence Group, in partnership with Wonde, are delighted to present an afternoon of information, informed debate and networking during London EdTech Week.

Hosted at the AWS offices in Liverpool Street, the afternoon kicks off with a presentation delivered by Amazon. Presenting Amazon’s Culture of Innovation - "Amazon has a peculiar approach to innovation that is intrinsically linked to how we use technology and organize our teams. In this session, we’ll introduce how we innovate at Amazon, organized around four interdependent elements: culture, mechanisms, architecture, and organization. Customers can dive deeper on each topic, including leadership principles, working backward, and two-pizza teams" - Amazon Web Services. 

This rolls straight into a panel discussion curated by EEG and chaired by Nina Iles. Featuring a panel of EdTech founders: Matt Koster-Marcon of Learning Ladders, Amanda Duncan of Scribeasy, Ross Garrod of Practice Pal.

This is your chance to learn from successful entrepreneurs and to put your questions to them.

At 5:30pm, the event moves upstairs and we throw the doors open to the EdTech Exchange networking drinks, where we will be joined by the teams from BESA and EDUCATE.

Meet, mingle and enjoy some refreshments with fellow EdTech founders and leaders.

Session 1: 4-5.30pm - Amazon presentation and EdTech Evidence Group EdTech founders panel - SOLD OUT

Session 2: 5:30-8:30pm - EdTech Exchange drinks reception - limited places remaining

"Innovation in education requires collaborative and community-led approaches and that’s why we are thrilled to connect, together with our ten co-chairs, the entire EdTech ecosystem through a collaborative and community-led week-long event series" - Benjamin Vedrenne-Cloquet.


Amanda Duncan
Amanda Duncan, Founder, CEO and Director at Scribeasy Ltd, loves helping people tell stories. Leading up to where she is today, exploiting technology, Amanda's had over thirty years of practice in different mediums. Upon her graduation from the Royal College of Art, she quickly gained industry recognition as a designer, degree lecturer and exhibiting studio potter and public artist - with clients ranging from Liberty, Weatherspoon, Plymouth Council, the British Council and London Transport's Dollis Hill's pedestrian subway.  Transitioning from mud to pursuing an advertising career (set design and then Visual Effects production) demanded grit and determination. But Amanda progressed and headed up a large Soho VFX company, Smoke and Mirrors, acquiring and producing creatively prestigious accounts such as VW, Channel 4, and Hyundai. While Scribeasy and her team are her primary passion by day, Amanda also enjoys playing the washboard in a Ska band and
spending time with her teenage son whenever he's available!


Matthew Koster-Marcon
Founding CEO of Learning Ladders Education, a mission-driven EdTech platform that makes it easier for Early Years and Primary teachers to plan and deliver learning, SLT to easily report progress and manage interventions and transitions, and for parents to know what their child is learning and how to help - saving everyone time and money. Learning Ladders is already used by schools in 15 countries, is a ‘Teachers Choice Award’ Winner, and was the global BETT Awards winner for ‘Best Whole School System for Learning, Teaching and Assessment’ in 2020 and in 2022. Matt is a former teacher, education author, speaker and also an elected Executive Council member for BESA (British Educational Suppliers Association), and a co-founder of the EdTech Evidence Group. He is also a parent, school governor and charity trustee.


Ross Garrod
Ross Garrod if the Founder and CEO of Practice Pal, a suite of dedicated software tools that transform how schools, teachers, parents, and students move through music education together. A guest principle percussionist with the Royal Ballet Sinfonia and Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as dedicated music teacher and international music examiner with Trinity College London, Ross entered the EdTech space to restore effective, enjoyable, and accessible music education to the heart of our schools. When not working on Practise Pal, performing or teaching, Ross enjoys spending time with his wife and children camping.



Laurie Forcier
Laurie is Chief of Staff and Director of Partnerships for Educate Ventures Research, which helps all parts of the EdTech ecosystem make better strategic use of data and evidence for the benefit of all learners. She developed her global education network as chief global content officer for Learnit, a 100K+-strong change-oriented education leaders' network, and as director of Pearson's programme of global thought leadership, publishing on the future of education, skills and work, and how technology can augment learning and teaching. Earlier in her career she was a senior advisor and aide to the dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she holds an Ed.M. in Higher Education from Harvard. She began her work in education at the Urban Institute, a Washington, DC-based think tank, which grounded her in the importance of research and evidence from the very start of her career. Laurie is an advisor to EdTech startups, and a frequent speaker on the future of education, the use of data and evidence in education entrepreneurship, AI in education, and how we might finally crack the question of What Works in EdTech.


If you are an EdTechX Summit ticket holder, you receive a complimentary ticket to Nurturing a culture of innovation in EdTech - please email eventsteam@besa.org.uk with evidence of your ticket to register. 

BESA members receive 35% off tickets to the EdTechX Summit. Apply the unique discount code 'ETX22BESA' when purchasing your ticket here.


Thank you to AWS for providing the venue and to our sponsor Wonde.