The British Educational Training and Technology Show began in 1985, and after 32 years it has become a key event for technology enthusiasts and educators, providing a strong platform for the latest trends in technology and education.
This year’s show had a particularly strong turnout, with more than 750 exhibitors from 117 countries and regions. Names such as Microsoft, Intel, HP, Panasonic, Samsung, Toshiba, Smart, Epson, Dell, Google, Frog, Capita, Clipbank, Pearson, Promethian, RM Education were exhibiting. Keynote speakers included education visionary Ken Robinson, Chef and Scientist Heston Blumenthal and Historian and Television Presenter Tony Robinson (a.k.a. Baldrick).
The show attracted 35,942 professional visitors from 113 countries and regions, 95.2% from Europe, 1.6% from the Americas, 1.6% from Africa and the Middle East, and 1.3 from Asia. The floor plan spanned more than 75,000 square meters.
Attendees included primary education teachers, higher education teachers, education services and government consultants, as well as electronics distributors and manufacturers with exciting new innovations. Eighty-five percent considered BETT to be the first in the category of educational technology exhibitions; 75% said that BETT was an unavoidable event every year; and 77% found new products, resources and services.
We were very excited to attend BETT 2017 in London, where we showcased the LattePanda and a selection of other DFRobot products. We were located in part of Microsoft’s STEAM village where flyers for LattePanda flew off the stands.
Hackerspaces in London
Aside from BETT, we also introduced the LattePanda to local hackerspaces in London. During our brief trip, we made it to the London Hackspace in Hackney and the South London Makerspace in Herne Hill, where we showed off some of our wares to local makers, hackers and engineers.
Chinese New Year
We also celebrated Chinese New Year in London’s Chinatown (伦敦唐人街）
As a low-cost single-board computer running Microsoft Windows 10, LattePanda is ideal for a wide range of users, including Windows and IoT developers, hardware enthusiasts and robotics designers. It has proven extremely popular since our hugely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, and we look forward to growing our community as time goes on!