|Inaugurated||1985, as the British Educational Training and Technology Show|
|Most recent||23–25 March 2022|
|Organised by||Hyve Group|
Bett or The Bett Show (formerly known as the British Educational Training and Technology Show) is a global series of education shows organised by Hyve Group marketing information technology in education. The flagship show is located in the UK, with satellite events in Asia & Brasil. Bett is also the global community for education technology, which hosts webinars, CPD sessions and publish articles from the leaders in education.
London is home to Bett's flagship event which is international with visitors from more than 120 countries. Thousands of visitors gather to meet with hundreds of EdTech providers, join CPD content sessions and network with their peers. The first Bett show was held in London in 1985, initially at the Barbican Centre. In 2002, it expanded to the National and Grand Halls at the Olympia exhibition centre, with a move to the ExCeL London in London's Docklands in 2013, its current venue. Bett celebrated its 30th anniversary at the 2014 show, which attracted 35,044 visitors from 113 countries.
Bett Asia is the region’s leading education technology conference and expo. In 2022, Bett Asia will be happening in Bangkok, Thailand, gathers senior education leaders, educators and innovators to share intelligence on how to improve learning in the 21st century.
The show was first held in January 1985 as the "Hi Technology and Computers in Education Exhibition" at the Barbican Centre, central London, in association with the British Educational Suppliers Association. As the use of technology in education increased, so did the show, and had outgrown the Barbican by 1993, when the move to Olympia was made.
The show has also expanded from being a purely technology show, and whilst it has played host to companies ranging from multinationals Microsoft, Google and Apple Inc. to small single-product firms, it has also created themed zones for exhibitors, such as those specialising in SEN provision. Introduced in 2015, the "Bett Futures" feature aimed at selecting and promoting 30 educational technology start-ups, selected by a panel of expert educators.
A large number of seminars from well-known providers are held at Bett, which offer training (Continuing Professional Development) opportunities for education professionals. The then Education Secretary Michael Gove gave keynote speeches at the 2012 and 2014 events. In 2015 the then Education Secretary Nicky Morgan gave her first opening keynote for the show. Professor Brian Cox has twice been keynote speaker, in 2013 and 2020.
Criticised in the past for perhaps marginalising teachers due to the increasing business nature of the show, the former organisers (i2i Events Group) introduced a number of teacher friendly events such as TeachMeet and edtech start-up initiative Bett Futures, to turn this around.
The Bett Awards are an annual celebration for the highest levels of achievement by companies that exhibit at the Bett show and supply Information and Communications Technology (ICT) for education.
Speakers in the past have included:
- Reach the education market[dead link]
- Bett Futures 2015[dead link]
- "BETT 2009 Seminar Programme". eLearning Industry Association of Victoria. Archived from the original on 18 July 2008. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- "Michael Gove speaks about computing and education technology". Department for Education. Retrieved 19 May 2014.
- Rt Hon Nicky Morgan[dead link]
- Freedman, Terry. "BETT Survival Guide". SecEd. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- Ash, Genna (21 January 2020). "Bett 2020 revealed". EdTechnology. Retrieved 16 April 2020.
- Davitt, John (18 March 2008). "Are teachers getting a fair deal?". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- Usher, Ian (2 February 2009). "TeachMeet09Bett". TeachMeet. Retrieved 3 September 2009.
- "Bett Awards". Bett. Retrieved 24 August 2013.