Film producer, Lord David Puttnam, to present the first EDUCATE ‘EdWards’ at the London Festival of Learning

 Lord David Puttnam, the multi award-winning film producer, is to present the first ever ‘EdWards’, at the London Festival of Learning (June 22 – 30).

The London Festival of Learning is a week-long event bringing together, under one roof, three prestigious conferences of educationalists and scientists involved in the development of education technology in the UK and overseas. It will be held at UCL Institute of Education, in London.

The Festival will involve a three-day Showcase, hosted by the pioneering EDUCATE programme, to highlight its important work supporting start-ups, SMEs and entrepreneurs to develop the best and most effective evidence-based EdTech.

The ‘EdWards’ ceremony, which will be co-compered by Lord Jim Knight, the former Schools Minister, will form the central event of the Festival, on June 27, the second day of the EDUCATE Showcase.

Rose Luckin, Professor of Learner Centred Design at the UCL Knowledge Lab and the Director of EDUCATE, said: “This is the first time the EDUCATE programme has hosted the London Festival of Learning alongside the EDUCATE Showcase.

“The Festival represents a unique opportunity to bring together some of the brightest and most influential brains in artificial intelligence and other advanced technologies to present their work, to network and share ideas.  This collaboration and cooperation is absolutely crucial to the future success of technology development.

“It is totally appropriate, therefore, to include EDUCATE’s inaugural ‘EdWards’ ceremony as part of the proceedings, in recognition of the successful completion of the programme by our cohorts – the innovators with whom we have worked over the past 18 months.”

Lord Puttnam said: “The significant impact of artificial intelligence and technology is already evident in education and in industry more widely. The ‘EdWards’ are a fitting celebration of the some of the best entrepreneurship in EdTech currently taking place in the UK and I am delighted to play a part in the recognition of such innovation.”

Lord Knight said: “For years I’ve been an advocate of the potential of technology to enhance teaching and learning. Too often I’ve been disappointed by results, which is why I am such a fan of EDUCATE. By linking academic research with product innovation, we are most likely to realise the potential and extend the reach of great teaching to more children.”

Day 1 of the EDUCATE Showcase will be the Practitioner Track and ‘Teacher Day’ during which school teachers will have a chance to find out about, and discuss, the latest innovations in EdTech and to input ideas into its future development. The programme for the day includes discussions on ‘Education as a Design Science’, ‘No more snake oil: How research informed EdTech is changing the landscape’ and ‘Research and practice – bridging the gap’.

Day three of the Showcase will focus on the advances being made in Artificial Intelligence, and how these can serve the education system, and will include a discussion on ‘Bringing AI to life’. The programme for the day will also see one of our cohorts, Debate Mate, lead a debate on the use of AI in schools.

EDUCATE cohort members will be present throughout the Showcase to demonstrate the products and services they have developed as part of the programme.

The London Festival of Learning comprises the annual conferences of ICLS, L@S and AIED, bringing together more than 1,200 academics and researchers from around the world.

Among the keynote speakers at the Festival will be: Gever Tulley, Founder of Brightworks ​and Tinkering School; Tom Mitchell, founder of the world’s first Machine Learning Department at Carnegie Mellon University, Nichole Pinkard, founder of Digital Youth Network and the social learning platform L3 and Professor Simon Buckingham-Schum, director of the Connected Intelligence Centre at Australia’s University of Technology in Sydney.

More than 500 research publications from around the world will be presented at the Festival.

The full programme for each conference, and the Festival overall, as well as ticketing information, can be found at:


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