As we recover from a long week in London, we reflect on what a great success Bett 2016 was for Smoothwall and some of our highlights from the show.
For those of you who aren’t familiar with Bett, it is a leading Education Technology show which runs at the ExCel in London across four days. Our team headed down the night before on Tuesday 19th January to ensure the (pardon the pun) smooth set up of our stand, including putting the finishing touches to our eSafety presentation area, Smoothie bar, appliance showcase and EduGeek zone.
On Wednesday thousands of visitors queued at the door to get the first glimpse of all the latest technologies in the Education sector. Our focus this year was on the new safeguarding features we’re introducing to help our customers meet new legislation on schools with regards to web filtering, monitoring and safeguarding.
On Thursday, leading Safeguarding consultant Abigail Clay reached capacity in our presentation zone delivering a session to Bett visitors which covered the latest requirements from Ofsted inspections and how schools are impacted by the Prevent Duty. The session was so popular we repeated it back to back to spread the word with teachers, network managers and safeguarding leads visiting Bett.
Following this, we had Nicky Peachment from the Internet Watch Foundation present about how we are working in partnership to help eliminate child sexual abuse online, before our Head of Product Phil Smith took to the stage to present our new features and gather customer feedback.
On Friday, Phil Smith took to the stage once again due to high demand and discussed our new direction from event-based monitoring to intent-based monitoring, something you can find out more about in one of our upcoming webinars. Finally, we were delighted to have the Digital Leaders from Myrtle Park Primary School talk about eSafety strategies in their school.
By Saturday, we had given away over 1000 smoothies, plenty of freebies and there were many sore throats from back to back conversations with visitors to our stand. We decided to take a look at our week in numbers, and have summarised this via our Bett infographic.
We’ll be back again at Bett next year, but in the meantime look forward to what 2016 brings from all our Bett opportunities!