GESS Dubai 2017

#GESS2017: Inside the second full day of the event in Dubai

Ravi Santlani
#GESS2017: Inside the second full day of the event in Dubai

The day witnessed twice the numbers of visitors compared to yesterday. Exhibitors passionately explaining their products to visitors was a common sight, some exhibitors even had designated meeting rooms to discuss and seal deals. The event was a smorgasbord of different technologies, ideas, ethnicities, workshops, sessions, interactions and B2B networking. The sheer number of visitors thronging the massive four-tiered venue made even the sprawling halls seem small. The attention to detail was impressive with catering staff strolling with handcarts full of cookies, snacks, coffee etc to be partaken by exhibitors as moving out from their stands could mean a potential loss of clients.

The Edutech and ExtraMarks stands saw some serious buzz through the day, with stern looking men holed up in their glass walled meeting rooms with visitors. The Edutech stand offered pretty much everything a 21st century school would need, from Virtual Reality tools to STEM Solutions to Digital and mobile learning solutions and more, It was a one stop shop for all school needs.

Indeed the most beautiful and not to be missed stand was that of LEGO where one could spot a lot of students trying their hands on Blocks, Robotics, Aerial Selfie etc There was  huge wall built with just their trademark blocks and surely caught everyone’s attention, one could pick up a variety of blocks and make anything they wished to.

TES Global stand was right in the middle of the Hall and a smiling Man called Mark welcomed me and explained how TES Global has been supporting educators worldwide for over 100 years and is the world’s largest online community of teachers, with over 8 million registered users.

Byju’s, India’s most rated and talked about Star Start-up was also present at GESS. They were sharing their ideas on Online learning which means no boundaries and barriers in today’s digital world.

Arpit Badjatya, CEO & MD, Serosoft Solutions who was also a speaker at GESS Dubai 2017 shared his insights on the ERP business and how it is not the need but the necessity of any education institution today across the world.

Olli Vallo, Co-founder of Kokoa Education Standard, Finland made sense when he said that there is a urgent demand of independent Quality certification in the education field when the market is overflowing with products of varying educational quality . Kokoa Education Standard is a detailed Edtech quality verification based on Finnish pedagogical knowledge. Edtech industry stakeholders around the world trust Kokoa to ensure solutions are independently certified in line with high-level quality standard.

The last stop for the day was at eTeach International, eTeach is globally the leading specialist provider of education recruitment solutions. Jonathan Price, Managing Director, eTeach told us that the education recruitment landscape is changing and finding the best candidates is becoming increasingly difficult as the competition for talent grows and candidates become ever more sophisticated in how they choose their next job. eTeach works with over 11,000 schools and colleges and last year advertised more than 70,000 jobs to their 1.3 million registered candidates, who made 5 million job searches.

To sum up, the second day of GESS 2017 was a must attend event for anyone related to education.

As Brad Currie once said “Networking is the most overlooked and important part of attending educational events. Informal conversations matter!" You still have the day 3 to network and connect with a variety of people with various interests.

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