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UK-Austria EdTech Exchange

Friday, 12 March 2021, 12:30 GMT (London) | 13:30 CET (Vienna)

Virtual Event

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Realising the Potential of Technology in Education.

The UK's Department for International Trade (DIT) are pleased to be partnering with EdTech Austria and Advantage Austria to explore the opportunities of educational technology (EdTech) in schools and beyond.

This Exchange is an online event and will provide unique access to:

  • UK and Austrian government presentations on key strategies and guidelines
  • Teachers and EdTech industry experts from the UK and Austria
  • Exhibits from a selection of EdTech innovations from the UK and Austria

Technology is often associated with increased automation, although within the education sector it will never replace the role of our great teachers. However, technology can be an effective tool to help reduce workload, increase efficiencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment.

The UK EdTech sector grew by 72% in 2020 (now valued at nearly £3.5bn) and is home to over 600 edtechs delivering solutions to schools. In Austria, the EdTech sector has also seen impressive growth in the last 12 months, with start-ups stepping in to support teachers, parents and students seeking new technologies.

The UK and Austria enjoy a long-standing bilateral relationship and by identifying parallels and collaborating across the public sector, we can jointly realise the significant potential that the fast-growing EdTech industry has to offer.

Please find the full event details below. We look forward to welcoming you to an afternoon of lively discussion.

Participation is free of charge.


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This virtual event will be delivered in English and moderated by Sophie Bailey, Founder of The Edtech Podcast.


13:30 CET

Welcome Address

Leigh Turner CMG, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Austria, British Embassy Vienna

13:35 CET



Sophie Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast

13:40 CET

The UK’s Edtech Strategy


Vipul Bhargava, Specialist for Edtech & International Schools, Department for International Trade (DIT)

13:50 CET 

Austria’s 8-Point Plan for Digital Learning


Mag. Dr. Iris Rauskala, Director General & CDO, Austrian Ministry for Education (BMBWF)

14:00 CET

Distance Learning & Supporting Teachers Transition to Digital Education

Sir Mark Grundy, CEO Shireland Collegiate Academy & Member of the UK Edtech Advisory Forum

Dr. Teresa Torzicky, Head of Office, Innovationsstiftung für Bildung (Innovation Foundation for Education), Head of Office

Andreas Riepl, Head of National Competence Center, eEducation Austria

14:30 CET

From Boardroom to Classroom: Supporting the EdTech Sector in the UK & Austria


Caroline Wright, Director General of the British Educational Suppliers Association

Hannes Aichmayr, ITG Salzburg, Project Lead at EdTech Austria

14:45 CET

Commercial Panel – Exhibition of Solutions from the UK and Austria

Busuu (Bernhard Niesner, CEO) 

Go Student (Felix Ohswald, CEO)

Century Tech (Priya Lakhani, CEO)

Audvice (Sophie Bolzer, CEO)

Azoomee (Douglas Lloyd, CEO) 

Areeka (Arkadi Jeghiazaryan, CEO)

15:20 CET




Sophie Bailey, Founder, The Edtech Podcast

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Point Of Contact

Benedict Clifford
Trade Adviser
Department for International Trade (DIT) Austria
+43 676 569 4096

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