• Paul Fingleton

Job Creation in Ireland a focus for EdTech Conference

Dublin's Aviva Stadium, formerly Landsdowne Road, will be home to the Learnovate Technology Centre's conference "EdTech Enabling the Knowledge Economy".

Educational Technology, or EdTech for short, is the use of techonolgy in learning.

Globally, the sector is poised for significant growth, the overall market is estimated to be worth more than $250 billion by 2017. Ireland is recognised as a world a leader in EdTech. For more than 15 years, we have been leading learning innovations through research, collaboration and industry services and the level and depth of expertise available here is considered unique.

The Learnovate Centre, hosted by Trinity College and located at the Trinity Technology & Enterprise Campus, has been at the heart of this growth story. Since April 2013, Learnovate activities have supported the creation of over 100 jobs – and with the EdTech sector showing significant growth potential, this number is expected to more than double by 2017.

Speaking in advance of the conference Dr Martyn Farrows, Directory of the Learnovate Centre, said: “Working with our partners which include multinationals, Irish high potential start-ups and SMEs, our mission at the Learnovate Centre is to drive growth of the EdTech sector, attract more inward investment to Ireland and ensure the sector continues to create jobs for the country. With a strong heritage in EdTech spanning three decades Ireland is extremely well positioned to play a pivotal part in the development of the sector worldwide, if the funding and policy environments are appropriately framed. The potential for job creation in the sector is just becoming a reality with many of our member companies making strong inroads into large export markets like the US. In addition we're seeing international names from the sector choosing to locate in Ireland because of the talent and skills available to them here.”

“At our conference we’ll have a mix of both Irish and international speakers attending and they will be discussing the sector in all its forms from the traditional educational space to the corporate level. We’ll also have a number of projects displayed to demonstrate the sector and its growth potential.”

EdTech is the Learnovate Centre's inaugaral conference and brings together speakers from various industry leading firms, such as Electronic Arts, Microsoft, Accenture, BNY Mellon. Enterprise Ireland, who fund the Learnovate Centre, will also be represented along with CoderDojo CEO, Mary Moloney.

Source: Learnovate.org

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