Dubai is getting set the host the region’s largest edtech gathering this week in the 13th instalment of GESS Dubai.
From today, February 25 to February 27, the Sheikh Saeed Halls of the Dubai World Trade Centre will open its doors to 600 edtech exhibitors who will showcase some of the sector’s latest innovations.
“Technology advances have been at the forefront of revolutionising education all over the world,” said Matt Thompson, project director of Tarsus, organisers of GESS Dubai, GESS Indonesia, Mexico, Turkey, and Africa.
“By highlighting these developments,” he adds, “we hope to empower schools, [professionals and teachers] in the Middle East with the tools that will help make teaching and learning in classrooms in the region on par with the rest of the world.”
Leaders of GESS Dubai have confirmed the attendance of reputed experts who will share best practice in AI, VR, AR, and other progressive edtech advances.
“Technology has greatly expanded access to education and gave enormous opportunities for teenagers starting their own start-ups before even they turn 18,” said Dr Julius Otundo, senior lecturer at Riara University, who will lead a session on The Future of Learning and Technological Advancement.
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“Just by knowing how to code, they can program their website and start doing their business. The future of technology in education is helping teachers to expand beyond linear, text-based learning and to engage students who learn best in other ways.”
STEM will also be a major talking point at this year’s event. Gunther Hayn, head of MENA at Festo Didactic will guide a STEM discussion on the Innovation Stage. “Today’s world is undergoing many changes in technology, economy, and environment,” he said. “To succeed in this new information-based and highly technological society, students need to develop their capabilities in STEM. The goal is to encourage the current generation, as well as future generations of students, to understand and embrace the benefits of technology that affects them every day of their lives and encourage them for a technical and engineering career.”
The list of renowned exhibitors include the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime, which features 11 brand-new LEGO Elements designed to inspire STEAM learning. Alef Education, which launched in Abu Dhabi five years ago and has since been an engine for digital transformation, will also have a presence. Dobot will present the Magician Lite, a multi-functional, lightweight intelligent robotic arm that will help students learn the process behind AI and mechanics.
Other showcasing companies include Seppo, Almoe, Promethean, Epson, Classera, and Specktron.