Education leaders looking to explore their options among the rapidly growing education-tech marketplace — which has grown even more crowded — often turn to industry-leading efforts like FETC, the Future of Education Technology® Conference, to sort out the most viable tools for their organizations.
This year, District Administration and FETC will honor the best of the best of new ed tech solutions with our “Top Ed Tech Products of the Year” awards. It’s becoming increasingly clear that education technology will play a vital role in helping leaders meet the needs of their schools, so now more than ever, it’s important to spotlight the innovative products helping fuel educational success.
To be eligible for the honor, tools must have been developed or updated within the last year and be generally available by August 2022. Submissions will be judged on the solutions’ innovation in the ed-tech space, with particular attention to how the tools are breaking new ground.
This year we are dividing companies into three categories: Startup, Midsize and Large. For the purpose of this contest, we’re defining a startup as a company that has existed for three years or less with revenue under $1 million. To be considered, startups must have a working website. Midsize is defined as a company with up to $50 million in annual revenue, and large is over $50 million in revenue.
Solution providers can submit their applications through the FETC website, along with a non-refundable entry fee of $99. A panel of experts assembled by DA and conference organizers will select up to five finalists in each of seven categories, with one winner from each named “Top Ed Tech Products of the Year.” The solutions will be profiled in DA, on districtadministration.com and highlighted across our social-media platforms.
Conference organizers also will showcase the top-rated products at the event, Jan. 23-26, which will be held in person in New Orleans. Providers will be invited to perform demonstrations of their solutions at a special session that is expected to draw hundreds of education and tech leaders, including potential buyers, and they will also be included in promotional materials for the event.
The submission window opens on Aug. 1 and the deadline for submissions is Sept. 16. Providers that move on to the demonstration phase of the judging process will be notified on or about Nov. 1.
For more information about the Future of Education Technology Conference set for Jan. 25-28, click here.