25 – 28 January 2017
It’s hard to believe, but BETT is only a week away and I’m sure that many of you are feeling that familiar sense of trepidation at the idea of battling your way around one of the biggest ed/tech trade shows in the world. Here are our top tips for making your visit to Excel a little more manageable.
To save yourself the bother of queuing on the day, pre -register and print your ticket off in advance.
Plan your visit
Have a focus for your visit. Do you need more printers? Are you interested in VR? Know what you want to research and pick out a few suppliers to visit to compare and contrast. The BETT site has a great filtering feature to allow you to pick out suppliers by phase, subject and product.
Take a look before the show. http://www.bettshow.com/Bettexhibitorlist2017
Check out the seminars
It’s worth spending a bit of time pre-visit to pick out one or two seminars of interest. BETT offer a huge number of sessions and these, combined with the free sessions provided by the suppliers, can be rather overwhelming. So, choose your seminars in advance and plan strategically as they also provide a chance for a bit of down time in what will be an exhausting day.
Pick your day carefully
BETT runs from Wednesday to Saturday. In 2015 over 45000 people attended over the 4 days. The busiest day by far is Friday. If it’s possible you should plan to attend on either Wednesday or Saturday. Both are quite quiet and you will have time and space to browse the stands and speak with suppliers.
Avoid the freebies
There is no such thing as a free lunch and this definitely applies at BETT. Most suppliers will be giving away pens, mugs, sweets etc. However, in return they want your contact details. So, unless you want to be inundated with sales calls in early February, refrain from the free Quality Street and take along that final bit of Christmas cake instead.
Download the App
The BETT app is a really useful way of planning your day and navigating the show. It’s available now for download on both android and ios.
Your day will be long and tiring. ExCeL is situated within a 100-acre site in Royal Victoria Dock and walking from one end of the venue to the other can take a long time. So, wear comfy shoes, take a bottle of water and pack some snacks. There are lots of places to buy food but the queues can be long and the food is expensive. So save yourself the bother and pack a sandwich.
And finally, there will be someone from the CLC team at BETT on most of the days. So, if you want company or want to chat through anything that you’ve seen, let us know and we’ll arrange to meet up. Contact Kim Morrison: firstname.lastname@example.org