2018 has been an action-packed year for the NetSupport team, especially over the last few weeks or so when we've taken part in what must be a record number of events for the RM Seminars and ICT for Education regional conferences. We've had a blast meeting so many of you at these roadshows and it's always fantastic to hear your feedback and ideas, as well as being able to show you how our education solutions can make life at your school so much easier!
Reuniting our panel of top educators and specialists for the third in our series of edtech discussions back in June was really good – not least because this time we featured the students from Cornist Park School talking about digital citizenship and how they use technology safely – inside their school and out of it. This time, in the main debate we had NetSupport MD, Al Kingsley; debate host, Russell Prue; ICT Evangelist, Mark Anderson; co-founder of The Education Foundation and chair of Edtech UK, Ty Goddard; founder of eCadets and GoBubble, Henry Platten; Safeguarding Specialist, Traci Good and Digital Leader at Cornist Park School, Kellie Williams. Topics covered in the discussion were the future of edtech, safeguarding trends and actions, challenges across the sector, top new apps and more. It's a really informative watch, so if Netflix doesn't deliver over the Christmas break, you know what to do!
It wasn't all work and no play for the NetSupport team though, as we also took part in several events to raise money for charity: in June, we sent a highly-skilled team to the Dragon Boat Race in Peterborough to raise money for Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice; in September, we baked a shedload of cakes (and ate them!) in aid of the Macmillan Coffee Morning; and, last but not least, in October, we all wore pink for Breast Cancer Care.
We were delighted to be selected for some award wins in 2018! NetSupport won Multinational Company of the Year at the GESS Education Awards and also Large Business of the Year in the Stamford & Rutland Mercury Business Awards – hurray! We also gained finalists' positions in the National Technology Awards, UK IT Industry Awards and ERA awards. In addition, it was fantastic that NetSupport DNA and NetSupport School were awarded "Best of Show" awards at TCEA 2018 AND have both been selected as finalists for 2019!
The newest product in the NetSupport line-up is, of course, ReallySchool: our solution to capture primary school pupils' learning and track and assess their skills development. The ReallySchool team has been working really hard all year to raise awareness of the product and let everyone know just how great it is! It's good to know that some lovely people on the Bett Awards judging panel took notice and made it a finalist in Educational Apps category at the Bett Awards 2019. Needless to say, we can't wait to show it off to everyone at Bett – and we'll be keeping our fingers firmly crossed for awards night!
Talking of Bett, it's coming up quickly! This year, we've got two stands: D120 and D130 – and we can't wait to see you there!