Taking The Fear Out of Maths: An Interview With Maths On Toast



We sat down with Alexandra Fitzsimmons, Founder of Maths on toast: a charity that focuses on taking the fear out of maths.


1.How did you come up with the idea? And the brilliant name?

I had been working in family learning in museums for a long time and I studied maths at uni. I wondered why children didn’t have the opportunity to learn maths in an informal and fun way, like they do for other subjects.

We knew that maths obviously needed to be in the name as our main aim is to change children’s attitudes towards the subject and to help them learn better. But we needed to have something else in the name too, so that they knew we weren’t scary! We came up with lots of names and tested them out on facebook to see what other people thought of them. It took a couple of months to decide on the right name.


2. Why do you think there is such a negative attitude towards maths?

Part of the reason is that it’s socially acceptable to say you aren’t good at maths. But deeper than that, people are scared of maths because many believe that being good at maths is a genetically inherited gift. Meaning you are either a maths person or you’re not.

What people need to understand is that it’s perfectly okay to be slower than others at maths -  you’ll find professional mathematicians who are, but what they do is persevere, finding different methods to solve problems. They are really good at being stuck!


3.When did you first start?

We first started in 2012.


4.Who is your main target audience? Parents? Schools? Children?

We’re aiming for families with children aged from 5 to 12 years old, and we want to reach as diverse a range of families as we can, which is why we go through different schools in order to reach parents. Even when we work with schools themselves, we will encourage parents to participate as well.


5.Can you tell me about the Festival of Triangles and Number Rumbler? How you work with schools and parents?

Festival of Triangles is a week long series of activities for schools celebrating mathematics through triangles and ending with a big community event where parents, carers, teachers and the children are all invited and come together for an afternoon of fun. Number Rumbler is a numbers card game that parents and schools can buy, kids can also take it home from school the way they’d borrow a book from a library.


6. How do you sell your product? Is it freely available?

We sell Number Rumbler online on amazon for UK customers, and on our website you can find out how to buy it if you live outside the UK.

We are also increasing our online presence to grow awareness of our charity and our products. But many people hear about us through word of mouth, particularly through our Festival of Triangles program.


7. How do you get feedback from your product?

We got a lot of feedback when we first developed Number Rumbler since we worked with many children and parents. Today we get comments from Amazon reviews from customers and are always looking to get more feedback to improve the product.


8. Are there any new products being worked on?

We are developing new versions of Number Rumbler and there are other products in the pipeline but it’s too early to discuss them.


9. How do you get funding?

We mainly get funding through grants, donations and trading but whenever we’re developing new stuff it’s generally sensible to get grants.


10. Any future Goals?

Well our very long term goal is to reach every student and family in the UK and make everyone feel more positive about maths.





MastersAvenue launches new graduate platform

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The number of students studying for a masters degree today is at an all-time high: 20 million people globally are currently attending graduate schools according to the OECD. The rapidly increasing number of masters courses however, is making it hard for students to make the right decision as too much choice can be overwhelming and cloud a person’s judgement.

In order to help prospective students navigate the complex masters courses on offer, MastersAvenue recently launched their new global platform.  The site helps search through a multitude of courses and colleges and develop a shortlist of options that best matches the student’s needs.

Its smart rating system allows comparisons between almost 40,000 courses from over 1,000 universities around the world. A special feature of the platform is the option to compare all courses based on three criteria: i) University Rating ii) Course Rating and iii) Value for Money. The ‘Value for Money’ criterion is based on a unique algorithm that takes a number of independent internal and external sources into account, like the position of the university in internationally leading rankings,the courses on offer and the course fees.

Another resource offered on the platform is the MastersAvenue’s completely free Global Degree and Career Survey (GDCS) ©. The MastersAvenue team has analysed the career paths of 7.5 million graduates and created one of the largest career surveys in the world. With just two clicks users can see what they need to study for their dream career as well as what career path they can follow with their masters degree.

Founder and CEO of MastersAvenue, Dr. Daniel Baade, an academic himself, felt that there was little guidance for those interested in pursuing postgraduate study. Following discussions with universities, he also understood that while students going into undergraduate study usually focus on the social aspects of the experience, postgraduate degree students are more interested in the career aspects of their degrees. The level of interest in postgraduate study coupled with the lack of guidance led Daniel to believe that he could make the most difference in this market, offering students a one-stop platform to find their ideal masters degree from top universities around the world.

Find out more at mastersavenue.com



Enroly closes another round of investment!

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We sat down with Jeffrey Williams, Founder and CEO of Enroly, as the EdTech startup closes a £250,000 investment round.


1. What is Enroly? What services or support do you offer?

Enroly is an interface platform, built to solve inefficiencies in the international higher education recruitment market. It sits between universities, students and education agents as an independent layer and connects students with admission and visa support in their home country. These students are matched with an education agent in our network that best suits their needs.


2. Do you have ties with any specific universities, colleges or other organisations?

Enroly is institution agnostic in that we do not try to influence a student’s decision on where to study. We do however have official partnerships with a number of universities. These institutions value our transparent and quality-assured approach to student recruitment.


3. How would potential clients hear about your service?

We are currently running a very limited pilot with the University of Greenwich and University of Strathclyde so clients only hear about us through that. The pilot universities promote our platform to their international students. They have about 5000 international students each, which is a huge opportunity to get our product out.  

We’ve discovered that the best way to get through to future students is through current students as they mix in similar socioeconomic circles and are at a stage in life where they may be looking to study abroad. Typically, in this industry when universities try to attract students, for every 300 people who enquire, typically there would be one who goes on to enrol whereas through our platform, for every 3 leads, we get one student enrolling

Our platform allows current students to refer a friend or family member in their home country planning to study abroad. If the person they refer goes on to enrol, both the student and their friend receive a £110 prepaid mastercard as a token gesture to say thank you.


4. How do you find members of your network?

Our education agent network is a group of proven industry veterans that we know and trust, having spent 10 years in the industry.


5. What is the inspiration behind Enroly?

The international education market is highly fragmented and as a result great agents and students often have trouble finding one another. This problem leads to a poor academic outcomes for students and presents a sizeable resource drag on the industry. We came up with this solution to overcome the problem.


6.How big is your team?

There’s just three of us at the moment but we are looking to grow soon.


7.Did you get funding for your business?

Yes, we came through the Emerge Accelerator. They made an initial investment that got us through the MVP stage, which is when a tech start-up builds a minimum viable product to test out their model before investing time and money in it.

Following a pitch to 130 prospective investors at Emerge Education’s demo day on the 30th of November, we’ve been meeting with investors. We are fortunate enough to have a lead investor with Charlotte Street Capital and a selection of experienced angels from the U.K and Australia.


8.How much funding did you get from the latest investment?

We are now closing our second round of investment having reached our £250,000 goal. This support will allow us to step up to the next stage.


9. Is your service completely free for users?

Yes, it is.


10. Why do you provide it for free?

The efficiencies we create in the industry mean our network members are able to fund the platform. Our goal will always be to provide the best enrolment experience to students- simple, safe and free.


11. Is this offered to students in literally any country in the world?

Yes, any student from anywhere in the world. In the rare case that we can’t help the student ourselves, we will typically try to find an alternative solution.


12.What sort of courses are you helping students with?

At the moment, we help with university courses but we will be looking at other options such as english language courses in future.


13.Would you recommend the program, especially for startups looking for funding?

Absolutely, it is an accelerator by definition. It takes you very quickly through valuable learnings and processes and gives you access to professionals, knowledge and networks in key areas. You will emerge from the program equipped with everything you need to succeed when starting a company so I highly recommend it.


14.Why did you choose to work at edspace?

Yes, Edspace is great. There’s a whole host of complementary companies here. It’s really well connected to the edtech scene specifically so it’s a great opportunity to network and meet other founders of companies in the industry.


HE Access Network rebrands to Causeway Education





“We believe it’s important that our work is free for end-users. This is true both for the young people who are expertly mentored through our programmes and for the state schools we support to provide the best possible outcomes for their students. As a charity we will develop partnerships with a broader range of individuals and organisations to enable us to do this.”


“Our name change reflects this broader ambition. We want to make sure that every young person gets the best support they can through the key transitions in their education – whether that’s choosing A-levels, apprenticeships, or graduate employment.”- Julie Randles, Causeway Education’s CEO.



Last Monday, the 8th of January, Edspace Member HE Access Network rebranded to ‘Causeway Education’.


Having been a part of Edspace for over a year, we were delighted to see this change and be a part of their journey. But this is more than just a name change. After a focus on universities, subject choices and personal statements, the rebrand reflects Causeway’s wider mission to guide university graduates and state-educated school leavers as they transition to professions and apprenticeships.


While its services have always been free for users, a broader access to funding through the new charity status, will enable it to reach out to a larger audience of disadvantaged students.


To optimise how its new services will fare in the real world, Causeway Education is currently piloting the program ‘Access Champions’, with 100 participating schools. If this proves successful, Causeway will look to secure funding to roll the programme out in other regions in the UK. By mentoring teachers of state schools, the team aspires to make systemic, permanent change in school structures that will have a more sustainable impact on students.


Research by the Sutton Trust indicates that only 23% of teachers and academics agree on the contents of a good personal statement. It also suggested that teachers were often overruling the advice provided by Causeway to students. The gap in knowledge between what is expected in personal statements and what is provided may perhaps be part of the explanation as to why state-educated students with the same grades as their privately educated peers are a third less likely to receive an offer from a leading university.


It’s an exciting time for the team but underpinning all these changes, Causeway Education’s core objectives stay solid; their mission and the people behind them remain the same.


We wish them every success as they continue to service students of the state sector.


Edspace team


Edspace Teachers Retreat!

Calling all teachers!

Following on from the successful Teachers Retreat we ran in last July, Edspace will be  hosting the winter edition on Friday,  22nd December at 13:00-17:00.  Prepare to be pampered - we will have food, prosecco, table tennis, Christmas movies playing.

This will be a great chance for any teachers to get in the Christmas spirit as we will be providing a host of activities to help you unwind. It will also be a great opportunity for you to network with our community of over 65 education ventures, as well as other teachers from the surrounding area.

We hope you can join us, whether it’s for one drink, or the whole afternoon!  Sign up here.

Member hosts wanted

Edspace is expanding and we are looking for a number of Member hosts to join our team.

About the role …

Member hosts form an incredibly important part of the Edspace team by helping us to deliver an amazing co-working space for all of our clients. As a Member host you will get involved in a variety of different tasks to assist the team in ensuring Edspace provides a productive and thriving working environment. As a Member host you will dedicate one day a week assisting the Edspace team in the following ways.

  • Managing the Edspace front desk, directing phone calls and responding to ad hoc client requests.

  • Supporting our marketing team by capturing the amazing work of our clients and posting articles and blogs across our social media channels.

  • Assisting our Ops team by processing access cards, DBS applications and ensuring the space remains tidy and productive.

  • Supporting in a number of specific and on going projects as directed by the Operations Manager.

Does this sound like you … ?

  • You're an entrepreneur running a start-up company who could benefit from the desk-space and networking opportunities that we can offer

  • You will want to impact change, helping to grow and shape the Edspace business

  • You don't want to be 'just another cog in the wheel' and will thrive in a startup environment where your ideas count

  • We are looking for someone with a 'can do', positive attitude who loves to be surrounded by innovation

  • You are highly organised and efficient with strong attention to the finer details.

  • You are able to work autonomously whilst maintaining strong communication as part of a team

  • You'll be someone who loves people, who enjoys welcoming people in and sharing a lemonade or beer with lively member companies and CEO's

Do you like the sound of us …?

We are a small and energetic team, proud to support innovation in education and the hundreds of clients in the Edspace network.  We love providing a co-working space that buzzes with interaction and fun.  We listen to our clients, shaping and evolving the space to suits our members.  We passionately believe that the office environment needs to be agile and adaptive to provide a great backdrop for fostering growth.

The details...

We’re looking for someone that is willing to work one day a week for a 3 month period for Edspace in return for a fixed desk membership for the rest of each week (worth £300 p/month). You can choose a day that suits you best during which we would expect 7 hours of your time dedicated to Edspace tasks.

For more information please take a look at the job description here

 To apply for the role please send an email to info@edspace.io detailing why you want to join the Edspace team as a member host.

Edspace is hiring!

Edspace is expanding and we are looking for a Sales Operations and Marketing Manager to join our team.

About the role...

The sales Operations & Marketing Manager will act as 'the face of Edspace', proactively engaging with potential clients and generating new business.  

We're looking for a teammate who will continue to make Edspace a welcoming and fresh place to be, creating a value proposition beyond just desk hiring.  The role will shape the way Edspace is marketed to new and existing partners by developing an innovative communication and PR strategy, ensuring Edspace continues to be considered at the forefront of education innovation.

Does this sounds like you...?

  • You will want to impact change, helping to grow and shape the Edspace business
  • You don't want to be 'just another cog in the wheel' and will thrive in a startup environment where your ideas count
  • We are looking for someone with a 'can do', positive attitude who loves to be surrounded by innovation
  • You are highly organised and efficient with strong attention to the finer details.
  • You are able to work autonomously whilst maintaining strong communication as part of a team
  • You'll be someone who loves people, who enjoys welcoming people in and sharing a lemonade or beer with lively member companies and CEO's

Do you like the sound of us...?

We are a small and energetic team, proud to support innovation in education and the hundreds of clients in the Edspace network.  We love providing a co-working space that buzzes with interaction and fun.  We listen to our clients, shaping and evolving the space to suits our members.  We passionately believe that the office environment needs to be agile and adaptive to provide a great backdrop for fostering growth.

The details...

We are looking for someone that has at least 2 years experience in the workplace, and experience in a sales position.  The salary is £25,000 - £30,000 dependant on experience, with the opportunity for a quarterly bonus.

For more information please take a look at the job description here.

If you would like to be considered for the role please email your CV and a cover letter to iwanttowork@edspace.io

Revision World – helping the UK’s GCSE and A-level students

Revision World’s David and Keith Clifford caught up with Edspace to talk about their company.

What is Revision World?

RevisionWorld.com was launched in 2007 and has gone on to become the UK’s largest group of free GCSE and A-level revision websites with a portfolio which includes Revision Maths, Revision Science and Revision Videos. We believe that education resources should be freely available to all students. We are an online publisher who are funded by online and email advertising.

How did you become involved with Revision World?

David explains “I started selling advertising on the website in 2012, then in Autumn of 2014 I was hosting a corporate event which was also attended by company’s founder Paul Heming, at the end of the event we ended up in a pub and after a beer or two I asked him if he was prepared to sell the company. I brought Keith in as his background was Marketing and content and after a bit of negotiating with Paul we ended up owning the business”.

How difficult is it to work together as brothers?

“As identical twins we are very similar in many ways, although we had come from different career backgrounds” Keith explains, “David’s background is primarily advertising sales and sales management, whereas I’ve come from working in Marketing and events including  running BETT  and The Education Show so our skills complement each other well”.

Why did you join Edspace?

We wanted the chance to connect and collaborate with other education companies. We are also creating a new brand for our portfolio so the opportunity to learn from others and be inspired was also a real pull for us.

What can you teach?

Well David can help anyone with advertising sales and Keith knows a lot about the BETT and Education shows!

Considering Research on Early Years: EasyPeasy

Last month we published an article titled “The Developmental and Economic Impacts of Sound Early Childhood Services” which describes the convincing argument for investing money and resources into programming for infants and toddlers.  Part of the argument’s foundation rests in economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman’s work.  

Here at Edspace, our very own EasyPeasy takes Heckman’s work into heavy consideration. Heckman conceives of government spending as investment in the citizenry and labour force of that state. Based on his economic modelling, investing in the early years yields the greatest return, whether looking at through the lens of labour force skills, or the health and wellbeing of citizens.

Jen Lexmond, CEO and Founder, describes how Heckman’s idea of investment resonated with her since the early stages of her career.  She mulled over his works, among those of  other academics and researchers, a personal process that ultimately manifested in the idea for EasyPeasy, an application for parents or adults to use with children in the early years.  

The application rests on the basis that appropriate development during the early years of a child’s life depends on effective parenting.  All parents do not have great access to information to aid and understand their child’s development process, so EasyPeasy provides an inexpensive and accessible platform for all parents to do just that.  Different games and activities are scaffolded so activity is appropriately challenging; learners will be pushed but not discouraged (this setup is inspired by Heckman’s idea of building a “scaffolding of support”).  

EasyPeasy, while influenced by these prominent works, is also determined to contribute to and produce its own research.  Lexmond describes the company as empirically driven - through small and large scale evaluations both on their own or with bigger collaborators such as the Sutton Trust and University of Oxford.  As of today, traditional infrastructure and the government do not easily lend support to early childhood services.  Therefore, it is critical that EasyPeasy and other companies that forge the way do so with products and conclusions that contribute to the policy sphere surrounding early childhood and families.

Yoto launches Kickstarter campaign!

Edspace has had the pleasure of watching the Yoto team bring their product to life, as they have been a part of the community since the start of the year.  Today, we’re delighted that they’ve officially launched their Kickstarter Campaign to get the project fully up and running!

Their product - known as “Yoto” - is made for young children and offers opportunities for fun and learning alike.  It consists of a clever speaker (a very cool, light-box-looking device) and physical cards that the child puts into the speaker to play select audios.  Audio options are based on specific categories: music & stories, learning, radio, podcasts, yoto daily, and make your own.  A diverse range of content is covered.  For example, music cards play anything from a tune to get a child dancing to a nursery rhyme to a modern hit.

There are distinct benefits to using Yoto with children.  The product is founded in Montessori principles, allowing children to have autonomy over what they choose and when they choose it.  The nature of this play allows for learning at an appropriate and productive level and pace.  Additionally, Yoto mitigates fears surrounding children and technology use.  Children on the internet can get anywhere in a few clicks and increasingly, it seems various devices record our words and actions.  Yoto poses none of those problems.

Since the inception of Yoto in March 2015, founders Ben and Filip have played around with various designs and tested prototypes.   Finally, they are ready to manufacture their products but need your help - contribute to the Kickstarter campaign here!

Q & A: Innovate EdTech Conference 2017

Edspace recently sat down with Jo Sayers, director of ELTjam, to hear more about the Innovate Edtech Conference they’re hosting on Saturday, 11th November.  

As the official co-working partner of the Innovate Edtech Conference, we’re happy to announce that anybody within the Edspace network can get a 50% discount to this event by using the discount code EDSPACE50.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Who is ELTjam?

We’re lots of things, but fundamentally we help organisations to make more effective digital learning experiences. We have developed a methodology around Learner Experience Design (LXD) in order to help ensure that digital learning products are effective in terms of pedagogy and content as well as technology and design. We help people do this through consultancy, product development and training as well as running events that we think showcase the best of innovation in the education space. All of us are former teachers and we have a lot of experience in language education, specifically English Language Teaching (ELT), where the company began, hence the name! We also write about what we do and what interests us on the ELTjam blog.

Why is ELTjam inspired to host a conference on edtech?

Three years ago we set up the InnovateELT conference in Barcelona and it’s been a huge success. We wanted to share innovative practice but also create a conference that was inclusive, engaging and participatory.  We feel now like it’s time to bring some of the Innovate Events magic to London – a city that, although well served for EdTech events, lacks a collaborative, inclusive event that celebrates innovation in teaching and learning, whilst also being affordable for practising teachers and educators, startups and freelancers. We also want there to be more of a focus on the learner in the discussions around EdTech, so this conference is a way of highlighting that need and sharing ideas on how best to use technology in education.

How will the conference aid teachers and non-teachers alike?

We have a great selection of speakers, and a programme that looks at the area of learner experience from different angles. There are some practical sessions with classroom tips, as well as workshops to help attendees learn and develop new skills, and also bigger picture thought-leadership talks helping us get our head around what the future holds. There really is something for everyone.

What are some of the day's events that you are most excited for?

I can’t wait to hear Rose Luckin speak about Artificial and Human Intelligence, that will be a great talk. We also have a panel hosted by Sophie Bailey titled "Multiple Perspectives on Learner Experience Design", giving us the teacher and supply-side perspective on the topic; an important discussion. I’m also looking forward to the Open Space hour where there will be lots of different things that people can drop in and out of. We also have fun activities for attendees to get involved with throughout the day to encourage us all to interact in structured or unstructured ways. And then of course there’s the local food we’ve got and the party after where we can all unwind a bit!

What do you hope conference attendees take away from the day?

A better understanding of the importance of a learner-centred approach, plus some practical things that they can do in their day-to-day to help focus attention on the learner. People will also leave with an idea of the very best in innovative practice around the use of technology in education and how it will impact them, their schools, their businesses and their learners. People should also leave having met and engaged with a range of other education professionals and EdTech organisations and had a lot of fun in the process.

What advice would you give to delegates to get the most from the day?

Arrive early, stay late and get involved. There will be loads of things to do and people to interact with, so come with an open mind and learn from all the other great people who will be there, as they will from you!

Developmental and Economic Impacts of Sound Early Childhood Services

Undoubtedly, the world of education technology is an exciting one as an array of creative ideas are being actualized to improve the lives of people across the globe.  Yet, this technology is also bringing unprecedented changes and one area warranting particular inquiries is early childhood use of technology and media.

Ample research has been conducted to prove the vitality of early childhood education.  It is during these years that a foundation is set for cognitive, physical, language, motor and social-emotional development (American Academy of Pediatrics, 2016).  Face-to-Face interactions and hands-on engagement with materials by infants and toddlers are two of the most important parts of this process.  Many suggest that passive time spent in front of a screen or comparable technology has proven harmful to children - especially those under two years old as they cannot process the two-dimensional information on their own.  

Yet an element of interactivity with digital media has also proven effective.  The revered American Academy of Pediatrics recently updated their stance that no child under two years should be exposed to digital media to say that children under two may benefit from some exposure to digital media, provided there is an adult to guide them through and interact with them.

Evidence suggests that investment in early childhood is worth a lot.  In terms of traditional early childhood education programs, economist and Nobel laureate James Heckman has effectively demonstrated that high quality early childhood programs for disadvantaged children can have a 13% return of investment (The Heckman Equation).  According to his research, “early childhood education fosters cognitive skills along with attentiveness, motivation, self-control and sociability—the character skills that turn knowledge into know-how and people into productive citizens.”

The presence of technology is going nowhere and today’s children will know its influence in a way we cannot imagine.  Products targeted at infants and toddlers have the potential to benefit society and the economy in an unlimited number of ways, so long as they are built considering the importance and nature of human development at that early stage of life.

Edspace to partner with Innovate EdTech Conference 2017

Edspace is proud to be the coworking partner for the Innovate EdTech Conference 2017 hosted by ELTjam.  

The one day conference will take place on Saturday 11th November 2017 at Here East on the Loughborough University London campus.  

Focusing on “The Rise of Learner Experience”, the day will include both workshops and talks focusing on how technology can aid learners.

As a coworking partner of the event, Edspace is delighted to offer any body attending the conference free hot desking and use of our space between 9am - 5pm from Wednesday 8th November to Wednesday 15th November.

We’re fast becoming the hub for education innovation in the UK and would love for anyone attending the conference to come in and benefit from our amazing co-working space in the heart of Tech City. It would also be a great opportunity for you to network with our community of over 65 education innovators.

All you have to do is sign up to for the days you wish to stop by by registering your details here.  

Find more information and buy tickets for the event at https://innovateevents.com/.  

The Story Behind MAMA.codes

 Liane Katz

Liane Katz

mama.codes is a London, UK based #edtech startup that introduces children to computer programming, it launched in 2016 and has recently expanded its services to Hong Kong with local partner Creative Coding Kids. In an interview last week, we took some time to talk to Liane Katz co-founder of mama.codes, to understand more about the the company.

How did MAMA.Codes originally start?

Liane worked in digital industries for 15 years and realised she wanted the younger generation to learn how to code, especially her daughter. Liane explains,

“I was worried my daughter might miss out on this vital 21st century skill.”

So along with two other London mums with digital backgrounds including coding, the group set about solving that problem.  The group came up with a programme of innovative, engaging and sequence based projects that families could code together using the free ScratchJr coding app, developed by MIT in Boston. She adds,

“We ran popular “parent hacks” based in people’s homes where we demystified coding for parents and talked about how they could support their kids’ learning in this new area.  Then, with input from partner schools and educator Sway Grantham - who has created her own coding curriculum - we have developed our latest school curriculum packs for 3-5 year olds and 5-7 year olds,” adds Liane.

It wasn’t surprising to discover that Liane’s passion is directly related to her profession, when asked what gets her out of bed every morning Liane explains,

“I want to make a difference by re-shaping coding education. I want it to be more widely accessible: being in the 21st century this is a skill ALL our kids need to be learning. We won’t manage to close the UK’s £63 billion a year digital skills gap by only appealing to the same narrow stereotypes.”

Where do you see the company in 5 years?

In terms of sustainable growth, Liane is optimistic about mama.codes’ potential. The company is increasing its network of local code clubs and holiday camps in London with efforts to expand nationally; there are also plans for a family subscription product. Liane adds,

“I want to make mama.codes a mainstream brand, for a family to turn to for educational activities and also for schools to use on a global scale. It’s important to redefine what people think coding is and what a coder looks like.”

What kind of person is needed to succeed at mama.codes?

Are you looking into working at mama.codes? Liane provides a detailed list of the ideal employee,

“When I’m looking to hire, I always search for someone who is dynamic, dedicated, creative, passionate, self-starting and efficient. We are currently looking to hire a sales & marketing manager and will be recruiting an additional 15 reps by the end of the year to run code clubs and holiday camps in their local area.”

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Guest Post: The Influence of Technological Advancements on Industry

The influence of technological advancements on industry

Technological advancements have influenced the evolution of many industries over time and have had many effects on how we live and work. There are continued debates to whether technology improves or worsens our way of life and the world that we live in. Technological progressions have created efficiency and benefited many industries and lives, but some also argue that technology alienates people and is a cost to our environment.

Technology: Providing innovative solutions to challenging problems

There are many companies that are using science and technology to make the world a better place. Singularity University Global Summit brought together organisations, which are solving the world’s most pressing challenges. These challenges include the supporting of: disaster resilience, the environment, health and learning. Solving these challenges means ensuring basic needs are met for all people. It means improving quality of life and mitigating future risks both to people and our planet.

To name a few of these innovative companies, LuminAid make portable lanterns that can provide 24 hours of lights on 10 hours of solar charging, aiding disaster resilience during the dangerous nights after natural disasters strike. Although much is said against technology and the environment, technology has also been developed to help our environment as well. BreezeMeter uses big data and machine learning to deliver accurate air quality information in real time. In the health industry, surveillance tools for identifying infectious diseases have been developed by Unima, to allow professionals to diagnose diseases at the point of care. Technology can also aid our learning. Iris.AI is an artificial intelligence system that reads scientific paper abstracts and extracts key concepts and allows users to navigate to topics across disciplines.

Technology and the education industry

Delving deeper into some of the industries, education technology is also advancing. Schools around the world are using new software to personalise learning. In some schools, pupils have playlists instead of textbooks, which they use to access online lessons and take tests. The software assesses children’s progress, lightening teachers’ marking load. However, by 2012 there was one computer for every two pupils in several rich countries. Concerns have been raised that if handled poorly, devices can actually distract children from learning. A Portuguese study from 2010 found that schools with slow broadband and a ban on sites such as YouTube had better results than high-tech schools.

Technology and the real estate industry

Technology is also changing the real estate industry and the way people look for new houses. Potential buyers are using mobile apps and search engines to search for house listings before ever reaching out to real estate agents. They are expecting to find high quality photos, virtual tours and drone footage, while searching for homes online. The house could potentially be their dream home. However, if a house isn’t shown to its best effect online, viewers will not click and therefore never view the house in person. This is a huge challenge for real estate firms, and it is crucial they stay up to date with new technology to remain competitive. PropTech, which aims to innovate the way the real estate industry works, will be able to lower the cost of doing business, while improving productivity for everyone involved. Find out more about PropTech in the real estate industry here.

The nature of how we work is changing

In all of these industries, technology is changing how and where we work. Cloud based technology, the Internet, Email, online file storage and streaming media allows workers to be anywhere at anytime and allows businesses to continue to operate effectively wherever their workers are in the world. People can work efficiently from home and stop their long commutes or from co-working spaces. In turn, these shared workspaces are often sustainable and environmentally friendly, where people from different industries can come together to share different ideas.

These spaces can also place focus on bringing people together specifically from the same industries, which have similar interests. In the EdTech industry for example, these collaborative spaces allow people from education organisations, startups and entrepreneurs to learn from and inspire one another. These spaces act as a place outwith the independent company office for a growing community of people to come together and help transform an industry – made easier and more efficient through technology. The role of technology is impacting many different industries and the way in which we live and work – both positively and negatively. However, as discussed, it is often the key to providing industries with new and innovative solutions to challenging problems.


Author: Fiona Murray is a 25-year-old MSc Digital Marketing student and Honours Business Management graduate from Scotland. An enthusiast of all things digital and travel related, Fiona has experience living and working in the UK,USA and Asia, and has traveled extensively in order to further her experience of other cultures. Find out more about her on LinkedIn.

Edspace shortlisted in 2017 London Venue Awards!

Edspace is delighted to announce that we have been shortlisted in the prestigious London Venue Awards for the 'Best Unusual or Unique Venue'.

Edspace is featured among some of London's most iconic venues, including the Natural History Museum, Wembley Stadium and The View from The Shard.  What's more, we are hugely proud to be the only co-working space in our category.

As co-working continues to grow in popularity Edspace are proud to be recognised as a extraordinary space.  Edspace certainly is truly unique venue; the UK's only co-working and events space dedicated to innovating in education, learning and development. Based in the leafy campus of Hackney College our community has created a versatile space for concentration, collaboration or contemplation.

Important News…Private Offices now at Edspace!

Edspace is expanding!

Edspace, the UK’s only coworking space dedicated to education innovators has acquired new office space.

Alongside our existing open-plan coworking hub Edspace are now able to offer private offices to larger companies.  A perfect opportunity for anyone wishing to be part of the ever growing Edspace Network but also looking to occupy a private space to call home. 

Get all the benefits of the existing space with the additional flexibility to create your own office culture and office setup.  

  • Part of a wonderfully managed innovation hub
  • Be involved in the startup community at Edspace
  • Free fruit and breakfasts on Thursdays
  • Access to printing and meeting rooms
  • Outside gardens and grounds at your disposal
  • Onsite cafeteria and gym

 We have two rooms that are 40m² which would be a great home for 6 – 12 people, and one 68m² room that would comfortably fit up to 18 people!

If you are interested please get in touch by emailing info@edspace.io

Boston Bound: Edspace & LearnLaunch Global Partnership

Edspace members will now have access to coworking offices in the fantastic city of Boston.  The new partnership with LearnLaunch offers Edspace members the chance to further their footprint in the US and follows the existing partnership with Betahaus in Germany announced last year.

LearnLaunch is dedicated to connecting, supporting and investing in the education technology ecosystem to drive innovation and transform learning.  Their education innovation ecosystem mobilizes educators, entrepreneurs, learners, investors, and industry affiliates. They offer learning opportunities, support services, an accelerator fund and a school pilot network.

The partnership offers great synergies and offers a new opportunity for ambitious Edspace members looking to expand across the pond, or to network with those in the Boston area, by providing access to the LearnLaunch co-working space.  It also gives members the opportunity to work closely and talk to similar American companies that carry the same ambition, type of target market and industry interests, meaning Edspace members traveling to the home of clam chowder and baked beans can network with people who can make a real difference to their business.

If you are interested in finding out more please email info@edspace.io

EasyPeasy partnering with Educational Endowment Foundation

EasyPeasy is an educational app designed to help families learn through play at home. Intended for children aged 2-5, the app sends game ideas, tips, and advice to parents through short video clips to help children build the skills they need to succeed at school and life.

In 2016, the University of Oxford and Sutton Trust conducted a study of EasyPeasy and its effects on both parents and children. Results showed that use of EasyPeasy improved children's cognitive self-regulation and parent's comfort with discipline and boundaries.

Building on these positive results, the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) is sponsoring a trial (alongside the University of Durham) to further support the research into the effects of early years intervention. The new trial will look at the impact that EasyPeasy has on language and communication skills. Local authorities, nurseries and multi-academy trusts are now being sought as partners to recruit up to 8,000 families for the study.

Sir Kevan Collins, chief executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said, “EasyPeasy is an inexpensive app that encourages positive play and interaction with children at home. After early promising results, our trial will find out if this could be an effective way of improving parental engagement.” 

Founder of EasyPeasy, Jen Lexmond, said, "This is a fantastic opportunity for EasyPeasy to build on the strong results that we have already seen from our trial with the University of Oxford and reach thousands more families. We believe that every child deserves the best start in life and we would love to hear from nurseries, schools and local authorities who are interested in partnering with us.”

Jen Lexmond joined Edspace as a founder embarking on the Emerge Education Accelerator in Feb 2016. Since then, EasyPeasy has grown to a team of six working from Edspace, and also has a developer HQ in Madrid.