Start-ups leading innovation charge in education sector


Start-Up Pavilion and Innovation Hub at GESS Dubai to offer schools opportunity to engage leading global edu-innovators

Dubai, United Arab Emirates; 18 February 2018 – Start-ups from across the Gulf region are leading the charge on school innovation with a full showcase of a wide range of products and solutions at GESS Dubai exhibition and conference scheduled on February 27 to March 1, 2018 at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

“Two new features this year include the Start-up Pavilion, which showcases wares geared for the education market; as well as trailblazing companies never before seen at GESS Dubai who will engage education professionals at several speed networking sessions at the Innovation Hub,” said Matt Thompson, Project Director, Tarsus F&E LLC Middle East, organisers of the GESS Dubai.

“All business indicators are up – from growth of schools to increases in student population across schools in the Middle East. These developments are opening up the market for new and innovative players who are developing cutting-edge products and solutions that will disrupt the way learning is delivered by teachers and experienced by students in classrooms throughout the region,” Thompson added.

Among the start-ups participating include Browzly, whose app aims to connect school communities to read socially while allowing readers to post book reviews and take comprehension quizzes. Browzly is an innovative social way to encourage reading whilst helping measure progress and attainment on reading levels and comprehension. Schools that sign up during GESS Dubai can have a free trial until Sep 2018.

Education 1st will be launching learning and development courses including teacher and principal licensing in the UAE. As well as providing information about TELSUAE support and training, GESS Dubai visitors can also find out about the start-up’s recruitment and consultancy services.

Bringing together Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Arabic, Kamkalima is an e-learning platform that offers a digital library aimed at improving Arabic language skills of students; while IDENTIGY will be sharing their platform that adds value for teachers and students through access management, student smart ID, cashless services, workforce management, time & attendance, student incentives/rewards and visitor management.

Another exhibitor at the start-up pavilion, Nischint for education is a dedicated device management system for schools, that easily converts any device to an education device during class hours in real time, while ensuring distraction free classrooms with inbuilt cybersecurity for students.

GESS Dubai re-affirms its support for innovation with a dedicated innovation hub that includes five sessions of speed networking, in collaboration with UK-based Innovate My School.

Kate Lewis, commercial director at Innovate My School, said: “We are delighted to bring our popular Speed Networking format to GESS Dubai. GESS is the education event of the year in the region and shines a beacon on innovative education companies from all over the globe.

“Speed Networking at conferences really is a win-win. Delegates get to experience a vast range of products and services in an engaging, timed setting; this supports them to achieve their objectives for attending the conference more effectively. Having completed 160 such events internationally, we know that Speed Networking is the ideal way for exhibitors to meet the right delegates, increasing their chances of converting them to valued customers. We look forward to working with the talented GESS team in 2018 and beyond.”

Education professionals will meet companies in these free-to-attend sessions that have been carefully selected based on the most leading-edge products in the education industry, with the aim of supporting schools to innovate in multiple areas across the curriculum. This will be through a range of areas, such as: school fitness, school information management systems (SIMS), educational videos, assessment, safeguarding, literacy, visitor admin, tutoring and much more. Interested education professionals are requested to register in advance as attendance is expected to be high, by visiting

Registration for GESS Dubai is free and may be done online at

Education professionals attending can avail of CPD certifications from the over 200 workshops happening during the three-day event which will be held at the DWTC’s Sheikh Saeed Halls.