Mingle with industry experts at Learning Technologies Fringe Event 2016

Your chance to have informal conversation with conference speakers following day one of Learning Technologies.

Learning Technologies is arguably one of the biggest L&D events in the yearly calendar, whether it’s the paid-for conference or the free exhibition, with its many seminars and exhibitors, that you attend.

After a long day attending sessions and speaking to the many companies on show, you may feel like a relaxing drink is in order. This is where winner of the TJ Special Achievement Award 2015, Martin Couzins steps in. He is running his fourth Fringe Event after day one of Learning Technologies, and we are all invited.

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Martin Couzins, founder of Learn Patch, a learning and development media start-up, which shares new thinking both on and offline, started the fringe event because he likes, “to try out new things and have more informal conversation with people that you may not have seen in the main conference.”

He added: “Everyone is at a massive event for two days, can I do something at the end of day one, a drink with a purpose?”

The event located in The Cumberland Arms pub, a few moments’ walk from the Learning Technologies event in London, runs for just an hour with a number of the conference speakers from the show. Each speaker will have 15 minutes at a table for informal conversation with whomever attends. In previous years, it has been an enjoyable, loud, busy affair, with learning and laughs at the end of a long day. Often people, including the speakers, stay longer than the event and enjoy the camaraderie and conversation later into the night.

This year there is a “Stateside” theme as the four speakers are American: Cathy Moore, who developed the Action Mapping model of designing training; David Kelly, VP and Executive Director of the eLearning Guild; Shannon Tipton, owner of Learning Revels Performance Consultancy; and Aaron E. Silvers, who is known best for his xAPI work.

“It’s amazing that these people, and previous fringe event speakers, are so generous!” Martin goes on to comment, “In the last four years, there’s not been a proliferation of these events. It feels like I’m doing something other people aren’t. It’s very difficult to chat to people on a stage. This is free, you don’t have to be at the conference and it’s a chance to meet people you wouldn’t normally get to see if you couldn’t afford the conference. It’s a fun, informal conversation, and L&D need to be doing more of that,” said Couzins.

You can get a free ticket and the details for the fringe event here: Eventbrite.


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