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The trade fair was visited by 9,442 professionals - 15% more than in 2016 - with a particularly strong showing of teachers, school administrators and management, as well as ICT coordinators from all Spanish regions

Organised by IFEMA, in hall 12 of Feria de Madrid SIMO EDUCACIÓN showcased proposals and innovative solutions to improve teaching offered by 231 companies from 18 countries

Auditoriums were packed for talks, practical workshops and, for the first time, the School Directors' Conference and the MAKERS space.

SIMO EDUCACION 2017 once again assembled the professional teaching community in a setting that continues to garner interest and offer more content, and which has established itself as a leader in technological innovation for the educational sector in our country. This is reflected in the figures of this past edition. Organized by IFEMA from 25 to 27 October, it was visited by 9,442 professionals, an increase of 15% compared to 2016, showcasing the innovations of 231 companies from 18 countries.

The scope of this event nationally has also been significant. In addition to visitors from Madrid, professionals came from all the autonomous communities, with notable contingents from Valencia, Andalusia, Castile-La Mancha and Catalonia, in that order.

International turnout accounted for almost 2% of all visitors, the bulk of which was made up of Latin American professionals, with 42% of all international visitors this edition.

With regard to the visitor profile, broken down by activity, the results show that 30% of visitors were teachers, 23% were school directors and administrators, 15% were ICT coordinators, 15% were ICT professionals and manufacturers, 13% were students, and 4% were representatives from Public Administrations.

The proposals showcased at SIMO EDUCACIÓN captured the attention of professionals from all types of educational institutions. Notably, 38% of visitors came from public schools, 29% from charter schools, and 33% from private schools.

In addition to the proposals from leading brands in the field of technological innovation, publishing groups, school technology distributors, as well as educational content and management platforms, among many other participants, another significant point of interest was the numerous activities organised at this edition, with the participation of more than 200 domestic and international speakers, and the presentation of 30 ICT experiences, undertaken in many different Spanish schools. These activities filled the auditoriums of SIMO EDUCACIÓN for three days.

This edition also featured, with resounding success in terms of participation, practical workshops on programming, robotics, the educational use of drones, inclusive education, service-learning, virtual reality, big data in education, yoga and mindfulness in the classroom, gamification, etc., and, for the first time, the School Directors' Conference entitled “Administration, a key driving force in the educational transformation of the school”, as well as the MAKERS space, which offered teachers a practical opportunity to discover the potential of ‘maker’ activities within the classroom, as well as the key role that technologies play in this process.

Also participating in the SIMO EDUCACIÓN programme were the Boards of Education of Canarias, Castile–La Mancha, Castile and León, Extremadura, and Madrid, as well as the Technological Modernisation Agency of the Xunta de Galicia – AMTEGA, the National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training (INTEF), Crue Spanish Universities, National Catholic Schools and Catholic Schools of Madrid, the Madri+d Foundation, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Additionally, SIMO EDUCACIÓN issued its Innovation Awards to the most cutting-edge ICT projects, presented a selection of eight start-ups and innovative technological projects with a variety of potential applications in the educational sector in its IMPULSO platform, and, for the first time, revealed some cutting-edge proposals of the sector in SIMO EDUCACION INNOVA.