The Cardiff-based creator of the LearnPad tablet computer, Avantis, has won a coveted EducationInvestor Technology Supplier of the Year award for its work to bring affordable, engaging and manageable Android tablet devices to the schools market (you can buy three Learnpads for the cost of two iPads). The LearnPad has also been picked as a finalist for the BETT Awards.
The company beat off competition from European Electronique, Joskos Solutions, Promethean and Steljes to take the award (see "iPad rival with better price and flexibility - LearnPad 2").
The awards were presented at the Hilton, Park Lane, on November 15, and judges included Ray Barker, former director of BESA, Tim Byles, former chief executive of Partnerships for Schools, Jack Salter, head of commercial policy with the Department for Education, Air Commodore Martin Doel OBE, chief executive of the Association of Colleges, and James Fothergill, head of education and skills at the CBI. They said they recognised the unique development of the LearnPad to meet the education sector’s needs in terms of learning content, networking and cost.
The awards are run by EducationInvestor to "promote excellence and recognise innovation in the education sector, a sector that is acknowledged for its global technology leadership".
Nik Tuson, managing director at Avantis said, “Winning the award that is judged by such respected stakeholders within the education sector gives me immense satisfaction. Working within a cluttered market of tablet devices, we designed the LearnPad to be uniquely and perfectly aligned to the classroom’s needs – we know it is a fantastic product but it’s great to know that the sector agrees.”