Gadget Show highlights

We use ‘gadgets’ to transform the lives of poor people across the world so we were thrilled to have been invited to appear at the Gadget Show Live 2011 – one of the UK’s biggest tech expos.

Gadget Show Live NEC 2011


Anyone who’s ever been involved in a show like this will know how much hard work goes into it but somehow, miraculously, it all comes together at the 11th hour. The Practical Action stand was no different – it was like Challenge Anneka trying to get everything done from scratch in a month but the stress was worth it!

Almost from the moment the show opened its door, it was packed. Lots of people visited our stand each day, taking great interest in the technologies we had on display. Find out more about these technologies here.

”Really glad I stumbled across you. These (technical briefs) are the best thing I’ll take home with me today.” Engineer at the Gadget Show

Gadget Show presenter Ortis Deley has recently become a Practical Action supporter and spent quite a bit of time on our stand. He even made a video with us. You can watch it here.

We asked visitors to unite and help us ‘exterminate’ poverty using the innovative use of technology. The daleks even joined our call!

Our geek glasses went down a storm with lots of kids (and big kids!). Our geek quiz was also a big hit!

Despite the flocking crowds on the Practical Action stand, we managed to slip off and see what else was on offer. The answer – lots and lots of toys!

Here are the top 5 toys from the show:

Vuzix Wrap 920 AV video glasses

Engage X-Desk

Gocycle Electric bikes

Touchscreen tablets

NVidia 3D vision

There was an overwhelming amount of gadgets, with varied prices and functions. So much choice that I found it hard to choose just one thing to buy! It made me realise that we’re lucky to have such a choice…not everyone has that luxury. How can we ensure that all of humanity can have a choice about the technology they use. We need to continue that conversation and we hope you will join us at the Geek Club, an online meet-up to talk about using technology to challenge poverty. It’s an opportunity to meet like-minded people, share ideas and learn more about our work. So why not give it a go?

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