I have looked over the Edugeek site, and for the life of me, I really can't find the answer, or at least the answer I think I need.
What does Edugeek actually do?
OK, there are the forums which for me are my biggest use of Edugeek, but surely there must be lots of other stuff going on?
After all, Edugeek is a business, is it not, making money, paying wages?
I see Edugeek works with other organisations and has commercial supporters. Is this how it makes money? What work is going on with these other organisations? Why the stand at BETT or is there a commercial interest in this? Why do businesses support Edugeek? Is Edugeek a 'portal' to connect the users to the suppliers and vice versa?
Let me get it straight, I know people behind the scenes work hard at Edugeek, that's blatantly obvious by how much went into BETT alone, but what is the daily routine? What is the aim? Was this a question asked by visitors at BETT "what do you do?" and what is the answer?
I see how Edugeek started, and what it was for, but I honestly don't know what Edugeek is all about now, where is it (or we?) going? I guess I only see the forums, I don't see what else is happening behind the scenes, so a little insight into what goes on would be good.
A genuine silly question of the day I'm afraid, please feel free to berate me.
Last edited by theeldergeek; 18th January 2010 at 03:20 PM.
I thought Edugeek supplied a place where IT professionals within education can support each other, trade ideas and generally form a united front for resources and support.
...or something like that.
I’m sure there are lots of people who can give a nice long answer to your question.
For me Edugeek is a live knowledge base.
I would say it's primarily education based and most people inc resellers will offer their input into questions posted if they feel they have had dealings in that area or had a similar problem and found and answer.
Now I pass it over to an edugeek admin who will be lurking to answer the question in more depth, including the money Shhhhh He is worth it though .
Still not got round to seeing the office at the docks
garethedmondson (19th January 2010)
Ok what does EduGeek.net do...
We are an organisation for IT support staff in education and to try and improve working lives of IT support staff in education. So from that stems the successful community in the website to providing free conferences and tech days (for example the Microsoft Tech days we have ran for members).
Our BETT presence is three fold really we run the technical help point for BETT (Something we need to make sure is more clear in future years) and then for us as org meeting you lot and also gaining new members to the community.
Then other angle is working on what we coin "National Agenda" issues so working with quangos and other orgs. Idea is when someone comes up with an idea we can say "look if you change it like this then that makes it easier to adopt for IT support staff in schools". Also got to remember that as org there are stuff we work on that never seen publicly due to legal reasons.
As for how we make money simple the adverts on site pay for it and yes contra to what people think it does pay for it and no we do not sell the database (no supplier believes us when we say we do not sell the database).
At BETT we had one director of a company tell us how much he though we could sell EduGeek.net for and and wasn't pence... (I would like to point out we are not planning on selling it)
We have a fundamental rule that is what we do is free for the members so conference and other stuff are all free for you to attend. Conferences started due to lack of free technical conferences. Again ran in holidays so people could be freed to attend. Again tech days we have ran free. The site free to access and use.
Hope that gives you some idea about us.
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Wot Russ sed!
More seriously though, we don't sell your details or spam you.
We were orgionally set up for the reasons Russ has said and as time goes on we are now becoming more of a place where the IT indusrty feels it can come and talk to you all on 'neutral' ground. Not only commerial companies who sponsor teh forums, but larger product development types who can get feedback and ideas on what your needs and requirments are, as well as correcting any existing issues. Obviously we charge for this (not a lot mind you), and this with teh advertising and sponsorships keep us going. Any excess funds we make often go back into the conferences and events as we make a large effort not to be nameless and faceless, for an online community such as ours this is very important, ask anyone who met us at BETT or at a conf.
We've sponsored EG for ages. It was my idea (no this is not a windows 7 ad, get lost! ) - so I know "why"!
We do it because edugeek is great. Honest.
We're a relatively small business. We can't afford billboards. We don't find print advertising generally cost effective. We do have a bunch of (usually) very happy customers though. This is a place where those guys can spread the word for us, and where people can get more "ad hoc" tech support. It is just brilliant. It gives me as product manager an insight into what troubles you guys, and what we need to write. It gives us a great, informal channel of communication to our customers. It gives me something to read whilst the wife is watching $celebrity_masterchef.
We'd love to see edugeek spread further afield - simply because as long as we keep our friends here happy by producing a decent filter and generally trying to be pleasant, people will say nice (truthful) things about us. We help support edugeek so it stays around, and grows.
Interestingly we are now up to 9 or 10 SmoothWall users on the site, across all departments - dev, sales, marketing, me , one of the directors, tech support...
($celebrity_masterchef = "Ice dancing wotsit" for now)
How far away is EduGeek from being a political machine? How much lobbying of the various political parties and relevent government departments goes on? Does EduGeek work at that level and if we do what sort of things are being discussed?
Also, given the membership how far away are we from being some kind of union? Is there a network, other than these forums, of job related advice and support available?
For me Edugeek is a life line knowledge base. i gained the confidence. when i was looking for job i have been reffered by an ICT Co ordinator in a job interview. Now day to day im backed by edugeek portal community when ever i need help in my professional life. This may applied to many new staters as i hope.
For me EduGeek is a place where we can share skills and experiences as we should all know that no one knows everything.
Without this how would you have to goole to find an answer and could you trust it?
Well done EduGeek and all those people who contribute to it as it makes everyones life easier.
This is the place to talk with like minded people who will have done or had the same problem as you at some point in there work life, and as such its the first place i personaly look when i have a problem i cant solve.
I was trying to gauge who they were within the industry, why they are there, where they are going and so on.
We all get something out of Edugeek at a personal level I'm sure (which is undoubtedly why 'they' exist) but I was poking my head around the 'curtain' as I wanted to know what makes the process tick when the public show is over.
Last edited by theeldergeek; 18th January 2010 at 05:04 PM.
What is Edugeek?
What is religion? What is a thought? Why do trees exist and what time is it on the other side of the universe?
Edugeek - just is!
One thing I can say that edugeek does - it grows. From a small education based IT forum to a site used by educationalists, companies, people in the health industry and into an organisation which provides conferences, training days and much more.
It will undoubtedly keep growing and becoming a more formidable force in the world of IT.
And there was me thinking it was just a website......
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