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CloserStill acquires learning technology conference

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CloserStill Media has acquired the assets of technology education conference player Learning Without Frontiers.

As part of the deal, Learning Without Frontiers founder Graham Brown-Martin has become a shareholder and director of a new wholly-owned subsidiary of CloserStill set-up to run the conference.

CloserStill MD Andy Center told EN the organiser will relocate the conference from its current home at The Brewery to run alongside the organiser’s Learning Technologies and Learning and Skills events at London Olympia from 25 to 26 January 2012.

Learning Without Frontiers was established in 2004 and focuses on the use of mobile, video game, social media, open source and other disruptive technologies to drive learning practices. The annual conference attracts more than 1,000 paid-for delegates including leaders and policy makers from the education, entertainment and technology sectors.

“People are more receptive to learning with mobile technologies as they have become a part of their everyday lives,” Center said. “This business is a glove fit with our strategy to strengthen our position in the fast-changing learning sector and to embed our events more deeply in the communities they serve. Watch this space.”

Center also praised Brown-Martin’s innovative attitude and approach to the paper-less conference as another highlight of the deal.

Brown-Martin said the fit with CloserStill was obvious from the start.

“Both organisations are disruptive in nature and prepared to challenge the status quo and entrenched thinking almost as a part of their DNA,” he said. Having CloserStill’s backing will give the event scale and strong operational support, he added.

Closerstill bought small events company Red Publishing earlier this year.

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