This time last week we were at the Paris airport, scraping together our last few Euros for REALLY expensive ham sandwiches and getting ready to roar back home. Good times in Dublin and at Web Summit, and it’s taken this long to comb through all the business cards and re-connect with the folks we met over there.

There were over 800 startups in the Alpha Village (or ‘Startup Alley’, as one investor put it). And while we couldn’t chat with all of them, we did make a point of meeting up with as many of our fellow ed-tech-ers as we could.

Today’s blog was meant to be a ‘Top 10’…but we couldn’t narrow it down- so here’s a ‘Top 17’ list for your reading and browsing pleasure. In no particular order, of course…

CLOUDPAGE  create and publish a ‘stand alone’ webpage

FRUGOTON iPad games for toddlers

GRADQUIZ helping connect university grads with top notch companies

THOUGHTBOX  creators of ‘gameful learning’ apps

GLOBED  e-learning solutions and childrens’ literature online

CAMARA using technology to improve the education of children in disadvantaged communities worldwide

EDUONGO   allows educators to create and launch their own online academy or programme and share with colleagues and students

BOOKBOON  download free eBooks and textbooks

IQPOLLS  live web-based audience response service

CHOREMONSTER  making chores fun by engaging and rewarding kids through a suite of web and mobile apps

TYROCYCLE  a social learning platform for students and professors in post secondary education

EDSPIRE  a beautiful, inspiring and award winning blog born out of the tragic loss of a child

APON   gives educators the ability to transform print materials into interactive media and repackage it as a native app, all without the aid of programmers

EXAMTIME  changing the way students learn by providing free study tools for students and teachers

CODERDOJO volunteer led, open source, global movement of free coding clubs for young people

RIFFSTATION learn guitar chords and solos from any mp3 by slowing down, isolating and looping the guitar track

In the next few posts we’ll be showcasing some of these great companies and discuss how we’d like to partner with them using ANSWERABLES! If you know of an Ed-tech startup we haven’t mentined here that is helping blaze the trail, feel free to comment below.