Posts Tagged ‘ScotlandIS’

CodeClan scoops ‘Best Education Provider’ at coveted Digital Technology Awards

Friday, April 28th, 2017

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CodeClan’s ground breaking programming course has seen the academy lift the gong for ‘Best Education Provider’ at this year’s ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards, beating off strong competition.

The award, which is CodeClan’s first official award win, was given to the academy in recognition of its work to help close Scotland’s digital skills gap. Since its launch in October 2015, CodeClan has trained over 180 students and the judges praised the academy’s implementation and its increasing impact in helping to address the industry skills requirements. (more…)

North of Scotland students lift coveted awards

Friday, October 7th, 2016

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An exceptional student from Robert Gordon’s University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2016. Stuart Whitehead won first prize for an innovative project developing a software platform for internet of things (IoT) applications. The judge considered the project to be outstanding.
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Digital tech industry to think big, move fast at ScotSoft

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016

 

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Key players in Scotland’s digital technologies industry will gather in Edinburgh tomorrow (Thursday 6 October) to ask what it takes to build a global business and stay agile while scaling for growth.

The issues will be debated as part of the Global Forum at this year’s ScotSoft conference. Two panels of experts will answer questions and share advice, encouragement and their personal war stories with the audience of CEOs and decision makers at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.
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Digital Xtra opens new round of funding for extracurricular computing projects

Monday, October 3rd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and awarded £250,000 to 12 projects, which expect to reach a combined total of 10,500 young people across the country by March 2017. An additional £150,000 has now been made available in response to the high number of applications received for the first round of funding.

Applications open today (3 October) via Public Contracts Scotland and eligible organisations can bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Funding is intended to support enterprising organisations that give young people aged 16 and under opportunities to learn computer science related digital skills and contribute to widening the provision of extracurricular computing science related activities across Scotland.
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Cyber security on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh

Monday, September 26th, 2016

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Internationally renowned cyber-security expert, Troy Hunt, has been unveiled by ScotlandIS as a keynote speaker at this year’s ScotSoft developers conference.

In his keynote speech the Australian based web security expert, Microsoft regional director and MVP will be drawing on his years of experience running the ethical data breach service ‘have I been pwned’,.

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Hunt will look at what motivates attackers to dump data publicly, how it is sold, traded and redistributed and why. He will also share his experiences of interacting with the people attacking the systems, those who have been impacted and law enforcement agencies.
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New funding opportunity with Digital Xtra coming soon

Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

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Scotland’s Digital Xtra Fund is to make an additional £150,000 available to support computing science and digital skills focused extracurricular activities for 2016/17.

Applications will open in early October and eligible organisations will be able to bid for grants from £1500 to a maximum £25000 per project.

The Digital Xtra Fund launched in May 2016 and is part of a wider programme of activity dedicated to developing digital skills and making extracurricular computing science activities available to all young people aged 16 and under, whatever their background and wherever they live in Scotland.
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Tackle Brexit inertia head on with positive action, says digital tech sector

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies industry, is calling for policy makers to take action in five key areas to limit any negative impact caused by the decision to leave the European Union.

Its five strategic priorities are access to markets, people, productivity, research and academia, and regulations. The call for action comes after a ScotlandIS member consultation found the majority of respondents are concerned about the impact of the EU referendum result, with three quarters predicting it will negatively impact access to skilled staff, sales, and customer confidence.

On exports 62 per cent said that they anticipate a negative impact on their ability to increase sales overseas, and 22 per cent would consider relocating their business. Respondents were split on the question of their ability to attract growth capital, with 53 per cent expecting a negative impact compared with 47 per cent predicting no change or a positive impact.
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Scottish digital technologies trade body achieves a national first

Wednesday, June 15th, 2016

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technologies sector, has become the first organisation in Scotland and one of a handful in the UK to be accredited by a European scheme which recognises excellence in cluster management.

Initiated by the European Commission Directorate for Enterprise and Industry, the European Cluster Excellence Initiative awards a benchmark to cluster management organisations, such as trade bodies, that are striving for excellence, adding value and fostering close industry relationships for their members.

With encouragement and support from Scottish Enterprise, ScotlandIS completed a detailed interview process to successfully achieve the bronze award and become the only creative industries trade body in the UK to be accredited.

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ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year

Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

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The leading event in the Scottish tech calendar will be bigger than ever this year as it returns with a ramped up strand for developers.

ScotSoft, hosted by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS, will bring together more than 1000 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh on 6 October. This year, its Developers Conference will run for a full day thanks to its popularity in 2015.

Speakers at the Developers Conference will include Sam Ramji, CEO, Cloud Foundry, and Mario Viviani, Amazon’s resident technology evangelist. The day also includes speakers from Administrate, xDesign, PwC, TCS, Dogfish Mobile, BEMO, Skyscanner, The Data Lab, FanDuel and more.
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Sixth ScotlandIS annual awards honour Scotland’s digital stars

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry, has announced the winners of the sixth annual Digital Technology Awards at a sell out ceremony at Glasgow’s Old Fruitmarket.

The highlight of the night, the awards for Digital Technology Business of the Year, were shared by four companies. The Large Digital Tech Business of the Year trophy went to Skyscanner. The Edinburgh headquartered travel search business was recognised for its continued innovation, development of new products and its exceptional worldwide expansion.
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Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

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• Record number of entries – 50% increase in entries on 2015
• 15 categories including 3 new awards for 2016
• Award ceremony – 20th April, Old Fruitmarket, Glasgow

ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry, has released the shortlist for the hotly contested 2016 Digital Technology Awards.

The awards, now in their sixth year, celebrate the talent and ideas abundant in Scotland’s world-class digital technologies industry. This year the awards received a record number of entries, reflecting the health of the sector.
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Tech body calls for focus on growth in Scottish Parliament Election 2016 manifesto

Friday, February 19th, 2016

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ScotlandIS is calling on all political parties to focus on fostering growth in the digital technologies sector as it launches its manifesto ahead of the Scottish Parliament election.

Describing the sector as ‘the invisible industry that is changing the world’, the trade body says that better connectivity for every citizen, a workforce equipped for the future and greater digital inclusion will help Scotland to achieve its potential as a digital nation. It also highlights three significant opportunities for growth: exports, data science, and cybersecurity.
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Scotland’s Digital Technology Oscars Open for Entries

Tuesday, January 5th, 2016

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The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2016 are now open for entries with a hat trick of new categories up for grabs.

A new ‘CEO of the year’ award has been introduced for 2016 to recognise the exceptional role played by CEO’s in delivering the vision, growth and profitability for their companies and their contribution to the Scottish economy.

Meanwhile, a new ‘Education provider/training programme’ gong will highlight and celebrate the work being done throughout Scotland to incubate the digital technology skills that the industry needs to continue growing. (more…)

CodeClan appoints Polly Purvis as first Chair

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

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One of the leading figures in the Scottish digital technologies industry has been appointed Chair of CodeClan, Scotland’s first digital skills academy.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of trade body ScotlandIS, which works on behalf of its members in the digital technologies sector, will bring more than 15 years of industry experience to the board as CodeClan’s first Chair.

Purvis was one of the project team behind the creation of CodeClan, working to meet aggressive time targets to attract its first students, and she will continue to play an active role in determining its future direction.

CodeClan is home to a welcoming, active and inspiring community, bound together with a shared goal of producing talented, work ready people hungry for a career in digital. (more…)

ScotlandIS appoints North East Scotland representative Allan Sutherland

Monday, November 30th, 2015

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry, has announced the appointment of Allan Sutherland, as its Grampian Co-ordinator.

Sutherland will play a key role in promoting and lobbying on behalf of the digital technology sector in the North East and Aberdeen. Home to tech success stories including Internet for Business, Codify and Inoapps, amongst many others, the industry is continuing to raise its profile and importance to the Scottish economy, in the North East

In 2014 Aberdeen and the North East is estimated to have contributed 12% to Scotland’s GDP, a figure which is predicted to increase in 2015. The region is one of the top 20 in Europe for value of economic output per head of population. The ScotlandIS Grampian Co-ordinator role was created in response to the growing importance of the area’s digital technologies sector and to provide a northern representative for its members.
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ScotlandIS awards CodeClan Scholarship

Friday, October 30th, 2015

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ScotlandIS today announced the award of its CodeClan scholarship to Michael MacLeod, a freelance journalist and former TV producer.

CodeClan is Scotland’s first digital skills academy and the ScotlandIS Scholarship was set up to fund one outstanding applicant through the academy’s ground-breaking coding course.

There was fierce competition for the award, which aims to increase access to the CodeClan CX3 course. It was open to applicants who had not been to university and had not worked in an IT or software career to date.

Before winning the scholarship, Michael had an interest in coding and taught himself the basics whilst working as a journalist. He made the decision to leave his full time job to pursue this further.

Commenting on the news, Michael said: “I am delighted to have won this scholarship and to have a place at CodeClan. I’m really looking forward to the intensive learning ahead. I see coding as a force for good and a means of vastly expanding my horizons after I graduate from the course.”
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Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards 2015 – Abertay University undergraduate lifts coveted award

Friday, September 18th, 2015

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A student from Abertay University has been named Young Software Engineer of the Year 2015. Peeter Parna won first prize for an outstanding project combining fluid dynamics, gaming and advanced programming. This is the first time a student from Abertay has won this coveted award.

Second place went to Marija Pinkute, a University of Edinburgh student whose project is aimed at the automatic generation of Tweet messages for news articles. Third place was won by Damien Anderson, from the University of Strathclyde, for his project on generalised Video Game playing.

The Lockheed Martin Software Engineering Project Award went to Archibald ‘Sam’ Elliot, from the University of St Andrews, for developing a concurrency system for Idris and Erlang.
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ScotlandIS calls on Scottish digital tech industry to ‘think big’ as ScotSoft 2015 gets underway

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

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Audiences at today’s ScotSoft conference for the digital technologies industry will be urged to ‘think big’ to help shape the future success of the sector in Scotland.

Organised by industry trade body ScotlandIS, the event will bring together over 350 CTOs and decision makers in the private and public sectors for its annual Global Forum in Edinburgh.

ScotSoft is an opportunity for business leaders and senior managers to escape day-to-day concerns, hear new ideas and discuss opportunities with their peers. United under the theme ‘Think Big,’ four industry leaders from the US and Europe will cover topics as diverse as intrapreneurialism – fostering a culture of innovation and ideas within an existing organisation – and the importance of improving research and development.

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Digital Skills Academy to Launch SIMUL8 Scholarship

Monday, August 31st, 2015

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CodeClan, Scotland’s first digital skills academy, has today announced an exclusive scholarship to fund one outstanding applicant through its first ground-breaking coding course.

Known as the SIMUL8 Scholarship, the bursary will be fully funded by Scottish software company, SIMUL8 Corporation, which is keen to support CodeClan’s drive to get more coders into the workplace.

With the aim of producing 20 work-ready software developers after every 16-week course, CodeClan’s graduates will help bridge the significant digital skills gap in Scotland. Forecasts suggest Scotland alone could offer up to 11,000 job opportunities a year in the digital sector, rising by 2000 every year.

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ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

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Developers will be centre stage at ScotSoft 2015 thanks to a new strand dedicated to all things technical.

ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technology sector, will host its 18th annual conference at Edinburgh’s Sheraton Grand Hotel on 17 September 2015. For the first time, a specialist Developers Conference will bring together over 300 of the country’s brilliant, creative and inquisitive developers, inviting them to explore the unexplored.

The three key themes of the Developers Conference are Inspire, Learn, and Play, with speakers addressing topics as diverse as big data and developing cognitive applications.

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CodeClan Scotland’s first digital software skills academy to open its doors in September

Saturday, July 11th, 2015

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An ambitious plan to create Scotland’s first dedicated software skills academy is revealed today. Its aim is to produce wave after wave of software developers ready for work every 10 weeks, with the first cohort graduating in February 2016.

CodeClan, a coding school for web and mobile software development, is based on the success of the new breed of immersive academies around the world including Flatiron School in New York, Makers in London and Stackademy in Berlin.

The aim is to create a new generation of software developers that will allow Scotland’s vibrant digital sector to flourish and drive the economy. CodeClan will draw on an untapped resource of talented individuals who have an aptitude for coding but need a route into the industry.

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FanDuel Four Time Winners as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

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ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technologies industry, today announced the winners of the fifth annual Digital Technology Awards.

The cream of Scotland’s digital technology companies attended the sold out event at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on 18 June, which celebrated the continuing success of the sector.

The big winners on the night were FanDuel who scooped four awards including the much-coveted Digital Technology Business of the Year gong, beating off competition from Edge Testing Solutions, Kotikan and Cooper Software to do so.

FanDuel were recognised for their exponential growth and success since starting in 2009. The Edinburgh based online fantasy sports technology business, which trades largely in North America, now has 225 employees in Scotland and the US. FanDuel also took the prize for Best B2C Technology Product/Service and Investment Deal of the Year, and were joint winners in the Outstanding Marketing Performance by a Tech company on the night.

Polly Purvis, Lesley Eccles and FanDuel team

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Digital Technology Award Entries Reflect Bouyancy of Scottish Digital Technologies Sector

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

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Scotland has a thriving digital technologies industry, which is predicted to enjoy strong growth again this year. This vibrancy is reflected in the record number of entries received for the DigiTech Awards 2015 and the finalists are announced below, with well-known names and promising start-ups included in the shortlist.

ScotlandIS, the trade association championing the digital technologies industry are organisers of the awards. Delighted with the increased response to this year’s call for applications, Polly Purvis CEO of ScotlandIS, said: “Scotland’s digital technologies industry continues to grow year on year. Our latest industry survey findings show that nearly 87% of technology companies anticipate growth this coming year, with over 65% advising they are forecasting growth of over 10%. A buoyant industry in a buoyant mood indeed.”

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Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015

Monday, May 11th, 2015

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New research from ScotlandIS is forecasting strong growth for the digital technologies industry in Scotland, with 83% of organisations planning to increase staff numbers and 86% of businesses expecting sales to rise in the coming year.

And there is good news for computer science students approaching their final exams, with high demand for graduates and 74% of organisations expecting to recruit in 2015.

The annual survey of 150 organisations, carried out on behalf of ScotlandIS by Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, also found that Scottish businesses are undertaking a significant amount of international activity, with Europe, USA and Canada seen as the most attractive overseas markets for the second year running.

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Scotland’s Rising Tech Stars Recognised

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Recognising a range of exciting Scottish companies pushing the boundaries in digital technologies, the 2014 Digital Technology Awards were announced yesterday. Contributing £4bn in GVA to the economy, some 80,000 people work in Scotland’s digital technologies industry, which is increasingly contributing to export revenues. The awards, organised by trade body ScotlandIS, feature nine categories.

The Best New Product or Service Award category was won by DeltaDNA, formerly Games Analytics. The judges considered their new product, revolutionising the way games publishers interact with their players, has significant global market potential.

StormID were awarded the Public Services Innovation Award for their ground-breaking “Council Toolkit” which allows local councils to rapidly and efficiently build responsive public services websites.

The Digital Agency of the Year Award went to Glasgow-based digital studio ScreenMedia, who impressed the judges for re-investing profits from a successful fitness app to develop their mobile technology and design prowess, building on an already remarkable client portfolio.
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One Father of the Internet, 250 Teenagers and 40 Women on a Roof. Just Another Day in the Life of Hot Tin Roof.

Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

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Last month, we landed the job of handling the PR for one of the biggest events in Scotland’s tech calendar, ScotlandIS ScotSoft.

With the Father of the Internet and four of Silicon Valley’s most powerful female entrepreneurs on the line-up, this was going to be big!

The Hot Tin Roof phones rang off the hook with requests for interviews in the run up to the event.  And with only two interview slots to offer, this is probably the first and last time I will ever have to say ‘sorry, no can do’ to BBC Newsnight.

The Next Web and Computer Weekly got those coveted interview slots, but we also managed to find time for the BBC to film an interview with Vint which was broadcast on Drive Time and Reporting Scotland that evening.

Scotland On Sunday and Business Quarter scooped interviews with Heidi Roizen, and the Times Educational Supplement Scotland covered the schools debate.

Women on the Roof

Scotland's female entrepreneurs on the roof of Informatic Ventures

The day itself started with 40 women on the roof of Informatic Ventures to celebrate the role of women in technology.  The Scotsman sent a photographer and we were there to chaperone the businesswomen and hold the photographers’ ladders.

After the photoshoot, we quickly grabbed a taxi to take us to the main event.  Arriving at the Sheraton Grand we rushed in to catch Vint Cerf’s school debate.

A question and answer session with 250 Scottish high school students, this was a true meeting of minds between a man in his 70s and a room full of teenagers who have never known a world without Internet.

Meanwhile back in the office it was a hive of activity as we pitched the Young Engineer of the Year press release to news desks, arranged more interviews, wired pictures to every paper in the country and jumped from one deadline to another.

And of course, after the conference was over, it was on to the awards ceremony at The National Museum of Scotland.  Vint was there again to award the Young Engineer of the Year Awards, guests appeared in all their finery and the evening went on into the wee small hours.

It was a long day, one that I am proud to have been part of, and above all it was a great team effort to make Scotsoft 2013 such a massive success.

My favourite moment?  Being retweeted by @GoogleGlass when we let slip Vint had left his own Google Glasses back in his apartment. 

Vint Cerf, Larry Cable and Heidi Roizen Speak at ScotlandIS Global Forum

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Silicon Valley comes to Edinburgh on Thursday to discuss funding growth and scaling fast with the leaders of Scotland’s digital technology sector.

Assembled by ScotlandIS, the trade body for Scotland’s digital technology industry, the lineup for this year’s ScotSoft is stellar.

From the US comes Google VP Vint Cerf, a man credited with co-founding the internet; Larry Cable, chief architect of Salesforce and four of San Francisco’s most powerful female investors and entrepreneurs: Heidi Roizen, Karen White, Ann Winblad and Wendy Lea.

Scotland is represented by Eddie Anderson, founder of Pentech Ventures and John Innes, CEO of Amor Group with over 400 delegates expected to attend the ScotSoft Global Forum on 29 August in Edinburgh.

Polly Purvis, Executive Director of ScotlandIS comments: “Ambitious technology companies face two key challenges. How to scale the business quickly and how to fund that growth.

“We are extremely proud to bring together leading technology entrepreneurs and VCs from both sides of the Atlantic to share the experiences and lessons they have learnt at the sharp end of entrepreneurialism.“
The keynote will be delivered by the legendary Vint Cerf (70), founding father of the internet who will also meet 250 Scottish teenagers who have grown up never knowing a world without an internet.

Eight of Scotland’s brightest startups will take part in one to one mentoring sessions at Informatic Ventures with Heidi Roizen, Venture Partner, DFJ, Karen White, Chairman and CEO of Syncplicity; Ann Winblad, Co-founder and MD of Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and Wendy Lea, CEO of Get Satisfaction.

Salesforce’s Chief Software Architect Larry Cable will look to the future, exploring technology trends current and nascent in Silicon Valley looking at how companies are innovating and delivering mobile applications from the cloud, accessing big data and using open source technologies to accelerate time to market and reduce capital investment.

ScotlandIS is the trade body for Scotland’s digital technology industries. Every year its members come together at ScotSoft – a global forum for discussion and debate about the future of the digital industry and Scotland’s role in its development.

ScotlandIS in the news

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

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The trade body for the information and communications technologies (ICT) industry, ScotlandIS represents around 200 software, telecomms, IT and creative technologies businesses throughout Scotland.

ScotlandIS: some good news for the UK technologies sector in the Autumn Statement, Tech City News, 24 November 2016

Comments: Autumn Statement, Compute Scotland, 24 November 2016

Autumn Statement dissected – your take on the fiscal plan, Scotland B2B, 23 November 2016

Autumn Statement 2016: £400m of venture capital funds pumped into British Business Bank, Real Business, 23 November 2016

Autumn statement; some good news for the technologies sector, FutureScot 23 November 2016

Scots urged to match digital investment, Holyrood, 23 November 2016

Tech 100: ‘Scotland must raise its sights to become a digital world leader’, Holyrood, 24 November 2016

Radio interview with Polly Purvis ahead of Cyber Threats event, BBC Good Morning Scotland, 19 November 2016

Tech events round up, FutureScot, 14 November 2016


Measures are required to protect companies from cyber criminals
, The National, 7 November 2016

Measures are required to protect companies from cyber criminals, The National, 7 November 2016

FS Fives – Daily Tech Round Up, FutureScot, 1 November 2016

Experts to tackle digital cyber threat, Daily Business, 1 November 2016

ScotlandIS to host digital technology cyber threat event, SBNN, 1 November 2016

Top cyber experts to give talks on security breaches, The National, 1 November 2016

Top cyber experts to give talks on security breaches, The National, 1 November 2016

ScotlandIS: hosts digital cyber threat, Compute Scotland, 31 October 2016

ScotlandIS to host digital technology cyber threat event, Tech City News, 31 October 2016

Employers facing loss of crucial EU talent amid Brexit camp jingoism, The Herald, 14 October 2016

Ian McConnell: Employers facing loss of crucial EU talent amid Brexit camp jingoism, The Herald, 14 October 2016

North of Scotland students lift coveted IT awards, SBNN, 9 October 2016


Young Software Engineers
, Tech City News, 7 October 2016

Aberdeen Student named top young software engineer, The Scotsman, 7 October 2016

Crooks and kids (not scary spies paid by govt overlords) are behind most breaches, The Register, 7 October 2016

Troy Hunt Interview, Radio Forth, 6 October 2016

7 Elements Interview, Radio Forth, 6 October 2016


Digital sector urged to ‘think big and move fast’
, The Scotsman, 6 October 2016

Scotland set to tap into virtual reality revolution, The Scotsman, 6 October 2016

We need to talk about tech, BQ Live, 6 October 2016

Talks explore digital growth, The National, 6 October 2016

Russell urges cross-party talks on Brexit options, Daily Business, 12 October 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, Daily Business, 6 October 2016

o-design-will-heart-scottish-government-digital-strategy, Future Scot, 6 October 2016


‘We are on the crest of another wave of technology’
, Future Scot, 6 October 2016

We need to to talk about tech, BQ Live, 5 October 2016

Cybersecurity on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh, Tech City News, 26 September 2016

Scotsoft cyber security expert keynote, Compute Scotland, 26 September 2016

Cyber security on the agenda for ScotSoft as international expert comes to Edinburgh, SBNN, 26 September 2016

Web security expert flies in for summit, The Courier, 26 September 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, The National, 26 September 2016

Cyber risks on agenda at captial conference, The National, 26 September 2016

Scottish digital industry body urges action on negative impact of Brexit, Public Technology, 2 September 2016

Tech trade body calls for “decisive” Brexit action, FutureScot, 1 September 2016

Scottish business groups call for action after Brexit, BBC Online, 1 September 2016

Scotland’s digital sector calls for action to tackle negative impact of Brexit, Holyrood, 1 September 2016

Fifth of digital firms ‘would quit UK’ over EU vote, Daily Business, 1 September 2016

Positive action required to tackle Brexit inertia says digital tech sector, SBNN, 1 September 2016

Polly interviewed on Good Morning Scotland, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 September 2016

Technology sector calls for government action to limit impact of Brexit, The National, 1 September

Brexit ‘threatens’ digital technology, The National, 1 September 2016

Information tecnnology companies worried about access to skilled staff after Brexit vote, The Herald, 1 September 2016

Brexit will harm access to IT staff finds industry survey, The Herald, 1 September 2016


Digital sector calls for action as fears mount over Brexit
, The Scotsman, 1 September 2016

Digital sector calls for action as fears mount over Brexit, The Scotsman, 1 September 2016

Tackling Brexit fears head on with positive action, Business Quarter, 31 August 2016

Friday Fives, Future Scot, 25 August 2016

Friday Fives, Future Scot, 12 August 2016


ScotlandIS digital tech boom for the Scots
, Tech & Learning UK, 11 July 2016

FS Fives: Friday, June 24 *BREXIT SPECIAL*, Future Scot, 28 June 2016

Scottish digital technologies trade body achieves national first, SBNN, 23 June 2016

European award for ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 23 June 2016

ScotlandIS scores first with Eurppean Commision accreditation, The Herald, 23 June 2016

Scotland’s digital tech trade body wins European accreditation, The Herald, 23 June 2016

ScotlandIS awarded national first, Compute Scotland, 22 June 2016

ScotlandIS wins European accreditation, Daily Business, 22 June 2016

European accolade for digital trade body ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 22 June 2016

FS Fives: Monday, June 13, FutureScot, 13 June 2016

ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year, SBNN, 9 June 2016


Developers to get full day at Scotsoft event
, Daily Business, 9 June 2016


Sir Chris Hoy saddles up for ScotlandIS conference
, The Scotsman, 9 June 2016

Scotsoft 2016, October 6th, Compute Scotland, 9 June 2016

Facebook buyout boost, The Herald 30 May 2016

Scotlands tech sector needs young people, The Scotsman, 27 May 2016

Tech sector boss highlights ‘missed opportunity’ of cabinet reshuffle, FutureScot, 19 May 2016

Success for digital firm Calnex, Linlithgow Gazette, 29 April 2016

Why smart meters could be the future of digital innovation in Scotland, ScotlandB2B, 26 April 2016

Smart meters offer a platform for digital innovation, Building Construction, 26 April 2016

Smart meters offer platform for digital innovation, conference told, Scottish Housing News, 26 April 2016

Scotland’s digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, E-spaces, 25 April 2016

Skyscanner wins business award, The National, 23 April 2016

Edinburgh firms win big at digital industry awards, ScotlandB2B, 22 April 2016

Skyscanner named Scotland’s best large tech business, The Scotsman,22 April 2016

Scotland’s digital stars honoured at ScotlandIS annual awards, Scottish Business News, 21 April 2016

Technology toasts success at sell-out ceremony, Daily Business, 21 April 2016

Sixth ScotlandIS honour digital stars, Compute Scotland, 21 April 2016

Technology industry survey, Contractor Umbrella, 11 April 2016

How to turn Scotland into a world-leading digital nation, The Scotsman, 7 April 2016

Scottish Technology Industry Survey featured on Reporting Scotland, BBC Scotland, 1 April 2016

Polly Purvis interview Scottish Technology Industry Survey, BBC Radio Scotland, 1 April 2016

Digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, BBC News Online, 1 April 2016

Minding Scotland’s research gap, BBC News Online, 1 April 2016

Technology industry survey, The Times, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech industry optimistic for 2016 after ‘exceptional’ year, The Herald, 1 April 2016

Tech sectors boom set to continue says new report, The National, 1 April 2016

Two in three Scottish digi-tech firms increased sales in 2015, Press & Journal, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech sector ‘optimistic’ following strong 2015 year, Daily Record, 1 April 2016

Demand for digital technology talent outstripping supply, The Courier, 1 April 2016

Exceptional year for Scottish tech, BQ Live, 1 April 2016

Thriving digital sector striving to tackle skills shortage, Daily Business, 1 April 2016

Digital technologies industry reports ‘strong growth’, Santander Corporate, 1 April 2016

Strong Growth For Digital Technologies Industry, Scottish Financial Review, 1 April 2016

Scotland could create 70,000 tech jobs by 2020, Fresh Business Thinking, 1 April 2016

Fund to support digital activities for young people,The Scotsman, 1 April 2016

Fund to support digital activities for young people, Skills Development Scotland, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s tech industry optimistic for 2016 after exceptional year, SBNN, 1 April 2016

Scotland’s digital technology sector ‘thriving’ as entries flood in for awards, Holyrood, 17 March 2016

50% increase in Scotland’s digital award entries thanks to tech industry growth, SBNN, 16 March 2016

Scotland’s digital award entries up by half, Daily Business, 16 March 2016

Scotland’s digital award entries up by half thanks to tech industry growth, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 16 March 2016

ScotlandIS Awards: April, Compute Scotland, 16 March 2016

Digital firms queue up for awards as sector booms, The National, 16 March 2016

Shortlist unveiled for Scottish digital tech awards, The Scotsman, 16 March 2016

ScotlandIS chief on gender ratio in Scots technology, The Scotsman, 10 March 2016

Silicon Glen: It’s decline and why Scotland no longer needs it, The Scotsman, 10 March 2016

Future skills special, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016 edition

Science and Technology special, Scottish Business Insider, March 2016 edition

Meet the MD: Polly Purvis of ScotlandIS, Business Quarter, 8 March 2016

The Digital List – Polly Purvis and Tommy Laughlin, 24 February 2016

Interview with Polly Purvis, The Times (Future Scot), 24 February 2016

Focus: digital growth, Compute Scotland, 23 February 2016

Trade body calls for digital collaboration, ScotlandB2B, 22 February 2016

Tech body calls for digital economy focus in Scottish Parliament Election 2016 manifesto, CBR, 19 February 2016

Tech body predicts 70,000 new digital technology jobs by 202, SBNN, 19 February 2016

ScotlandIS predicts 70,000 new jobs by 2021, Business Quarter 19 February 2016

Plea to help develop invisible industry, Daily Business, 19 February 2016

Friday Business roundup, The Scotsman, 19 February 2016

Morning news bulletin, Forth One, 19 February 2016

Scottish tech body calls for focus on growth, The Herald, 19 February 2016

Government support could see 70,000 jobs created, The Scotsman, 19 February 2016

Digital sector support needed, The Courier, 19 February 2016

Digital and Tech Predictions for 2016, CodeClan, 26 January 2016

Computing sees gender imbalance in reverse, Scottish Business Insider, January 2016 edition

Major steps on road to world class digital vision, Scottish Business Insider, January 2016 edition

Awards beckon for Scotland’s digital tech firms, ScotlandB2B, 12 Janaury 2016

The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2016 are now open for entries with some new categories emerging., Compute Scotland, 8 Janaury 2016


Trio of categories added to Scottish digital tech awards
, The Scotsman, 7 January 2016

Digital technology Oscars open for entries, Innovators Mag, 7 January 2016

Scotland’s Digital Technology Oscars Open for Entries, Scottish Business News Network, 7 January 2016

Polly Purvis appointed chair of digital skills academy, Paystream, 22 December 2015

Purvis To Chair Digital Skills Academy, Scottish Financial Review, 21 December 2015

Purivs to chair skills academy CodeClan, Daily Business, 21 December 2015


ScotlandIS chief to chair CodeClan
, The Herald, 21 December 2015

Polly Purvis takes chair at digital skills academy, The Scotsman, 21 December 2015

Polly Purvis named CodeClan chair, BQ Live, 21 December 2015

Skyscanner and Fanduel sucess inspires next Scot tech superstars, The Scotsman, 10 December 2015

Mapix Technologies: Around the World in 80 Trades, BQ Live, 9 December 2015

Movers & Shakers – December 2015, BQ Live, 2 December 2015

Sutherland to head up ScotlandIS in North East, Daily Business, 30 November 2015

Boost for North East’s digital sector, Innovators Mag, 30 November 2015

Grampian digitech lobbyist, Compute Scotland, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS appoints Allan Sutherland North East representative, SBNN, 30 November 2015

New bosses appointed at Aberdeen firms, Press & Journal, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS appoints digital veteran to north-east role, The Scotsman, 30 November 2015

ScotlandIS awards first CodeClan scholarship, The Scotsman, 2 November 2015

First scholarship awarded at CodeClan, Edinburgh Reporter, 2 November 2015

How Scotland’s FIrst Coding School Plans to Help Plug the Skils Gap, Tech World, 1 October 2015

Think games not gamification,Research, 24 September 2015

ScotlandIS chief Polly Purvis on what lies in store for the tech industry, Holyrood Magazine, 24 September 2015

Dundee student is Scotland’s young engineer of the year, STV Dundee, 21 September 2015

Abertay student lifts Young Software Engineer of the Year Award 2015, Scottish Business News Network, 20 September 2015

2015 Software names to watch, Compute Scotland, 19 September 2015

Top Prize for Peeter, The Courier, 19 September 2015

Young Software Engineer of the Year Award won by Abertay student, Abertay University, 18 September 2015

Edinburgh set to host first Developers’ Conference, Scotland B2B, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS urges ‘think big’, Compute Scotland, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS calls on digital tech industry to ‘think big’, Invest Edinburgh, 17 September 2015

ScotlandIS calls on digital tech industry to ‘think big’, BQ Live, 17 September 2015

Polly Purvis on ScotSoft 2015, Forth One News, 17 September 2015

Polly Purvis on ScotSoft 2015, BBC Radio Scotland – Good Morning, 17 September 2015

Tech boss says confidence is high in Scottish industry, The herald 17 September 2015

Firms aim to be third Scots giant in Unicorn hunt, The Scotsman, 17 September 2015

ScotSoft 2015, The Scotsman, 16 September 2015

ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015, Scottish Business News, 21 August 2008

ScotlandIS plans developer event, The Scotsman, 20 August 2015

ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 19 August 2015

Edinburgh set to host first Developers’ Conference, Scotland B2B, 19 August 2015

Developers ‘to explore’ at ScotlandIS conference, Daily Business, 19 August 2015

Insider special report: Women on boards, Scottish Business Insider, 11 August 2015

FanDuel Big Winner at Digi Tech Awards, FreeNewsPos, 23 June 2015

FanDuel Wins big at didgitech awards, Wow247, 22 June 2015

FanDuel are big winners in digital awards, Invest Edinburgh, 22 June 2015

FanDuel the big winner at DigiTech Awards, The Scotsman, 22 June 2015

FanDuel is four-time winner on DigiTech night, Daily Business Group, 22 June 2015

FanDuel scoops four awards as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars, Scottish Business News Network, 20 June 2015

FanDuel four time winners as ScotlandIS honours Scotland’s digital stars, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 19 June 2015

ScotlandIS honours Scottish digital stars, Business Quarter, 19 June 2015

Digital technologies celebrate, Compute Scotland, 19 June 2015

Monday Interview: Polly Purvis, ScotlandIS, The Scotsman, 15 June 2015

ScotlandIS chief Polly Purvis confident of growth, The Scotsman, 4 June 2015

Scottish Digital Technologies Ramping Up Staff, UK Fast, 13 May 2015

Contractors with niche skills enjoy increased demand and high rates, but skills gap widens, Contractor Calculator, 15 May 2015

Shortlist Revealed for DigiTech Awards, News for Scotland, 13 May 2015

Buoyant DigiTech 2015, Compute Scotland, 13 May 2015

Old faces and rising stars in DigiTech Awards 2015 shortlist, Business Quarter, 13 May 2015

Shortlist revealed for DigiTech Awards, The Scotsman, 13 May 2015

Scottish digital technologies ramping up staff intake for 2015, Computer Weekly, 12 May 2015

Survey: Scotland’s digital sector confident on growth in 2015, Daily Record, 12 May 2015

Increased confidence among Scotland’s IT sector, survey finds, Hollyrood, 12 May 2015

Grads in demand with Scottish digital tech industry set for further growth this year, HR Review, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with IT industry set for further growth, The National, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand for Scots IT Firms, ScotBuzz 11 May 2015

Digital tech sector ‘to see strong growth in Scotland, Smart Work, 11 May 2015

Positive trends in Scottish digital industry, Business Quarter, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Onrec, 11 May 2015

Graduates in demand with Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Recruitment International UK, 11 May 2015

Scotland to see 2015 digital tech boom, Computer Business Review, 11 May 2015

Scottish digital technologies industry set for further growth in 2015, Dotrising, 11 May 2015

Scotland’s digital companies upbeat about their future, Tech World, 11 May 2015

Boom year predicted for software and IT sector, The Scotsman, 10 May 2015

Reining in Google’s rising dominance, The Herald, 19 April 2015

Who will be next stars of Digital Tech Awards?, Open Scotland Mag, 8 April 2015

Stars of Scotland’s buoyant tech sector invited to enter 2015 Digital Technology Awards, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 8 April 2015

Come all technies: with-out or in, Compute Scotland, 8 April 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 30 March 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Recruitment International UK, 30 March 2015

Scotland’s IT employability programme hits 1000 placements milestone, Onrec, 31 March 2015

IT jobs scheme marks milestone , The Herald, 30 March 2015

Tech sector leader says Scotland can think big, The Herald, 10 January 2015

Bo’ness pupils pop the question to IT giants, Linlithgow Gazette, 13 October 2014

Meet the software geniuses who look just like you, TESS, 10 October 2014

The Bottom Line: The Herald Business Diary, The herald, 9 October 2014

Glasgow Uni student scoops top undergraduate prize, STV Glasgow, 6 October 2014

Dundee Uni student hailed at Young Software Engineer of the Year awards, STV Dundee, 6 October 2014

Scotland’s skills shortage is now heading towards a crisis, BQ Live, 3 October 2014

Event to motivate teenagers into digital careers, The Herald, 3 October 2014

Too few hear about high paid digital careers, The Scotsman, 2 October 2014

Robots to replace accountants? That’s something for the future, BQ Live, 26 September 2014

Robots to replace accountants, Compute Scotland, 26 September 2014

Scottish IT sector growth threatened by skills shortage, The Drum, 04 September 2014

IT and Technology Skills Shortage, The Herald, 04 September 2014

ScotSoft 2013 – Funding Growth, RookieOven, 02 September 2013

Do we need a ‘Cyber Fire Department’?, IAmSteve, 30 August 2013

Tech pioneer Vint Cerf on the age of context and why you can’t be a citizen of the Internet, The Next Web, 30 August 2013

Internet pioneer’s hopes for Scottish IT sector, Herald Scotland, 30 August 2013

Vint Cerf, Larry Cable and Heidi Roizen speak at ScotlandIS global forum, Edinburgh Science Triangle, 28 August 2013

Google internet pioneer at Edinburgh event, Herald Scotland, 28 August 2013

ScotSoft: Scale and fund?, Compute Scotland, 27 August 2013

Scotland’s entrepreneurs urged to ‘think global’, Scotsman, 25 August 2013

Vint Cerf: The internet and 40 years of openness, Computer Weekly, 22 August 2013
Iomart Group Plc : Wins for Outstanding Business Growth at Digital Technology Awards, 4-Traders, 21 June 2013

Amor wins top title at Digital Awards, Business Insider, 21 June 2013

US tech outfit expands Scots base as the IT sector carries on growing, Scotsman, 21 June 2013

Investment strategy aims to tackle IT skills shortage, Scotsman, 16 June 2013

Growth in IT sector held back by skills shortages, Herald Scotland, 3 April 2013

Scotts IT firms recruit abroad in ‘skills crisis’, Scotsman, 3 April 2013

Warning over skills gap in computing, BBC News, 3 April 2013

Scottish IT and digital businesses look elsewhere due to skills shortage, Computer Weekly.com, 3 April 2013

Scotland short of IT skills, Techradar.com, 3April 2013

Summer jobs – surprisingly worth it, Engineering and Technology, 18 May 2012

IT companies urged to take on paid interns, The Scotsman, 13 May 2012

New initiative launched for IT interns,The Journal, 26 April 2012

Scotland debuts ‘Lets Get Paid’ IT scheme for students, Net Imperative, 11 April 2012

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, HR Review, 11 April 2012

Student IT paid work placements, Compute Scotland, 08 April 2012

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme, Micro Scope, 04 April 2012

Data Centre Power Efficiency Critical To Scotland’s Economic Future

Friday, March 1st, 2013
Half-day seminar in Edinburgh will focus on ‘future-proofing’ Scottish data centres against risingenergy costs and power outages.

Rising energy costs and the increasing prospect of regular power outages pose major threats to thehealth of Scotland’s data centres, including those of critical public sector organisations, according tothe organisers of Data Centre Scotland 2013.

A half-day seminar in Edinburgh on 6 March, the event will draw together Scotland’s data centreprofessionals for a series of keynote presentations and breakout sessions focused on providingstrategic insight and practical advice on how to make data centres of all sizes energy efficient.

Hosted by RMD Power and Cooling in partnership with ScotlandIS and APC by Schneider Electric, theseminar will provide expertise on how to create a 21st century data centre that is legally compliant,cost-effective and energy-efficient.

Gavin Maxwell, MD, RMD Power and Cooling, says: “As modern life becomes ever more dependenton data centres, energy consumption has become an increasingly important economic, social andpolitical issue for data centre professionals.”
“Powering the data centre has also become an environmental and corporate responsibility issue: Inrecent months alone, Microsoft has committed to go carbon neutral at its data centres, Facebookhas announced that it will only use renewable energy when building new data centres and Googlehas also pledged to move away from coal powered data centres.”

“Set against a backdrop of rising energy prices and the increasing prospect of regular power outagesin the future, it’s clear that those managing data centres in Scotland are facing a number of majorbusiness challenges. This event explores practical ways to reduce your carbon footprint whiledecreasing operating costs and securing your business critical systems.”

Keynote speakers include Chris Ingle of IDC, who’ll outline winning strategies for the data centre in2013 and beyond, and Phil Worms of Iomart, who’ll offer his first-hand perspective on the realityof data centres ‘going green’. Other speakers include Adeel Amin of RMD Power and Cooling,who’ll offer advice on optimising availability, capacity and energy efficiency through infrastructuremanagement, and Dushyantha Goonawardhane of APC by Schneider Electric, who’ll present on howto maximise data centre efficiency through the use of indirect evaporative cooling.

Data Centre Scotland 2013 takes place at the Apex Hotel, Grassmarket, Edinburgh, on Wednesday6th March 2013 (1:30pm – 7:00pm). Tickets cost £20 plus VAT for ScotlandIS members and £30 plusVAT for non members.

The seminar’s organisers and attendees will tweet about the event using the hashtag#DCScotland2013.

e-Placement Scotland in the news

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

A campaign to rapidly raise awareness and create a high profile media presence for e-Placement Scotland over the Easter holiday with the ultimate aim of helping to drive recruitment during the 2012 Summer vacation.

Summer jobs – surprisingly worth it, E&T magazine, 24 May 2012.

IT companies urged to take on paid interns, Scotland on Sunday, 13 May 2012.

New initiative launched for IT interns, The Journal, 26 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, Skills 4 Gov & Business, 19 April 2012.

Scotland debuts ‘Lets Get Paid’ IT scheme for students, Netimperative, 11 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, HR Review, 11 April 2012.

Employers urged to pay IT work experience students, Public Service, 11 April 2012.

E-placements Scotland launches “LETS GET PAID” initiative for students, Student Times, 10 April 2012.

Student IT paid work placements, Compute Scotland, 8 April 2012.

Scottish IT firms encouraged to get behind paid intern scheme, Microscope, 4 April 2012.

www.e-placementscotland.com


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