Archive for August, 2018

Hot Tin Roof’s top tech picks for September

Friday, August 31st, 2018


It’s been a manic month here in Edinburgh. If you didn’t bend over backwards to catch as many Fringe shows as possible, then you probably spent your time carefully avoiding the endless crowds on your way to and from work every day.

Now the mayhem is finally over, there’s still plenty left to see and do! Check out Hot Tin Roof’s pick of the hottest tech meetups and events you won’t want to miss this month…

Hack for the Homeless


At the start of this month, Edinburgh Napier University will be organising a “hackathon” in aid of Action for Children in support of ByteNight which will see Scotland’s tech community have the chance to band together using their skills to work on solutions for those suffering from or at risk of homelessness.

The event takes place from Saturday 1st to Sunday 2nd of September and you can register your interest here.

Codebase Commons


The Commons is Edinburgh’s monthly get-together for anybody in tech. Organised by the UK’s largest tech incubator, Codebase, this months event takes place at Paradise Palms on the 6th of September.

CodeClan Edinburgh: CoderDojo


CoderDojo Scotland is part of a global collaboration that provides free coding clubs to young people, enabling them to learn how to programme in a fun, safe and sociable environment. If you, or anybody you know, is interested in getting involved, there are meetups this month on the 13th in Leith, the 19th in Stockbridge, and the 20th at CodeClan.

Women Who Code


Women Who Code is a global non-profit that dedicates itself to inspiring women to get involved in technology careers and promoting women in tech. The Edinburgh branch gets together once a month. Check them out on the 25th of September at the FreeAgent offices in Fountainbridge!



ScotlandIS presents its annual conference featuring the best of the Scottish tech sector on the 27th of September at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Over 1300 delegates are expected to attend this year for the event, which will feature speakers from all across the world including Eric McAfee, a Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur and venture capitalist, and Dave McCann, VP of AWS Marketplace.

Hot Tin Roof does the Edinburgh Festival

Monday, August 27th, 2018

For the people of Edinburgh, the long month of August is almost over and the Festival begins to pack up for another year. So what did the cats at Hot Tin Roof enjoy this year? We look back on the nights out on the tiles and the shows we liked this year. Here’s what we have seen:




IPOS founders choose tech PR specialists Hot Tin Roof to launch new business

Monday, August 13th, 2018


Robin Knox and Paul Walton have appointed Hot Tin Roof to provide strategic PR support to launch their new tech startup, Boundary.

The new venture between the Intelligent Point of Sale (IPOS) founders is a smart home security system, bringing affordable protection to homeowners and renters alike. IPOS was sold to iZettle and then acquired by PayPal for $2.2 billion in May 2018.

Hot Tin Roof has been instrumental in the launch of some Scotland’s most influential startups and digital technology enterprises including FreeAgent, Aquila Insight and CodeClan. The agency has worked with a number of key stakeholders from public and private sector to raise awareness of the digital skills gap over the last decade. Most recently it helped to launch Skills Development Scotland’s ‘Digital World’ a STEM and digital skills campaign aimed at teenagers and career changers.

How does PR make me money, save me money and save me time?

Monday, August 6th, 2018


Noise, noise, noise. Noise annoys. So, is PR just noise, or is it actually business critical?

PR gets you talked about in the media. And that makes you very attractive to investors and top talent is drawn to you. It also means customers convert. And all of that combined, makes your company grow fast.

PR is seen by most as a ‘vitamin’ rather than a ‘painkiller’, a nice to have, so when budgets are tight it’s one of the first things to get cut. Which is only natural but can also be short sighted because it means you slip under the radar. (more…)

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