Posts Tagged ‘ScotlandIS’

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…
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ScotlandIS launches groundbreaking insight into public sector ICT expenditure

Tuesday, January 16th, 2018

 

The public sector is one of the most important vertical markets for Scotland’s digital technologies industry but information about its current size and future developments has been very limited.

ScotlandIS has gathered and analysed data for current and projected public sector ICT expenditure in Scotland to make it easier to assess market opportunities and take informed investment decisions.

Launching soon, the Public Sector ICT Expenditure in Scotland report provides a comprehensive view of the sector, valued at £811 million in 2016/17, at a level of detail that has never been available before.

 

 

The report, produced in partnership with the Scottish Government, breaks down the actual spend by area of public sector over the past six years on ICT as well as forecasting outlays up to 2021. The report examines various areas of the market, and highlights opportunities for businesses to win contracts.

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Robots, virtual reality and cyber security at ScotSoft: Scotland’s largest tech event

Monday, June 26th, 2017

 

The premier event in the Scottish tech calendar returns in October to the EICC with its biggest speaker lineup yet, hosted as always by digital technologies trade body ScotIandIS.

Now in its 20th year, ScotSoft brings together more than 600 CEOs, decision makers and developers from the private and public sectors in Edinburgh on 5 October.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “I am very proud of the role ScotSoft has played in bringing international speakers to Scotland and showcasing local experts over the last 20 years. As the digital technology sector in Scotland continues to grow, and the technology calendar has blossomed, events such as ScotSoft become more and more influential in shaping the industry. (more…)

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.

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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.


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