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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

Vint Cerf at ScotSoft2013

ScotSoft 2013

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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