ScotlandIS urges ‘think big’

Thursday 17th September 2015

Audiences at ScotSoft conference for the digital technologies industry organised by industry trade body ScotlandIS, were urged to ‘think big’ to shape the future success of the sector in Scotland.

ScotSoft  will bring together over 350 CTOs and decision makers in the private and public sectors for its annual Global Forum in Edinburgh offering the opportunity for business leaders and senior managers to 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 intra-preneurialism – aka fostering a culture of innovation and ideas within an existing organisation – as well as the importance of improving R&D.

Broadcaster, presenter and journalist (left) Kaye Adams will be MC for the day. Keynotes will be delivered by Kimberly Blessing, director at user experience consultancy Think Brownstone and formerly of PayPal, Comcast and AOL; Duncan Anderson,(left) CTO of IBM’s Watson Europe group;
(Below right) Joe Marks, (formerly of Disney Research and co-founder of Upfront Analytics; and Chad Sakac, president, Global SystemsEngineering at EMC.

Some 80,000 Scots now work in the digital technologies industry and recently two Scottish digital technology companies, Skyscanner and FanDuel, were valued at $1 billion each

Polly Purvis, CEO of ScotlandIS, believes it is now time for big ideas. She says: “Scotland’s digital technologies industry is thriving. Success stories like Skyscanner and FanDuel show the importance of a ‘can-do’ attitude. They  prove that it is possible for Scottish tech companies to take on the world, and it's great to see that ambition and confidence permeating right across the industry . We have no shortage of ambitious companies and we need to make sure they can think big to reach their full potential.”

“ScotSoft gives people the chance to reflect on their business and think about the future. Our speakers this year are inspirational, so I know our audience will leave feeling enthusiastic, motivated and ready to take on the next challenge.”

The annual event as well as the Global Forum will also include a Developers Conference.
This new strand gives software developers a great forum for catchup, meeting with experts in their field. Themed ‘Inspire, Learn, Play’ the conference will explore topical issues, giving them the opportunity to share knowledge and real-world experience.

A light hearted,  fun element offers a ‘Games Room’ with some of the latest kit that includes drones, and robots from the (below) Edinburgh Centre for Robotics, and allowing delegates to experiment with current technology developments. According to latest figures, the digital technologies industry contributes more than £4 billion in GVA to the Scottish economy.

ScotlandIS is funded by its members, and works to raise awareness of the industry’s expertise and its value to the Scottish economy. It plays a key role in lobbying government on the industry’s behalf over issues such as public sector procurement and skills, and provides a forum for members to meet and exchange knowledge, industry intelligence and best practice.

ScotSoft is at the Sheraton Grand Hotel today in Edinburgh Thursday 17 September. VISIT

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