Polly Purvis of ScotlandIS

ScotSoft extends Developers Conference after successful first year

One of 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.

For CEOs and decision makers, the Global Forum theme is Think Big, Move Fast and will feature speakers including John Bernard, Global Marketing Director, Mozilla; Gerry Docherty, chair of Smarter Grid Solutions; John Peebles, CEO of Administrate; and Gavin Dutch founder of Kotikan. A panel Q&A will give delegates the opportunity to ask the questions that really matter for Scotland’s digital technologies industry will follow the thought-provoking talks.

Scottish Government will also host a conference at ScotSoft2016 focusing on transforming digital public services and working with the digital technologies industry. The aim of the day is to consider the opportunities and challenges on how the public sector and digital technologies industry can work together. It will build upon an event held at Heriot Watt University in November 2015, and the challenges issued by the digital technologies industry to the Scottish Government on that day.

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ScotSoft will also feature the annual Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards and speaking at the dinner will be special guest and Olympic gold medallist, Sir Chris Hoy.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “We were delighted with the success of the first Developers Conference and have extended it to meet demand. The Global Forum has long been a fixture of ScotSoft but it’s important that we also offer an opportunity for developers to meet, share knowledge and inspire each other to think differently.

“The Scottish digital technologies industry is thriving and that is reflected in the calibre of speakers at this year’s event. ScotSoft is the largest event of its kind in Scotland and it’s fantastic to see it going from strength to strength.”

ScotSoft 2016 is coming to the EICC in Edinburgh on Thursday 6 October. To find out more or book tickets, visit www.scotlandis.com/scotsoft