ScotlandIS Introduces Developers Conference to ScotSoft 2015

Published: 19 August 2015

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.

Opening the Inspire programme, Kimberley Blessing, director of web development and technology consulting at leading American user experience consultancy Think Brownstone, will challenge her audience to open their minds to building inclusive products for people with disabilities. Elsewhere, the Play strand includes a high tech games room where guests can try out the latest gadgets while the Learn speakers include developers from FanDuel, SAS and IBM.

ScotSoft’s popular ‘Global Forum’, will follow in the afternoon with speakers united under the theme, ‘Think Big’. A unique thought-leadership event designed to inspire the industry’s decision makers, it provides valuable networking opportunities between sessions. This year’s speakers are: Kimberley Blessing; Joe Marks, formerly of Disney Research and co-founder of Upfront Analytics; and Duncan Anderson, CTO for IBM’s Watson Europe.

In the evening, The Young Software Engineer of the Year awards dinner at the EICC will celebrate the cream of undergraduate talent from Scotland’s universities.

Speaking about the introduction of the Developers Conference, Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said: “The Global Forum has traditionally attracted CEOs, directors and other senior managers and often the developers were left at home. We wanted to create a special event that would focus on the issues that matter to them and provide a forum for learning and sharing knowledge. There will also be a fun element with the Games Room where they will be able to play with all the latest kit, including drones and robots.”

Purvis added: “The Scottish digital technologies is thriving and new research forecasts continued strong growth across the sector. At ScotlandIS we’re dedicated to building a vibrant community, which amplifies the ambition, talent and experience abundant across our industry. ScotSoft is the biggest event of its kind in Scotland to bring business leaders, developers and visionaries together to make this happen.”

Find out more www.scotlandis.com/scotsoft2015

For more information:

Jen Richards or Lucy Smith
Hot Tin Roof PR
0131 225 7880
jen@hottinroof.co.uk / lucy@hottinroof.co.uk

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