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Developers to get full day at ScotSoft event

Polly PurvisScotSoft, the conference for the Scottish technology sector, will be bigger than ever this year.

Hosted by trade body ScotIandIS,  it will draw more than 1,000 delegates to Edinburgh on 6 October. The Developers’ Conference, introduce last year, will run for a full day.

Speakers at the Developers Conference will include Sam Ramji, CEO of Cloud Foundry, and Mario Viviani, Amazon’s resident technology evangelist.

Other speakers will represent Administrate, xDesign, PwC, TCS, Dogfish Mobile, BEMO, Skyscanner, The Data Lab, FanDuel and others.

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.

The 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.

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.”

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