Homegrown firms in spotlight

Technology stars showcase talent at three-day event

Turing teamFanDuel and Skyscanner will headline a three-day event in Edinburgh next month that will showcase the best in homegrown technology.

The two “unicorns” – companies worth $1 billion – will be joined by a number of Scotland’s pioneering firms to discuss the latest progress in building world class businesses.

Taking place in the middle of the biggest arts festival in the world, Turing 2015 will be addressed by Gareth Williams, chief executive of the flight comparison business Skyscanner and Lesley Eccles, co-founder of fantasy games firm FanDuel.

Both have led major deals this summer, further confirming their status as Scotland’s fastest growing technology companies.

The three-day Turing event is again organised by the UK’s largest tech incubator, Codebase which operates from Edinburgh city centre and is quickly building a reputation in Europe as a centre of excellence.

Among those appearing will be top marketers from DueDil and Zendesk, while other confirmed attendees are Moz, HubSpot, Unbounce and NewsCred.

Day 1 on 21 August sees top marketers from Moz, HubSpot, Unbounce and NewsCred assembled by Edinburgh-based marketing technology company Stipso for ‘Full Stack Marketing’.

‘Billion Dollar Scale-Ups’ day with DueDil and Zendesk takes place the following day. The third day focuses on the world of Fintech with ‘Blockchain Workshop’.

Turing has previously featured tech big players such as Google, Facebook, Seedcamp, Songkick and Salesforce and attracted speakers of the calibre and stature of Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.

Stephen Coleman, co-founder, CodeBase said: “This year’s Turing promises to be the biggest and best yet, a digital coming together for Scotland with some of our top tech luminaries and set against the backdrop of the world’s top arts festival.”

Gareth Williams, CEO and co-founder, Skyscanner, said: “Every great tech community needs a focal point during the year where entrepreneurs, founders and creatives come together to discuss emerging technologies and trends – that’s what Turing has become for Scotland.”

Lesley Eccles, co-founder, FanDuel said: “Edinburgh has cemented its reputation as a tech hub in recent years and Turing presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local talent, form new partnerships and learn from some of the top specialists in the industry.”

Jamie Coleman, chief executive and co-founder of CodeBase, said: “Turing has grown in relevance and scale alongside Edinburgh’s billion dollar tech companies.  Now our challenge, and opportunity, is to grow the next generation of tech superstars from Scotland.  All signs suggest we are well ahead of plan.”

Details here: http://www.turingfestival.com/

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