ScotlandIS annual conference

Developers ‘to explore’ at ScotlandIS conference

Polly PurvisScotland’s innovative developers will be the target of a conference next month organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the digital technology sector.

For the first time at the ScotlandIS annual get-together a specialist Developers Conference will bring together more than 300 developers who will be invited to “explore the unexplored”.

The three key themes of the session are Inspire, Learn, and Play, with speakers addressing topics as diverse as big data and developing cognitive applications.

Kimberley Blessing, director of web development and technology consulting at American user experience consultancy Think Brownstone, will challenge her audience to open their minds to building inclusive products for people with disabilities.

The Play strand includes a games room where delegates can try out the latest gadgets, while the Learn speakers include developers from FanDuel, SAS and IBM.

ScotSoft’s Global Forum will operate under the theme Think Big, a thought-leadership event designed to inspire the industry’s decision makers.

Apart from Ms Blessing, the speakers at the 18th annual conference are Joe Marks, formerly of Disney Research and co-founder of Upfront Analytics, and Duncan Anderson, CTO for IBM’s Watson Europe.

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

Speaking about the introduction of the Developers Conference, Polly Purvis (pictured), 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.”

The ScotlandIS 18th annual conference is at the Edinburgh Sheraton on 17 September. The Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards take place at the EICC that evening.

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