Bigger tech fest

Turing Fest returns with bigger turnout and new format

Brian Corcoran,Turing Festval

Brian Corcoran: ‘an even more expansive range of content’ (pic: Terry Murden)


Turing Fest, the technology conference, is returning to Edinburgh with an ambitious new format and a lineup of speakers from some of the world’s leading software businesses.

The 2019 event, being held at the EICC on 28-29 August, will host more than 3,000 attendees for a packed programme of keynote speeches, panels, parties and fringe events.

The first group of speakers includes:

  • Hana Abaza, director of marketing at £17bn ecommerce platform Shopify
  • Erin Platts, incoming Head of EMEA at Silicon Valley Bank
  • Maria Gutierrez, director of engineering at Intercom, one of the world’s fastest-growing SaaS startups
  • Danae Shell, Chief Marketing Officer at acclaimed Scottish care-matching startup CareSourcer
  • Fred Destin, one of Europe’s most respected venture capital investors and co-founder of £50m investment fund Stride.VC
  • Kieran Flanagan, VP of Growth at leading marketing technology platform HubSpot

More than 60 speakers will take the stage at the event which has grown from just 600 attendees in 2016 to an expected 3,000 in this year.

This year’s Founders event will connect 250 ambitious startup founders and executives with 75 of Europe and North America’s most forward-thinking early-stage investors. Previous participants have gone on to raise more than £35m in new funding since 2017.

Brian Corcoran, CEO of Turing Fest, said: “We’re making cross-functional collaboration the cornerstone theme of Turing Fest, and taking a holistic view of how great products and tech businesses are built.

“Attendees can expect a diverse mixture of specialist tactical insight, strategic wisdom, and ‘war stories’ from tech veterans, all designed to help our community get better at what they do – building great technology and great tech companies.

We’re shaking up the format for Turing Fest 2019, to deliver an even more expansive range of content and viewpoints, while maintaining the unique sense of community and intimacy that makes Turing Fest so special.”

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