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1,300 delegates expected

Global tech experts join line-up for ScotSoft gathering

Jon SkeetGlobal digital technology experts will address this year’s ScotSoft conference.

Among the headliners is programming specialist and software engineer Jon Skeet (pictured), known as the ‘Chuck Norris of programming’. He is also celebrated for helping millions of programmers excel by providing detailed solutions to their software challenges via StackOverflow.

The Leadership Forum speakers include Ross Tuffee, who founded Dogfish Mobile, selling mobile apps before smartphones were commonplace, and Peter Proud, previously a director at Microsoft and now founder of Cortex Worldwide, the company disrupting website management systems.

The conference, organised by technology membership and cluster management organisation ScotlandIS, will take place at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre on the 3 October.

The highlights are a full-day developer conference and a half-day leadership forum. More than 1,300 delegates are expected to attend.

A host of globally renowned experts is set to speak, including

The Young Software Engineer of the Year awards will showcase the stars of the future.  The YSE Awards have, championed Scotland’s top, emerging talent for 30 years, and are judged by a panel of industry experts including Gerry Docherty, chairman of Smarter Grid Solutions, Sean Gordon, Chief Software Engineer at Chevron, Sharon Lindsay, Tech Program Manager at AWS and Angus Foreman, Technical Director, Worldwide CTO Office, Data & AI at Microsoft Services. The awards recognise the country’s top undergraduate talent in computer science and software engineering. 

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said:  “We’re thrilled to continue to attract international experts to Scotland, building on ScotSoft’s strong track record. Jon Skeet reflects the high calibre of talent secured for this year’s event. Scotland has a thriving digital technology sector and the insights that speakers like Jon bring to tech businesses of all sizes are invaluable. 

“Helping industry leaders across all sizes of business to strengthen their skills, and learn from the experiences of their peers will enable them to deliver on their ambitions and drive the growth of their businesses in this creative and fascinating industry. It’s also important to equip younger people with the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, and ScotSoft is an incredibly important platform in supporting both objectives.”

Other speakers include:

Angus Foreman, Chief Architect, Microsoft

Valerie McLean, Lean Agile Glasgow and Sopra Steria

Glenn Henrickson, CTO and Co-founder, Justify

Layla Porter, Developer Evangelist, Twilio

Yevgeniy Brikman, Co-Founder, Gruntwork

Mark Fealey, ATOS

Jig Gosal, BBC

R. Michael Anderson, The Technology Leadership insider

Layla Porter, Developer Evangelist, Twilio

Harry McLaren, Managing Consultant, ECS Security

Stu Hirst, Co-Founder, Cyber Scotland Connect

Stephen McAinsh, Co-Founder, Calba



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