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Global Tech Leaders Set to Headline as ScotSoft 2020 Goes Virtual

Ross Kelly

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ScotSoft 2020

ScotlandIS revealed this year’s ScotSoft conference will be free-to-attend for the first time ever.

Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, has been announced as a keynote speaker at ScotSoft 2020.

Set to reboot as CmdR ScotSoft on the 1st October, the annual tech conference will bring together some of Scotland’s top tech innovators with global industry leaders to share insights and collaborate.

Now in its 23rd year, the conference is run by Scottish tech industry body, ScotlandIS, and will help businesses and professionals explore future trends, opportunities for growth, leadership skills and strategies to help the country’s digital community thrive.

Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the event will be held in a virtual environment, which ScotlandIS said will bring the tech community together in a safe manner to learn, share and connect.

It has also allowed the organisation, which is funded by member subscriptions, to make the event free to attend for the first time ever and widen the delegate base to encourage non tech businesses to join in on the day.

Jane Morrison-Ross, Chief Executive at ScotlandIS, said: “The coronavirus pandemic has made digital critical to everything we do. Digital enables learning from home, teaching from home, and working from home: digital has to be seen as a utility, underpinning home, work, and industry.

“As we seek to create a Digital Nation within Scotland, CmdR ScotSoft 2020 will create an opportunity for everyone to explore the future of new technology, to listen to international industry leaders and to connect with the leaders of tomorrow.”

Throughout the day, parallel sessions running will discuss the actions businesses can take to recover and grow, taking a deep dive into key trending topics such as artificial intelligence, programming languages and cybersecurity.

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This year’s event will also explore how technology can be utilised to transform other business sectors, highlighting some of the best solutions Scotland has to offer.

Steve Guggenheimer, corporate vice president at Microsoft, will deliver a keynote speech at the event discussing his experiences in artificial intelligence and how emerging technologies are rapidly changing the world of business.

Other speakers set to feature at CmdR ScotSoft 2020 include:

  • Rik Ferguson, Trend Micro
  • Kate Forbes MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Scottish Government
  • Colin Cook, Digital Director, Scottish Government
  • Mark Goodwin, Mozilla
  • Olivia Gambelin, AI Ethicist
  • James McMinn, Bellrock Technology

While ScotSoft has featured Young Software Engineer of the Year awards since its inception, this year it will also include the Digital Technology Awards. The awards ceremony recognises Scotland’s emerging tech talent and celebrates the breadth of Scottish businesses leading innovation in the industry.

Jane Morrison-Ross added: “The Young Software Engineer of the Year awards are our celebration of the talent and innovation coming from young minds across Scotland.

“The Scottish tech sector, from start-up to large corporation, has also been instrumental to supporting our nation through this pandemic, and we’re looking forward to highlighting these individuals and businesses through the awards programme at our conference this year.”

Tickets are free and registration will close on Wednesday 30th September.

A full list of confirmed speakers and further details about the day can be found at: www.scotsoft.scot

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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