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Scottish Tech Army Officially Unveils Inaugural Tech for Good Summit

Ross Kelly

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The event represents a significant milestone for the Scottish Tech Army, coming exactly one year on from its launch.

The Scottish Tech Army has joined forces with ScotlandIS, charity regulator OSCR and Scotland’s digital skills academy, CodeClan, to present its inaugural ‘Tech for Good Summit Scotland’.

Held on Wednesday 28th April, the summit will welcome participants from across the whole tech for good ecosystem in Scotland and from further afield, bringing together charities, business leaders, educators, SMEs, public sector and volunteers.

According to STA, the virtual summit is a direct response to mobilising Scotland’s digital expertise to provide support in areas such as non-profit/third sector organisations and the public sector.

On the day, keynote addresses will be delivered by Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America, and Shonaig Macpherson, CBE FRSE, Chair of the Robertson Trust.

Shonaig will give a funder’s perspective on digitisation in the third sector and, in conversation with the BBC Innovations Correspondent, Laura Goodwin, Amanda will share best practices from one of the world’s leading Tech for Good organisations.

Commenting on the Tech for Good Summit, STA co-founder and CEO Alistair Forbes said: “There is a huge amount of tech for good going on in Scotland and this amazing ecosystem has been transforming organisations and lives over the past year as it has responded to organisations in need.

“Now, however, we have an opportunity to ‘switch things up’ a bit by drawing all the components of this ecosystem to one place for a day of discussion, debate, discovery and challenge.”

Forbes added: “Our aim is to find ways to aggregate all our efforts and amplify their impact by co-ordinating the many initiatives that already exist – as well as stimulating new collaborations.”

Interactive panel sessions will also feature experts and personalities from across the Scottish economy to explore topics including the state of the tech for good ecosystem in Scotland, how to be an agile charity, how to use your specialist skills for the greater good and how to aggregate and amplify efforts for a greater effect.


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Hosts include Peter Proud, CEO of Forrit, and Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO of South of Scotland Enterprise. Panellists include Alice Piterova, MD of AI for Good, Iain McCorquodale, Head of Core Banking at RBS and Theresa Shearer, Group CEO of ENABLE Scotland.

A particular highlight of the day is the Volunteers Assemble Challenge. Charities and third sector organisations are submitting videos – so-called “Digital Sparks” – outlining who they are, what particular digital problem they are facing, how it affects their organisation and laying down the challenge for a digital solution.

At the virtual event, volunteers will assemble in teams and be given just over two hours to ask questions and propose an innovative solution.

These will be voted on by the plenary, and the Scottish Tech Army is committed to seeing to fruition the three most popular projects in collaboration with the teams and organisations. Volunteers are already signing up from across the tech ecosystem.

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The event is free to attend but attendees are welcome to make a donation. Further information and registration here: https://tfgscot21.scottishtecharmy.org/

Ross Kelly

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