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Turing Fest Set to Return as Hybrid Conference in November

Ross Kelly

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Turing Fest 2021 will bring together some of the finest minds in global tech.

The organisers behind Turing Fest have announced the annual tech conference will return to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC) later this year.

Hosted from the 2nd to 4th of November, organisers plan to run the conference as a hybrid in-person and virtual event.

Turing Fest 2020 was hosted fully online due to the coronavirus pandemic, with conference sessions held over a period of several weeks.

Commenting on the announcement, Turing Fest CEO, Brian Corcoran, said: “Turing Fest is all about people in the tech industry across Europe coming together in Scotland to learn about building better startups, together.

“We’ll have some of the finest minds in tech on stage sharing their wisdom, and we’re excited to welcome people back after a tough year.”

Ahead of the conference, organisers will be making further announcements around speakers, partners and sponsors.

Past speakers at the conference include Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and Skyscanner co-founder and long-time CEO, Gareth Williams.

Williams has also supported Turing Fest over the years, along with corporate sponsors like San Francisco-headquartered UserTesting and Deliveroo.


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Chris McCann, co-founder and CEO of Current Health, which is a platinum sponsor at Turing Fest 2021, said: “Turing Fest is always a great experience for us at Current Health for brand awareness, investor connections, and recruiting.

“We made direct hires from connections at the conference and met one of our key US investors there which also opened up lots of sales opportunities.”

The EICC has a track record of hosting large tech conferences and events at the venue, including DIGIT Expo and Cleantech Forum Europe, which takes place between 6-8 October.

DIGIT Expo 2021 is expected to be held in a physical format later this year.

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EICC CEO Marshall Dallas said: “The EICC sits on Edinburgh’s tech corridor, only a short distance from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics, online travel site Skyscanner’s global headquarters and tech campus CodeBase, and it’s such an important sector for the city.

“Turing Fest has become an institution on the tech scene in recent years, and we’re really looking forward to having the conference back in the building later this year.

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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