More than 2,000 individuals from technology firms are this week expected to attend the largest event for the sector in Scotland.
The Turing Fest event at the EICC in Edinburgh will see internationally-renowned speakers from companies including Spotify, Intercom, Zoom, iZettle and TransferWise address the challenges facing tech businesses in 2018. Scottish firms including Skyscanner, snap40 and FreeAgent along with many new startups are among those attending.
Investors from funds like LocalGlobe, Episode 1, MMC Ventures, Stride.VC, Connect Ventures and Oxford Capital will also be represented.
The Turing Fest, which launched in 2011, has grown to include six main themes covering product, engineering, strategy, growth, marketing and culture. The agenda now includes a spin-out, invitation-only investment event NextGen, providing networking for founders and investors.
The organisers of Turing Fest, on 1 and 2 August, expect to see over 1,000 new connections to be made between company founders and investors this year, with a fifth of last year’s participating companies having subsequently raised investment.
Brian Corcoran, CEO of Turing Fest said: “Scotland has the potential to grow into one of Europe's top tech ecosystems, and our mission is to help enable that. Turing Fest is already Scotland's flagship tech event both for showing the world what is happening here on the ground, and also attracting the best international talent, investors, and founders into the country..."