ScotSoft2018 speaker line up revealed

ScotlandIS News | 12.06.2018

ScotSoft2018 speaker line up revealed

The premier event in the Scottish tech calendar, ScotSoft, is returning to the EICC this September with one of the best lineups to date - including speakers from Amazon, Google, eBay, Photobox and more.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘from good to great’ and will feature experts who have faced challenges, pivoted and grown to create brilliantly successful businesses.


The event, now in its 21st year, will take place on 27th September at the EICC, Edinburgh and will once again see a full day Developer Conference running alongside the half day Leadership Forum.  


The Young Software Engineer of the Year awards dinner will take place that evening.


2018’s headline Forum speakers include Dave McCann, vice president of Amazon’s AWS Web Services Marketplace, catalog services and migration, who will keynote the Forum. Dave will deliver a speech that will inspire and motivate the audience to look hard at the path their business is taking, find potential collaboration opportunities and understand how they can use the data already held within their organisations to push future growth.

Eric McAfee an exceptional Silicon Valley entrepreneur and venture capitalist specialising in technology, agriculture and renewable energy is our final keynote. Eric has co-founded and funded several VC and specialist banks, funded more than twenty-five companies as principal investor, and founded seven public companies with a combined high market value of $4 billion. Eric will share a wealth of experience and knowledge and enlighten the audience on the pitfalls and benefits of VC investment.


Delegates will also hear from David Farquhar who will deliver a 'warts and all' look at how the management team transformed Workplace Systems in 18 months, before exit to a NYC private equity house.

Following on from last year’s Developer Conference, this year we will once again delve into cybersecurity, the ever-changing world of data, fintech and blockchain technologies and look at future trends in software.


Already confirmed is Adi Kario, MSc Cognitive Science, experience expert, Google who will look at the future of voice tech and how this technology change affects our lives, our culture and the future. Alongside Adi, security guru Stu Hirst, currently head of security engineering for Photobox Group plans to entertain delegates with some war stories from everyday life at the coalface of security.  


For the first time ever the Developer Conference will have a stream just for our testing community.


Speakers include Dan Ashby, currently head of software testing at eBay in London. Dan also runs the ‘Testing in the Pub’ podcast and the Software Testing Clinic, a free software testing course that runs monthly sessions in five cities across the UK to provide a safe environment to teach people about testing and allow more experienced people to get into mentoring.


Alongside Dan will be  Maria Kedemo of Black Koi Consulting, a teacher, a coach and consultant in software development with a focus on testing. She is also executive-at-large on the board for Association for Software Testing (AST), a non profit organisation which focus on testing as a skilled activity. Peter Kedemo from  tretton37 will also feature in this section. A developer who has been passionate about programming ever since he was a kid, Peter strongly believes that pragmatism and finding a good balance between tools and techniques is key to delivering high quality software.


Sue Atkins, from digital transformation experts Sopra Steria, will also be speaking. Sue has spent 25 years spreading the word about testing - and is currently chair of the Scottish Testing Group.


Double Olympic Champion Lizzy Yarnold MBE will be our guest speaker at the evening’s dinner, and will announce the winners of The Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards. Lizzy will use her experiences from the world of elite sport to deliver a motivating speech that will really resonate with the audience.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said:


“The theme of this year’s conference is ‘from good to great".  ScotSoft has long brought international speakers to Scotland and I am proud that once again we have secured two experts from Silicon Valley who will look at how to turn a business round, 'pivoting' to meet real market need and creating a business that gains real customer engagement.

“It’s one thing to start a business, but quite another to grow it into something really successful. Scotland has a strong track record of doing just this, and we want to inspire and help others to do the same.

“Scotland has a thriving community of developers, technology leaders and CEO’s and ScotSoft offers a unique opportunity for them to meet, share knowledge and inspire each other to think differently.”


ScotSoft2018 is on Thursday 27th September 2018 at the EICC in Edinburgh. To find out more or book tickets, visit

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