Session 1: Building a Digital Scotland
8:30 AM - 9:15 AM
9:15 AM - 9:35 AM

Central and Local Government are committed to delivering an updated vision for a Digital Scotland - to ensure we deliver economic recovery, meet our climate change targets, and ensure that everyone in Scotland has the skills, connectivity, data and devices required to fully participate in our digital nation. You can read the Consultation Document and submit your views here. 

9:35 AM - 10:45 AM

The coronavirus public health crisis has shown us that digital adoption is more important than ever, driving fundamental change and transformation throughout Scotland.  
Join our expert panel as we explore Scotland’s digital journey and the implementation of a refreshed national Digital Strategy and what that will mean for public services, enterprise, and citizens. Session Chair Kim McAllister.

10:45 AM - 11:00 AM
Session 2a: AI; Skills; CivTech
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

One unwelcome aspect of this pandemic is the increased exploitation of vulnerable people. Yet the application of technology and approaches in use elsewhere in the world can enhance our ability to, for example, safeguard children and the victims of domestic abuse, to intercept human trafficking, or protect vulnerable consumers.
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Following Mark Logan’s report and call to action for more tech industry engagement with schools, Ross will host a session about the importance of digital apprenticeships for young people, while also highlighting SDS’s new  ‘Industry in the Classroom’ programme. 
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Huge strides have been taken in the adoption of digital ways of working in a very short period of time but the potential of technology to help us respond and recover goes far beyond the digitisation of our work and work places. 
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Session 2b: Data; Skills; TBC
11:35 AM - 12:05 PM

Ian Gordon, Highways England Head of Data Architecture and Engineering and Carl Austin, BJSS UK CTO, discuss how they have collaborated to deliver critical data foundations into Highways England, and share some key learnings from delivering similar platforms across industry. Full session description


How a digital and data ready workforce is going to be crucial for Scotland’s future economic success.


Too many digital transformation projects are focused on demonstrating quick wins without a clear understanding of a sustainable business model or solution scalability, with the majority of projects failing fast instead of scaling fast. Full session description


Session 3: Leadership Streams: Data & AI; Connectivity; Service Design
12:45 PM - 1:55 PM
Theatre A

Scotland is fortunate to have some of the best data, and world leading expertise in data-driven innovation. With the development of an AI Strategy for Scotland, and a dedicated Data Delivery Group, the vision is to use Scotland’s data to its full potential by driving innovation, improving public services and unlocking economic value – saving time, money and lives. Session Chair Kim McAllister. Read more.


Theatre B

In a digital world, the demands on public services are changing, and so too is the way in which organisations approach service design and user experience. The Scottish Approach to Service Design (SAtSD) aims to introduce new ways of working, using technology as an enabler to transform and improve outcomes for citizens. Session Chair Margaret Moore. Read more.


Theatre C

Connectivity has served as a crucial lifeline during lockdown, helping to keep people working, supporting public services and keeping the economy moving. As Scotland aims to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is going to be even more important to invest in digital infrastructure, helping to transform public services and rebuilding the economy. Session Chair Kevin O'Sullivan. Read more.


1:55 PM - 2:10 PM
Session 4: Afternoon Plenary
2:10 PM - 2:55 PM

Hear from Scotland's Cabinet Secretary for Finance as she lays out how digital can be at the forefront of Scotland's reboot and recovery plans. Kate Forbes, MSP, will be joined by world-leading public technology expert Mark Schwartz, and Scotland's own Mark Logan, architect of the Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review. Session Chair Kim McAllister.

Session 5: Leadership Streams: Smart Cities; Cloud First; Cybersecurity
3:00 PM - 4:10 PM
Theatre A

With the rollout of gigabit broadband and 5G technologies, Scotland's public services have an opportunity to become among the most connected in the world. Building better public services on smart networks will transform the way we travel, work, live and learn, with real-time data providing enhanced understanding of the way our cities flow and operate, informing better policy decisions and outcomes. Session Chair Kim McAllister. Read more.


Theatre B

The acceleration of data-led and digital services offers incredible potential and opportunity across Scotland. However, with rising cyber threat levels and vulnerabilities, ensuring Scotland is a well-architected and resilient digital nation has never been more important. Session Chair Alisdair Gunn. Read more.


Theatre C

Disruption from COVID-19 has changed the behaviour of government organisations, businesses and consumers across Scotland. As the public sector accelerates adoption of a ‘Cloud First’ approach, how do we overcome challenges, ensure a smooth transition from legacy systems, and achieve improved outcomes for citizens. Session Chair Kevin O'Sullivan. Read more.


4:10 PM - 4:40 PM