Our flagship annual event is the fastest-growing annual tech meet-up for 400+ innovators, influencers, thinkers and doers across the public, private and third sectors in Scotland.
The event is a platform for technologists and policymakers to come together and explore the issues facing civil society as it grapples with the power of data: from Artificial Intelligence (AI), to autonomous and decentralised data networks, quantum computing and Blockchain, the FutureScot Summit will take a deep dive on the Future of Government, the Future of Business and the Future of Technology.
Creating and managing a ‘Digital Estate’ is one of the primary drivers for future property dealings across the public sector, from local to central government and the NHS. The objective is simple: to maximise the utility of property, reduce costs and enhance the quality of data relating to assets and estates – which will ultimately lead to better decision-making and investment opportunities. Showcasing the best national and international practice from early adopters of technology and how it is revolutionising the three fundamentals of the built environment: information, transactions, and management.
In association with Construction Scotland Innovation Centre & Scottish Enterprise, BIM & Digital Infrastructure 2019 will chart progress in the UK’s ambition to create a data-driven approach to the built environment and a digital economy for infrastructure, buildings, and services. Join our BIM specialists from across the public and private sector to see how the construction industry and operations management sector is approaching social and economic infrastructure through the use of digital technology.
Data research, data innovation and data interoperability are vital to the success of Scotland’s Digital Health & Care strategy. With continued integration of digital health and care services across the country we will look at the overarching question of how citizen data will be managed in the context of an imperative to improve the delivery of health and care services, with better linkages between family doctor, hospital and social care data. In turn, the potential to use data ‘at scale’ to understand population level health and care problems, as well as to make use of realtime data, will all filter into the discussion around the potentially revolutionary ‘National Digital Service’.
Primary school children entering the education system today will depart it, at the earliest, in 2030. By that time, according to the Institute for the Future, an estimated 85% of jobs will not have been invented. The Scottish Government’s Digital Learning & Teaching Strategy recognises the need to invest, in particular, in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Maths) courses to give learners the best possible chance of success in the future, and to support an existing digital workforce comprising 82,700 people and worth £4.5bn to the economy.
Digital innovation is transforming the way campuses, courses and student interactions are designed. With a focus on collaborative, co-learning spaces – and the promotion of digital first in learning institutions – the further and higher education environment is undergoing a profound reimagining as colleges and universities become ‘k-hubs’ with the specific purpose of transferring knowledge into their wider communities. As ever, upskilling teachers with digital skills will continue to be a focus as part of a long-term effort to equip our educators with the capabilities they need to thrive in a rapidly-changing labour market.
Scotland is aiming to become a globally-leading cyber defence nation. Backed by some of the world’s leading cybersecurity experts, and university courses, the aspiration behind creating an economic ‘cluster’ to support the development of scalable solutions is to protect business and government from increasing threat levels; from phishing to social engineering, Trojans, ransomware and malware, the diversity of malicious agents – from criminals motivated by financial gain to state-sponsored actors – is quickly bringing cybersecurity to the fore as one of the primary digital concerns in the information age.
Technology holds the key to building a fairer and swifter justice system in Scotland. With many processes currently viewed as too slow and inefficient, there are projects underway within Scottish Government to support the creation of a digital evidence sharing portal, which will aid the transfer of material between the different parties involved in criminal and civil justice cases. Continuing improvement of police information technology – especially in the era of facial recognition technology, drone capability, AI and Blockchain – will also help modernise and bring outdated processes into the 21st century.
The Glasgow City Region Deal is the biggest ever investment in Glasgow and the Clyde Valley. Encompassing innovation, infrastructure and skills priorities across eight member authorities, a 20-year rolling programme of strategic economic growth projects and public investment will create thousands of new jobs and increase competitiveness for the region. A key aim is for the City Region is to create a Top 20 Global Digital Economy and grow the Glasgow Operations Centre in a bid to build a world-leading smart city based on publicly available data.
Technology is playing an increasing part in legacy industries and Aberdeen – if it can harness the power of digital – stands to benefit from future opportunities provided by innovation in oil and gas. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (OGTC) is at the heart of the Aberdeen City Region Deal, which aims to maximise the benefits of data analytics applied to solve longstanding productivity questions within the industry. Digital performance gains will also enhance efforts by the National Decommissioning Centre to play its part in taking approximately 100 platforms and 7,500km of pipeline out of the UK Continental Shelf – with data visualisation techniques and supercomputing resources aiding the process.
A £14m ‘Northern Innovation Hub’ dedicated to training up coders and promoting digital will play an vital part in the future development of the Inveress & Highland City-Region.
Alongside initiatives such as a Science Skills Academy – which aims to spur on the next generation of science and technology graduates – and a number of road and air transport improvement schemes, the £315m Deal is set to promote innovation, internationalisation and new partnerships between the Region’s many small businesses, positioning the region as the best digitally connected rural economy in Europe.
The Ayrshire Growth Deal is set to unlock the economic potential of Scotland’s ‘sleeping giant’. East, North and South Ayrshire councils will work together on a £300m deal that will unlock around £2bn in private sector investment, create 13,000 new jobs and build around 100,000 sq m of business and innovation space. With a bold vision to develop a single economic development strategy for the whole of Ayrshire, with inclusive growth at its heart, the three partners aim to solve long-standing issues of economic underperformance and higher than average unemployment rates. Attracting aerospace and space projects into the government-owned Prestwick Airport will help position the region as an innovation hub.
A £700m investment programme – backed by UK and Scottish Government, with potential to leverage private sector investment – has galvanised local authorities across the Tay Cities Region in the wake of an historic waterfront development which is transforming the fortunes of Dundee.
A unique partnership between Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross, the Tay Cities Deal, signed in later 2018, marks a new era of strategic regional collaboration that will help solve long-standing productivity, infrastructure and social equity challenges across the region with technology underpinning much of the progress.
Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) puts technology right at the heart of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal, which will see a step change in the way universities collaborate with public and private sector partners in 2019. The city region has committed to training up 100,000 data scientists in the next 10 years as it bids to become the ‘data capital of Europe’; with a top five data science university in the world, Edinburgh & South East Scotland is well placed to deliver on an ambition to drive future economic growth and support the development of emerging and exciting new sectors.