Scottish businesses will hear about the latest trends at the 10 BigThings Global Forum at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, Edinburgh on Thursday 30th September 2010.
The forum organised by ScotlandIS, the trade body for the ICT industry, and is one of the main events in the technology industry calendar. It brings together leading international industry figures to offer their cutting-edge ideas and insights and to debate the key trends and drivers which will impact both the industry and the wider economy over the next few years.
This unique event consistently attracts high-level decision-makers providing a forum for them to explore industry trends and opportunities. Previous subjects discussed have included the portability of mobile devices, cloud computing and Software as a Service (SaaS).
This year’s speakers have a wealth of international experience and bring a truly global view to the Forum. The speakers include:
- Laxman Badiga,Chief Information Officer, Wipro Technologies (India)
A global CIO with exceptional leadership skills for one of the world’s largest outsourcing companies
- Court Coursey, Managing Partner, Tomorrow Ventures LLC (USA) – A serial entrepreneur who founded his first business aged 14 years and has built up a number of successful companies over the past 20 years
- Ewan McIntosh, Founder, No Tosh and 38minutes.co.uk (UK) – One of Europe’s leading experts in digital media for public services
- David Thomson, MD of Ludometrics (UK) – Entrepreneur, game designer and screenwriter
- Stephen Whitelaw, Technology and Marketing Director, Europc (UK) – Consults with and trains large global corporations on social media
These stimulating speakers will share their views on the 10Big Things for the ICT industry, which include innovation, the pace of technology change, next generation internet and leadership.
Polly Purvis, Executive Director of ScotlandIS said:
“The key themes for 10BigThings are highly relevant to the society we live in. Advances in technology are already creating major changes to all our lives, such as the move to mobile, social media and crowd sourcing, (ie using community collaboration to help solve problems). Scottish ICT businesses need to react to these trends quickly in order to develop effectively for the future.”
The Forum goes hand in hand with the ScotSoft 2010 awards dinner. In addition to the Young Software Engineer of the Year awards, two special industry awards for outstanding performance will be presented. Over 400 people from across the industry are expected to attend.
David Mitchell, Senior VP of IT Research at Ovum and Chair of the Forum, said:
“A competitive and innovative Scottish technology sector will be crucial to the continued growth of the Scottish economy as a whole, and to our international competitiveness. The sector is at its most powerful when academia, small business, major enterprises, policy makers and the business users of technology work together.”
“ScotSoft has been bringing together technology and business innovators for the last twelve years – from Scotland around the world. It continues to be a major forum for collaboration, the exchange of new ideas and the celebration of innovation.”
Jim Mather, Minister for Enterprise, Energy and Tourism said:
“ICT plays a pivotal role in the innovation, productivity and sustainable economic growth of Scotland. In the current climate, as we look to sustain the fragile economic recovery which is underway, companies from all sectors, regardless of size, can apply ICT to their advantage, becoming more efficient, more competitive and ultimately more successful. This forum provides an ideal occasion to hear from international speakers on opportunities in this rapidly developing sector.”