Scotland House asks: ‘Is Scotland a Tech Nation of the Future?’
Continuing its breakfast series discussing the opportunities and challenges for Scotland’s innovation ecosystem; Scotland House hosted its latest event yesterday: ‘Scotland: Tech Nation of the Future’.
The discussion, chaired by Seven Hills co-founder Michael Hayman MBE DL, looked at what it meant to be a tech nation and the future for Scotland’s tech sector.
Aileen Gemmell, Deputy Head of Economic Diplomacy and Engagement, Scotland House London welcomed attendees to the event, before the discussion commenced.
Michael was joined by Melinda Matthews-Clarkson, CEO of digital skills academy CodeClan; Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates and Global Tech Advocates; and Hugh Campbell, co-founder and managing partner of technology investment and advisory firm GP Bullhound.
Speakers argued that the skills people are trained in, the diversity of the workforce, and the infrastructure created are integral components of Tech Nations. Infrastructure is also key for those cities wanting to invent themselves as tech hubs and the speakers cited how 5G is one technology in the spotlight enhancing this.
The discussion then turned to what made Scotland stand out, with speakers acknowledging the Scottish Government’s support of business and how the nation realises the value of collaboration.
The panel considered that Scotland is early on its journey to being a tech nation, and to accelerate growth, organisations must be out there and promoting success stories – and that Scotland needs cheerleaders.
Join us at the next debate The Future of FinTech: Growing Scotland’s Role as a Global Hub at Scotland House on Tuesday 25 February 2020.
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