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Scotland's 7th Annual Technology Leadership Summit with live keynotes, workshops and exhibition.


Thursday 27 April 2023
Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh
08:30 - 4.30pm

Free to attend (T&Cs apply)


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The Summit

The Summit

The Summit will consider the role of leadership within the technology domain. Amidst a backdrop of uncertainty and disruption, the conference will discuss how you can help your organisation navigate change, overcome problems and accelerate innovation.


The programme will feature insights from an impressive array of technologists, founders, researchers and transformation specialists; contextualising the biggest challenges facing the industry and sharing practical advice, guidance and best-practice on how you can maximise your impact within your team.


Now in its seventh year, the Summit has established itself as the largest annual leadership event for Scotland’s Technology community, and an invaluable forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and high-level networking.

Core themes:​

  • Trends: Digitalisation, agility, disruption and hybrid teams

  • Evolution: The changing nature of technology as a discipline

  • Leadership: Strategy, empowerment, communication, motivation and empathy

  • Culture: Creating a culture of inclusion, innovation and exploration

  • Impact: Technology as a driver of growth, innovation and improvement


2023 Speakers

Dynamic Earth Edinburgh

 The Venue 

The conference will be held live and in-person at the iconic Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh, a professional event space offering panoramic views of the city and Arthur's Seat.


The venue is centrally located in the old town, just 15 minutes walk from Waverley train station, making it easily accessible via public transport. We also offer discounted on-site parking to attendees if you wish to drive and provide light refreshments throughout the day. 


Agenda 2023

27th April, Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh

SESSION 1 Re-watch on Youtube 

The opening session will examine the rise of AI and the shift to automation and data-driven decision-making within the enterprise. Amid a wave of hype around the maturation of Generative AI tools like ChatGPT, we will cut through the noise and examine what this evolution actually means for tech leaders and their teams, and explore how organisations can positively embrace the advancement of data technologies.

09:15     Welcome and Introduction

Mark Stephen, Journalist & Broadcaster, BBC Scotland

09:25     Generative AI: Fad or Fundamental?

Richard Marshall, Technology Analyst, Concept Gap

09:45     Data-Driven Decisions to Solve Real-World Problems: Learnings from Downing Street

Laura Gilbert, Chief Analyst & Director of Data Science, 10 Downing Street

10:05     AI: Practicalities and Future Realities

Theo Priestley, Author & Futurist

10:25     Combined Q&A

10:55     Session Close


SESSION 2   Re-watch on Youtube

Session 2 will examine a variety of key topics in a smaller and more interactive breakout setting. The breakouts will be run in longer slots across three parallel streams, providing delegates with the opportunity to attend two options live. The alternative breakouts will be accessible on-demand post-event.

11:30    First Breakout Option

Breakout Options Include:

A. Tackling Burnout in the Tech Industry

  • Identifying burnout - before, during, after

  • The solutions

  • The tools and techniques  - survival to thrival

  • The support required for all team members

  • The role of the leaders

Jim McFadyen, Wellbeing Specialist & Founder, The Vortex Centre

B. The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same

  • Leveraging technology and new ways of working to future-proof your organisation

  • Guiding your senior leaders through disruptive times

  • Fostering the right culture and skills to build an organisation for the future

  • Using psychology and simple ways of working to get buy-in from the wider team

Lauren Cahill, Transformation Director, Cairngorm Capital

C. The Circle of Life: A Talk About Killing Services

  • Why and how services die

  • Service elements remain and be provided legally, effectively, and sustainably

  • We learn from these closures to design better services in the first place

Anne Dhir, Service Designer & Creative Strategist, SPARCK


12:00    Transition

12:10    Second Breakout Option

D. Am I a Good Leader?

  • Why is good leadership important to support your business objectives?

  • What is a good leader? We will explore the characteristics and responsibilities of a good leader.

  • Understanding and reflecting on your own capabilities as a leader? Bravery is the key to this one!

  • Evolving your capabilities to address the deficiencies in your leadership approach.

Laura Casci, Head of Delivery, BJSS

E. Decarbonising the Digital World in Which We All Live

  • Why should we care about the impact of digital?

  • An approach to measuring impact

  • The scale of opportunity, and how do we make all our great tech more energy efficient?

  • What we do next matters...

Eric Zie, CEO & Co-Founder, GoCodeGreen


F.  Achieve Cyber Essentials and Accreditation Whilst Running Unsupported Apps

  • The impact of running legacy apps and servers in 2023

  • What’s new in Cyber Essentials v3, and how will it impact me

  • How to easily address all your compatibility, security, and compliance


Barry Daniels, Chief Operating Officer, Droplet Computing

12:40    Lunch Exhibition and Networking


SESSION 3  Re-watch on Youtube 

The afternoon session will take a reflective look at technology leadership: we will breakdown the challenge of decision-making in senior roles and look at ways to avoid and mitigate mistakes; explore what is required to create a positive business culture, and then consider how we as tech leaders can help move the needle on climate change and build a more sustainable future.


13:30     Decisions, Decisions, Decisions - How to Know if You're Getting it Right

Marnie McCormack, MD, Software Engineering, JP Morgan Chase & Co

13:50     Culture as a Platform

David Farquhar, CEO, IGS 

14:10     Building a Sustainable Future: How we Take Responsibility as Tech Leaders

Tim Sabanov, CTO, Zumo

14:30     Combined Q&A

15:00     Closing Remarks


15:05     Networking Drinks Reception

17:00     Close of Conference


*The conference programme is provisional and subject to revision



DIGIT has rapidly grown into the largest independent business technology community in Scotland. We run an extensive series of conferences focused on core areas of emerging Technology, Digital and IT. We also run Scotland's leading Technology News Platform with over 50,000 page views per month.

The events provide a unique platform for knowledge exchange, drawing stakeholders together to explore best practice, technological innovation and business outcomes. Our conferences attract a senior delegate following and have become renowned as an important forum for high-level networking.



2023 Sponsors & Exhibitors

Co Sponsors



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