New virtual conference aims to build Scottish ‘tech for good’ ecosystem

A new virtual conference featuring international keynote speakers is aiming to build the Scottish ‘tech for good’ ecosystem.

The ‘Tech for Good Summit Scotland’ will feature Amanda Renteria, CEO of Code for America, and seeks to bring together expertise from industry to focus on purpose-driven tech development.

Hosted on Wednesday next week, April 28, the event is free to attend although the not-for-profit organisers – The Scottish Tech Army, which aims to ‘mobilise Scotland’s tech talent’ for good causes – are welcoming donations.

Alistair Forbes, Co-Founder and CEO of the Scottish Tech Army, said: “There is a huge amount of tech for good going on in Scotland and this amazing ecosystem has been transforming organisations and lives over the past year as it has responded to organisations in need.

“Now, however, we have an opportunity to ‘switch things up’ a bit by drawing all the components of this ecosystem to one place for a day of discussion, debate, discovery and challenge.

“Our aim is to find ways to aggregate all our efforts and amplify their impact by co-ordinating the many initiatives that already exist – as well as stimulating new collaborations.”

The Scottish Tech Army has joined forces with tech trade body ScotlandIS, charity regulator OSCR and Scotland’s digital skills academy, CodeClan, to present the inaugural ‘Tech for Good Summit Scotland’.

Other keynotes include Shonaig Macpherson CBE FRSE, Chair of the Robertson Trust, who will give a funder’s perspective on digitisation in the third sector.

Renteria, who was the first Latina chief of staff in the history of the U.S. Senate in a distinguished public service career, will share best practices from one of the world’s leading Tech for Good organisations in conversation with BBC Innovations Correspondent, Laura Goodwin.

The interactive panel sessions feature many well-known experts and personalities from across the Scottish economy who will gather to debate on topics including the state of the tech for good ecosystem in Scotland, how to be an agile charity, how to use your specialist skills for the greater good and how to aggregate and amplify efforts for a greater effect.

Hosts include Peter Proud, CEO of Forrit and Jane Morrison-Ross, CEO of South of Scotland Enterprise. Panellists include Alice Piterova, MD of AI for Good, Iain McCorquodale, Head of Core Banking at RBS and Theresa Shearer, Group CEO of ENABLE Scotland.

Further information and registration here: https://tfgscot21.scottishtecharmy.org/