Welcome to
CmdR ScotSoft2020

Digital is no longer an option.

We need to reboot and recover, and to do that digital is critical. It’s a catalyst for economic growth and is supporting the transformation of businesses across the globe.

CmdR ScotSoft is the leading tech conference in Scotland and has been running for more than 20 years. It’s an annual festival of ideas and innovation that showcases the best of the Scottish technology sector and brings you sought after speakers from far flung locations.

We seek to help technology businesses and professionals focus on future trends, opportunities for growth, look at personal development in leadership skills and strategies and help the digital community in Scotland prosper.

This year is no different.  We’ll bring together a community like minded professionals to learn from the very best within our industry – only instead of connecting in person, we’ll do it in a virtual environment.

You’ll enjoy a packed day with speakers drawn from all corners of the world.  This year we’ve got Steve “Guggs” Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President – AI & ISV Engagement at Microsoft Corporation, Rik Ferguson, Vice President of Security Research at Trend Micro, Andrew Harmel-Law, Technical Principal at ThoughtWorks, security geek Mark Goodwin (Mozilla)  – check out our speakers and agenda to find out more.

We’ll be running parallel sessions throughout the day focussing on things your business can do to recover and grow, taking a deep dive into core subjects including cloud, AI, languages and security, and also looking at how technology can help transform non-tech businesses, highlighting some of the best solutions Scotland has to offer.

So if you’re a practitioner, leader or just an interested observer, join us, we’d love to have you.


9.00 am

9.15 am



Welcome from Cabinet Secretary for Finance

Opening Keynotes

Rik Ferguson, Global VP of Security Research, Trend Micro 

Colin Cook, Digital Director, Scottish Government 

Kate Fobes MSP

10.05 am


Session 1

Open source tools to find security vulnerabilities within applications

Building an Enterprise Data Marketplace to Shop for Data as a Service

Organisation Refactoring and Culture Hacking – Lessons from Software

Skills Development Scotland Report Launch: Neurodiversity in Digital Tech



Mark Goodwin

Mike Fergusson

Andrew Harmel Law

Bev Harrow, Lee Hutchinsion and Chris Hughes

11.00 am


Session 2

Session 2.1

Towards Application Driven Infrastructure

How inclusion can drive economic growth? 

Restart and Prosper: Tech trends emerging from the pandemic



Don Smith

Kief Morris

Janet Onyia

Richard Marshall

11.50 am


Session 3

AI for Good Mapping land cover to support Natural Capital Asset Index tracking in Scotland 

Collaborating across clusters

Look! There’s a Threat Model in my DevOps

Sharpening the saw – how tooling can make us better developers



Dr Murray Collins

Dr Poonam, Ben Shorrock, David Dunn, Jane Morrison-Ross

Alyssa Miller

Chris Heilmann

13.20 pm


Session 4

Session 4.1

Real-time monitoring of social media to alert traders to actionable information

Session 4.3

Tech challenges coming out of Open Banking and the GOFCoE project



Austen Mulinder

Dr James McMinn

Jamie Kerr

Gavin Littlejohn

14.10 pm


Session 5

Overcoming and handling bias in data: ethical and practical considerations 

Building brand awareness for your tech company 

Start up, scale up


The investment landscape – a fairer future?



Olivia Gambelin, Joseph Cripsbell

Kathryn Strachan

Peter Proud

Brian Baglow

Paul Neeson

15.30 pm


Session 6

How to (and why) build  a new, open source, gui toolkit that rethinks how we build graphical applications across any platform. It’s a community effort.

Launching terrestrial tech into the space marketplace

Tales from the Crypt(o)


Andrew Williams

Dr David Alexander

Matt Summers

16.15 pm


Closing Keynote

Steve Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President – AI & ISV Engagement at Microsoft Corporation 

17.15 pm

Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards

The YSE Awards recognise the best undergraduate software projects, drawn from across all students studying computing science and software engineering in Scotland.

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