Ten traits that differentiate the most trusted advisors

Christian Heilmann, Principal Software Development Engineer, Microsoft

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Austen is a highly experienced CEO, entrepreneur, investor and coach. His most recent CEO success was leading Ziosk, the restaurant customer tablet leader, from pre-revenue startup to market disruptor status, leading the market it created, serving 100’s of millions of guests a year, and processing over $8 billion annually. Prior to that Austen held global roles as a Corporate Vice President at Microsoft, where his accountabilities included global sales teams, Microsoft’s largest global clients, Microsoft’s global sales culture transformation and it’s Communications Sector business. Austen’s track record also includes mid-size business turnaround, transforming Fujitsu’s retail business to a top right-hand Gartner Magic Quadrant performer.

Austen has deep operational capability in building, operating and evolving software, services and hardware product and delivering complex, often disruptive, integrated solutions for both enterprises and consumers. Austen has held a wide range of Board Memberships from early stage to mature enterprises, with multiple successful exits. He is an accomplished public speaker and media spokesperson.

Austen lived and worked in Europe for more than ten years, and the US for more than twenty years. He currently serves a portfolio of businesses in the US and Europe as a chairman, investor, board member and strategic adviser.

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Session 4

Ten Traits that Differentiate the most Trusted Advisors

Getting value from data – productionising data science

Innovating with Immigration.



Austen Mulinder

Dr James McMinn

Jamie Kerr

Tech challenges coming out of Open Banking and the GOFCoE project

50% of AI is easy, we just don’t know which half


Gavin Littlejohn

Alex Bell and Petur Einarsson



Session 5

Overcoming and handling bias in data: ethical and practical considerations 

Building brand awareness for your tech company 

Start up, scale up


Navigating Venture Capital


Olivia Gambelin, Joseph Crispell

Kathryn Strachan

Peter Proud

Brian Baglow

Paul Neeson and Andrew Noble


Session 6

A Fyne future for graphical development

Launching terrestrial tech into the space marketplace

Tales from the Crypt(o)

Serverless Architecture


Andrew Williams

Dr David Alexander

Matt Summers

Julian Wood



Closing Keynote

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


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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