Collaborating Across Clusters

Panel Session: Jane Morrison-Ross, David Dunn, Ben Shorrock and Dr Poonam Malik

Click play above to watch again.


To compete globally our UK tech clusters need to be of a sufficient size to match up, whether it’s with Silicon Valley, the Pearl River Delta or even Greater London. How do we build compelling narratives and programmes across many UK localities to rival international superclusters.

Chair: Dr. Poonam Malik
Poonam is an academic entrepreneurial research management leader with extensive experience of working in innovation, enterprise, healthcare industry and academic business sectors globally.

As Board Member of Scottish Enterprise, Dr Malik is focussed on stimulating business and university links and nurturing innovation and digital technology development in the Scottish economy.

Jane Morrison- Ross
CEO, ScotlandIS
A focused, energetic and innovative CEO who leads by example, Jane is passionate about Scotland’s opportunity to become a true digital democracy by building a transformational infrastructure through collaborative working.

A passionate and committed businesswoman, Morrison-Ross is a highly experienced technology industry executive. She has a strong track record of working in and with digital companies, in operations and consultancy, holding senior roles at Capgemini and most recently as CEO of the Taigh Chearsabhagh Museum & Arts Centre.

David Dunn
CEO, Sunderland Software City
David is the current CEO of Sunderland Software City, a nationally recognised technology sector support body.

Prior to this regionally important role David held a range of senior positions at OneNorthEast, the regional development agency and previously was Project Director of Financial Inclusion Newcastle.

Ben Shorrock
Managing Director, TechSPARK
Ben is MD of TechSPARK and leads on strategy, operations and our business consultancy services. He has previously managed Business Development for Invest Bristol and Bath and still helps as their Digital Sector Specialist.

Watch Again - CmdR ScotSoft2020
Click the link to play



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 Malik, Ben Shorrock, David Dunn, Jane Morrison-Ross

Alyssa Miller

Chris Heilmann



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.

ScotSoft2020 dated -01