How inclusion can drive economic growth

Janet Onyia, Technology Consultant, Accenture

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We know diverse workforces make for better businesses. How can we ensure we can connect people from across our communities into the opportunities within our growing sector? 

Janet is a Technology Consultant in Accenture, where she delivers large-scale Platform Transformations in the Financial Sector. She’s also advised business leaders and policy-makers on Ethics within Data and Applied Intelligence in relation to Inclusion and Diversity. Passionate about Intrapreneurship, she’s established two key internal communities covering gender inclusion within Technology and another for Black colleagues.

The Founder of TivityPod (a platform for booking children’s extra-curricular activities for schools and parents) as well as a Fellow on the Founders Forum ‘Founders of the Future Fellowship’ programme, she’s considered to be among the UK’s most promising Tech Founders under 30. She recently founded the purpose-driven lifestyle business Onyi Gifts, with a focus on personal and corporate gifting with the promotion of independent female businesses at its core. She also created the Fife Lockdown Economy marketplace, connecting local people with the amended services of small businesses in the community at the height of lockdown.

She’s a mentor for young entrepreneurs as part of the Young Entrepreneurship Scotland programme and sponsors young people from under-represented backgrounds into Tech.


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Session 2

In the Midst of Fire – The Chaos of Ransomware Attacks 

Towards Application Driven Infrastructure

How inclusion can drive economic growth? 

Restart and Prosper: Tech trends emerging from the pandemic

Chris Yule

Kief Morris

Janet Onyia

Richard Marshall



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.

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