Skills Development Scotland launches a report and a new fund underlining the importance of neurodivergent individuals to technology companies. In this session you will hear:
Bev Harrow is a mother of three sons, a company director and a volunteer director of her local Citizens Advice bureaux. With a background in law, Bev became interested in disability rights and inclusion policy because as a mother of a disabled child she encountered many barriers to his schooling, and has had to advocate for his right to be treated fairly and equitably. She strongly believes that supporting neurodiverse children by creating alternative pathways to learning will allow them to achieve at their full potential through tertiary education and on to employment, and that disability should never be a barrier to achievement.
Co-Chair Neurodiversity Workstream for Digital Skills
Lee Hutchison has spent the past decade supporting individuals with disabilities and health conditions towards positive destinations within employment and education. Lee has worked previously as a student support worker collaborating with Edinburgh College, Napier University and Heriot Watt University providing student support exclusively to individuals on the Autistic Spectrum. For the past four years at Into Work, Lee has been an employment adviser supporting people with disabilities, health conditions and barriers into employment, volunteer opportunities and training courses. Lee has worked with clients to help them achieve employment within the Scottish Government, NHS, the tech industry, and much more while working with local businesses to make them more inclusive, diverse, and supportive for their staff.
Founder & CEO of Estendio
Chris Hughes is the founder & CEO of Estendio, creators of the Present Pal software. Created out of his own experience with dyslexia, Present Pal now supports disabled students in over 100 universities in the UK & Ireland and is now expanding into North America. Chris has a passion for accessibility, where he chairs Skills Development Scotland’s Neurodiversity in Tech Workstream. He has also delivered keynote presentations at Microsoft’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), MIT’s Assistive Technology Hackathon and Harvard Business School.
Kate Forbes MSP
Skills Development Scotland Report Launch: Neurodiversity in Digital Tech
Andrew Harmel Law
Bev Harrow, Lee Hutchinson and Chris Hughes
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
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
Ten Traits that Differentiate the most Trusted Advisors
Getting value from data – productionising data science
Innovating with Immigration.
Dr James McMinn
Tech challenges coming out of Open Banking and the GOFCoE project
50% of AI is easy, we just don’t know which half
Alex Bell and Petur Einarsson
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
Paul Neeson and Andrew Noble
A Fyne future for graphical development
Launching terrestrial tech into the space marketplace
Tales from the Crypt(o)
Dr David Alexander
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.