Glasgow Tech Week launches with focus on investment

Entrepreneurs and innovators from across the Glasgow area have started gathering for the first-ever Tech Week in Scotland.

Taking place May 13-18, Glasgow Tech Week will showcase the tech, digital and creative industries within the city and facilitate discussions on how to grow the ecosystem to support jobs and economic growth.

The week will see a series of conferences, panels, breakfast sessions, workshops and networking events taking place across the city, supported by Glasgow City Innovation District (GCID).

Tech Week’s headline event, Glasgow Tech Fest, takes place on Thursday, May 16.

Glasgow Tech Week will see events in collaboration with KPMG, AND Digital, Black and Scot, Cooper Parry and Johnstone Carmichael as part of the diverse programme that incorporates topics including investment and pitching as well as diversity and equality.

Glasgow City Innovation District director Alisdair Gunn said: “We are delighted to introduce Scotland’s first Tech Week to Glasgow.

“Bringing together partners from across Glasgow and beyond to showcase the incredible work taking place in the tech, digital and creative sectors and providing free events that will help businesses connect, learn and grow.

“We have been overwhelmed by the positive response from organisations across the ecosystem to supporting Glasgow Tech Week which highlights the vibrancy and growth of Glasgow’s Innovation Economy.

“We have a fantastic programme of events taking place from investment and pitching to educational roundtables all leading up to our headline event, Glasgow Tech Fest, taking place on 16 May.

“We look forward to seeing the ecosystem from across Scotland coming together to support the activity taking place.”

Headline speakers at the main Glasgow Tech Fest event will be scientist, educator and broadcaster Maggie Aderin-Pocock, who will deliver the opening keynote speech on breaking barriers, and Jason Bradbury, the journalist and presenter best known for his former role on The Gadget Show, who will give the closing keynote speech on the future of technology.

Businesses and organisers located within Glasgow City can apply for a Tech Smart Meetup Subsidy available from Glasgow City Council to support the delivery of conference and tech ecosystem events in the city.