JOBS: Director of User Services sought by University of Edinburgh

The following position is being advertised by The University of Edinburgh and the recruiter has asked us to spread word through the Girl Geek Scotland Network. Hope it is of interest to some of you. Details below and at the link:

Hudson Technology Change & Digital Transformation are now working with one of Scotland’s most recognised institutes as they seek to recruit a Director of User Services within one of their key Service Groups. This role will form a critical part of the organisation’s Digital and Service Transformation Strategy as they will focus on providing an excellent level of service for the wider organisation.

Find out more about this excellent opportunity here.


JOBS: Deputy CIO Sought by The University Of Edinburgh

The following position is being advertised by The University of Edinburgh and the recruiter has asked us to spread word through the Girl Geek Scotland Network. Hope it is of interest to some of you. Details below and at the link:

Hudson Technology, Change & Digital Transformation are proud to be working with the University of Edinburgh, one of the most globally recognised institutes in the country, as they seek to recruit the Director of their Applications Development and Operations Division within the Information Services Group. With a focus on the University’s Digital Transformation strategy over the next few years, this role is a critical hire for the organisation as they aim to stay at the forefront of technology within higher education.

Find out more about this excellent opportunity here.

EVENT: Sign Up for our FREE Mentoring event on Tuesday 23 May 2017- Breaking the Glass Ceiling

This event will provide valuable insights to those of us that have experienced ‘the glass ceiling’ effect in our workplace as well as to employers who would like to maximize the potential of their employees.

We have a fantastic range of speakers and workshops planned to tell you more about the initiatives that are operating across a number of companies and how as individuals we can empower ourselves to challenge this issue within our own work environment.


For security please ensure you register for access to the building.

Event Details

Anderson Strathern Solicitors, 1 Rutland Court, Edinburgh, EH3 8EY

(Host) Anderson Strathern Solicitors
Talat Yaqoob – Director, Equate Scotland
Ceri Shaw – Engineering Manager, FreeAgent

6.30 pm – 7pm Registration and networking
7pm Welcome and introductions
7.10pm – 7.30pm Presentations
7.30pm – 8pm Networking
8pm – 9pm Workshops led by speakers
9pm – 9.45pm Wrap up and networking

Wine/soft drinks and nibbles provided

REPORT: Scottish Technology Industry Survey

Room For More Growth!

The Scottish Technology Industry Survey report looks forward to more growth for Scotland’s tech sector

Research by ScotlandIS, the report describes Scotland’s digital technologies industry as having an optimistic future and continuing to grow sales, profits and headcount, after a strong 2016.

The survey found that 82% of businesses expect sales to increase in 2017 and 78% of those surveyed said they have a very optimistic or optimistic view for the year ahead.

The digital technologies industry’s positive outlook follows the sustained growth of the sector in 2016. Seven out of ten companies reported an increase in sales, some by more than 50% year on year.

Predicted employment growth is also on the up since last year’s survey. Overall 78% of firms forecast that they will hire more staff in 2017, compared with 66 percent in 2016. This rises to 84% for small businesses when taken on their own.

Digital technologies trade body, ScotlandIS, produced the annual survey sponsored in 2017 by Nine Twenty Technology.

Polly Purvis, chief executive of ScotlandIS, said:

“The results of this year’s survey show the confidence and resilience of the digital technologies industry which is continuing to grow and maintain its optimistic outlook despite uncertainties in the political environment.

“This is great news not just for our sector, but also for the economy as a whole. The digital technologies industry generates over £5 billion in GVA for Scotland every year and is becoming more and more important in our increasingly digital world.”

The skills shortage remains an issue for firms but the data showed companies are embracing alternative routes into the sector, with 38% of respondents reporting that they are likely to recruit modern apprentices in 2017, up from 29% last year.

For the first time since 2013, demand for experienced staff has outstripped that for graduates, although the need for university graduates continues to be a priority for firms of all sizes.

Software and web development remain the most in demand skills but there is also a strong requirement for commercial, business support and project management skills, which are required by more than two thirds of companies. In this area sales and business development skills are particularly sought after.

A growing number of firms (73%) expect to recruit the majority of new staff from within Scotland, compared with 60% in 2016. At the same time, the percentage of businesses forecasting that new talent will come from outside the UK has dropped from 21% to 9%.



LEARNING: FREE webinars for tech employers to address the gender gap

Tech Employers – attract, recruit and retain more female talent!

Skills Development Scotland and Equate Scotland are delighted to launch a series of free webinars in partnership with the Digital Technologies Skills Group. These webinars will provide all digital technology employers whether start-up, SME or large, the advice, skills and insights needed to increase the number of women in tech.

  • The webinars will be an interactive guide through the following issues:
  • How to take positive action measures
  • How to recruit and retain women employees
  • The business and economic case for increases women’s representation in tech
  • Implementing flexible working
  • Overcoming challenges and barriers
  • Tackling biased language

The webinars will be accompanies by a Best Practice Guide with case studies from employers taking action on gender across Scotland.

This will be a 3 part series of 1.5 hour webinars taking place on the 18th, 24th and 27th of April. All you need to is register and logon from your desk to take part!


PITCH: Deloitte Launch Start-Ups Initiative With Pitch Event

Deloitte are launching an exciting initiative for cocnnecting start-ups in Scotland with investors with a Pitching Event.

The Pitching Event

Start-ups are invited to promote themselves at this innovative pitching event on Tuesday 25 April.

The purpose is to connect people to the latest in the technology industry, and to support Scotland’s start-ups by providing them with access to high profile clients and investors.

Held in Deloitte’s Agile Digital Studio in Edinburgh, they want to hear from 5-10 of today’s most disruptive start-ups focusing on “Innovating in the Digital Era.”

Event Format – Pitch and Network

The event will be informal with plenty of networking opportunities, and approximately 50 investors, Deloitte practitioners and clients attending. The event will be in a pitch format, with every start-up giving a brief presentation about their business and how it is affecting the enterprise. Each start-up will have their own station (screen and a small table) so attendees can get hands-on experience with the technologies being featured.


The winning pitch will be selected by a panel of 3 judges. The prize will be promotion by Deloitte, and increased visibility to clients and investors.  The selected winner will also be awarded short-listing for investment through our ‘Scottish Kick Start a Start-Up’ secondment scheme. This involves placing one of our Scottish business analysts into a start-up venture on a three month investment basis. One of their analysts recently finished a secondment with Ada College (National College for Digital Skills) and the partnership was featured in The Times.

How to apply

Please submit a five-minute or less video pitch of the start-up(s), along with a short description of the company’s details, including turnover and employees to

Access the event flyer here.

LEARNING: Kids Summer Coding Camp Has Three Places Up For Grabs

News from our chums at Active Coding Academies:

A Scottish coding startup aimed at students aged 12-17 is celebrating their launch by giving teens the chance to win free admission to their summer programme.

Edinburgh-based Active Coding Academies, which is operated by i2diversify, are looking to offer three lucky applicants the chance to experience the two week residential camp hosted at Strathallan boarding school near Perth.

The programme, taking place in early July, aims to educate students in various coding languages, from beginner to experienced.

Classes will introduce students to the wonders of coding using Python, React JS, Java and SQL.

In addition to classroom teaching, students will take part in an extensive daily outdoor activities programme with the option of taking part in a different activity each day from swimming and football to salsa dancing and climbing.

Themed evening events also encourage students to work in teams and develop their ideas introduced in the classroom with activities such as a Zombie Murder Mystery to be featured in the programme.

Founder and Managing Director at ACA, Marc Dinardo, believes the unique experience they are offering is extremely beneficial to children’s development.

He said:

“There is nothing currently available that combines learning to code and physical activity, targeted towards teenagers.

“Both are of equal importance and we are going to educate students on the skill of coding, but also allow them a sense of freedom, to make new friends, create lasting memories and have as much fun during the summer as they possibly can.

“With a diverse range of careers now available to aspiring coders, we are seeking to develop a programme that appeals to both males and females across wide ranging backgrounds.

“We are on the lookout for three students who may not necessarily have considered coding before, but are open-minded, interested in learning and want to spend part of their summer in a stunning setting.

“Strathallan is a beautiful place and its availability is perfect in ensuring students have access to the very best facilities for sport and coding on campus.

“All the staff at ACA are hugely excited for July and look forward to hearing from applicants over the next few months!”

Tracy Pattinson, who is the Commercial Lets and Events Manager at Strathallan school, is also a fan of what Active Coding Academies are hoping to achieve.

“Strathallan is the venue of choice for a wide range of organisations during the spring and summer holidays and we are delighted to add the inaugural Active Coding Academy to our extensive programme.

“This unique course encourages children to engage in a variety of activities both inside and outside the classroom and Strathallan is the perfect environment for this.

“The programme which Marc and the team have brought together promises to be very popular and we look forward to welcoming students of Active Coding Academies to Strathallan in the summer.”

Teenagers who are interested in this opportunity are asked to complete the brief personal statement and application form at outlining why they should be selected!

The deadline for applications is the 14th April. Follow ACA on Twitter and Instagram at @activecoders, for updates and more information.

EVENT: Move Summit – Scotland’s largest dedicated commercial animation event


Move Summit 23 February 2017

Move Summit Showcases Strength of Scottish Animation

Edinburgh is getting ready to play host to some of the UK’s biggest animation studios, as part of Scotland’s largest commercial animation event. Move Summit 2017 takes place on February 23rd, and features appearances from 59 Productions, Red Knuckles, and a host of other big name talent. The event will be a rare opportunity to glimpse behind the scenes on some of the most exciting animation work of the last few years.


Richard Slaney of Tony Award-winning 59 Productions will be offering an exclusive insight into the epic Deep Time project, which opened 2016’s Edinburgh International Festival. On top of that, Mario Ucci and Rick Thiele of Red Knuckles will talk us through their amazing work on commercials and shorts. More keynote speakers are set to join the bill soon.


Move Summit is also a chance to celebrate the talent of tomorrow: the students and recent graduates who are building their career in the animation industry. An exclusive Emerging Talent workshop forms a central strand to the event, with a chance to interact with industry mentors and make valuable connections for the future. Award-winning Scottish studios Axis Animation, Whitespace, Interference Pattern, Once Were Farmers and Werewolf will be joined by talent incubator Animation Centrifuge, to offer insight and know how.


In addition to the top-notch lineup of speakers, attendees can look forward to hands-on technology previews, a live animation project, and a chance to network with fellow animation professionals at an evening event in Edinburgh’s bustling Old Town.


Event Co-ordinator Jayne Coulthard says “We wanted to shed light on the fantastic animation industry we have here in Scotland, particularly within the commercial sector. We aim to bring creatives together from film, television, advertising, games, and visual arts to celebrate the joy of making things move.”


Move Summit will be hosted by Whitespace, just off Edinburgh’s Princes St. Tickets are available now 

Please visit to find out more. You can also follow Move Summit on Twitter @Move_Summit, and join the discussion at


Denis Mallon, Communications Director: (+44)7876521984 –

Brian Baglow, Marketing Manager: (+44)7747792247 –





COURSE: Fully Funded Digital Marketing Course

News about fully funded digital marketing course from our friends at BSmart:

BUSINESSES in Scotland are being given the chance to skill up their workforce with an innovative online digital marketing course – for free.

And companies who sign up to the fully funded nationally accredited course, Digital Promotion for Business, will also receive at no charge their own tailored free smartphone app worth £3,000.

The initiative is being offered by Glasgow Kelvin College working in partnership with, a division of Bsmart Media, and aims to try and address the digital skills gap that exists across Scotland.

It is thought 12.6 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills, while 5.8 million have never used the internet at all, according to a recent report.

The Level 2 NCFE accredited distance-learning course was created to meet the demand for digital media for businesses and is online so employees can complete the course at their own speed.

Content includes help on how to use more effectively social networking sites such as YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to boost your online presence.

The smartphone app complements the digital marketing strategy and offers a wide range of features to attract new customers and keep in touch with current customers.

These include push notifications – free messages sent out to people who have downloaded the app – a loyalty scheme to retain custom and social media integration.

Neil Harding, managing director of Bsmart Media, said:

“The UK leads Europe on tech, but we need to take concerted action to avoid falling behind online.

“We are all spending more and more time on our mobiles, tablets and laptops, while many of our working days are also spent in front of a screen.

“That’s why businesses need to understand how working practices are changing, and this course has been developed to meet this need.

“With this offer, not only does the business invest in its workforce by upskilling them, it also gets a free app to market itself using a medium that its customers are using more and more.”

Places and funding are limited and for more information about this offer visit, telephone 0800 254 50 51 or email

ARTICLE: From Forbes: Make 2017 Your Year to Launch: Smart Tips from Silicon Valley CEOs

Re-posting from Forbes magazine:

By Samantha Walravens & Heather Cabot

Think 2017 is your year to finally share that amazing business idea in your head and introduce it to the world? Buckle up. In the words of Sallie Krawcheck, founder and CEO of Ellevest, “Being an entrepreneur is harder than running Merrill Lynch, and I’m not just saying that. I ran Merrill Lynch.” We know starting and running a tech company is not for the faint of heart, but if you are ready to take the plunge this year, here are some key insights from top female founders of early stage ventures who’ve been there done that. We spoke with them at the 2016 Tech Inclusion Conference in San Francisco (Check out the panel here). They dished on everything from finding the right investors to hiring a good team to staying the course in the rough and tumble world of starting a business. Here are the takeaways:

1. “Great business ideas are a dime a dozen. Choose one you’re excited to work on for the next five, ten, twenty years.” – Sarah Kunst, founder and CEO, Proday

According to Proday CEO Sarah Kunst, lots of people have ideas. But how you execute on them is what really matters. When starting out, Kunst recommends following the advice of entrepreneur and author James Altucher and writing down 10 business brainstorms every day. As Altucher says, “Just get in the habit of finding ideas and figuring out if they could be viable and eventually one will stick and you’ll realize you can make money from it and you’ll love it.”

2. “Before you hire a team, build a prototype and make sure there is interest in your product.” – Shanna Tellerman, founder and CEO, Modsy

Entrepreneurs can get wedded to an idea they think will be “the next big thing,” when in fact, nobody else cares about it. The first thing founders need to do is make sure their product has what is called “product market fit.” Simply put, this means you should make things people want. Shanna Tellerman, founder and CEO of Modsy, suggests building a prototype and testing it with customers to confirm that they will use and buy your product. Maci Peterson, founder and CEO of On Second Thought, adds that your business should solve a problem. She should know. She built her messaging recall app after she texted an old boyfriend telling him that she missed his “balls,” when she meant to write “calls.” Oops!

3. “Be careful whose money you take.” – Maci Peterson, founder and CEO, On Second Thought

“Someone recently told me that it’s easier to get a divorce than to fire an investor ,” says Peterson, “so you have to be very cognizant of whose money you’re taking.” She talks about a meeting she had with potential investors where the VC’s directed all of their questions to a male colleague she had just hired. She calls these incidences “great litmus tests” to gauge whom you want to work with, be it investors or colleagues. “When I see behaviors like this, I know you’re not the right business partner for me,” she underlines.

Modsy CEO Tellerman adds, “ Venture capital is a pain. Don’t take it if you don’t need it .” It’s a decision she’s experienced first hand. She has raised $12 million for her current business, Modsy, and successfully sold her first startup, Wild Pockets, to Autodesk. Although it may seem like standard protocol for Silicon Valley startups to raise venture capital, in truth, most businesses do not. Historically, fewer than 1% of U.S. companies have raised capital from VCs.

“To raise venture capital, you need to be working on something that is scalable and has the potential to be a hundreds of million or even billion dollar business,” Tellerman explains. “If you’re not going down that path, don’t bother raising venture capital.” Having a venture capitalist on your board means you have another partner in your business you need to answer to. As a founder, you need to decide whether the benefits outweigh the costs.

4. Find your “tribe.” – Jean Miller Truelson, CEO of Dogpatch Technology, creators of

Jean Truelson, CEO of Dogpatch Technology, creators of, emphasizes the importance of finding people you respect and want to work with. “I didn’t walk into Silicon Valley with a set of connections or background in tech, but I was able to build those connections through people I already knew. It required a lot of hustling,” she says.

While building connections is critical to succeeding as a tech entrepreneur, Modsy’s Tellerman admits she hates the word “networking” because it sounds superficial and intimidating. She cautions founders to seek out relationships “strategically.” “Network with the people you want to work with, who will lead you to the right investors and people you want to know, ” advises Tellerman. “Most entrepreneurs start with no network, no connections, no experience. You have to build your way up to it, but you usually start with nothing.”

Read more from this original article on the Forbes website here.

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