Scotland’s digital scene isn’t just about producing the best new products and services, it’s also about the people behind them.
From groups of coding enthusiasts tucked away in a pub basement to hundreds of tech experts filling a conference centre to hear from industry leaders, a glance at the Open Tech Calendar shows dozens of events taking place across Scotland every month.
Those from the digital industries are just as likely to find something relevant to them as hobbyists, students and those with no background in tech.
According to Euan Ramsay, co-organiser of Glasgow’s non-technical Digital Media Meetups, the digital culture in Scotland is vibrant and diverse.
“There’s a real culture of information sharing, teaching and learning. We hold the Meetup in a pub because we felt it was more relaxed than an office environment – it’s important to bring together like-minded people in a social environment to have a drink and potentially collaborate on new projects.”
Euan also co-organised digital and culture festival, Techaus, with Mark Muir in 2016. An extension of the Meetup, the cost of entry was kept to as low as £5 for students because the pair felt most tech and digital events “are out of the price range of people not attending on a professional basis.”
Keep an eye out for an Edinburgh version of the Meetup.
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Edinburgh-based Python tutor, Andrew Buchan, sees benefits to attending as many tech events as possible, explaining that he goes “partly for business networking, partly for meeting like-minded people, but also just to be part of the tech scene.”
“There could be thousands of devs in a geographical area but without social events there is no tech culture. Companies who can host should host.”
Whether you want to head along to TechMeetup Glasgow or an Edinburgh HackLab, Andrew’s clear of the benefits of leaving the laptop at home for a few hours. “You can learn an awful lot in one evening. Some are more social events, but you often still learn a few things, and the networking is great.”