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Top Networking Events in Scotland

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The next few months are full of opportunities to get together with prospective new employers in the digital sector, or track down like-minded people to share and swap bright ideas with.

We’ve rounded up some of the best networking events taking place in Edinburgh and Glasgow over the next few months. You should be able to register for most of these events through Eventbrite.

CodeClan Info Session

We’re biased naturally, but we couldn’t leave out our very own info sessions, which are designed to provide a bit more info on what our 16-week courses involve. Come along and have a beer or a glass of wine and chat with some of the course instructors to hear what the curriculum contains, plus we’ll have students there to tell you what they’ve been getting up to and how they find the classes.

When: about once a month in each of CodeClan’s Glasgow and Edinburgh campuses.

Where: CodeClan Glasgow, Clockwise, 77 Renfrew Street; CodeClan Edinburgh, 37 Castle Terrace.

Just click on the date to register for one of the events.


A Forum for Technology Justice: Making technology work for people & planet

“Shape the future of technology and innovation. Rub shoulders with leaders in business, development, government and research, and collaboratively workshop to explore new pathways towards pro-poor innovation, equitable tech access and sustainable use of technologies.

We want you to help us forge pioneering new partnerships for change and set the world on course towards a new paradigm of sustainable and equitable technology development.

Check out the full programme here:”

When: Thursday 10 March, 12.30pm-Friday 11 March, 2pm

Where: Centre for Carbon Innovation, High School Yards, Edinburgh

Scottish Developers present a Triple Bill of Talks: Webpack / iOS app using Xamarin / DevOps

A free afternoon of talks and sessions designed to improve front-end workflow and help people to become more efficient in web development and testing.

When: Friday 11 March, 1pm-5pm

Where: Microsoft Offices Edinburgh, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh

Data Talent Scotland ‘collider’ event

Primarily for people studying data science courses as well as people with a tech background, this ‘collider’ event is essentially an opportunity to find out about recruitment opportunities and network for those who want to move over into data.

When: Wednesday 16 March, 10am-5pm

Where: The Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh


Working in the Computing and Creative Technologies Conference

WICCT is aimed at Computing and Creative Technology students, graduates and companies across Scotland. WICCT’s central themes are employment and employability in the computing and creative industries. Students find out how to start your computing and creative industry careers and graduates get advice on making your way up the career ladder. Companies connect directly with students and graduates, network and talent spot.

When: Wednesday 16 March, 9.20am-4.40pm

Where: University of the West of Scotland, Paisley Campus, Paisley

Hack the Burgh

Hack the Burgh is a hackathon organised by the University of Edinburgh CompSoc where students come together, team up and collaborate to build cool stuff with data and challenges provided by their sponsors.

When: Saturday 19 March, 10am-4pm

Where: Blackrock International, 1 Semple Street, Edinburgh


First meetup of Women in Tech Scotland

The first meetup of Women in Tech, Scotland will provide a chance to hear from women working in a range of tech roles in Scotland and for discussion on topics, speakers and venues for future events.

“Welcome to all women in tech in Scotland! We are a group of female digital technology professionals getting together to discuss topics in tech, with a focus on advocating for better recognition and opportunities for women working in the technology sector in Scotland. This is a group for women working in all areas of digital technology, from education to software development, media to analytics, startups to multinationals – come along for discussion, presentations and networking.

This meetup is free. Please join the meetup group and RSVP if you would like to come along.”

When: Tuesday 22 March, 6.30pm

Where: Blackfriars Pub, Merchant City, Glasgow.

The Edinburgh Finance-Themed Tech Hackathon

“Interested in Finance? Interested in Tech? Then come to our finance-hackathon!

The finance industry cannot resist the rapid, technology-driven changes that have turned other industries upside-down and inside out. New digital players are springing up and promising to change the way we as customers live our lives and do business. Every area of financial services is being disrupted.

Following the success of our last event, we’re organising another finance-themed hackathon where you’ll be fed, watered, (hugged, if absolutely necessary), and sheltered from the elements, while you pitch your ideas, attract skilled team-mates, design your product, build a working prototype and present to a select panel of judges.

Our event is aimed at those who enjoy designing or building software products, making sense of and manipulating data, or have ideas that they’d like to pitch that are aimed at improving a financial service.

It will be intense (there might be tears) but it will be fun. There will be friends to be made and hopefully more cool prizes to be won.”

When: Friday 1 April, 6pm – Sunday 3 April, 7.30pm

Where: Saltire Court, 20 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh

RookieOven meetings with fellow start-ups

RookieOven want to support the vibrant tech community in Glasgow and organise a monthly meetup for startup founders and employees, taking place on the first Monday of the month.

“Being a founder of a startup isn’t easy. As a founder you’ll likely experience highs and lows; a real rollercoaster of emotions. That is why support and regular contact with fellow founders is invaluable. The meetup is a platform for the Scottish startup community to interact on a regular basis. The RookieOven meetup in a monthly opportunity to meet fellow founders in a relaxed environment. Share experience, soak up advice, connect and collaborate.

At the meetup there are no talks, presentations or set agendas just great conversations between Scottish startup founders, employees and enthusiasts. Code of Conduct: Don’t be a dick.”

When: The first Monday of the month. Next meeting, Monday 4th April, 6.30pm.

Where: The Raven, Renfield Street, Glasgow

Expo Scotland – Spring 2016

Hashtag Events presents Expo Scotland, “an awesome day for businesses of all kinds across the region and beyond”.

“Expo Scotland has become the region’s largest one day business event and attracts over 1,000 delegates from every kind of business imaginable. It is free to attend the event.

New for 2016: We offer you the chance to have your attendance validated and certificated for your CPD or Continuous Learning requirements.

There are around 120 companies exhibiting and with a packed programme of almost 30 seminars and workshops, networking events and a huge exhibition to browse, there are opportunities galore for attendees and exhibitors.”

When: Wednesday 13th April, 9am-4pm

Where: Hampden Park

Discovering Digital World insight evenings

Skills Development Scotland are running a series of insight evenings in towns and cities across Scotland from now until May. It’s an opportunity to network with businesses based in your area. It’s aimed at career changers, students and parents of young people who want to know more about the industry so they can give their kids better advice.

When: Tuesday 19 April, 6.30pm

Where: Dynamic Earth, Holyrood Gait, Edinburgh

When: Tuesday 26 April, 6.30

Where: Strathclyde Technology Innovation Centre, George Street, Glasgow

Other dates:

Aberdeen – Monday 29/02/2016: Robert Gordon University: 6.30pm-8pm

Dundee – Thursday 03/03/2016: Vision Building: 6.30pm-8pm

Oban – Friday 11/03/2016: SAMS: 6.30pm-8pm

Inverness – Monday 14/03/2016: Inverness College: 6.30pm-8pm

Dumfries – Thursday 22/03/2016: Easterbrook Hall: 6.30pm-8pm

The Edinburgh Business Exhibition

The Biz Expos are a series of annual business exhibitions designed to create business opportunities for exhibitors and visitors.

“It’s free to attend (we can’t believe some people actually charge visitors!)

  • We run free business seminars by market leaders
  • We host massive speed networking events
  • We only allow a max of 2 businesses from any sector to exhibit (eg. 2 accountants, 2 web designers)
  • We go big – as big as we can, in fact our biggest to date has been 120 exhibitors (sold out)”

When: Wednesday 18 May, 10am-3pm

Where: Assembly Rooms, George Street, Edinburgh


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