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DigitalScotland: Tayside

8 June 2023 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

In 2023 Futurescot are delivering a series of economic and digital transformation events across Scotland in Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Borderlands, Ayrshire, Inverness, and Edinburgh. The first of these unique forums is DigitalScotland: Tayside.

Dundee is famed for its legacy industries of jute, jam, and journalism. The city by the Tay has a rich history as a trading post, a mercantile port and flourishing centre for cultural exchange. Latterly, it has even helped the world embrace the cash machine.

But, like many parts of Scotland and the UK, this once thriving city is remaking itself in a new era. The internet age is disrupting industries old and new, with Dundee and the wider Tayside region seeking their own place in the firmament of global digital pioneers.

Fortunately, the city, along with Angus, Fife, Perth, and Kinross are developing a vibrant tech scene: as the home for a new cyberQuarter, to gaming companies, a drone port, agri-tech disruptors, and a new generation of med-tech spinouts, the region is seizing new opportunities.

With government support through city region deal funding, civic leaders are determined to bring to bear new skills and press their economic advantages to become more productive, competitive, and ambitious to connect to global markets.

Taking place on Thursday 8 June 2023 at Abertay University in Dundee,  DigitalScotland: Tayside will bring together policymakers, business leaders, educators, and community stakeholders to discuss the next steps for the region’s ongoing rejuvenation.

Confirmed sessions and speakers include:

Economic growth and stimulating emerging businesses:

  • Prof. Iain Gillespie, Principal and Vice-Chancellor, University of Dundee
  • Colin Cook, Director of Economic Development, The Scottish Government
  • Robin Presswood, Executive Director of City Development, Dundee City Council
  • Chris van der Kuyl, CBE, FRSE, Principal, Chroma Ventures
  • Mark Logan, Chief Entrepreneur, The Scottish Government
  • Alison Henderson, CEO, Dundee & Angus Chamber of Commerce

Life sciences and healthcare: Driving growth across the biotech, med-tech and agri-tech sectors:

  • Janette Hughes, Director of Planning & Performance, Digital Health, and Care Innovation Centre
  • Professor Sir Mike Ferguson CBE FRS FRSE FMedSci, Regius Professor of Life Sciences, University of Dundee

Cyber innovation: Building a world-class cluster for cybersecurity excellence and resilience:

  • Cheryl Torano, Business Development Manager, cyberQuarter, Abertay University
  • Scott Barnett, Head of Information & Cyber Security, NHS National Services Scotland

Gaming, e-sports and design technologies: Maintaining and growing a global reputation for innovation in computing gaming:

  • Brian Baglow: Founder, Scottish Games Network
  • Prof Ruth Falconer: Abertay University
  • Chris Turner (INVITED): Northern Lights Arena Europe


Abertay University
Bell Street
Dundee, Scotland DD1 1HG United Kingdom
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