Ten leading technology innovators based in Scotland


Programmers, start-ups and entrepreneurs leading Scotland's future tech industry

Devon Walshe is a publisher, entrepreneur, technical lead at cultural innovation programme Sync and deputy director of TechCube, a new Edinburgh-based incubation tower for tech businesses. He picks 10 leading local innovators

Philip Roberts

Philip is the founder CTO of Scottish cashflow forecasting start-up Float, viral blogger and hackday genius. An engineering degree and short stint at Wolfson led to a breakout into start-ups. Part of the team behind Shakey, a realtime Shakespearean parlour game built in 24 hours at Culture Hack Scotland in 2012.
@philip_roberts | blog.latentflip.com | www.floatapp.com

Ali Kajeh-Hosseinni

One half of the bro-founder super team at PlanForCloud, Ali is technical lead and cloud infrastructure builder extraordinaire. He set up PlanForCloud with his brother Hassan as a PhD candidate in cloud computing and within months they were snapped up by California-based RightScale to integrate with their cloud systems.
@AliKhajeh | www.planforcloud.com

Rory Fitzpatrick

Local boy Rory Fitzpatrick is becoming one of the most well known and liked people in the Scottish tech scene. A frequent hackday collaborator, Rory is extremely proficient in Javascript and focused on front-end interfaces and user experience. With strong opinions, understanding and a community focus, expect exciting things from him.
@roryf | roryf.co.uk

Hasan Veldstra

Hasan is one half of the power duo at VidioWiki, a website that helps scientists engage with the public through videos and workshops. They recently completed the extremely competitive springboard accelerator programme based at the Google Campus in London and are now back in Edinburgh to grow the company.
@hhv1 | www.vidiowiki.com

Dale Harvey

Despite reaching the heights of programming prestige, veteran of the local start-up scene Dale Harvey has remained at the core of the developer community in Scotland. He recently joined Mozilla to work on their not-so-top-secret phone OS project Boot to Gecko with a team of international mavericks. He still finds time to run TechMeetup, the definitive monthly event for developers in Scotland.
@daleharvey | arandomurl.com

Phil Leggetter

Renaissance man Phil Leggetter works as the developer evangelist at Pusher, a real-time technology company doing incredible things connecting the web and mobile devices. In addition to being a skilled software engineer with a deep understanding of his subject area, Phil is an outstanding writer, communicator, thinker and maker.
@leggetter | www.leggetter.co.uk

Bilal Khan

The technical brains behind property management app AdvanceToGo, Bilal Khan and his colleagues are looking to disrupt the property management industry with their simple tool. Starting life as a spin-out from Edinburgh University with funding from Launch.ed, AdvanceToGo recently launched with a cluster of funding.
@dvancetogo | www.advancetogo.com

Jim Newbury

Long time freelancer Jim Newberry moved to Scotland a few years ago and has been delighting programmer colleagues since with his playful sense of humour and approach to development. He recently joined the hotshot team at fantasy sports start-up Fanduel, which has closed big funding rounds and is taking a floor at TechCube.
@froots101 | www.tinnedfruit.com

James Baster

Classic coder James Baster is a fountain of ideas and free thinker on the open web, privacy and security issues. He was the principal organiser of Appleton Tower-based TechMeetup between 2010 and early 2012 and has recently been working on government projects dealing with open data and public access.
@jarofgreen | www.jarofgreen.co.uk

Ali Eslami

Carnegie Scholar and PhD candidate Ali Eslami belongs to that exciting group working with machine learning at the University of Edinburgh’s School of Informatics. Ali has shown creativity and flair with side projects including a site for students to trade used textbooks and anonymous messaging site digitalbottles.
@arkitus | www.arkitus.com | www.digitalbottles.com | www.bookadopter.com | www.keepmeout.com

Tech events in Scotland

Culture Hack Scotland

A 24-hour hackathon first run in 2011, bringing together techies and cultural types to make something beautiful, useful or playful – or all three – from cultural data, from events listings to play scripts.

Dare Protoplay

Gaming weekend built around Abertay University’s prestigious Dare to be Digital games design competition, with play sessions and workshops for the public and stimulating discussion for the industry.

Turing Festival

Technology festival named after the computing pioneer, aiming to capitalise on the density of creative talent in Edinburgh in August, with a particular focus on encouraging and facilitating start-ups.

Edinburgh Interactive

Annual conference for the gaming industries with networking and a Dragon’s Den-style pitch session, plus a public day with game previews and workshops.


Unique digital arts festival opening up links between the technology industries and creative arts by bringing the two worlds together in a spirit of collaboration and accessibility.

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