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 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
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
@roryf | roryf.co.uk
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.