Turing Fest has announced its speaker and partner line-up for 2021, taking place next month between 2nd and 4th November at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre (EICC).
The event’s organisers are expecting around 700 in-person delegates this year, with a similar number of attendees joining online.
CEO Brian Corcoran said: “Turing Fest is a practical learning and networking event, primarily aimed at helping people build better startups and scale-ups, and it’s a win-win dynamic because the audience is keen to learn, the speakers are keen to teach, and everyone is generous in connecting and sharing.”
The latest speaker line-up includes: Hannah Fleishman, Director of Employer Brand and Internal Comms, HubSpot; Nilan Peiris, VP Growth, Wise; Ashley Faus, Content Strategy Lead, Altassian; Saille DaSilva, Head of UX, Cazoo; Chris Savage, co-founder and CEO, Wistia; Varun Nair, co-founder or Two Big Ears and former Head of AR/VR Audio Software at Facebook, and; clinical psychologist Dr Suzanne Brown.
A major theme at this year’s Turing Fest is around diversity and inclusivity, building on its inclusion at the tech conference over the last few years, and this year around 50% of speakers are female and 20% are from minority ethnic groups.
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Former Turing Fest speaker Check Warner, Partner at Ada Ventures and co-founder of Diversity VC, said: “We started Ada Ventures with the key objective of investing in overlooked founders and markets, following years of not seeing anyone be truly proactive at making a difference in this space.
“This was also my key focus for co-founding the non-profit, Diversity VC. So when I was asked to be a part of Turing Fest in both 2018 and 2020, I learned about its self-set targets and tactics to provide a diverse and inclusive experience for all.
“From the range of speakers, to ensuring underrepresented groups could get access easily – and free – to attend the conference, I knew I had to be a part of it.”
Tickets for Turing Fest 2021 are available via the website.
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