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The Developer Conference is a unique opportunity to bring together the ever brilliant and inquisitive software developers across Scotland.

Join your peers across the community to explore, share and be inspired by great speakers and contributors.  Use the event to deliberate and conceptualise, share knowledge and collaborate in news ways.

Topics covered throughout the day can range from artificial intelligence to infosecurity, open source to robotics, ethical hacking to blockchain, and insights into best practice and trends in software development.

In previous years, we have been joined by the likes of: Troy Hunt, Microsoft Regional Director and MVP; David Alexander, Director of the RICE Space Institute; Eileen McLaren, VP Software Engineering at Cognitive Geology; Rik Ferguson, Global VP of Security Research at Trend Micro; and Adi Mazor Kario, Google Mentor.

Catch up on insights from ScotSoft 2021 here.


  • 9:10 – 9:25 Welcome Karen Meechan, ScotlandIS CEO, and Title Sponsor Global
  • 9:25 – 10:25 Keynote Mike McQuaid, Principal Engineer, GitHub
  • 10:55 – 11:40 Zero Trust: A bad term for an important thing? Richard Archdeacon, Analyst CISO and Josh Green, Zero Trust Technical Lead EMEA, Cisco
  • 10:55 – 11:40 Anvil: Full Stack Web Apps With Nothing But Python Eli Holderness, Developer Advocate, Anvil
  • 10:55 – 11:40 Digital Listening Data When We Needed It Most Stephen Beszant, Head of Data Analytics, Global
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Cyber Liability Engineering Adam Alexander McIntosh, Google
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Hacking Android Apps Daniel Llewellyn, Head of Engineering (tech enablement)
  • 11:50 – 12:30 Title tbc Sharon Lindsay and Kate Johnsen, Solutions Architect, AWS
  • 13:40 – 14:30 – Serverless Application Deployment on AWS Ash Kulkarni Tech Principal, AND Digital
  • 13:40 – 14:30 10 Years to CISO: Lessons and Learnings in Tech Stu Hirst, Chief Information Security Officer, Trustpilot
  • 13:40 – 14:30 Cloud Security Tbc, Leidos
  • 14:40 – 15:30 Cloud to Console Daniel Amini, Head of Microsoft Technologies, BJSS
  • 14:40 – 15:30 101 Typical Security Pitfalls Alexander Pirker, Senior Security Consultant, RootSys
  • 14:40 – 15:30 A Pragmatist’s Guide to the Data Mesh Mindset Calum Dickson, Infinity Works
  • 16:00 – 16:40 – Juggling Priorities and Stakeholders Against A Continually Delayed Roadmap Kieron Smith, Chief Technology Officer at SnapDragon Monitoring
  • 16:00 – 16:40 There’s Something About Cyber David Stubley, CEO, 7 Elements
  • 16:45 – 17:25 Security Operations 101: Working In/With SecOps! Harry McLaren, Cyber Senior Product Manager and Security Engineering Squad Lead, SenseOn

Book your ticket for the Developer Conference now!

ScotlandIS member £125+VAT/Non-member £175+VAT


Stu Hirst, CISO, Trustpilot

10 Years to CISO: Lessons and Learnings in Tech

Eli Holderness, Developer Advocate, Anvil

Anvil: Full Stack Web Apps With Nothing But Python
That’s what we built: an open-source framework with Python in the browser, Python on the server – even a Python UI toolkit. And then we built an online IDE, drag’n’drop designer and hosting platform for it – all available for free.

In this talk, I’m going to discuss the current web landscape, why we built Anvil the way we did – then take a deep dive into how it works, including a live demo. How do you run Python in the browser? How do you build an autocompleter that knows about everything from your UI layout to your database schema? And what does it mean for a programming tool to be “accessible”?

Calum Dickson, Principal Consultant, Infinity Works

A Pragmatist’s Guide to the Data Mesh Mindset
Thankfully, Data Mesh is more than a new technology or vendor offering; it is a set of principles that provide a new lens for viewing data platform tooling and data ownership.

Join us as we explore what these principles are, and how you can start to apply them wherever your organisation is on its data journey.

Alexander Pirker, Senior Security Consultant, RootSys

101 Typical Security Pitfalls
In this session I want to show some of the most common pitfalls into which companies usually fall. Specifically, I want to cover the following frequent mistakes, and more:

* Missing Input Data Validation: Certainly a big one, since depending on the environment, this could lead to for example remote-code-execution (RCE) on your backend, or the execution of scripts in your browser, known under the term Cross-Site-Scripting (XSS)

* Improper Usage of Data Types: One of my favorites, since it highlights how careless we sometimes use data types without reasoning about the consequences of our choices.

* Information Disclosures: Why sometimes attackers manage to read out secrets, and how do such attacks work?

* Denial-of-Service through service crashes

Daniel Amini, Head of Microsoft Technologies, BJSS

Cloud to Console: helping Rare Studios bring modern CI/CD to games development
In this talk Daniel highlights the challenges traditional game delivery faces and how Cloud adoption and modern CI/CD can align with consumer demands, benefiting from the learnings of other industries.

…with more to be confirmed

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