We are delighted to have the following speakers at the Conference.
Craig Hume, Director, Utopia Computers.
Craig Hume is Director of Utopia Computers, a high performance computer manufacturer who specialize in the production of high end desktop PCs and laptops. With a customer list that includes the likes of Microsoft, their systems are utilized and trusted industry-wide.
Their key focus is to design unrivalled, bespoke systems for their clients, cutting through the technical jargon and providing them with simple and effective solutions. Innovations like their 10 year limited warranty, which is the longest computer warranty in Europe, and their lifetime technical support that comes as standard, really makes them stand out from the crowd.
Interestingly, Utopia are one of the first companies in Scotland to join the Living Wage in September 2014 and is proud to be the only UK computer manufacturer to do so.
Mari Evans, Senior Technology Consultant, Nine Twenty.
Mari Evans joined Nine Twenty Technology in July 2015 as a Senior Consultant, focusing on software development roles primarily, but also recruiting across the IT infrastructure space including Web design roles. Mari has extensive experience of hiring across the permanent and contract markets and works both on a contingency basis as well as with repeat client requirements.
Working with huge clients such as Arnold Clark and City Holdings, Mari loves to get to know her clients in real detail meaning she is always one step ahead at meeting their needs when a recruitment requirement comes up. In addition, Mari has a real passion for working with start-ups and relatively youthful companies where innovation is key and she can provide a consultative approach.
On a more personal level, Mari has a degree in Criminology. She lists her ideal job (should recruitment not be an option, of course) as a Food & Wine Critic and her favourite possession is Lola, her Jackawawa (Chihuahua/Jack Russell cross). Given half the chance, Lola would be our Glasgow Nine Twenty mascot, but the request hasn’t been approved by management yet.
Rachael Baxter, Technology Senior Account Manager, Nine Twenty.
Rachael Baxter started her career as a Resource Consultant following completion of her degree in Business and Management. After six months working as a Researcher, she joined the Graduate Programme of a well-known technology recruiter before making the move to Nine Twenty where she has been able to gain first-hand experience managing multiple client accounts within the IT sector.
Rachael specialises in recruiting at graduate level and above for her clients – primarily SME’s -across Glasgow and the wider Central Belt. Focusing on retained accounts, Rachael has built strong relationships with her clients over the past two years, including Systal IT and Stream Technologies. Following an extremely successful 2015, Rachael has recently been promoted to the position of Senior Account Manager where she will continue to work with her long-standing clients to assist them in any way possible.
Outside of work, Rachael lists her passions as gym and gin however she has a soft spot for the latter and would consider one of her proudest achievements, (not including her career accomplishments), as recently being part of the Guinness World Records for the largest Gin tasting event in the UK!
Anne Bryson, Group Technical Manager, iomart.
Anne Bryson started at iomart as a developer on Madasafish – best ISP ever! (till it got sold!) and has been working there ever since. Anne’s currently in charge of the development and maintenance of all the internal systems such as CRM, product provisioning and setup etc. and working with other departments to determine business rules and solutions to problems.
Joe Afif, Co-Founder, Gradit.
I’m Joe and I’m the co-founder of Gradit – a bespoke jobsite for students and grads looking to pursue a career in the tech sector. My background is graduate recruitment and I’ve managed mass graduate recruitment campaigns for blue-chip technology companies such as Dyson. With the rapidly growing number of new-entrant opportunities in tech, Gradit provides a platform for students and grads to find internships and grad jobs with firms from promising start-ups to multi-national companies. It allows you to be headhunted, and makes it easier to find the right job. I’ll be chatting with you all about Gradit as well as the vibrant start-up (and not-so-start-up) tech industry in Scotland the the rest of the UK and the opportunities they provide.”
Nicole Anderson, Managing Director, Smudge Digital.
Nicole Anderson is the managing director of Smudge Digital an independent animation studio based in Glasgow. Launched in 2012, Smudge has grown in business and has clients such as the BBC, Channel 4 and NHS to name a few.
In 2015 they created an event that would inspire the new generation of artists, as well as the “old”, and support animation in Scotland, ‘The ANI JAM’ Competition. ‘The ANI JAM’ is a 48-hour Animation competition held over a weekend
Nicole along with her Business partner, Lauren Kerr started Smudge and it affiliated projects with nothing but their talent and skill sets, and it has grown into a thriving business today. Hear Nicole talk about how they got to where they are today and their plans for the future.
Karon Davis, Head of Business Operations, Codeplay Software Ltd.
After reading Politics at the University of Nottingham Karon lived abroad for many years where she had various teaching and admin support roles.
She returned to Edinburgh in 2007 and worked as an Operations Manager for a training company. Since 2011 she has been Head of Business Operations for Codeplay Software helping the company to achieve sustainable growth by designing and embedding good business practice and processes.
Richard McAtamney, Consulting Manager, Sopra Steria
Richard McAtamney is a Senior Project Manager with the Sopra Steria, working in their Financial Services Sector in Systems Integration & Consulting.
Specialising in Business & System Transformation programmes, Richard’s role involves managing client projects related to platform replacement & data migration, Business Intelligence & Regulatory Reporting, with combined teams of client and Sopra Steria resources, covering the end to end project life cycle.
Prior to joining Sopra Steria 3 years ago, he worked for a large international bank for 10 years, working in Project Management, Business Analysis, Systems Development & Systems Analysis roles, across various divisions and business areas during that time.
Dr Gemma Webster, Member, E-Placement Scotland Student Engagement Team
Dr Gemma Webster is a member of the E-Placement Scotland project student engagement team. Gemma is also a lecturer in Information Systems at Edinburgh Napier University where her principle research interests lie in the field of human computer interaction, health care, older adults, community and assistive technologies. She is an experienced multidisciplinary researcher who has worked in a number of different environments and areas including healthcare, nature conservation, community organisations and heritage. A key aspect of all Gemma’s research is that it involves ‘real-world’ environments, problems and partners. Prior to joining Edinburgh Napier University Gemma worked as a Research Fellow at dot.rural the Digital Economy Research Hub and Lancaster University on a range of projects. Gemma completed her PhD in Computing and degree in Computing for Business at the University of Dundee.
E-Placement Scotland is a project funded by the Scottish funding council with the aim of creating quality paid work placements for Scottish Computing students in the IT sector. The project aims to help students gain valuable work based experiences to supplement their skills developed during University and College to aid employability on graduation.
The project is a partnership between Edinburgh Napier University and ScotlandIS. ScotlandIS are the trade body that networks and promotes the digital technologies industry in Scotland, ScotlandIS represents over 300 software, telecoms, IT and digital media businesses; from global to small highly specialist companies. Employer expectations of graduates, as evidenced by the job descriptions of graduate vacancies, often include relevant work experience; however meeting student demand for placements remains a challenge for universities. In practice there is generally substantially more student demand than employer supply yet ScotlandIS found its members reporting that that access to skills was one of the industry’s biggest issues.
The e-Placement Scotland programme was set up to help students find suitable work placements and give Scotland’s IT sector access to the great range of talent Scottish Universities and Colleges have through flexible IT placements for students. These can last from three months to a year and cover a range of IT disciplines, depending on the needs of the business and the student’s interest. Placement students have been studying a variety of computing, software engineering and other IT-related courses and learning about up-to-the minute IT developments.
Kevin Scullion, Scottish Enterprise (ScotGrad).
Kevin Scullion graduated in 2008 from Glasgow Caledonian University with an Honours Degree in Entertainment and Events Management. Following graduation Kevin worked with the Department of Work and Pensions within Job Centre Plus for 2 years before joining Scottish Enterprise (SE) in 2010. Within SE Kevin has been an enquiry handler, events administrator and is now an executive within the ScotGrad team since February 2015.
Kevin’s role within ScotGrad involves working with Scottish based SMEs to help them recruit graduates and students to work on business growth projects. His role includes marketing ScotGrad to companies, working closely with companies throughout the advertising and recruitment progress and reporting on ScotGrad’s performance to stakeholders.
ScotGrad offers paid, 3-12 month, quantifiable projects with local, dynamic, growth-oriented businesses located across Scotland. Placements are advertised on a rolling basis throughout the year and are open to graduates of all disciplines up to 4 years after graduation, provided they have no more than 1 years’ graduate-level work experience since their latest qualification.
We also offer valuable experience in small businesses through our summer placements, for students returning to studies after the summer break. Based in the Highlands and Islands, these last between 8 – 12 weeks, and are advertised from March onwards.
For more information, please visit: www.scotgrad.co.uk
Tim Street, Internship Manager, Adopt an Intern.
Tim joined the Adopt an Intern team in September 2011 and coordinates the main intern programme, which means he has personally been involved in setting up well over a thousand internships. He has a very varied background as a freelance trainer, coach, and consultant. He has extensive management experience in the public and third sectors and has been designing and facilitating training since the mid-nineties. His experience has been gained through work in men’s health, the homeless, drug users, young people and in the benefits system. He has managed large scale projects in various settings, including the helpline industry, within the criminal justice system and pan-European research.
Behaviour change is a key theme that runs through all the projects that Tim has been involved in over the last twenty years. Amongst other experience he has led personal development programmes, volunteered as a person-centred counsellor for a GP practice in one of Glasgow’s most deprived areas, and been Chair of two Scottish charities.
Peter Satera, Co-Director, Capsule Three Ltd.
Peter Satera is Co-director of game developer, Capsule Three Ltd. He has worked within the commercial sector in art, animation, sound design and game development for over a decade. With previous AAA experience, Peter and the Capsule Three team are currently using Unity to create their first Indie game with intent to grow their business and create a reputable game development studio based in Glasgow.
Peter will discuss development practices for freelancing as a sole trader, but will also focus on how Capsule Three as a team, are collaborating to produce their first indie title.
James McCulloch, 3D Architecture & Product Visualiser, Freelancer
James McCulloch has been working as a freelance artist specialising in architecture and product visualisation for the last year.
Since graduating in 2012 with a degree in 3D Computer Animation and Multimedia, James has been working as an Associate Lecturer and Demonstrator for UWS. He has also had experience working with the Leith Agency, and been a part of a unique immersion training programme involving the BBC, Channel 4 and TRC Media.
James will be discussing the beginning stages of becoming a freelancer, how to establish yourself as a sole trader, and give advice on topics such as rates of pay as well as general business advice.
Linkedin – http://uk.linkedin.com/in/jrmcculloch
Adam Pettman, IS Consultant.
Adam is a contractor in the finance industry specialising in Data Analysis. In his most recent role he is the Lead Analyst on a Regulatory project that aims to deliver 4 different reports to various financial bodies.
Adam graduated with a 2:1 in Information Systems in 2012 and worked alongside Tom Caira on a Knowledge Transfer Partnership project with PASMA, a local company, to improve their data governance.
Since the KTP Adam worked briefly as a consultant for Eyecademy before setting up his own company AP Data Services in order to market his services directly to the finance sector.
In his spare time Adam has recently taking up jogging and boxing in an attempt to get fit. He also plays a copious amount of Xbox.
Nelson McKinnon, Project Manager/Technical Lead, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde.
Nelson McKinnon is an IT Project Manager specialising in enterprise level document printing solutions. After graduating in Computer Networking at UWS, he worked at a Document Solutions Consultancy where he designed, installed and supported print solutions for the public and private sector across Europe. Nelson is currently contracting for the NHS as a Project Manager/Technical Lead where he recently delivered the print solution for the Queen Elizabeth University Hospital.
Scott McLellan, 3D Generalist and Digital Artist, Solus UK Limited.
Scott McLellan is a 3D generalist and digital artist based in Glasgow who specializes in modelling and animation as well as creating visual effects for production. He has a very good knowledge of all aspects in the production pipeline. Scott has now gained his first year of industry experience and received excellent feedback on his work.
Scott has great all round knowledge of the production pipeline, but his skills are more suited towards modelling and animation as well as creating special effects both in 3D and post production.
Software- Maya, Cinema4D, Zbrush, Mari, Photoshop, After Effects, Premiere Pro, Unity, Keyshot.
Craig Pryde, Digital Designer & Full Stack Web Developer and Creative Director, Pryde Byte.
I am a 19 year old Digital Designer and Full Stack Web Developer with a passion for creativity. I build and launch large scale creative projects including social networking platforms with the intent to one day change the world and give back to the less fortunate. I have a dream and I strive each day to pursue it. I started programming software at age 13 as a hobby and moved into web design and development during college. Being fully self-taught I quickly began to pick up skills and languages. I achieved a Silver Medal at the Worldskills 2014 UK Web Development Final. I then moved onto founding a freelance brand in early 2015 and I am now launching a Digital Agency called “Pryde Byte” to reach the next stage of the journey in reaching my goals.
The current project I am working on is called “Be The Spotlight. A social networking platform with the goal of connecting people around the world through music and giving aspiring musicians the tools they require to get noticed in the ever expanding music industry.
My entrepreneurial heart mixed with my passions and work ethic keeps the ideas and innovation flowing. Risk taking is a side of me that I know will never die, as without it, life would be pretty boring. Stay hungry, Stay Foolish.
Charles Seguin, Software Engineer, Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies.
Charles Seguin completed his Honours degree in Computer Games Technology at UWS in 2012 and became a Software Engineer at SCET (Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies). Charles is currently working on Web & Mobile Development, R&D and serious games projects and has gained a lot of experience over the past three years as both a web and games developer. Charles’ focus at SCET, is on exploring creative and new technologies (VR headsets, wearable technologies, Bluetooth beacons) and creating services or products as required by client projects. He works on projects within a team of developers, designers and business managers. Charles works mostly with Unity (C#), Phaser, Titanium Appcelerator, NodeJS, JAVA, HTML and JS. Some bespoke projects require new technologies, which allows him to continually learn new things such as Raspberry Pi, Arduino and Apple TV.
Stewart Kelt, Software Engineer, Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies.
Stewart Kelt graduated from UWS in 2012 with a 2:1 in BSc Computing and was employed at UWS in the Scottish Centre for Enabling Technologies (SCET). During his time at SCET he has worked on some interesting projects utilising a range of different technologies. His area of expertise is mostly in backend development involving designing and creating data systems that are at the centre of mobile and web projects. This involves creating APIs using a number of technologies such as Java, PHP, C# .NET and NodeJS. These are usually accompanied with a Dashboard that provides visual feedback on analytics.
In addition to server side development, Stewart has experience of working with client side SDKs and cross platform tools and is experienced with Titanium, Unity3D, RoboVM, native Android and some native iOS.
Julie McElroy, UWS SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprise)
Julie McElroy is the current UWS SIE (Scottish Institute for Enterprise) intern for the academic term 2015/2016.
She was born both profoundly deaf and with Cerebral Palsy, which affects the messages sent between the brain and the muscles as well as her movements and co-ordination.
She is currently a final year PhD student based within the University’s School of Computing and Engineering. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Applying Interpretive Systems Concepts in the Investigation and Development of a Framework for Understanding Students’ Use of Assistive Technologies within Technology Rich Learning Settings in Tertiary Education’.
Julie brings a wealth of expertise and knowledge with her SIE appointment. From October 2014 to March 2015, Julie took up an intern post with the Scottish Government to assist two departments, Innovation and Entrepreneurial. She worked on Scotland Can Do and she also spearheaded the Disability Entrepreneur work for the Scottish Government which is an ongoing project.
Ben Bristow, Web Developer & UWS BSc Web & Mobile Development Undergraduate
Ben Bristow is a first year Web and Mobile Development student at the University of West of Scotland (UWS).
Ben currently works part-time for web development firm ‘Dragons Design’ who deal with multiple clients including E-Sign (SaaS digital signatures), Patteson’s Glass and Kino Digital. Ben also recently started doing freelance work for Prestwick’s ‘Video 3’ an internet broadcasting and productions company.