Turing Fest brings leaders in tech to Scotland, for two days of insight and inspiration. Join speakers from companies like GitHub, Intercom, Zoom and Pivotal in Edinburgh, as we take a holistic look at the challenges facing tech businesses in 2018. We're bringing you six conference tracks, each offering a deep dive into a different aspect of how we use technology to build and grow amazing businesses. Be part of an amazing crowd — founders, investors, executives, engineers, product managers, designers and marketers — all learning, sharing, networking and having fun together.
Co-founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Intercom
Des’s role covers many areas including product strategy, content marketing, customer support, and customer education. In addition he frequently represents Intercom when speaking at international conferences on topics such as product management, marketing, customer support, and the challenges of growing a product company.
Des previously co-founded Exceptional (now a part of Rackspace), and prior was a UX designer for web applications.
Chief Design Officer, BBC
Colin Burns is the Chief Design Officer for BBC Design & Engineering. He leads the User Experience & Design team that is responsible for the UX and Service Design of the BBC’s key online products and the delivery systems that underpin them.
Unbounce co-founder Oli Gardner has seen more landing pages than anyone on the planet. He’s obsessed with identifying and reversing bad marketing practices, and his disdain for marketers who send campaign traffic to their homepage is legendary, resulting in landing page rants that can peel paint off an unpainted wall. A prolific international speaker, Oli is on a mission to rid the world of marketing mediocrity by using data-informed copywriting, design, interaction, and psychology to create a more delightful experience for marketers and customers alike.
Founder & CEO, Zoom
Prior to founding Zoom, Eric was Corporate Vice President of Engineering at Cisco, where he was responsible for Cisco's collaboration software development. As one of the founding engineers and Vice President of Engineering at WebEx, Eric was the heart and soul of the WebEx product from 1997 to 2011. Eric proudly grew the WebEx team from 10 engineers to more than 800 worldwide, and contributed to revenue growth from $0 to more than $800M. Eric is a named inventor on 11 issued and 20 pending patents in real time collaboration. In 2017, Eric was added to the Business Insider list of the 52 Most Powerful People in Enterprise Tech.
Eric is a graduate of the Stanford University Executive Program.
Chief Marketing Officer, MongoDB
Meagen brings more than 19 years of experience in the high-tech industry to her role at MongoDB. Prior to joining MongoDB, she was Vice President of Customer Marketing and Demand Generation at DocuSign. She also previously held positions with ArcSight, an HP Company, TRIRIGA (acquired by IBM), Postini (acquired by Google) and IBM.
VP Engineering, FreeAgent
Maria is VP of Engineering at Edinburgh-based FreeAgent, one of the UK’s largest and most popular online accounting software providers.
With 17 years of experience in the software industry, Maria has previously worked at LivingSocial leading globally distributed teams, and at Adobe where she worked in the developer technologies group. Maria is one of the Directors of the WomenWhoCode Edinburgh network. WomenWhoCode is a global non-profit dedicated to inspiring women to excel in technology careers.
Founder, SparkToro / Moz
Rand Fishkin is founder of influencer intelligence startup SparkToro, founder and former CEO of SEO software startup Moz, host of Whiteboard Friday, co-author of a pair of books on SEO, co-founder of Inbound.org, and serves on the board of the presentation software firm Haiku Deck.
Rand is also the author of Lost and Founder: A Painfully Honest Field Guide to the Startup World, a book on the ups and downs of startup culture to be published by Penguin/Random House in April 2018.
Product Manager, Spotify
Amy Zima is a consumer-focused Product Manager at Spotify, working on the future of their mobile apps from their Stockholm HQ. Originally from the UK, Amy has 8 years' experience in the product trenches — from early stage startups, to media orgs, to large tech companies. She enjoys creative making in her spare time — most recently screen-printing - and is a qualified wine geek. She received a BA in English from Goldsmiths.
Head of Product, Typeform
Miloš Lalić is Head of Product at Typeform, making sure the bar is set high to achieve the grand vision of helping companies really know their customers by creating extraordinary tools for user interaction. After releasing a "form building tool" which triggered a reaction "this doesn’t feel like a form" from most users, the challenge was to evolve the product, scale the team and keep innovating in parallel.
Chief Marketing Officer, iZettle
With over 10 years of international experience in management consulting and advertising, Edgar understands what makes businesses and people tick and has a knack for influencing decision-making. He leads the iZettle marketing organisation across four countries with a purpose to realise business growth by marketing products and services that are well-remembered and well-distributed.
Founder & CEO, Spiritus Partners
Co-founder & CEO, ProfitWell
Head of Organic Growth, TransferWise
Fabrizio leads Organic Growth and SEO at TransferWise, a financial company powering money for people and businesses in their increasingly global lives — to pay, to get paid, to spend, in any currency, wherever you are, whatever you’re doing. Fabrizio’s team mission at TransferWise is to acquire customers at zero cost by building products, platforms and content that educate and solve customer problems.
Mad Scientist, Yoast
Jono is a digital strategist, marketing technologist and full-stack developer with over a decade of experience in SEO, analytics, brand and campaign strategy, lead gen and eCRM, CRO and more. He’s worked with startups, agencies and international brands to fix websites, implement growth strategies, and win markets.
Director of Growth, Skyscanner
Co-founder & CEO, Diversity VC
Francesca (Check) is an early stage VC. Currently, she is a venture advisor at Seraphim Capital, the only global space tech fund, investing £3-5m at seed and Series A in the space ecosystem, including in satellite constellations Spire and IceEye. Prior to joining Seraphim Capital, Check spent two and a half years at Downing Ventures, investing in over 30 early-stage technology businesses, with a focus on consumer health and deep technology. Companies she invested in include Vivacity Labs (computer vision and sensors for smart cities), True AI (conversational interfaces using machine learning) and Craft (building the source of truth on companies.)
Check is also the co-founder and CEO of Diversity VC, the world’s first nonprofit dedicated to promoting diversity and inclusion in venture capital. In May 2017, Diversity VC produced the first ever study on the number of women in VC, in partnership with the BVCA. Diversity VC’s work was highlighted in the UK government's November 2017 budget.
Turing Fest is one of the most unique, valuable, well-produced events in its field. The commitment to diverse people and content, to actionable, useful information (over ego-stoking panels), and to making it both uniquely Scottish and globally relevant make it a can't-miss conference.
Rand Fishkin Founder, SparkToro
I love that Turing Fest brings together a variety of disciplines under one roof; it's a great realization that all these different areas inform and interact with one another, and harmonizing them together is the way to build world-class companies! The backdrop of the Edinburgh festivals makes this event truly one of a kind.
Courtney Seiter Director of People, Buffer