Come to Edinburgh to connect and learn with 2,000 of the smartest people working in tech today

Turing Fest brings leaders in tech to Scotland, for two days of insight and inspiration in the heart of the Edinburgh festivals. 2018 is going to be the biggest Turing Fest yet — six conference tracks, over two days, 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.

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Day 1: Wednesday 1 August


Top product managers, designers and data scientists on the art and science of building products people love


Founders, executives and investors share insight into how to build lasting, high-growth companies in 2018


Revenue and conversion experts look beyond growth hacking, to how we build sustainable businesses

Day 2: Thursday 2 August


Developers, engineers and software architects come together to share insight and expertise


Managers, employees and HR practitioners discuss how to build healthy, happy and productive teams


World-class in-house and agency marketers share actionable insight into how to succeed with digital marketing

First speakers announced

Des Traynor, Intercom

Des Traynor

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.

Eric Yuan, Zoom

Eric Yuan

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.

Meagen Eisenberg, MongoDB

Meagen Eisenberg

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.

Rand Fishkin, SparkToro

Rand Fishkin

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, 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.

Maria Gutierrez, FreeAgent

Maria Gutierrez

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.

Samantha Noble, Biddable Moments

Samantha Noble

Founder & MD, Biddable Moments

Samantha Noble is a digital marketing expert and founder of Biddable Moments, with a key focus on PPC. She helps clients grow their business through creating highly targeted digital strategies that focus on every stage of the marketing funnel. With her passion for digital, she founded the Digital Females group back in 2011 and is also working as the Co-Chief Editor for State of Digital.

Scott Berkun

Scott Berkun

Author, The Myths of Innovation

Scott Berkun is a bestselling author and popular speaker on creativity, philosophy, culture, business and many other subjects. He’s the author of six books, including The Myths of InnovationConfessions of a Public Speaker, and The Year Without Pants. His work has appeared, or been mentioned, in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, The Guardian, Wired magazine, USA Today, Fast Company, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post and other media.

Born and raised in Queens, NYC, he studied philosophy, computer science and design at CMU, was a manager at Microsoft (’94-’03) and (’10-’12), taught creativity at the University of Washington, was a co-host of CNBC’s The Business of Innovation TV show, is named on 5 U.S. patentsblogs for Harvard Business and Bloomberg Businessweek, and has appeared as an expert on various subjects on CNN, CNBC, NPR and MSNBC. He’s also the MC and speaker coach for Ignite Seattle, a finalist in the Amtrak 2014 writer’s residency program and the director of the short film We Make Seattle.

Ivana McConnell,

Ivana McConnell

Senior UI/UX Designer,

A Canadian born in Sarajevo, Ivana found her way into UX design via neuroscience research, ice hockey, rock climbing instruction, and video game testing. She works remotely from Vancouver, BC as a senior UI/UX designer at, and has lived in Croatia, Toronto, and Scotland. These days, she's most interested in how ethics intersects with technology, identity, and data.

Fred Destin

Fred Destin

Founding Partner, Stride VC

Fred was most recently a General Partner with Accel. Fred was the lead investor and board member at Deliveroo, Pillpack and Carwow. Prior to Accel, he was a partner at Atlas Venture (now Accomplice) where he invested in and served on the board of Pillpack, Zoopla (public), Secret Escapes, Integral Ad Science, TheCurrencyCloud, Kinvey, Lagoa (acq. Autodesk) Dailymotion (acqu. Orange), PriceMinister (acqu. Rakuten) and others. 


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