The annual festival of ideas and innovation, brought to you by ScotlandIS


Thursday 27th September 2018

EICC, Edinburgh


About the event

ScotSoft is the leading tech conference in Scotland. It’s an annual festival of ideas and innovation that showcases the best of the Scottish technology sector and brings you sought after speakers from far flung locations. 

Running for more than 20 years the event includes a full day Developer Conference, a half day Forum and a chance to meet the next generation of talent at the Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards Dinner in the evening. 


EICC, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE


Thursday 27th September 2018

Over 1300 delegates enjoy a packed day with speakers drawn from all corners of the world, this year including Eric McAfee, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist and philanthropist based in Silicon Valley and Dave McCann, VP of AWS Marketplace. 

So why not join your peers across the community to explore, share and be inspired by great speakers and contributors. Use the event to conceptualise, share knowledge and collaborate in new ways.


Full Day

A unique thought leadership event, the Forum offers a packed programme for visionaries, business leaders and managers; highly rated by delegates, this is the must-attend technology event of the year.

300+ attendees, predominantly a mixture of CEO’s/Managing Directors of Scottish companies and IT Directors/Senior Managers from blue-chip organisations in financial services, energy and the public sector.

This year we are delighted to welcome Eric McAfee, an entrepreneur and venture capitalist, who has founded companies in renewable energy, oil & gas, telecom, networking and software. Eric is the Chairman of McAfee Capital in Cupertino, California; a managing director at Cagan McAfee Capital Partners; and has invested in more than twenty companies through Berg McAfee Companies.

We’re also hugely excited to welcome Dave McCann, VP AWS Marketplace, Service Catalog & Migration Services, Amazon Web Services.  Dave is now in his 4th year of leading the rapidly growing AWS teams that are simplifying and transforming how commercial and open source off the shelf software is packaged, migrated, delivered ,consumed and asset managed by enterprises and small businesses around the world so they can innovate faster.

More speakers will be announced soon, keep checking back!

Once again, we will bring you a packed day full of relevant themes, this year including cyber, the power of analytics, blockchain, testing and more.

Our previous speakers have included Scott Hanselman, Principle Program Manager, Open Source at Microsoft, Troy Hunt, Scott Helme, Elton Stoneman, Docker,  Rupert Whitehead from Google and tones more – and we promise this year’s line up will be just as exciting.

So why not join your peers across the community to hear some fantastic speakers,  make new connections and bounce ideas around to find new and innovative solutions to any issues you’re having?

The full conference programme will be released shortly.

The Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards are given for the best undergraduate software projects drawn from across all students studying computer science and software engineering in Scotland.


Each university nominates the top software engineering project submitted by its final year undergraduates for the awards, so these young people are seriously good! The projects are judged against a number of criteria including:

  • Level of Innovation
  • Level of Knowledge
  • Previous Research
  • Commercial/Social relevance
  • Quality of Engineering
  • Planning & Organisation
  • Quality of presentation
  • Technical Difficulty



ScotlandIS underpin a thriving community which brings together the ambition, talent and expertise across our industry to grow the digital economy.

Members offer a broad range of products, services and skills to users in industry, commerce and the public sector. Many members are internationally recognised and active in world export markets.

We believe Scotland’s dynamic digital technologies industry can excel, building a truly world class digital nation, delivering a healthier and wealthier nation, reshaping our society, creating highly skilled and fulfilling jobs, harnessing technology and innovation to disrupt current business models, driving efficiencies and productivity gains across the economy.

Find out more about ScotlandIS, our members and how to join by visiting


EICC, 150 Morrison Street, Edinburgh, EH3 8EE

Situated at the heart of Scotland’s beautiful capital city, the EICC is one of the world’s outstanding venues for conferences and events. Their purpose-built centre offers the very best facilities and technology; and the experienced team always help to ensure ScotSoft’s success.

Get your tickets now!

Last year our tickets sold fast so don’t miss out.

Members tickets start from just £40 + VAT for the Forum, £125 + VAT for the Developer Conference and only £160 + VAT for the YSE Awards Dinner.

Non Member pricing starts from £100 + VAT for the Forum, £175 + VAT for the Developer Conference and just £220 + VAT for our YSE Dinner.

So what are you waiting for?


Our great sponsors

YSE Awards Dinner Sponsor
Forum Sponsor
Developer Conference
YSE Video
Complimentary Gift
YSE Prize
YSE Brouchure
Mineral Water
YSE Prize
Lanyards and YSE Prize
Cathcart Associates
Dinner Menu
Lunch Sponsor - AVAILABLE
CW Jobs
Champagne Reception
ePlacement Award
After Dinner Speaker
YSE Prize

Corporate Tables



Charity Partner

Digital Xtra Fund is a Scottish charity committed to inspiring the next generation of designers, developers, and digital technologists. 

Working with businesses, organisations, and individuals with a common will to help young people succeed in a digital world, Digital Xtra Fund provides grant awards for exciting extracurricular initiatives which inspire young people to understand and create with technology, not just consume it. 

The Fund also links our Partners with supported initiatives giving young people and employees the opportunity to connects, providing a clearer understanding of the future career opportunities these skills provide. 

Since 2016, Digital Xtra Fund and our Partners have enabled 33 initiatives – such as Code Clubs in Scottish Libraries, F1 in Schools Challenge, and Apps for Good – to increase their impact in Scotland and engage nearly 20,000 young people in digital technologies. 

You donation will be part of the next cohort of supported activities, helping enable another 15-17 initiatives to inspire young people across Scotland in 2019.