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Scotland’s Technology Ecosystem Review: What Next?

Commissioned by Kate Forbes, Mark Logan former COO for Skyscanner, has published a report identifying how Scotland might accelerate growth of its tech ecosystem. How can we action these recommendations?

Commissioned by Kate Forbes, Mark Logan former COO for Skyscanner, has published a report identifying how Scotland might accelerate growth of its tech ecosystem.

Now the key question is what next? Ie. how can we translate those ideas into reality, how can we best action the report recommendations?

The industry response to the report has been very positive, such as ScotlandIS and Professor Bill Buchanan.

However the key challenge with these types of exercises is that the report generates a lot of initial excitement, but ultimately ends up gathering dust on a shelf with no substantive action taken to effect it’s recommendations.

Action Plan

Therefore our first response to the report is to propose organizing an industry-wide action effort, such that we seize and capitalize on this initial momentum and direct it into creating a permanent structure, projects and capabilities, that make implementation of the recommendations realistically possible.

The headline theme of Digital Scotland is to analyze industry development policy, like this report, and then organize action projects to deliver on their ideas, an approach that we can build on for this goal, with initial simple steps being:

  1. An article series: Building the Tech Ecosystem – Showcase a cross-section of ideas from across the community as to what actions are needed, and who can take them on.
  2. A webinar series: Leverage technology to build virtual teams to continue this momentum into ongoing, sustained change projects.

This is an ‘strike while the iron is hot’ moment for Scotland’s tech sector, an opportunity to shift up gears and start delivering on the ideal that Scotland can indeed become a world leading digital nation. Carpe Diem!

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