Turing Fest, one of Europe’s technology conferences for start-ups and scale-ups, has announced its list of partners and speakers for 2021, which will be held November 2-4 at the Edinburgh International Conference Center (EICC).
The theme of this year’s Turing Fest is Diversity and Inclusion. Organizers expect around 700 in-person delegates this year, with a similar number of participants online.
The list of speakers includes: Hannah Fleishman, Director of Employer Branding and Internal Communications, HubSpot; Nilan Peiris, vice president of growth, Wise; Ashley Faus, Head of Content Strategy, AtlassianAltassian; Saille DaSilva, UX manager, Cazoo; Chris Savage, co-founder and CEO, Wistia; Varun Nair, co-founder of Two Big Ears and former head of AR / VR audio software at Facebook, and; clinical psychologist Dr Suzanne Brown.
Brian Corcoran, CEO of Turing Fest, said: “Turing Fest is a hands-on learning and networking event, primarily aimed at helping people create better start-ups and scale-ups, and it’s a winning dynamic. – winning because the public is eager to learn. , the speakers are eager to teach, and everyone is generous in connecting and sharing.
Former speaker Check Warner, co-founder of Ada Ventures, commented: “We started Ada Ventures with the primary objective of investing in founders and neglected markets, after years of not seeing anyone being really proactive about it. make a difference in this space.
“It was also my main goal to co-found the nonprofit Diversity VC. So when I was asked to be a part of Turing Fest in 2018 and 2020, I discovered their self-defined goals and tactics to deliver a diverse and inclusive experience for everyone. From the range of speakers (gender, POC, background, etc.), to ensuring that under-represented groups could have easy – and free – access to the conference, I knew I had to be a part of it. “
He added: “I recently found out that they were meeting and exceeding their goals this year – with over 50% of the speakers being female or non-binary and 20% being POC – I couldn’t be prouder to have been on their stage talking about diversity and would happily do it again.