Following the success of 2017's Digital Cities Regional Roadshow, FutureScot is delighted to announce Digital Cities 2018 - a series of policy conferences taking place across Scotland this spring.

Aimed at policy, academic, technology and business leaders the six half-day events will take place in Aberdeen, Dundee & Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness in May 2018.

Featuring top keynote speakers from the UK and internationally, our expert-led, panel sessions, will be heavily focused on the proposed outcomes of Scotland's City Region Deals, with a full and frank discussion about the strengths of Scotland's principal cities, but also where added focus is needed on the path to digitalisation.

These events will be an opportunity for policy leaders from local and national government and its agencies, to gather with industry leaders to forge new relationships, overcome existing challenges and refresh their digital thinking.

The outcomes of each event will be featured in a full report, both in a Special Edition FutureScot Magazine, and distributed with The Sunday Times.

Book your place now to take part in FutureScot's Digital Cities 2018 series.

Stirling: 1st May // Aberdeen: 3rd May // Dundee & Perth: 8th May  // Glasgow: 9th May // Edinburgh: 16th May // Inverness: May 30th

Inverness and Highland City Region Deal

Despite its relatively small size, Inverness is the gateway to the Highlands and is one of Europe's fastest-growing cities. It ranks highly for its quality of life, and air connectivity to overseas destinations.

Economically, the city is increasingly diversified and has embraced emerging sectors such as life sciences, energy and technology.

The Inverness and Highland City Region Deal covers a 10-year period with funding of £315 million.

The Deal contains a number of proposals including:

• Growing the economy to establish a North Innovation Hub, developing Inverness Castle as a key tourist destination, supporting commercialisation, and delivering an innovative approach to assisted living.

• Enabling the economy to establish a Joint Digital Highland Action Plan to accelerate provision of effective broadband and mobile coverage, road infrastructure, and provision of 6,000 homes.

•  Developing a skilled economy by delivering the Science Skills Academy to promote STEM subjects.

Join us to discuss the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal and its role in creating a smarter, digitalised Scotland. 

For further information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities please contact Vincenzo Veglia at vincenzo@canongate.org or 0131 561 7305. 

Keynote Speakers