EDINBURGH, Scotland, July 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ --
- Edinburgh-based unicorns FanDuel and Skyscanner headline Turing 2015
- 'Billion Dollar Scale-Ups,' 'Full Stack Marketing' and 'Blockchain Workshop' on bill
Turing 2015, the Edinburgh International Technology Festival showcasing the best in homegrown and international tech, is set for Edinburgh this August (Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd August). Turing is again organised by the UK's largest tech incubator, CodeBase.
Taking place in the middle of the world's biggest arts festival - Edinburgh Festivals - this year's proceedings feature founders of the city's two billion dollar tech companies, or unicorns, Skyscanner and FanDuel, with Gareth Williams (CEO and co-founder of Skyscanner) and Lesley Eccles (co-founder, FanDuel) addressing the 'Billion Dollar Scale-Ups' day along with DueDil and Zendesk on Saturday 22nd August. FanDuel and Skyscanner are also the main sponsors for Turing 2015.
Day 1 on Friday 21st August sees top marketers from Moz, HubSpot, Unbounce and NewsCred assembled by Edinburgh-based marketing technology company Stipso for 'Full Stack Marketing', while Day 3 on Sunday 23rd August focuses on the world of Fintech with 'Blockchain Workshop'.
Turing is now in its fourth year and has previously featured tech players like Google, Facebook, Seedcamp, Songkick and Salesforce and a wide range of speakers including Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak.
Stephen Coleman, co-founder, CodeBase said: "This year's Turing promises to be the biggest and best yet, a digital coming together for Scotland with some of our top tech luminaries and set against the backdrop of the world's top arts festival."
Gareth Williams, CEO and co-founder, Skyscanner said: "Every great tech community needs a focal point during the year where entrepreneurs, founders and creatives come together to discuss emerging technologies and trends - that's what Turing has become for Scotland."
Lesley Eccles, co-founder, FanDuel said: "Edinburgh has cemented its reputation as a tech hub in recent years and Turing presents a fantastic opportunity to showcase local talent, form new partnerships and learn from some of the top specialists in the industry."
Jamie Coleman, CEO and co-founder of CodeBase, said: "Turing has grown in relevance and scale alongside Edinburgh's billion dollar tech companies. Now our challenge, and opportunity, is to grow the next generation of tech superstars from Scotland. All signs suggest we are well ahead of plan."
Turing brings digital technology into the Edinburgh Festivals, the world's largest arts and creative gathering, in a celebration of digital culture and creativity. Named in honour of Alan Turing, father of modern computing, the festival aims to move beyond traditional tech conferences to explore the ways in which technology is affecting aspects of culture and society. Follow Turing on Twitter @turingfestival
CodeBase opened in March 2014 and is home to over 60 companies and over 400 people at Argyle House in the centre of Edinburgh. It is already the largest tech incubator in the UK and the fastest growing in Europe. CodeBase's mission is to build and scale the next great tech companies. Follow CodeBase on Twitter @CodebaseTech
FanDuel, founded in Edinburgh in 2009, is the leader in daily fantasy sports, with an online product developed in Scotland, but with a customer base wholly in the US and Canada. Positioned as a transatlantic business with over 290 staff split between the UK and the US, the company has over one million paying users and projects paying out over $2 billion in prizes this year. FanDuel has secured its position as a key player in the sports entertainment sector with exclusive partnership deals with CBS, NBC and is the official daily fantasy sports provider to the NBA.
Skyscanner is a leading global travel search company providing free search of flights, hotels and car hire. Founded in 2003, Skyscanner helps to meet the travel planning needs of over 40 million people each month and is available in over 30 languages. Skyscanner's highly-rated free mobile apps have been downloaded over 35 million times. The privately-owned company employs over 600 staff and has nine global offices in Edinburgh, Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen, Miami, Barcelona, Glasgow, Sofia and Budapest. For more information, please visit http://www.skyscanner.net and the travel search company's blog
Stipso helps marketers engage and understand their audiences, by providing tools to create unique interactive infographics that gather and visualise viewer contributions in real time. Follow Stipso on Twitter @Stipso
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