9th Sept 2020EICC, Edinburgh
Our 2020 speaker line-up so far…
CEO @ CodeClan
VP Product and Engineering @ IndigoVision
Senior Director of Engineering and Co-site Lead @ Intercom
AI and Data Practice Lead @ Sword Group
UX Designer @ Sustainably
Dr Hannah Rudman
Strategic Transformation Director @ Wallet.Services
Tech Lead @ Financial Times
COO and Founder @ Talking Medicines
Melinda Matthews-Clarkson has spent her 27-year career as a leader in technology. She is currently the CEO of CodeClan where she leverages her passion for people and her business skills to drive growth into the Scottish Digital Economy. She has held roles as a VP of Sales, Global Executive of Business Development & Enablement, Director of Marketing and VP of Alliances and Partnerships.
Melinda has a BS degree in Sales and Marketing Education; has certifications from UCLA Women in Leadership, Executive Coaching, and Mentoring from Edinburgh Coaching Academy, and has been recognised in the Top 100 Women in CRN Software Channel publication from 2014, 2015 and 2016. She has been nominated for many awards as the CEO of CodeClan including Inspiring Women in Tech and was recently named one of the Top 7 Women to watch in Scotland Tech.
She is a sponsor for Smart Works Charity that focuses on assisting women back into the workforce. She is an active cheerleader for Girl Guides and STEM organisations and jumps at any opportunity to inspire and mentor women and diverse individuals to be the best they can be.
When she is not thinking about technology, she can be found in her garden, on her yoga mat or in the kitchen creating wonderful tasty dishes.
Eileen McLaren, VP Product and Engineering at Indigo Vision, is one of the best known faces in the Scottish technology scene having been instrumental in scaling the countries two unicorns; Skyscanner and FanDuel.
Her early career in technology was in Financial Services where she progressed from analyst programmer, through project and programme management, eventually branching out into coaching and consultancy before branching out into the world of tech start ups.
Previously Development Manager at Skyscanner, VP of Engineering at FanDuel and COO at Cognitive Geology, Eileen joined Indigo Vision as their VP of Product and Engineering in 2019.
Edinburgh based Indigo Vision is a developer of complete end-to-end video security and business intelligence solutions.
Eileen was raised in Glasgow and studied at Glasgow College of Technology. She now splits her time between homes in Edinburgh and Glasgow and still finds time to support her favourite Glasgow football team.
Maria is Sr Director of Engineering and co-site lead for Intercom London. Intercom is one of the fastest-growing SaaS businesses operating globally to provide customer communication software to Internet businesses. Previous to Intercom, Maria was VP of Engineering at Edinburgh-based FreeAgent. As part of the executive team, Maria led the company through an IPO and acquisition by one of the largest banks in the UK.
With 20 years of experience in the software industry, Maria has previously also worked at LivingSocial leading globally distributed teams, and at Adobe. Maria is one of the founders of the Women Who Code Edinburgh network.
Lise is the Practice Lead in Data and AI at Sword IT Solutions, and has a strong background in Data Architecture and customer-facing roles delivering high-end Data Analytics Solutions. She manages client engagements as well as evangelising the benefits of Data and AI to the wider tech community.
Lise is from Norway and decided to study Computer Science at Strathclyde University. Her father worked in technology and without his support she would have found it difficult to move to the UK and find the course that was right for her. Lise can now look back on a 30-year long career in technology from software developer through to data architect.
She has a 15-year-old daughter who would like to study Computing. Lise wants to support her as she understands the challenges that are still there for women in technology.
Jenny is the UX Lead at Sustainably, a fintech for social good in Edinburgh. She also runs a design studio called Interaktiv alongside her husband. As well as a Professional Diploma in UX Design, she has 18 years’ experience in financial services, in various roles, including Information Design, Project Management and Marketing, and she volunteers as a mentor, facilitator, guest speaker and panel member for various organisations including Girl Geek Scotland, Women in Banking and Finance, This is Milk, Women in Tech and UX Scotland.
Dr Hannah Rudman is a highly experienced IT Professional with distributed ledger technologies expertise. Hannah is Strategic Transformation Director at Wallet.Services, supporting enterprises to build business and operational models and value with DLT.
Hannah was an Associate Director at international firm BOP Consulting ‘17-‘18, establishing their Organisational Transformation capability. During '16-'17, she worked with global science and tech solutions company Leidos as Associate Principal Consultant, developing their Digital Transformation practice. Hannah founded and ran Envirodigital 2009-16, creating digital products that gave people agency to reduce carbon in their businesses and lives.
Hannah was elected as Fellow of the British Computer Society in 2016, as Honorary Fellow at Durham University in 2015, and as Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce in 2007. She is also an experienced non-executive director and serves as Board Trustee for the National Galleries of Scotland.
Abina recently moved back to London after 20 years of living and working in different countries. She joined FT at the end of last year.
After earning her M.C.S. she worked as a backend engineer for many years, switched to frontend and these days she's truly full stack. She's also a tech lead for a project at FT.
When not in front of a computer screen she's either travelling, windsurfing or doing her best to grow a living room jungle.
As an entrepreneur, Elizabeth has track record of successfully launching and scaling businesses, and has hands on experience of the challenges that start-ups face. In 2016, Elizabeth joined Talking Medicines as a Founder and her role as Chief Operation Officer (COO) which primarily involves leading on the development of Medsmart® - a data solution of UK community curated medicines that drives the effective use of medicines. Elizabeth’s professional skills are in data, life sciences with a keen interest in preventive health.
Talking Medicines was co-founded in 2013 having seen an opportunity for better communication and support on the medicines prescribed between patients and doctors. Talking Medicines developed an exciting data tech business to improve insight on how patients take their medicines.
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