The event began with Frank Ross – who Convenes Edinburgh City Council’s Economic Development activities.
“Pitching” the Edinburgh Offer – Frank Ross
It’s about graduates and about computing, academic excellence, spinouts and innovative startups. There are 15 incubators in Edinburgh – Creative Exchange, Carbon Innocation, Techcube; lots of others.
There is a danger that incubators are operating in isolation – it needs to be joined up – so we’ve established the online portal Interspace – to make it easy to do business in Edinburgh.
It’s about quality of life, quality of jobs and quality of city! He pitches the city and he’s proud of it.
Amazon has been in Edinburgh for over 10 years
“We run major chunks of Amazon from Edinburgh” says Graeme Smith of Amazon
Graeme Smith presents Amazon
And here is what they get up to:
Skyscanner – it’s about the quality of life in Edinburgh
Richard Lennox from Skyscanner – this is how he sees it:
He’s from Carlisle. “I’ve always wanted to work in a global scale technology business”.
Why Edinburgh not London?
It’s not tangible – but it is about the quality of life in Edinburgh.
Here are my more detailed notes and liveblog in Storify
BIS External Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Panel
Workplace Trends – why inclusion
In 5 years time 36% of the working population will be over 50, we'll have 5 generations in the workplace.
Here's how Charlotte defines an inclusive workspace
Can you make the workplace feel like a village or a street? can 'life seep into work'?
Steve Maslin – Designing for Mind and Body
Who and how are we designing for?
Maybe we should be designing 'around a needs envelope' – comparison with the design of aircraft.
Meeting the Occupier's Needs
Richard Baldwin, Derwent London
This session introduces the CE framework and some of the findings from the Towards the Circular Economy reports.
Craig Johnson – Higher Education Programme Manager Ellen MacArthur Foundation and Adam Lusby – Founder CE-optimal. Chaired by Professor Peter Hopkinson – Director of re:centre at University of Bradford.