Upcoming Innovation Events

We work to maximise opportunities for companies to interact with researchers and health and care professionals – a conversation can often spark new innovative ideas.

Keep up to date and find out more about the latest innovation events from across Scotland.

Public Sector Cloud Services, Infrastructure and AI 2024

Date and Time: Tuesday, 24 Sep 2024 9:30 am – 16:00 pm.

Location: Edinburgh Dynamic Earth

Event Info:

Holyrood Connect’s annual Public Sector Cloud Services Conference returns to Dynamic Earth in central Edinburgh on 24 September 2024.

The Scottish Government recently launched its new Cloud Platform Service for the public sector. This event will provide an opportunity for public sector organisations across Scotland to reflect on where they stand in their own cloud migration and explore future strategies for the whole sector.

Through a variety of interactive session formats, our revamped conference will delve into the progress made within the Scottish public sector, the complexities found as cloud journeys advance, and what the future might hold as we embrace Cloud and Artificial Intelligence.

The event will act as a premier opportunity for public sector professionals in Scotland to connect in person, learn and exchange ideas.


Designing Data and Innovation Futures to Wear – 2024 Symposium

Date and Time: Friday, 21 June 2024 9:00 am – 16:00 pm.

Location: Edinburgh Futures Institute building, Room 2.55, 1 Lauriston Place, Edinburgh EH3 9EF

Event Info:

Edinburgh Futures Institute introduces, ‘Designing Data and Innovation Futures to Wear’ a symposium to learn from and engage with leading academics and innovators across interconnected industries of robotics, data, design and healthcare on how they are harnessing technology to create our future, sustainable world. We will explore the possibilities novel, wearable technologies and associated data provide to achieve a sustainable, circular future. Looking beyond hype, we will adopt a regenerative, holistic and design led approach to innovation in a multidisciplinary setting with an entrepreneurial mindset.

The aim of this event is to create the conditions for experimental dialogue across robotics, data, design, and healthcare, collaborating to inform a radically different approach to research and innovation at Edinburgh Futures Institute. The day will include a series of keynote speakers, a future thinking workshop, panel discussions and networking opportunities which aim to prompt new research and innovation opportunities at the intersection of material, data-science, business, engineering, and health. Look forward to a human and system centred explorative day of inspiration, possibility, and convergence.

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DigitalScotland 2024 Conference Launch

Date and Time: Tuesday, 26 November 2024, 08:00 am – 17:00 pm

Location: Edinburgh International Conference Centre

Event Info:

DigitalScotland is the largest annual gathering of public sector technology professionals, where global govtech leaders share technology insights and lessons in digital transformation, leadership, skills, cultural change and data-driven innovation.

Due to feature 50-plus speakers from a diverse array of backgrounds, DigitalScotland is the leading forum to hear about how digital and data are transforming the way our public services operate and fulfil their mission to be modern, responsive and designed around the needs of citizens.

With a growing global ‘govtech’ movement, DigitalScotland is a must-attend for technologists and policymakers delivering the next generation of government services.



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Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster Meeting

Date and Time: Wednesday, June 26 · 10am – 12pm GMT+1

Location: Online

Event Info:

We are excited to invite you to our upcoming Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster Online Meeting. This event promises to be an informative and engaging opportunity for all participants.

Confirmed Speakers:

Social Care Wales: Social Care Wales will be sharing insights from their most recent research on Social Care innovation in Wales. Their presentation will provide an in-depth look at the latest developments and their impact on social care practices.

BT Healthcare: BT Healthcare will discuss its innovation fund and the opportunities it presents for cluster members. This session will highlight potential funding opportunities and how they can support innovative projects within the cluster.

SET 4 Team: Hear from ACRC Research Fellow Tricia Tooman Providing an update from the previous Healthy Ageing Innovation Cluster meeting

Amazon Web Service in Care: Hear from Dr Andrew Jones Head of Clinical Innovation at Amazon Web Services. He is a physician by background with 20 years experience of working in the UK NHS. Over the past 15 years, he has worked in a variety of Health Technology roles including on the UK National Programme for IT, BMJ and DXC Technology.

This event will feature a series of exciting presentations and discussions designed to provide valuable insights and foster collaboration among participants.

We invite you to join us and take advantage of the opportunity to bring our respective networks together to learn what we are doing currently on healthy ageing and how we can work together going forward.

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Scotland's Health Awards 2024

Date and Time: 7th November, 2024

Location: O2 Academy Edinburgh, Edinburgh

Event Info:

he Scotsman are delighted to host the 2024 Scotland’s Health Awards in partnership with NHS Scotland and The Scottish Government.

Scotland’s Health Awards 2024 will celebrate the extraordinary achievements of those individuals and teams who go above and beyond to deliver compassionate, high quality health and social care to the people of Scotland.

These awards recognise the contribution of frontline health and social care workers but also celebrate those who work so hard behind the scenes in support roles to ensure we have the kind of health and care services that are vital in achieving the highest quality of care.

The awards ceremony and gala dinner will take place in November 2024 in Edinburgh and will be attended by over 500 guests from across Scotland.

If you are interested in sponsorship for this event please contact Rebecca Thompson for more details: rebecca.thompson@scotsman.com

Entries close on Sunday 18th of August 2024

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Engaging students in healthcare innovation for an improved NHS

Date and Time: Wednesday, 26 June 2024 • 12:00 – 13:00

Location: Online

Event Info: 

InnoScot Health’s last webinar for the first half of 2024 will be focusing in on the important role which higher education can play in supporting the development of healthcare innovation.

The bitesize, free to join ‘lunch & learn’ session from the formal NHS Scotland partner is entitled Engaging students in healthcare innovation for an improved NHS and will provide expansive insights on this key facet of turning ideas into health service improvements.

It will also offer interesting perspectives on the types of projects being taken forward by creative and innovative students – engineers and product design engineers – who have taken concepts and turned them into prototypes, while looking at how they are facilitated.

The interactive webinar will be introduced and led by InnoScot Health’s Innovation Manager Fiona Schaefer who will welcome Dr Theo Lim, Programme Director of MSc in Advance Mechanical Engineering with Industrial Applications at Heriot-Watt University.

Joining them will be Lorraine Thomson, Business Engagement Manager at Interface who works with organisations to match them to Scotland’s world-leading academic expertise, helping to turn innovative ideas into reality.

The accessible, bitesize ‘lunch & learn’ sessions are hosted on Microsoft Teams, regularly providing a platform for inspiring guest speakers whilst allowing InnoScot Health staff to share their deep knowledge and insights on innovation.

Pre submit your questions for our panel discussion to info@innoscot.com

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