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.

Introducing: Techscaler & NHS Innovation Hubs

Date and Time: Friday 22nd September 2023, 13:00 – 15:00

Location: Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh

Event Info:

Join us at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh to discover more about how the Scottish Government’s Chief Scientific Office (CSO) and the Techscaler programme are working together to support the development of skills that will fast-track ideation and growth of innovative health solutions.

Techscaler and the CSO Regional Innovation Hubs are embarking on a new collaboration to inspire NHS colleagues, startups and life science academics alike to get involved and find solutions for the biggest health challenges.

Come along to this launch event to find out more about opportunities and how to get involved.

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Digital Scotland 2023

Future Scot

Date and Time: Tuesday 21st November 2023, 08:30 – 17.30

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.

With 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.

The full-day conference features a fantastic line-up of globally accredited speakers on topics as diverse as service design, ethics in AI, the internet of things, cybersecurity, 5G and much more.

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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The Scotsman Data Conference

Date and Time: 27th September 2023

Location: Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

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How will data and artificial intelligence (AI) shape the way we live and work in the future? How will they shape future healthcare, future energy supplies, the future workforce and more? And how is Edinburgh leading the way as it seeks to be Europe’s Data Capital of the future? Join the Scotsman Data Conference 2023 on 27th September 2023 at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh find out more.

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CAN DO Innovation Summit 2023

Date and Time: 7th November 2023

Location: Glasgow Science Centre (Livestream available)

Event Info:

Innovation is key to staying ahead of the curve. From AI and augmented reality to the metaverse and sustainable tech – advances in tech, data and innovation are happening at a rapid pace.

This event will connect Scotland’s thriving Start-up and SME community to home-grown and global innovators, entrepreneurs and academics as they explore essential tech trends, insights and tools to allow your business to keep up and stand out in a tech-driven and virtual future. And hear how transformational emerging technologies alongside the right business cultures can help tackle industry and societal challenges.

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Empowering healthcare professionals to transform services through innovation webinar

Date and Time: 12:00 – 13:00, 27th September

Location: Virtual

Event Info:

Introduced and led by InnoScot Health’s Head of Project Management Gillian Henderson and Project Manager Paula Sweeten, the next webinar will be a fantastic chance for attendees to learn more about the NHS Clinical Entrepreneur Programme (CEP), hear first-hand experience of participants, and be inspired to get involved in driving forward healthcare innovation.


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DigiFest 2023 Conference

Date and Time: 14th December 2023

Location: Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow

Event Info:

DigiFest23, Scotland’s annual digital health, housing and care event, will combine a programme of free-to-attend, virtual and in-person satellite sessions from October 2023, with a one-day in-person conference.

The themes and related topics for DigiFest23 reflect priorities relating to digital health, housing and include:

  • Sustainability and Sustainable Innovation
  • Collaboration and Integration
  • Equality and Participation
  • Digital Capabilities
  • Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare
  • Data-Driven Services
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Robotic + Care Mashup - Hackathon Oct 16th-20th


Date and Time: Mon, 16 Oct 2023 09:30 – Fri, 20 Oct 2023 13:30

Location: The National Robotarium, Edinburgh, EH14 4AS

Event Info:

Sponsored by The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and the EPSRC Network EMERGENCE (Tackling Frailty: Facilitating the Emergence of Healthcare Robots from Labs into Service) and hosted by the CARE Group from the National Robotarium at Heriot-Watt University, the Robotics + Care Mashup will return in October 2023 to bring together students, academics, end-users, care providers and technologists to develop solutions that could help people live more independent lives.

The event will feature talks, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and tutorials for technologists and care providers with leading experts in healthcare, assistive technology and robotics – all centered around a 5 days long hackathon.

Get immersed in a real product development process over the course of a week, with delegates from all around the country. Explore the use of emerging technology including cloud, robotics and the Internet of Things equipped with machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities. These can be used to enable non-intrusive monitoring of behaviour and vital signs, detect patterns and trends in behaviour and individual health status, identify problems, support self-management, decision-making and risk assessment, triage issues, facilitate communication and social connectedness, and provide social, cognitive and physical assistance when needed

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Procurex Scotand 2023

Date and Time: 31st October 2023

Location: SEC, Glasgow

Event Info:

Scotland’s leading public procurement event will focus on the recently published “Public Procurement Strategy for Scotland 2023 to 2028”. This year’s event will provide a unique platform to support the key objectives of the strategy such as how procurements are conducted and contracts are developed, to reduce barriers and enable participation for SMEs, Third Sector organisations, and Supported Business, in public sector procurement.

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Scotland's Health Research and Innovation Conference

Date and Time: Tuesday, 31st October 2023

Location: Queen Elizabeth University Hospital campus, Glasgow

Event Info:

In celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the Chief Scientist Office (CSO), NHS Research Scotland are jointly hosting a national conference with the CSO, titled “50 years of advancing healthcare”. The event will bring together researchers, innovators, healthcare staff, policymakers, industry, and the public. It will celebrate five decades of health research and innovation and explore how we work together to transform future healthcare.


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