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Following the success of 2017's Digital Cities Roadshow, FutureScot is delighted to announce Digital Cities 2018 - a series of policy conferences taking place across Scotland this spring.

Aimed at policy, academic, technology and business leaders the six half-day events will take place in Aberdeen, Dundee & Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Stirling and Inverness in May 2018.

Featuring top keynote speakers from the UK and internationally, our expert-led, panel sessions, will be heavily focused on the proposed outcomes of Scotland's City Region Deals, with a full and frank discussion about the strengths of Scotland's principal cities, but also where added focus is needed on the path to digitalisation.

These events will be an opportunity for policy leaders from local and national government and its agencies, to gather with industry leaders to forge new relationships, overcome existing challenges and refresh their digital thinking.

The outcomes of each event will be featured in a full report, both in a Special Edition FutureScot Magazine, and distributed with The Sunday Times.

Book your place now to take part in FutureScot's Digital Cities 2018 series.

Stirling: 1st May // Aberdeen: 3rd May // Dundee & Perth: 8th May  // Glasgow: 9th May // Edinburgh: 16th May // Inverness: May 30th

Download the full Digital Cities 2017 Report here



Aberdeen City Region Deal

Aberdeen has embarked on plans to create a 'world class' digital infrastructure for the city and north east region following the announcement of a £826m City Region Deal in November 2016.

The investment is being provided by a combination of the UK & Scottish Government, Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Council, both the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon's University as well as stakeholders in the private sector and local economy over a 10 year period. 

Of that sum, a total of £32m has been earmarked to create a 'Digital Infrastructure Fund' to deliver ultrafast broadband across the region - with procurement set to get underway this year.

The intention is that the ultrafast connectivity will help grow existing businesses, create new ones, attract investment to the region and deliver better public services.

In addition, Aberdeen City Council became the first local authority in Scotland to launch an innovative bonds issue scheme to raise £370m for infrastructure projects, which could also be used to benefit its digital economy.

The challenge now is for policymakers to build on the city's existing Digital Place strategy and to support the growth of initiatives such as the Elevator Centre for Entrepreneurship and Accelerate Aberdeen.

Join us to discuss the Aberdeen City Region Deal and its role in creating a smarter, digitalised Scotland.

For further information about the conference and sponsorship opportunities please contact Vincenzo Veglia at vincenzo@canongate.org or 0131 561 7305. 

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03 May 2018 Aberdeen

Digital Cities 2018 - Aberdeen and the North East

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