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News and updates from the Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) profession.

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We’re excited to be part of @AdaScot.

The Scottish Government’s Digital team are running 2 interactive workshops where delegates can hear about our Digital, Data and Technology (DDaT) roles and the important work we do on behalf of the people of Scotland.  People attending will have a chance to speak with some of our DDaT specialists on the day and to take part in an interactive discussion about assumptions, expectations and opportunities for women in tech.

There are two sessions available:

17 October 2022 – 14.00 to 15.00

25 October 2022 – 14.00 to 15.00

 

To be part of it, register now: Scottish Government Digital, Data & Technology (DDaT) workshop – Gender balance in Computing Science (ada.scot) #WeAreAda #ComputingScience 


New testbed launched at Aberdeen 5G hub

Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Ivan McKee launched a new testbed at the Aberdeen 5G hub, which was recently deployed by the Scotland 5G Centre as part of their S5GConnect programme – which has so far launched five 5G hubs across Scotland.

 

Digital Minister for Business launches new 5G testbed in Aberdeen - Digital (blogs.gov.scot)


Understanding the digital skills of our workforce

A new report has been published, identifying skills strengths and gaps within the Scottish Government’s digital workforce. Find out more about the report and its recommendations in this blog from Yorath Turner, Deputy Director for Digital People, Strategy and Corporate Services.

 

Digital Building digital capability means understanding where we are now, as well as where we need to be in the future - Digital (blogs.gov.scot)


Leadership and Technology Collide - ScotSoft 2022 

Our annual festival of ideas and innovation that showcases the best of the Scottish technology sector and brings you sought after speakers from far flung locations. 

Running for over 25 years the event includes a full day Developer Conference, a half day Leadership Forum and a chance to meet the next generation of talent at the Young Software Engineer of the Year Awards in the evening.  

Click here for more information. 


UKtech50 2022: The most influential people in UK technology

Computer Weekly announced nominations for their 12th annual UKtech50 in March and have now released their definitive list of the top most influential leaders in UK technology. 

Our Director Digital, Geoff Huggins has made the list of CIOs, industry executives, public servants and business leaders driving the role of technology in the UK economy.  Read more about how an expert panel selected the top 50 people UKTECH50 2022: The most influential people in UK technology


Creating a Tech Nation

Work is underway to help transform Scotland into one of Europe’s leading economies to start or grow a technology business.

Find out more about the steps that are being taken here: Building a tech nation - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


Tech Talent Charter: Inclusion in Tech Festival 2022

Discussing the steps that the Scottish Government’s Digital Profession are taking to create a diverse and inclusive workplace, Roz Britton (Talent and Capability Lead) joined the panel at this year’s Inclusion in Tech Festival.

Listen back to her session: This Works: D&I Invisible Lenses and learn more about the work that we are doing to support neurodiverse colleagues.

2022 Inclusion in Festival Video Recordings (techtalentcharter.co.uk)

 


New centre to tackle cyber threats

Scotland’s ability to prevent and respond to the growing cyber threat will be increased with the creation of a new Scottish Cyber Co-ordination Centre (SC3).

The £1.5 million central coordination function will strengthen Scotland’s resilience to withstand the highest level of cyber threat. 

The Scottish Government’s Covid Recovery Strategy commits to establishing a recognised, authoritative and collaborative function to combat the accelerating threat of cyber attack. This has led to the creation of the SC3, which will pool expertise to: share intelligence; provide early warning of cyber threat and attacks; manage incidents and lead recovery. Recruitment for a head of the centre is already underway, with SC3 set to be formally launched later this year.

Working together against cyber crime - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)


Preparing pupils for careers in tech

Every primary and secondary school across Scotland will receive support to refresh computing science for pupils.

Backed by up to £1.3 million from the Scottish Government, secondary schools can bid for grants of up to £3,000 to purchase additional computing science equipment, devices, software or teaching resources.

Every school will also receive two class sets pocket-sized computers that introduce pupils to how software and hardware work together.

Preparing pupils for careers in tech - gov.scot (www.gov.scot)

 


Empowering Women to become our future digital leaders

Empowering Women is a unique leadership programme sponsored by Scottish Government. It aims to support women to develop their skills and become the digital leaders of the future.  

Sam Cox, Digital Policy Officer within Scottish Government tells us about her experiences as one of the newest cohort of students on the course.

Digital Empowering Women to Lead Digital Transformation programme - Digital (blogs.gov.scot)


How I started a new cyber-security career

Gurjeet Shetra is a new Cyber Security Compliance and Assurance Manager within Scottish Government. She tells our partners at the Ada Lovelace Festival about why she chose to specialise in cyber security and the importance of encouraging more women into the field.

Taking The First Steps On My Cyber Career Journey – Gender balance in Computing Science (ada.scot)


Building digital skills across Scotland’s public sector

The Scottish Digital Academy has ambitious plans in place to build the nation’s digital skills.

Lee Dunn, Head of the Scottish Digital Academy sets out his vision for how this will be achieved through new course offers and a focus on digital leadership.

Developing a digital leadership pathway | FutureScot


The vital role of digital in reducing climate change - reflections from COP26

The Scottish Government’s Digital Policy team reflect on the importance of digital in achieving net zero by 2045.

The team hosted an engaging round table during COP26 attended by delegates from a range of public and private sector organisations. Participants emphasised the need for continued collaboration on tackling climate change and ensuring that a diverse range of voices are heard as we continue working towards our net zero ambitions.

Digital Reflections on our Digital and Climate Change COP 26 roundtable - Digital (blogs.gov.scot)

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Hear from key DDaT professionals on the work they are leading to transform digital public services in Scotland:

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