NextGen Expo Scotland 2014: What to look out for

NextGen Expo Scotland is one of the calendar's biggest events designed to bring together professionals from the public, private and third sectors in Scotland who are involved in the development, delivery and acquisition of digital products and services.

Here's what to expect from this year's event.

Industry insight

The importance of digital infrastructure investment has never been more important, with the UK Government recently announcing an injection of funding for high-speed Internet to 95 per cent of the country by 2017, as well as a separate rural broadband grant for the rest of the population.

Because of this, Mark Tate, development director at Community Broadband Scotland (CBS), will be speaking about CBS's latest projects on getting communities with limited or no broadband online. Avonline's Managing Director, Mark Wynn, will also be speaking on superfast broadband for Rural Areas.

Master classes

This year's NextGen Expo Scotland will feature a number of bespoke master classes presented by experts in the industry and should be relevant to anyone involved in the Digital Sector.

Some of the topics covered include "Is Scotland on track to meet its digital targets?" and "How can we achieve superfast broadband for all - and should we?"

Other masterclasses on the agenda include the hot-topics of retail e-commerce and m-commerce, and smart city developments, with Michael McLaughlan, Programme Director at Future City Glasgow giving a presentation on Glasgow Future Cities Demonstrator Programme.

You can find a full list of NextGen Expo Scotland master classes on the event's website.

Major new report on broadband challenges

A major new report revealing the challenges for deploying superfast broadband to connect the final five per cent of the country is to be presented at NextGen Expo Scotland.

The report, titled "Making Digital Real: Case Studies of How to Help the Final Fifth Get Online" will be discussed at the show during a special superfast broadband masterclass.

The event will bring together digital suppliers and key decision makers in the hope that they can share ideas on how best to strengthen the economy through a digital future.

NextGen Expo Scotland is free to attend for all pre-registered delegates, so make sure to head over to the website and register if you work in the digital space.