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Adding Tech Layoff & Neurodiversity Support to our Inclusion Agenda

June 5, 2023

Since the beginning, we have focused on making Turing Fest as inclusive and diverse as possible – be it attendees, speakers or the team delivering our events.

This year, acknowledging the current state of the global tech market, we are offering a 50% discount on a Turing Fest 2023 conference pass to those affected by the layoffs. Also new to this year’s event, we will have a dedicated quiet space for those who need a break away from overstimulation that can easily arise as a part of a large event.


Job Opportunities, Search Support & Networking
Research shows that up to 85% of jobs are filled via networking with personal and professional connections. Additionally, up to 70% of employees received their current company position through networking (zippia.com, 2023). With this in mind, we believe that the 2023 conference will be an excellent opportunity for job seekers to network with companies expanding their workforce.

We believe that everyone deserves access to the best resources and opportunities to develop their careers. “By offering a discount to those who have lost their jobs, we hope to make Turing Fest as accessible as possible for those who want to continue learning, connecting, and growing.

Brian Corcoran, Turing Fest CEO

According to ScotlandIS, the technology sector employs over 80,000 people in Scotland, with roughly 15,600 new digital jobs created annually. In the coming year, 83% of companies surveyed expect to increase their headcount in the industry – a substantial increase from last year’s 76%. Our aim is to support this growing tech ecosystem by providing an inclusive and diverse platform for learning, networking, and building career opportunities.

There will be signage to make clear which organisations are looking to hire, and #opentowork add-ons for attendees’ badges to let others know they are looking for a job. We will have dedicated resource from recruitment partner Cathcart Technology – an independent, agile, specialist technology recruitment company, headquartered in Edinburgh – to help talk through attendees’ current job searches, providing any tips, coaching, advice, and potential opportunities. Out-of-work attendees will be invited to a free session with a Cathcart consultant.

The landscape for tech roles is growing at a rapid pace and we know that year on year the Turing Fest Conference provides the perfect opportunity to hire and get hired. We are thrilled to be recruiting at and being a partner of Turing Fest 2023.

Gordon Kaye, Managing Director, Cathcart Technology

The discounted tickets are available from today through June 27th at 5pm. The 50% discount decreases the ticket price to £299.50, a more affordable cost for anyone wanting to expand their network and stay updated on the latest industry trends. 

If you would like one of these tickets, you can contact us at events@turingfest.com, tell us a bit about your situation, and we can provide you with a discount code for 50% off your ticket – operating on the honesty policy.


A Bit of Calm in the Organised Chaos
This year we will be launching a new Chill Out Lounge in partnership with Metta.  This new space will be open to all attendees and will provide a quiet environment for attendees to relax and rest. As more employers become focused on the inclusion of neurodiverse employees on their teams, providing spaces like this becomes more important at events. 

Adding this Chill Out Lounge creates a low-stimulation area for people who might feel overstimulated or over-stressed by the noise and activity of a conference. We’re delighted to join Turing Fest this year to offer this lounge and help make the Turing Fest experience even inclusive.

Wil Benton, co-Founder and Director, Metta


Diversity At Our Core
Running since 2016, our conference has provided a place for people in the tech ecosystem to exchange ideas and connect with like-minded individuals underpinned by the core values of inclusivity and diversity. With a self-imposed target, we always aim for 50% of our speakers to be female or non-binary, and 20% to be people of colour and other minorities.

At TF22, we launched our free event créche to enable support for working parents and those without childcare so they could attend the two-day event. This has since been replicated at conferences internationally, and we’ve been told we’re the inspiration! 2023 will be no different; créche spaces can be booked up to a week before the event (a deposit is required to hold the space).

Since 2018, we have run our Diversity Programme, where we have strived to help ensure tech learning, networking, and expertise are attainable for everyone. The programme is open to all who wish to request a discounted ticket for themselves, get their organisation involved, or pay it forward to help open doors for someone else.

We believe fully in what Turing Fest are working towards and have been impressed by their impact on the Scottish and UK tech scene, helping us on our journey of supporting tech grow in Scotland since 2017, so we are proud to continue our work with Turing Fest as Diversity partner for the 2023 conference.

Loral Quinn, CEO, CodeClan

For the 2023 conference, you can join via Code Your Future, Women Who Code, Black Professionals Scotland, Girl Geeks, Diversity AI, and Equate. Additionally, we offer deeply discounted tickets to self-identified members of underrepresented groups – you can apply directly via our website.

We proudly support Turing Fest’s efforts to diversity, equity and inclusion, which is why we have held the role of Official Diversity Partner for the past three years. As a collective tech community, there is scope for a more diverse workforce that will allow all to benefit from the innovative thinking brought through the diversity of thought and lived experience.

Russell Glencross, Talent and Development Lead, Baillie Gifford

This year’s conference takes place at the EICC on the 28th & 29th of June, kicking off with our infamous launch party & networking on Tuesday, 27th June. If you haven’t gotten your ticket yet, you can do so through one of the routes mentioned above or through the website.


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