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Event overview

A one day festival celebrating all things digital featuring guest speakers and interactive workshops.

Speakers include Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive of The Data Lab, Eamonn Keane, Head of Cyber Security at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, and Professor Bill Buchanan from Edinburgh Napier University.


Event Details


Wednesday 11 September 2019 West Lothian College, Livingston

Read the event agenda here

At West Lothian College we want to help address the digital skills shortage in Scotland so that as many people as possible can take advantage of the many opportunities available now and in the future.

Our digital offer starts with stimulating interest in tech at an early age by running coding events for school pupils. We build on this by delivering computing qualifications like the Software Development Foundation Apprenticeship to senior secondary pupils.

Recognising the need to invest in the skills of, and right facilities for our computing students, this year we are launching an extended range of digital courses and a new Cyber Lab. Equipped with high spec state of the art technology, this bespoke facility will enable our students to develop their skills in an environment relevant to the companies they aspire to work in.

In August we will welcome our first three cohorts of students onto our HNC Cyber Security course. Next year we will offer HND Cyber Security and embed data science into all our computing qualifications. Our successful partnership with Edinburgh Napier University has resulted in many of our computing graduates moving straight into second or third year of relevant degrees.

In the computing context an interrupt is a signal to the processor alerting it to a high priority event that needs immediate attention and suspending current activities to deal with that. So it is with Interrupt19 – we are suspending normal activity for our computing students on Wednesday 11 September to allow them to benefit from a wide range of industry experts on mission critical topics like cyber security, data science and the internet of things.

We plan to hold the Interrupt festival annually and expect it to grow each year. This year our main audience is 300 computing students, most of whom are studying at HNC level or above. Also attending will be some local businesses keen to find out more about the impact of digital and data developments on them.

Interrupt19 has an action-packed agenda.

Keynote speakers like Gillian Docherty, Chief Executive of The Data Lab, Eamonn Keane, Head of Cyber Security at the Scottish Business Resilience Centre, and Professor Bill Buchanan from Edinburgh Napier University who will introduce delegates to the world of data and cyber security, and inspire them to take control of their own digital future.

You can find out more about our speakers below:

Professor Bill Buchanan

Gillian Docherty

Eamonn Keane

Toni Scullion

Ronnie Corse

Interactive workshops led by leading tech contributors like Toni Scullion, winner of last year’s Scottish Women in Technology award for secondary education, and ethical hackers from Curious Frank, will enable delegates to try out current and emerging technologies relevant to the world today and tomorrow.

Interrupt19 will help inspire Scotland’s future digital creators.

Interrupt19 is brought to you with the support of our sponsors:



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