Generation Rent Product Forge

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  Edinburgh, Scotland

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The number of people renting in Scotland has doubled over the past ten years. New digital platforms are needed to improve quality of service and dispute resolution. Investors and Policy Makers need tools to support data driven decision making.

Join us for the Generation Rent Product Forge where technical and entrepreneurial minds will collaborate with the sector to develop new ideas that improve the renting experience.

You don’t need to arrive with an idea and you don’t need to be an expert. At our events, you can play a key role no matter your skillset or skill level - you just need to be passionate about making positive change.

You could start by thinking about how to collect, distribute and utilise data to help tenants, landlords, letting agents and local authorities to better log, track and resolve issues. Product Forge will shortly be providing access to various datasets including Shelter Scotland’s web analytics data and Helpline volume data, and housing data from National Records of Scotland.

All participants receive mentoring, 10 free meals and 24 hour access to the venue, and all teams can access support to develop their concept beyond the event.

Concession tickets available for Students and Product Forge Members.

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Data Providers


Linda Bendle
Managing Director at The Key Place; Community Justice Scotland Board; Shelter Scotland Committee

Linda is the Managing Director of a letting agency, and has built up substantial experience in housing and property matters over 20 years working in the industry. Linda combines this in depth knowledge with first-hand experience of homeless issues. Linda is a Board member of Community Justice Scotland, addressing the prevention and reduction of offending throughout Scotland.

Graeme Brown
Director at Shelter Scotland

Graeme took up the post of Director of Shelter Scotland in July 2008. Prior to this he was Director of Communications, Policy and Campaigns for Shelter UK. Before joining Shelter, Graeme was an independent consultant at the Home Office, the Rough Sleepers Unit at the Department of the Environment, the Social Exclusion Unit in the Cabinet Office and a number of NGOs (non-governmental organisations).


Dan Cookson
Housing Information Specialist

Dan is a specialist housing market research and data visualisation consultant. Widely recognised as an innovator in the analysis of the sales and rental markets in Scotland and the UK, he provides bespoke research and commentary for a wide range of clients including housing consultancies, property agents, developers and investors – and is passionate about using the latest web-based mapping and visualisation tools to share data and facilitate better understanding of our cities and communities.

Tom Youll
Web Writer & Content Manager at Shelter Scotland

Tom has worked at Shelter Scotland for nearly 12 years, first as part of Rough Sleeper initiative where he worked across the hostels and drop-ins of Glasgow advising and advocating for people who were sleeping on the streets. Tom now works as a writer in the Digital team, where he makes sure that the content on Shelter Scotland Get advice pages is up-to-date and he has an active interest in the user journeys and usability of websites.

Martin McCourt
Data Analyst

Martin is a data analyst currently working in the energy market.

Mike Smith
Tenant Team Manager at SafeDeposits Scotland

Mike manages the team of advisors who deal with tenants and is responsible for tenant engagement strategies, which involves attending at various events as a speaker. He regularly attends organisations such as Citizen's Advice and Universities to talk to their staff about tenancy deposits to ensure that they are able to advise service users effectively. Prior to this Mike spent 5 years working as a manager for the police in the control room in Aberdeen.

Conrad Rossouw
Digital Manager at Shelter Scotland

Conrad Rossouw is currently the Digital Manager for Shelter Scotland. Conrad manages a 5 person digital team, developing and implementing the charity's digital strategy and managing their social media channels. Conrad has over 10 years experienced in managing and ensuring the successful delivery of complex digital projects.

Leah Lockhart
Digital Democratic Engagement Officer at The Democratic Society

Leah supports community organisations in Scotland in using digital tools to help local people make collective decisions about how to spend money through Participatory Budgeting (PB).

Marty Dunlop
User Experience Consultant at XP Consultants Ltd

Marty has worked his way through design agencies, dev firms, industrial manufacturing and corporate consultancy, and he has worked closely within both intimate and large scale project teams whilst delivering for various government and consumer brand clients. Since leaving the corporate world, Marty has been building a new innovation and experience based consultancy as well as a digital aggregation based product, Red Menu.



Join our community

Members receive comlimentary tickets to Product Forge events, full access to our Slack community, and exclusive conent and support.

Existing members

Please email us at [email protected] and we'll send you a private registration link.

Basic terms

Please note that complimentary tickets are subject to availability; you must be a member at the time of registration and attendance; membership renews on a monthly or annual basis; at this time members must be 18 or over.



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