Local Transport Product Forge


A room full of entrepreneurially minded professionals from technical, design, business and transport sector backgrounds spending 3 days and 3 nights side by side developing new products to improve transport services within the South East of Scotland - sound good?

Product Forge is running a competitive transport hackathon at CodeBase in Edinburgh from Thursday 4th until Sunday 7th May.

Regardless of whether you already have an idea that you would like to prototype, or don’t and would just like to make new connections, we invite you to come along and meet talented people with a shared interest in the future of Scottish transport.

Participants form small cross-functional teams to work on a product prototype with support from industry experts in the transport sector and the wider technology community.

Use this opportunity to gain new skills, network with professionals or even kick-start your own company!

All our participants receive mentoring, 10 free meals and 24 hour access to the venue, and the top ranking teams can access support to develop their concept further. Register now for an unforgettable adventure!

Sponsors & Partners

SEStran (South East of Scotland Transport Partnership )
SocialCar Project
SBNN, Scottish Business News Network

Data Providers

Transport Scotland
Traveline Scotland
Transport For Edinburgh
The City of Edinburgh Council
Lothian Buses
The List


Alisdair Gunn
Director & Founder at Framewire and Strategic Advisor to Seed Haus

Alisdair is recognised as one of Scotland's leading experts in the tech startup and digital sector and is a commercially and passionate driven leader across the International Tech Sector. Recognised for delivering digital transformation, market insight, innovation, technology, business development, partnering and venture investment expertise to high growth digital technology companies.

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Tobias Tonner
CTO at Urban Tide

Tobias is a data management, integration and analytics expert. Currently working at Urban Tide where they bring data, technology and people together. Urban Tide help cities to make them smarter, sustainable and more liveable for everyone.



Lisa Freeman
Strategy and Projects Officer at SEStran

Lisa is reponsible for delivering Projects and Targets set by the Scottish Government and SEStran’s Regional Transport Strategy, marketing and advocating Sustainable Transport measures to large public and private employers in the region, promotion of TripshareSEStran.com to expand membership of both individuals and organisations, and the promotion of sustainable travel and develop events/initiatives aimed at changing travel behavior, improving health and reducing congestion.


Jim Grieve
Head of Programmes at SEStran

Jim Grieve is a Chartered Civil Engineer with extensive experience in transport and infrastructure engineering. He operated at a senior management level, ultimately Head of Transport, in a local authority until 2008. He then formed a property company in 2009 and carried out a number of property developments until 2013 when he joined SEStran as a Programme Manager. He is currently SEStran’s Head of Programmes.

Tom Armitage
Geoservices Support, EDINA

Tom has a great understanding of the wealth of geospatial data available for the UK, with in-depth knowledge of Ordnance Survey, British Geological Survey, Landmark, ONS and SeaZone datasets, among many others. He has also gained valuable insight into how geospatial data is used across UK Academia and its untapped potential.


Ewan Klein
Professor of Language Technology at University of Edinburgh

Ewan is a researcher in computational linguistics and natural language processing, with interest in practical applications of language technology. Currently focusing on tasks involving semantic analysis and inference. Ewan is also an ambassador for the Open Knowledge Foundation.


David Connolly
Director for Technical Development at Systra Ltd

David has over 24 years’ experience of UK transport modelling with SYSTRA/MVA, having previously been a lecturer in Operational Research at the London School of Economics. His areas of expertise include accessibility analysis, multi-modal transport modelling, scheme appraisal and microsimulation.


Scott Prentice
Head of Business Development for ScotRail

Scott is Head of Business Development for ScotRail, responsible for medium and long term planning and delivery of internal efficiencies. Scott has technical and commercial competence gained through 25 years of working in rail engineering (both infrastructure and rolling stock), operations, project development, business case production and project management. He has successfully delivered large and complex rail projects to programme and budget.


Manuelle Debunne
Scientific Affairs Manager

As 2013 Saltire Foundation Fellow, I have recently finished an executive and leadership training in Babson College, Boston. This programme helped me develop and comprehend my entrepreneurial and leadership skills, which combine to my strong life science background to develop my interest in drug development and pharmaceutical field.


Leah Lockhart
Digital Producer

Leah helps individuals and organisations build capability for effective digital engagement. She currently works with ARK Housing Association, Hyper Island, Relate Lab and more, and was previously the Digital Engagement Manager with the Scottish Government's Digital Engagement Team.

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Michael Hayes
RookieOven Founder and Creating iOS and Android products at Add Jam

I have a passion for technology startups and in particular the technology startup community in Scotland. Through RookieOven (http://rookieoven.com) I strive to raise the profile of the Scottish startup community internationally and provide resources beneficial to the success of fellow Scots in technology.

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Will Loveland
User Experience Designer at Scott Logic

Will is a UX Designer based in Edinburgh. Currently working for Scott Logic, creating bespoke, complex solutions for a range of global capital markets clients.

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James Rice
User Experience Designer at Scott Logic

UX Designer currently working at Scott Logic designing bespoke software for a range of clients who predominantly work in the financial sector.

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Allan Hutcheon
Operations Director at Neatebox

Allan is the Operations Director for Neatebox developing and delivering a range of projects including Pedestrian Neatebox, Attractions Neatebox, and Customer Service Neatebox.

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Jacek Dudek
Senior Software Engineer at UrbanTide

Jacek is a skilled full-stack developer with specific experience in scalable software solutions. He has worked on the USMART platform since it's early days. Jacek is pushing the use of the latest industry standards and focuses on engaging the growing USMART Clan of developers and users.

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Gavin Wheeler
Senior Software Engineer at Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems (Europe) Ltd

Gavin is the Project Lead and Senior Software Engineer at Toshiba Medical Visualization Systems. He is responsible for a variety of Image Analysis and Applications software projects related to Healthcare, CT and Ultrasound.


Dan Dickson
Young Scot 5Rights Youth Commissioner

Dan is currently a student at Edinburgh College and working with vulnerable communities of young people, in particular trans including non-binary and intersex young people. He is also on Young Scot's 5Rights commission, consulting for the Scottish Government on how Human Rights can be protected in the digital world.


Euan Jackson
Product Forge Alumni

Edinburgh native with experience in front end web development, product design and pitching. Previously participated in the Future Libraries and Future Health Product Forge events.

Alex Scott-Tonge
Expert in Digital & Sustainability

Alex started work in the green/eco industry 8 years ago which took him from oil and gas plc’s to environmental finance firms. He co-founded Power of Youth, a global network for early stage entrepreneurs in 2011. He we ran bespoke programmes for high growth businesses in Asia, Africa and Europe. He now is a student of tech and explores the relationship between digital and resource management.

Event Team

Allan Lloyds
Founder & MD, Product Forge

I'm the founder and managing director of Product Forge - Product Forge run competitive hackathons with a product focus. We nurture talent within Scotland’s digital technologies sector though inclusive open weekends as well as corporate events. The format is simple - pitch an idea, form a team, build a prototype. Our experienced teams make it a unique and engaging experience.

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Alice Dréano
Projects Coordinator

I started to work for Product Forge in October 2016 as Project Coordinator. I am a French National and graduated from Pierre et Marie Curie - Sorbonne Université with a Master 1 in Molecular Biology and a Master 2 in Health Marketing. This led me to work in the Medical Devices Industry for one year as a Junior Product Manager before moving to Scotland in 2015. I am a passionate individual with strong interests for Literature and the protection of the environment.


Tabeetha Sun
Events Coordinator

I joined Product Forge as Events Coordinator in October 2016. I grew up in San Francisco before moving to Scotland for university where I graduated with a Politics degree from the University of Glasgow in 2015. In my spare time I volunteer with Scottish Faiths Action for Refugees, and enjoy playing competitive rugby and football.


Jakub Tansey

Born and raised in Edinburgh. Graduated from Edinburgh Napier University with a 1st class degree in Digital Media Global in 2016. Currently working as videographer at Product Forge. I love film and have a passion for storytelling – Always with some kind of personal, creative project on the go outside of my job. With experience in many areas of film production, from editing and sound design to visual effects and virtual reality, I am ready to tackle any videography challenges that come my way.


Cristina Maireles
Events Coordinator

Cristina’s background is in marketing, designing and event organising within small and international companies. She is currently the Events Coordinator, however she joined Product Forge as the Marketing Assistant, being responsible for the communications before, during and after the events.




Join our community

Members receive complimentary tickets to Product Forge events, full access to our Slack community, and exclusive content 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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