A room full of talented people spending 3 days and 3 nights side by side developing new business ideas, overcoming challenges and bonding - sound good?
Product Forge is back for its fifth edition to bring together student designers, developers, makers and marketers as well as graduates, freelancers and entrepreneurs for an unforgettable adventure between July 29th and 31st in Edinburgh. This hackathon is running on the theme of homelessness in partnership with Shelter Scotland, the housing and homelessness charity.
Participants form small cross-functional teams to work on a product prototype over a weekend. Everyone receives mentoring, meals and 24 hour access to the venue and the top ranking teams win support to help them develop their concept further.
Use this opportunity to develop your career, gain new skills, network with industry professionals, meet potential employers or even kick-start your own company!
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).
Enthusiastic, quick-learning UX designer turned Product Manager at FreeAgent. Kate has previously worked on MyGovScot, the Scottish Government's digital service designed for people in Scotland to access public services that are easy to find and simple to use.
Nick is 26 years an industry veteran of the technology recruitment world, founder of Bright Purple Resourcing, the Edinburgh head quartered recruiting firm. In December 2015, Nick merged his major shareholding in to a new business called IDE International. This business delivers solutions in smart enterprise, smart cities and smart people. Nick has also been involved in supporting The Homeless World Cup, an organisation that looks at answering the issues of homelessness using football.
Janine is the Director of Creative Edinburgh, a 2100+ strong network for the creative, cultural and tech communities of Edinburgh which launched in November 2011. Past projects include working with the Cultural Enterprise Office, and founding Sierra Metro (an artist led gallery) and Make Works, which allowed her to work closely and collaboratively with designers, artists and makers, supporting their practice while provoking her own.
As head of Communicatiosn & Policy, Adam is responsible for our policy campaigns, public affairs, marketing, media and digital work. He joined Shelter Scotland in June 2014 and brings a wealth of experience as a senior public affairs, policy and communications manager. Previously Adam worked as an Account Director for a leading communications consultancy, Weber Shandwick. He provided strategic insight and senior counsel in relation to the UK and public environments.
Danielle is new to Shelter Scotland, having started in June as Campaigns and Public Affairs Officer. She will be helping to carry out Shelter Scotland’s upcoming homelessness campaign, working with service users, politicians, our local city hubs and other stakeholders. Danielle previously worked at ACOSVO and has a background in journalism, politics and third sector membership organisations.
Ruth has worked in various homeless services for many years, including youth accommodation and support, homeless prevention functions such as deposit guarantee schemes, section 11 preventative functions, mediation services for families, and temporary accommodation. Now as Operations Manager, Ruth has responsibility for Shelter Scotland’s Housing Support Functions.
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.
James is a developer who works at Shelter Scotland on digital tools and data handling. He has experience running several non-profit organisations and projects. He also works with the local tech scene and runs a calendar of tech events at https://opentechcalendar.co.uk
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.
Keith works on digital team with Shelter Scotland overseeing projects, developing and maintaining the social media channels and handling the electronic communication.
Jamie is the founder of Edinburgh-based business consultancy Telaco, as well as a Saltire Fellow in Entrepreneurship. He is an an entrepreneurial leader with a focus on strategy, technology and communications.
Amy is a designer at Everyone, a digital agency based in Glasgow. She is passionate about applying creative thinking to problem solving and producing innovative design experiences.
Amanda’s background is in marketing for the software and engineering sectors covering everything from computational fluid dynamics to underwater wireless technology. She has been with Shelter Scotland for just over two and half years as National Marketing Communications Manager with a remit covering brand, communications and marketing in Scotland.
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.
Events Coordinator for Product Forge. Irish born, moved to Edinburgh in 2016 after studying Event Management & PR in College.
Edinburgh native and Napier graduate with a degree in Digital Media and two minors in Visual Communication and Mobile Media from the Hochschule Der Medien in Stuttgart.