Amplifying Voices in Technology - Glasgow Tech Week

May 14, 5:00 – 7:30 PM

The Social Hub Glasgow, 15 Candleriggs, Glasgow City, G1 1TQ

Amplifying Voices in Technology - In partnership with The Social Hub and Glasgow City Innovation District, this event will be an unmissable event in your Glasgow Tech Week agenda. From vertical farming and digital transformation to beauty robotics and award-winning data scientist. Prepare to be inspired, delve into the diverse journeys of founders and leading voices in the tech!

In-person event
Panel Discussion

About this event

Amplifying Voices in Technology

In partnership with The Social Hub and Glasgow City Innovation District, this event will be an unmissable event in your Glasgow Tech Week agenda.

We're bringing together an incredible line up of individuals who are making waves in various realms of technology, ranging from vertical farming and digital transformation to beauty robotics and award-winning data scientist! Prepare to be inspired as we delve into the diverse journeys of founders and leading voices in the tech sphere, discovering firsthand how they carved their path into the world of technology.

Don't miss this chance to network with fellow tech enthusiasts, learn from the best, and be part of an empowering community driving technological advancement forward!

It's been quite a few years for all of us and at Startup Grind Scotland we’ve loved using our platform to bring people together to share ideas, spark conversation, and bring a sense of familiarity since we started way back in 2014. It's our 10th anniversary this year, so plenty of reasons to make it extra special.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this event—reserve your spot now and join us for an evening of empowerment, innovation, and endless possibilities!

What to Expect:

📖Shared Stories: Hear from our panelists as they share their personal stories, career trajectories, and visions for the future of technology. We’ll cover the good, the bad and the sometimes ugly.

💡Tactical Insights: Expect real, actionable advice on navigating careers in technology. Whether you're aspiring to leadership roles, want to learn about emerging tech fields, or perhaps you’re just getting started. We have you covered with their invaluable expertise.

🔥Inspiration and Innovation: We won't need to look far for inspiration with our panelist, we’ll explore everything from vertical farming for a sustainable future, digital transformation in the drinks industry, AI-powered beauty solutions to social entrepreneurship and diversity in tech.

🤝Networking: Explore a beautiful new space in the city whilst catching up with friends and making new ones

🎤 Share your Voice: Take stage with Open Mic, an opportunity for you to tell your story to the community and pitch your ask 

🗣[Speaker Stories] ++ more to be announced 

Aisha Janki

Aisha is the CEO/founder of Janki Robotics, an beauty-tech startup in Edinburgh backed my Innovate UK, the National Robotarium, Scottish Edge, amongst others. She’s passionate about sharing her experiences with a view to inspire, motivate and educate and you can find her creating content on LinkedIn, Instagram and TikTok where she has amassed a following of over 160,000. She’s a graduate of architecture from the university of Edinburgh and a recipient of the Mastercard Foundation scholarship. In recognition of her influential and transformative leadership whilst at university, she was awarded the Vice Chancellor’s Sir William Darling Memorial Prize and she was recognised as one of the top 3 black university students in Britain by Rare Recruitment.

Gayle Reid

A wife, mother, and Head of User Applications for IGS. Gayle has a extensive experience working with startups and has come up through the ranks as a C++ software engineer scrum master and project manager before settling at IGS as a team lead then department head. Gayle describes herself as a neurodivergent superhero, and champion for STEM careers for all.

Kathryn Nicolson

Before entering the word of technology Kathryn gained a degree in International Business with Modern Languages before falling into the world of tech on her graduate programme at Edrington, an international spirits company based in Glasgow. After quickly falling in love with the problem solving nature of working with technology and building solutions with marketers and engineering teams, Kathryn is now a Product owner in the digital technology team leading global projects. On top of her day job, Kathryn also recently completed a masters in Digital Transformation Leadership at Barcelona Technology School.

Clara O'Callaghan

Clara is a cyber-security undergrad student at Edinburgh Napier and Vice President on ENUSEC (the cyber-security society at their university). Having volunteered in various initiatives since high-school, Clara is passionate about computing science and the gender inequality present in all STEM subjects. They are keen to create spaces for women and gender minorities in tech. Outside of tech, Clara is a reader, taekwondo student and nature lover

Prof. Ana Basiri

Ana Basiri is a Professor in Geospatial Data Science, the Director of Centre for Data Science and AI, a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellow, and Royal Academy of Engineering's EngineeringX Champion at the University of Glasgow. Ana leads an interdisciplinary team working on developing the theoretical and applied solutions that consider unavailability and biases in data as useful source of data to make inferences about the underlying reasons that caused missingness or biases. For this she collaborates with world-leading academic and industrial partners, including Uber, and Google. 


1. Welcome and Networking, explore the newest venue in town The Social Hub

2. Let's Get Talking - Panel Session

3. An open mic session where any attendee is free to speak their mind or ask for a piece of advice (60-seconds each) from the community and receive feedback.

4. A networking session in which attendees talk to each other freely over some drinks and delicious food. There's no Startup Grind event where you don't leave with new friends and exciting connections.

Spaces will be limited to save your spot now, prepare your on-stage 'ask' and join us for our next event!

Why attend?

- Share an ask or a project you’re excited about with the community open mic

- Share reflections on the year and discuss your upcoming aspirations and goals

- Get advice from industry experts

- Catch up with friends and make new ones

- Free drinks and delicious food in an incredible new venue in the city! Come meet your new neighbours!

What you need to know:

What: Amplifying Voices in Technology - Glasgow Tech Week

When: Tuesday 14th

Time: 6.00pm - 8:30pm

Where: The Social Hub, Glasgow

Bonus Extras: Free Food, Drink & Open Mic

Check out what happened


  • Kathryn Nicolson


    Product Owner

  • Aisha Janki

    Janki Robotics


  • Gayle Reid

    Intelligent Growth Solutions

    Head of User Apps Software

  • Clara O'Callaghan

    Edinburgh Napier University

    Cyber Security Student & VP of ENUSEC

  • Professor Ana Basiri

    Centre for Data Science and AI UKRI Future Leaders Fellow




Tuesday, May 14, 2024
5:00 PM – 7:30 PM UTC


5:00 PMNetworking and Food
6:00 PMLet's Get Talking
7:00 PMMore Networking & Close


  • Emma Loedel

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Chapter Director

  • Nick Cohen

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Team Member

  • Keshan Sharp

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Team Member


  • Emma Loedel

    Startup Grind Glasgow

    Director Startup Grind Glasgow

  • Nick Cohen

    Team Member

  • Keshan Sharp

    Start Up Grind

    Team Member


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Glasgow City Innovation District logo

Glasgow City Innovation District

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