Brilliant Extra Events

In addition to Demo Day’s main schedule, we’re running a series of Brilliant Extra Events for those of you who want to explore some of the thesis and ideas CivTech are developing more fully.


Public Entrepreneur Workshop

Wednesday 04 March, 9:00 – 9:30  EICC Harris Suite, Floor 1


A workshop introducing the concept of the public entrepreneur, how innovation in the public sector is driven by mindset – not skillsets – and how that mindset can be delivered.

The workshop leader is Katy McNeil, Public Entrepreneur Lead, at CivTech.

This programme has already helped many people and organisations in the public sector to realign their thinking, and develop new ways of approaching problem solving.

As one Challenge Sponsor put it: ‘CivTech has rewired my brain’.


Ministerial address in the Net Zero Zone

Wednesday 04 March, 12:45 – 13:00, EICC Carrick Suite, Floor 1


Scotland was the first country in the world to declare a climate emergency. Nationwide, cities and organisations are urgently planning and implementing solutions to tackle this complex crisis. In designing CivTech 4.0, we recognised the opportunity to be a catalyst in helping organisations procure innovative climate impacting solutions. So for Demo Day, we have created an expanded area to give greater exposure to this shared global priority.

Fergus Ewing, Cabinet Secretary Rural Economy and Tourism will address our dedicated Net Zero Zone on the role of technology in creating a low carbon economy. Within the zone, our challenge sponsors and companies will be exhibiting their positive and impactful solutions addressing aspects of climate change. So see how citizens can understand their carbon footprint better, how companies can offset their unavoidable emissions and why trees are such an important natural asset.


Introduction to CivTech 5.0
Wednesday 04 March, 13:15 – 13:45, EICC, Pentland Suite 


Are you interested in sponsoring a CivTech Challenge? Do you want to learn more about Challenge based Innovation?
This brief workshop will give participants an introduction to how start with a problem and not a solution. It will introduce the methods the CivTech team use when working with potential Challenge sponsors and give you a chance to meet the CivTech Challenge team to ask them more about the process and opportunities for CivTech 5.0. representative from the Can Do Challenge Innovation Fund will also be available to introduce funding opportunities.   
The primary audience for this workshop is Public and third sector organisations who are interested either in the CivTech process or becoming a Challenge Sponsor.

International Reception Bute House

Wednesday 4 March, 6:30 – 8:00, Edinburgh


To celebrate our increased international impact, a special event is being hled at Bute House, Edinburgh on the evening of Demo Day. Our friends and colleagues from across the world are invited to join us, and Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, who will give a keynote speech.


Exploring the CivTech Programme Model

Thursday 5 March, 10.00-13.00, CivTech Studio, Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh


At this workshop you will be introduced to the core components of the CivTech model. Led by the CivTech team, you be able to find out more about the different phases of the CivTech Innovation Flow, from working with public sector organisations to take problems and turn them into Challenges, and taking them all the way through to Pre-Commercial Contract negotiations. Spaces are limited, so book early! Please contact to register interest.


Explore CivTech's Public Entrepreneur Programme

Thursday 5 March, 14.00-17.00 - CivTech Studio, Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh


At this workshop you will be introduced to the core components of CivTech's public entrepreneur programmes. Find out how the programme has been developed and why adopting an entrepreneurial mindset in public services can help drive transformation. CivTech Public Entrepreneur programme. Please contact to register interest.

Develop Collaborative Challenges and Learn About the Problem Exploration Process

Friday 6 March, 09.30-13.30 - CivTech Studio, Codebase, 38 Castle Terrace, Edinburgh


At this workshop you will get the chance to use the CivTech problem exploration process, working collaboratively to identify shared challenges. Whether you are looking for new ideas on responding to the climate emergency or the wellbeing economy, come and work with us to define our shared challenges.

To conclude our international programme we will end with a networking lunch where you will also have the chance to meet companies from previous cohorts and find out about products you may be interested in taking back home. Please contact to register interest.