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After running a successful meet-up for tech founders and entrepreneurs in Glasgow for the last 10 years, software developer, Michael Hayes has hit the road to bring his ‘RookieOven’ meetings to Oban.

Each month, Michael and a handful of fellow tech enthusiasts will be travelling to Oban from Glasgow to host a meet-up for anyone and everyone in Oban and the surrounding area who wants to chat and learn about tech. Whether it is a local business owner looking for tech talent to overcome a technical challenge or an ambitious software developer who wants to network with a wider sphere of developers, the monthly meet-up is an opportunity to build connections, share ideas and voice challenges.

The overall premise of the initiative is to flip the traditional dynamic of hosting large tech gatherings in big cities by kickstarting smaller, more intimate events in areas that are underserved by Scotland’s wider tech ecosystem.

The initiative is funded by the Scottish Government’s Ecosystem Funds which was created in connection with Mark Logan’s Scottish Technology Ecosystem Review (STER).

In May 2020, Mark Logan was commissioned by Kate Forbes, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, to undertake a review into how Scotland’s technology sector can contribute to the country’s economic recovery after the Covid-19 pandemic. The review’s recommendations are primarily concerned with stimulating and accelerating the maturity of Scotland’s Technology Ecosystem – the system, in its widest sense, that supports and nurtures technology businesses in Scotland, from the early start-up phase through to fully scaled maturity.

After Community Lab – a Scottish start-up that promotes grassroots change through community action – received some funding from the government programme, they proceeded to search for opportunities that would help to improve connectivity to Scotland’s tech ecosystem in rural and underserved communities.

The RookieOven Oban meet-up is one of seven initiatives that aims to do just that.

Following the first two events which were held in association with Daniel MacIntyre and took place in April and May at The View, the third event will take place at The View on Thursday June 9. The meet-up kicks off at 6.30pm, it is free to all and attendees will be welcomed with pizza and drinks on the house.