Apps creation in Highlands and Islands

By 2014 it is expected that 77 billion mobile applications, or apps, will have been downloaded from the Android and Apple markets.

And this month companies in the Highlands and Islands are being invited to a free business event being held in Inverness which is looking at how to capitalise in this multibillion pound industry. The half day workshop is being organised on April 25 by Interface, the knowledge connection for business which matches businesses with the world class expertise and skills within all of Scotland’s university and research institutes, Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and Robert Gordon University. “If you want to find out about apps and whether your business might benefit from having one then this event will give you all the information you need.

“We have experts coming along who are working at the cutting edge of software development and in research.

“They can show you what apps can do, how they have affected the availability of products and services, and how you actually go about developing them,” said David Chapman, Senior Project Executive with Interface. Providing improved services through creative innovation and technology, particularly to rural and remote areas, is something HIE is keen to see developed.

Iain Hamilton, Head of Creative Industries, commented: “Many people associate apps with convenience and entertainment, and they certainly can provide new ways of engaging with customers. But apps also have a much wider role including providing life saving services for people with medical conditions. “Their potential is already important to medical researchers in the North of Scotland as they explore how technology can provide digital health services to patients in their own homes. We also want to see developers themselves living and working in the Highlands and Islands.” The event will run from 11.30am to 4pm on Wednesday 25th April at the Ironworks and is free to attend. Interested companies can find more details and register: at