The Perth Idea Exchange

Perth & Kinross Council and Code The City are looking for a group of people to help answer the question: how can we build a resilient, forward-facing and "Smart" Economy in Perth and Kinross?

Over the course of a free two day event (September 28 and 29), participants from all backgrounds, including businesses, developers, innovators, academics and council representatives will identify the economic challenges and opportunities facing the city and surrounding region, generate and develop ideas, and prototype data-driven solutions.


The aim of the event is about taking an innovative and technology-minded approach to grasp new economic opportunities and tackle persistent challenges in the area.  The approach to examine the economic challenges that face Perth and Kinross could involve a wide range of economy-related themes, including but not limited to:

  • Transport (public transport, parking, EV charging stations)
  • Employment and Businesses (unemployment and wages, locations and types of businesses, employee and business support)
  • Tourism (including eco-tourism, culture & heritage tourism)
  • Broadband and Mobile Network coverage and speeds
  • Demographics (population predictions, age groups)

The format of the event will be divided up into a number of sessions designed to get the most of the event.  The first day will focus on a discussion of the challenges and an idea generation session; and the second day will focus on creating a prototype of the suggested solution.

You do not need to have technical or data skills in order to attend and participate in the event; as a diverse range of experiences will help to create a more inclusive solution.

The Perth Idea Exchange is taking place at the AK Bell Library in the run up to the launch of the Famous Grouse Ideas Centre.

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