The Scottish economy, like many globally, faces immediate challenges around sustainability and the integration of AI and data analytics across sectors. These challenges are not standalone but deeply intertwined with the nation’s strategic shift towards renewable energy sources and the broader ambition to position Scotland as a leader in the green energy revolution.

The transition from traditional fossil fuels to renewable energy sources in the North Sea is a monumental task, requiring innovation, investment, and international collaboration. In the context of Scotland’s ambitious push towards sustainability and digital innovation, the E-FWD inaugural event in Aberdeen presented a compelling vision for the North Sea. Dubbed North Sea 2, the concept envisions transforming the area into an interconnected hub for energy and carbon storage, striving for Net Zero or even carbon-negative operations. This approach emphasises the critical need for seamless integration of technologies across the energy value chain, from offshore wind farms to household appliances, underscoring the importance of digital skills development to achieve these groundbreaking climate change mitigation efforts.

At the same time, Scotland’s education sector is undergoing a transformation, aimed at equipping students with the skills necessary for a future dominated by AI, data science, and sustainable technologies. This shift is crucial not only for the direct impact on Scotland’s workforce but also for the role these institutions play in research and development, driving forward the innovations that will underpin Scotland’s economic and environmental strategies. CGI’s partnership with Edinburgh Napier University is a prime example of this commitment. CGI and Edinburgh Napier have collaborated to enhance the digital stakeholder experience within higher education, aiming to grow the Scottish digital economy through investment in a skilled workforce. This collaboration includes leveraging CGI’s IT and business advisory services alongside Edinburgh Napier’s research capabilities to improve health and security outcomes for society. Additionally, the partnership has led to the launch of a digital twin centre of excellence, showcasing CGI’s dedication to utilising the latest digital technologies for the wider societal benefit​. This is in line with Scotland’s national vision which also aligns with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, emphasising the creation of a socially just, sustainable, and equitable society. The Learning for Sustainability Action Plan 2023-2030 focuses on embedding sustainability in every school and learning setting by 2030, showcasing Scotland’s commitment to education that prepares students for the challenges of tomorrow, particularly in the context of climate and social justice​.

In this transformative landscape, CGI’s flagship conference on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, at the Old Course Hotel in St. Andrews stands as a pivotal moment for Scotland. A strategic conclave echoing Scotland’s resolve to connect innovation, technology, and collaboration. It’s a blueprint for action, representing a collective ambition to pioneer a sustainable, prosperous future.