First Minister Nicola Sturgeon says “innovation is in Scotland’s DNA”.

She cited the work of James Watt and other Scots inventors at FutureFest,  a technology and innovation festival held in London and run by innovation foundation Nesta.

She said: “Innovation is in Scotland’s DNA – it’s a key part of our history, it speaks to our very sense of who we are as a people and as a country. Inventions and discoveries from Scotland down the generations – from James Watt’s improvements to the steam engine, through to the telephone, the television and penicillin – have done so much to shape the modern world.”

Read the First Minister’s full speech on the Scottish Government website.

Read a report on the speech on the Verdict website.

Images from FutureFest 2018 are on the festival’s website.