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Pop in to visit Google Digital Garage for free in-person training

Whether you want to grow your confidence, career or business Google Digital Garage can provide free in-person training and 1-1 coaching to help you achieve your goal.

Book a course, or a trainer, by visiting us on the High Street today.

Open 10am-6pm Monday-Saturday.

Free training, for everyone

With 18+ courses, from getting started online to starting your own business, our range of free in-person training can help you achieve your goal. Browse our course page for more.

One-on-one coaching for your business or career

Whether you’re taking your first steps online, looking to upgrade your career with digital skills, or want to build your small business, our free one-on-one coaching can help.

Book an appointment with one of our trainers in the garage today.

Partner with Google Digital Garage

Do you have a community or team that you think would benefit from digital skills training? We offer free training either in the Garage and the Edinburgh region to your community. Request a trainer to attend your event, for free.


2:00pm - 3:30pm, 14th January 2019 - Managing Stress and Being Resilient in the Digital Age - Marchmont Physiotherapy Clinic

In the last 40 years science fiction has become ‘science fact’.

Life is intensifying. The technological revolution is becoming faster and the ability to access information has grown to the point that it can very easily become overwhelming.

The environment and our interactions with it has changed beyond comprehension. The impact it is having on each generation exponentially grows in both good and bad ways.What has not changed is the fundamental human being. We evolve at a much slower pace than technology and our responses are still the same. It is the triggers that have become radically different.

We forget that we are designed to be either running away from sabretooth tigers or fighting them. It is the same reaction we have when we get an email from our boss or a difficult client. This is the the stress response that leads to full ‘Fight, Flight or Freeze’ mode that was so vital in ancient times, but not so useful now.

We are well aware of various sources of stress such as the modern sedentary lifestyle. Not moving, the muscles in the back get tight and our ability to take a full breath can become compromised. Our body stiffens, tightens and that starts to effect our ability to think as well as the quality of thoughts.

Essentially it is a loop: the mind effects the body and the body effects the mind.

We start to see the many sources of stress, yet we forget how incredibly resilient we are as individuals and a species. We outlasted those sabretooth tigers that we used to run from or fight!!

We just need to explore and find it again.

In this talk Mark Appleford will explore more of how stress and modern living can impact on us. How the mind/body connection is so important in managing stress. Drawing on ancient wisdom and modern thinking he will share practical insights and skills that can help us relax and reconnect to our resilience.




6:15pm - 7:15pm, 15th January 2019 - Mind, Breath & Meditation - A Free Introduction by The Art of Living

Experience the benefits of meditation & breathing techniques at our free workshop on simple yet effective techniques to manage your mind at Edinburgh's Google Digital Garage.

What is included in the workshop?

- Breathing techniques

- Panchakosha meditation

- Insight into the tendencies of the mind

- Introduction to more advanced breathing techniques

Places are limited so please book ASAP.


Is this event really free?

Yes, this a free event.

What can I bring into the event?

There is no need to bring anything..

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Minimum age is 18.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Please contact Mary on 07746337813, or




6:00pm - 7:00pm, 18th January 2019 - Music for Wellness Workshop



Come and beat away those January blues at our drumming, body percussion and music performance workshop.

No musical experience required, this workshops is open to all, easy, fun and free.





Music for Wellness

4:00pm - 5:30pm, 21st January 2019 - How To Create Effective Landing Pages for Conversion - Technology Coaching Online

Are you a small business or aspiring social media marketer?

Have you heard that you need a landing page, squeeze page, optin page, light box etc for your website to create conversions?

Sooz Young from Technology Coaching is privileged to present...

'How To Create Effective Landing Pages for Conversion' at Google's Digital Garage'

How long is it?

Up to 1 hour 30 minutes

Who is it for?

Small businesses, entrepreneurs or aspiring social media marketers.

What will I learn?

  • What is a landing page?
  • Why and How to use a landing page
  • The components of an effective landing page
  • What 'converts' on landing pages
  • Softwares to create landing pages with

6:00pm - 9:00pm, 30th January 2019 - It's just too slow: Mobile Application Performance Testing - Ministry of Testing

To kick off our 2019 season we have Doug Sillars giving us his thoughts on Mobile Performance Testing. Doug is a friend of the MOT meetups, having spoken at meetups in Ireland and France.


Mobile apps and websites are now the predominant ways that users interact with brands. Research has shown that slow sites and apps lose customer engagement. Despite this, most mobile sites and apps have performance issues that can be easily resolved once diagnosed.

In this talk, we will walk through steps to diagnose network performance bottlenecks in mobile services. We'll discuss real world examples and how they were resolved. Attendees will leave this talk armed with the tools to test, diagnose and resolve the top network performance issues that affect mobile today.


18:00 - Doors open - Networking
18:45 - Doug!
19:30 - Activity/Lean Coffee
20:30 - Post Meetup Social (AKA pub)

About Doug

Doug is is a freelance mobile performance expert, having helped thousands of developers speed up their mobile apps and websites. A Google Developer Expert and the author of O’Reilly’s “High Performance Android Apps,” Doug has spoken at developer conferences in the US and Europe, and blogs regularly at He is currently working as a freelance digital nomad, traveling with his family in Europe.





6:00pm - 8:00pm, 31st January 2019 - Prove your concept with an initial version of your product which has enough features to satisfy early adopters - MVP Live (Minimum Viable Product)

Welcome to Bad Dinosaur's event debut, MVP Live!

Who is this for?

This event is free to attend for start ups, entrepreneurs and anyone else interested in why building a Minumum Viable Product can be such a successful route when building a digital product. 

 What is the format?

We will begin the event with an informal networking session, followed by a short introduction from Bad Dinosaur. This will be followed by a series of short talks from entrepreneurs and startups who have gone through the MVP process and a chance for some Q&A. After that there will be a second chance for networking. 



Bad Dinosaur

9:00am - 12:30pm, 26th February 2019 - Stay Safe Online Workshop at Craigsfarm Community Hub

Learn cyber-safety basics and discover some simple steps you can take to stay safe online.

This is a free workshop for smartphone, tablet or computer users who are keen to learn how to keep themselves and their personal data safe when using the internet. Suitable for people across a range of levels. Beginner - Intermediate.

What will I learn?

- The common threats online today and how to avoid them

- How to stay safe when you’re internet shopping or online banking

- Managing different accounts, passwords and family controls securely

How long is it?

1 hour.

What is The Digital Garage?

The Digital Garage project is part of Google’s commitment to provide free digital skills training to students, entrepreneurs and individuals across the UK. The training is offered both online and in-person. This initiative is funded by Google. This event is part of Craigsfarm Community Hub's Money Advice Day. You may wish to arrive early to browse the other stalls on offer.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

There is parking available and we're on a regular bus route (route 275 and route D26).

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email or call us on 01506 894639

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No, we will have a list of attendees.

My organisation would like to attend the Money Advice Day how can I register us?

Email for an organisation registration form.


6:00pm - 8:00pm, 29th February 2019 - The Changing Role of Talent Acquisition for HR Within Their Business. 

The last 5 years has seen dramatic changes in the way we recruit and how businesses approach finding the best talent. We chat through with four senior HR professionals from four different backgrounds on what they have found to be different and what their businesses have done to adapt. This will include the successes and the failures on everything from creating in-house teams and social profiles to getting internal managers to understand that there are now many ways to find candidates.

Listen and ask questions to our Panel:

- Michelle Reid - HR Manager Institute of Occupational Medicine

- Derek Cummings - Director of HR and Operations Burness Paull

- LLP Jo Amiss - Senior Talent Acquisition and Brand Consultant, Standard Life Assurance, part of the Pheonix Group.


*Professional photography and video production may be taking place at the event, and these images may be used on future promotional materials for CIPD. Please note that by attending the event, you are giving your consent for your image to be used on any CIPD promotional materials.*


About Google Digital Garage

Started in 2015, Google Digital Garage is a program from Grow with Google - our commitment to provide free training and tools to help people grow their career or business in the UK. All training under Google Digital Garage is free to attend.

- Get trained in digital marketing, CV building, intro to coding and more.
- Free one-on-one coaching to help you achieve specific goals
- Get certified by IAB Europe with our online course in marketing.