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Hilary Mason Confirmed as Data Summit Speaker!

The line-up of speakers for Data Summit is shaping up to be a very exciting one. Leading US data scientist Hilary Mason is now confirmed as a presenter on day 2: Hypothesis – The Future of Data. Hilary will present on her current work and the future of Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence during the Summit, held at The Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Mason is the Founder and CEO of Fast Forward Labs, a machine intelligence research company that helps organizations accelerate their data science and machine intelligence capabilities. She is also the Data Scientist in Residence at Accel.

Before that, she was the chief data scientist at bitly for four years, where she led a team that studied attention on the internet in realtime, doing a mix of research, exploration, and engineering.

Hilary is also a co-founder of HackNY, a non-profit that helps talented engineering students; co-hosts DataGotham, and is a member of NYCResistor, and advisor to other organizations, including Mortar,, collective[i], and DataKind.

Hilary has received many awards and recognitions during her career, including the TechFellows Engineering Leadership award in 2012. She was also on the Fortune 40 under 40 Ones to Watch list in 2011, and named to the Top 100 most creative people in business by Fast Company.

When invited to be a part of DataFest, Hilary said: “Increasingly organisations are waking up to the potential of data. Chief technology and information officers are being called upon to actually have a strategic vision for what the business can be capable of through the technology. Technology is not merely about facilitating other parts of the business – it is core to the operational goals. DataFest17 recognises and celebrates the massive potential of data. I’m thrilled to be a part of it, meet other data leaders and to find out more about some of the innovative initiatives underway on that side of the Atlantic.”


We look forward to hosting Hilary in Scotland during DataFest. Register now to be a part of it too.

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