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21 & 22 March 2019
The Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh


A two-day international conference presenting compelling stories on data driven innovation with keynotes, panels, pitches and lots of inspiration.

 
 
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Data Leaders and Practitioners

Learn from the experience of those who have succeeded (and failed) with data through sessions on how to lead successful programmes to communicating with data, compelling examples of transformation to future trends and much more.  The Data Summit will equip you with the knowledge and network to support your data journey.

 

CREATED TO BRING LEADERS AND PRACTITIONERS TOGETHER

The Data Summit has been created to bring together data leaders and practitioners across industry, the public sector and academia. We strongly believe bringing these communities together to collaborate is a key ingredient towards data driven innovation.

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Speaker Themes


Mass Media Marketing

Social media was supposed to connect the world, however many sociologists may argue there's never been a bigger disconnect in humanity. By utilising global data sets marketing companies have been able to manipulate the masses to incredible results. On the flip side, the world just might be more connected. We can look to examples of natural disasters and the ability to check in as safe on Facebook, or the opportunity for individuals who share similar interests to band together via these networks to achieve a common goal.

Data in Action

The practical side of data can sometimes be the most difficult part for some companies. We hear from international leaders on how they utilise their data in the day-to-day of their company and how you can come up with effective strategies based on the data sets available to you.

Ethics and Public Engagement

The most talked about thing in data science. Last year we saw the Cambridge Analytica scandal break right in the middle of DataFest. This year we follow up on the theme from our launch, which featured Cathy O Neil, and look to the practicalities of ethics. How can companies and individuals ensure ethical frameworks are set and followed. We look to those already leading the way for example.

Creativity

Divergent thinking and creativity will always remain at the core of tech developments. Without the creative minds who envision the future of products and services for us, life would've remained in the stone ages. The constructive utilisation of data should be considered an art in itself. Hear from a wide range of creatives who put data to use outside the black box.

Future of Work and Skills

How are the latest developments in artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science effecting, affecting and altering the workforce? In this session we look to the changing face of employment, what it will mean for both employers and employees, and whether or not the robots really will take over and leave us all jobless.

 
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Data Summit 19 Speakers

 
 Dr. Sue Black Technology Evangelist, Digital Skills Expert & Entrepreneur

Dr. Sue Black
Technology Evangelist, Digital Skills Expert & Entrepreneur

 
 

Previous Data Summit Speakers Included

 
 Dr. Kirk Borne Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor Booz Allen Hamilton

Dr. Kirk Borne
Principal Data Scientist and Executive Advisor
Booz Allen Hamilton

 Hannah Fry Mathematician and Broadcaster UCL

Hannah Fry
Mathematician and Broadcaster
UCL

 Cathy O Neil NY Times Bestselling Author and Data Influencer

Cathy O Neil
NY Times Bestselling Author and Data Influencer

 Stefaan Verhulst Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer The Gov Lab

Stefaan Verhulst
Co-founder and Chief Research and Development Officer
The Gov Lab

 Alex Depledge Founder  Resi.co.uk , former CEO Hassle.com

Alex Depledge
Founder Resi.co.uk, former CEO Hassle.com

 
 
 
 
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Our Data Summit 19
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