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Ayrshire Bytes 2019: #LetsDoDataTogether

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Free Event


What’s it about?

Our ambition for Ayrshire is to enable its people, businesses and communities to have the skills to take advantage of the potential of digital technologies.

Ayrshire Bytes is a conference which uses collaboration between different industry sectors, data practitioners, students, public sector, and business specialists to explore data-driven innovation.

Who is it aimed at?

Although the target audience is primarily employers, digital experts and computing and business students and staff at the College, we would encourage anyone interested in data and technology to come along. The event theme is collaboration, and so it’s important that we embrace an audience that is as diverse as possible.

The event will be a tremendous opportunity for our HND students to network with employers and learn more about how data will change businesses. We want them to have real discussions about business and build their network of contacts. For our staff members, it’s an excellent opportunity for them to make (or enhance existing) links with organisations - with the potential for them to input into future lessons.

Employers would be able to learn practical techniques that they will be able to immediately take back and use in their own organisations, through thought-provoking best practice sharing.


9.30am: Welcome from Caroline Stuart, Digital Consultant

9.35am: Opening remarks: Vice Principal: Anne Campbell – Our digital ambition for Ayrshire College

9.40am: Key Speaker: Gillian Docherty, CEO The Data Lab

Collaboration: let’s do #datatogether. Together we’re better. It’s time to perceive data with a community and collaborative focus and see what we can achieve when we work together.

10.05am: Key Speaker: James King, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust

Digital Connectivity: Taking the Connected Highway

Data Dives

10.30am: Data and Industry: Aimee Doole, Marketing Lead, Booth Welsh

10.50am: Coffee break

11.05am: Data and Cities: Steven Revill, CEO, Urban Tide

11.25am: Data and Enterprise: Iain McNeill, Whereverly

11.45pm: Data and Security: Ian Aston, ICT Security Manager, East Ayrshire Council

Dipping into Digital

12.05: Data and People: Bob Johnston, Police Scotland Cyber Crime Unit

How the police use data from phones and computer devices to build up a picture of what has happened. How this can be used as evidence to solve crimes.

12.50pm: Final comments/ Vote of Thanks: Moira Birtwistle: Director of Learning & Skills (Business, IT, Sport, Fitness & Social Science)

1pm: Finish

To book a space at the event follow this link to our Event Brite Page.