The UK’s first two week festival of Data Innovation in Scotland happened on the 11th to 22nd March 2019. 



Now in its third year, DataFest will showcase Scotland's leading role in data science and artificial intelligence on the international stage, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you can interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts. 

This year we focus on collaboration, and on doing #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.



Data innovation is affecting all areas of our lives, from personal health to smart transport, from shopping to energy efficiency, from business to public services and beyond. The theme for the festival will focus on data driven innovation, and this year the programme will have a special focus on collaboration. 

Delegate Views

  • DataFest 2018 was perhaps the most thoroughly comprehensive and exciting data extravaganza that I have ever experienced. An entire country got into the fun, with talks and hackathons and panels and social good activities and so much more. The conversations surrounding the event (before, during, and after), with amazing data practitioners, were informative, insightful, inspirational, innovative, and igniting. There was something at DataFest for everyone who works with data. I look forward to participating again in the future.
    — Kirk Borne, Principal Data Scientist, Booz Allen Hamilton
  • Thank you for all the hard work the team put in for Data Summit. For us it was a real departure from the usual events we attend, and all the more interesting for it. We had some great discussions with both some of the academics present and some of the companies who are engaged in their own projects. A few of ideas have made a real impact on what we’re planning with our own projects. We look forward to taking part again next year.
    — Nick Finch, DataPA
  • Being involved in DataFest18 was a valuable opportunity for Heineken in a number of ways: exposure to the pool of Scottish data talent gave a real perspective on who will be coming into the market and the calibre of the students; it gave Heineken a forum to talk about the data science work we are doing as one of the UK’s leading FMCG companies with a strong presence in Scotland and for us to network with other companies and institutions.
    — Ged Walls, Heineken
  • DataFest was once again a fantastic event and the Data Summit was once again really engaging, thought provoking and exciting! Meeting the students and talent of the future at Data Talent Scotland was a major highlight of the week, and a great success. We are already looking forward to next year.
    — Jonathan Cameron, Head of Service - Strategic Development, Public Health & Intelligence (PHI), NHS-NSS

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