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Waracle Amazon Alexa Meet-up

Aug 08 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
External Events

Join Waracle for an evening with Amazon Alexa Principal Evangelist, David Low. During this session, David will talk about why Amazon believes voice is the future of user experience. David will demonstrate how to develop custom skills for Amazon Echo with the Alexa Software Development Kit (SDK) and Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Dr Data: The answer to cancer

Aug 19 2017 1:50 pm - 2:50 pm
Data Lab Events

Data is everywhere. From diagnosis to treatment to recovery, a patient’s cancer journey leaves a data trail. What if the answers we seek about cancer are hidden in there? It could help us refine diagnosis, select treatments and improve the patient experience.

With the Cancer Innovation Challenge, data scientists, technologists and clinicians are looking for innovative data science solutions to help Scotland become a world leading carer for people with cancer.

Join Professors Aileen Keel (IHDP) and Dave Robertson (University of Edinburgh) to discuss the contributions of data science towards cancer research and care

This event is part of the Cabaret of Dangerous Ideas programme at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017.

£8 full, £6 concession


RSS 2017 International Conference

Sep 04 2017 to Sep 07 2017
Supported Events

A three-day professional and academic conference with a mix of keynote presentations and talks/workshops. The latter run in parallel and are organised by topics, including Data science, Medical statistics, Official statistics, Methods and theory and many more.

The Data Lab will exhibit at the even on 5 September, come and meet us!

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Dundee & Perth

Sep 05 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

FutureScot, in association with The Sunday Times Scotland, is delighted to invite you to a series of regional events reflecting the unique successes, challenges and opportunities of digital technology within each of Scotland’s city regions.

FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series comes hot on the heels of the Scottish Government's recently-refreshed 'A Digital Strategy for Scotland'. The revamped national strategy places a clear focus on catalysing communities of talent across Scotland's major cities, and how to develop and grow our nationwide digital assets.

This half-day event, hosted in Dundee, creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Dundee and Perth are both adopting on their road to digitalisation.

Crucially, they examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Digital Cities 2017 will reflect on NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as part of a wider discussion about the fast-moving digital policy landscape.

FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

A highlight will be the Business Debate facilitated by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, addressing how we can harness the potential of technology to support business, create new opportunities for young people, and overcome the key challenges of connectivity and skills.

Aimed at policy, academic, technology and business leaders, the six half-day events will take place in Dundee and Perth: September 5 // Edinburgh: September 6 // Inverness: September 7 // Aberdeen: September 12 // Stirling: September 13 // Glasgow: September 14.

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Edinburgh

Sep 06 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

Responding to the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World launch, FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Edinburgh City Council is adopting – but also examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all Edinburgh's citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Using NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as the foundations of this innovative seminar series, FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how Edinburgh City Council, Central Government, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn Stirling's economy.

A highlight will be the Business Debate facilitated by Michael Glackin - Business Editor of The Sunday Times, addressing how we can harness the potential of technology to support business, create new opportunities for young people, and overcome the key challenges of connectivity and skills.

Aimed at policy, academic, technology and business leaders, the six half-day events will take place in Dundee and Perth: September 5 // Edinburgh: September 6 // Inverness: September 7 // Aberdeen: September 12 // Stirling: September 13 // Glasgow: September 14.

Venturefest Scotland 2017

Sep 20 2017
External Events

Venturefest Scotland is a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation.


Taking place on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the Glasgow Science Centre, the event connects business owners, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators and provides a platform for growing companies to find the tools, advice, funding and contacts they need to take their businesses to the next level.

Registration is free and any aspiring Scottish business – in any sector – is invited to attend.

This year’s packed programme will include:

  • Keynotes from innovators and successful entrepreneurs including Mandy Chessell, Master Inventor at IBM and Jim Duffy, Head of #GoDo at Entrepreneurial Spark
  • Hands-on, interactive workshops on themes including Pitching for Investment; Future Trends; Open Innovation and Industry 4.0
  • Free 1-2-1 appointments with business advisors in our Meet the Expert programme
  • An Innovation Showcase presenting a selection of Scotland’s most innovative companies and their ground-breaking products and services
  • A dynamic exhibition
  • World Café style structured networking – to help delegates make lasting connections

To register your interest in attending, please visit www.venturefestscotland.co.uk


FINTECH 2017

Sep 27 2017 to Sep 28 2017
Supported Events

This Summit will explore technological innovation across the financial services sector, from developments in established tier-1 firms to the disruptive innovators within the start-up community that are reshaping the FS market. The summit is geared for senior technologists, business leaders, innovators and investors, and will bring these key stakeholders together for knowledge exchange, discussion and cross-pollination.

Core conference topics will include:

  • Landscape: Social, Geo-political & Financial
  • Regulation: GDPR, PSD2, Open Banking & APIs
  • Customer Strategy: UX, Data Insight, Marketing & ML
  • Emerging Tech: Blockchain, Analytics, AI & Payments
  • National Strategy: Skills, Funding, Collaboration & Cyber Security
  • Infrastructure: IT, Digital, Cloud & Mobile


Health & Social Care 2017

Oct 02 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Supported Events

Join world-leading digital health experts and technologists from Scotland, Estonia and Finland as they gather together for FutureScot's Health & Social Care 2017 - a one-day conference focusing on how advances in digital technology can help deliver better outcomes for adults and children as we chart our own course towards health and social care integration in Scotland.

FutureScot is offering a special discount for The Data Lab community. On the registration page, enter promotional code DATALAB for a discount from the early bird of £49 to £39.

SICSA DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

Oct 03 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Supported Events

SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its tenth year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities.


The next event will take place on 3rd October 2017, 4-7pm at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh.

GDPR Scotland summit

Nov 21 2017
External Events

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. GDPR is a hugely important piece of legislation designed to replace antiquated data protection rules with a new framework which accounts for recent technological advancements.

GDPR will significantly raise the bar of obligation and accountability, ensuring that all organisations which handle personal data adhere to strict regulations around privacy, security and consent. This conference will contextualise the changing regulatory landscape, explain the significance of incoming rules, and define the key areas that organisations need to be aware of.

Core conference topics include:

  • Key legal issues and obligations
  • Privacy Impact Assessments
  • Data security and breach notification
  • Privacy by design
  • DPO requirements
  • Practical strategy implementation


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