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Sep 27 2017 to Sep 28 2017
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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

SDST Meetup Glasgow: David Tracy (FanDuel)

Sep 28 2017 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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David Tracy - Internationally Experienced Data Science and Analytics Leader - FanDuel

Founded and lead the Data Science team at FanDuel
Develop, apply and mechanise advanced methods to model concepts such as: customer value; customer next actions; product recommendation; marketing effectiveness; and complex game ecosystem problems.

Health & Social Care 2017

Oct 02 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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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.

Workshop: Softer Skills for Data Scientists, Laughlin Consultancy

Oct 03 2017
Data Lab Events

In this full-day workshop, part of The Data Lab's CPD and training programme, you will learn the 9-step model for effective analysis. Through this framework, you’ll both see how to approach analysis for businesses and the softer skills you need to master each step. Based on over 15 years’ experience working with analytics teams, Paul provides delegates with plenty of opportunity to apply their skills and learn new ones.

Topics covered include:

  • Questioning skills, to get to the real business need;
  • Stakeholder Management, to achieve engagement;
  • Planning, design & delivery, to achieve your goals;
  • Communication & Data Visualisation;
  • Influencing to achieve action on recommendations.

As well as benefitting from a fun, interactive workshop, with plenty of time for questions, delegates will leave with:

  • Printed ‘aide memoire’ of the 9-step-model;
  • Digital copy of slides;
  • Socratic Questioning ‘crib sheet’
  • Recommended resources for further study on key topics

Masterclass: Big ML “From Zero to Machine Learning”

Oct 03 2017 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Data Lab Events

Are you eager to make your first data driven decision? In this Masterclass, part of The Data Lab CPD programme, Poul Petersen, CIO of BigML, will show you the quickest way to get started with Machine Learning. More importantly, you will see some examples of the type of end-to-end predictive applications that can be built quickly using a Machine Learning API, saving you the grief of trying to productize a roll-your-own solution when it is time to put your models into production.

SICSA DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

Oct 03 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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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.

Masterclass: AWS “Big Data Workshop”

Oct 04 2017 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Data Lab Events

Join The Data Lab and Pratim Das, Specialist Solutions Architect for Big Data and Analytics at AWS for our 'Big Data Workshop' to learn more about big data solutions.

By the end of the day, you will have a clear understanding of the big data stack including the tools and solutions that can be applied where necessary. You will gain hands-on experience that you can apply across industrial, public sector or academic disciplines, and perhaps even in your spare time.


  • This is an adavanced level course so understanding of databases and data warehouses is essential.
  • Understanding of AWS is optional. AWS certification (any associate level will do) OR understanding of big data technologies such as Hadoop, Spark etc. is a plus.
  • You will need to bring your own laptop with a web browser and SSH client.

Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge

Oct 05 2017 to Oct 08 2017
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The Data Lab is excited to announce the launch of the Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge, starting with a 3 day event from 5th to 8th October 2017 which will bring together teams of technology professionals and students with tourism- and festival-related experts to analyse a range of tourism-related data and help take steps to solve the current problems in Scottish tourism industry.

Working on previously inaccessible data from organisations such as Historic Environment Scotland, Visit Scotland and Festivals Edinburgh, teams will develop data driven ideas and prototypes for new products, services or tools that would benefit the tourism industry in Edinburgh. These could include models that predict or forecast the details of the Edinburgh tourism population; services that support simpler navigation and planning throughout Edinburgh; tools that encourage destination discovery or data visualisations that help reimagine the tourism industry.

Not only will novel insights be derived from the opportunity to work on real organisation’s data, but one to one follow on support will be offered for every idea created during the event to help find the best routes to develop and commercialise them. The Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge has up to £15,000 in further funding to help support the ideas created at the first weekend event, as part of a longer project. Also, the event offers an invaluable networking opportunity with industry leading organisations, universities and top technology talent.

If you are in attending the event as a participant, please sign up here.

If you are a company interested in data sharing or mentoring during the event, please email The Data Lab skills department here.

*Please sign up as soon as possible as the spaces are limited.

ScotSoft 2017

Oct 05 2017 8:30 am - 11:30 pm
External Events

Hosted by ScotlandIS, the trade body championing Scotland's vital digital technologies industry, ScotSoft is a concentrated hub of world-renowned speakers and unrivalled networking.

ScotSoft is the premier Scottish digital technology event, bringing insight, inspiration and thought leadership including the Leadership Forum, Developers Conference and Awards Dinner.


Oct 06 2017 6:00 pm - Oct 08 2017 8:30 pm
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Scotland’s 1st blockchain hackathon, brought to you by Legal Hackers Scotland and Girl Geek Scotland in partnership with ScotChain17.

Join the conversation: #HackChain17

Amazon Alexa Meetup

Oct 09 2017 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Join Waracle at their office in Glasgow Collective for an evening with Amazon Alexa Principal Evangelist David Low. During this session, David will introduce Amazon Alexa, the notion of ‘ambient computing’ and how Amazon believes voice will be the future of user experience. David will hold a hands-on workshop tearing down how some popular Alexa services work, demonstrating the power and complexity of Voice UI and how to go about quickly creating a skill. Developers are encouraged to bring a laptop and play along – and we’ll have you building your own skill in under an hour!


Oct 13 2017 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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So… what next for Blockchain?

Scotland is at the heart of the answer to this question and with many Blockchain events focusing on the technology itself, we will ensure that this event switches this up to focus on real, tangible applications together with the underlying challenges and issues from real Blockchain experts and practitioners and those bloodied by the ‘Battle for Blockchain Talent’.

Add in to the mix that we will also be hosting several satellite activities styled around Hackathons, technical demonstrators and proofs of concept and ScotChain17 becomes the must attend event for 2017.

Whether you want to understand issues such as data integrity and privacy, scalability, consensus, collaboration and consortia, or want to know more about legal, ethical, moral and related practical considerations, come and hear from a global panel of subject matter experts and Blockchain industry leaders.

Workshop: Introduction to R, Jumping Rivers

Oct 23 2017 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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This is a one day intensive course on R. The course is a mixture of lectures and computer practicals. The main focus will be to introduce fundamental R concepts.

No prior programming knowledge of any kind is assumed. This course is suitable for a wide range of applicants e.g., biologists, statisticians, engineers, students.

SMAS Future Manufacturing Conference

Oct 24 2017 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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The world of manufacturing is experiencing a paradigm shift as rapid advances in artificial intelligence, data analytics, sensors & robotics and additive manufacturing transform the way we design, build and sell our products and services, while new business models open up opportunities to grow additional revenue streams and profits.

The Future Manufacturing Conference has drawn together a wealth of expertise and support under one roof to help you cut through the hype and navigate solutions to future-proof your business.The day is structured to provide a plethora of practical support and advice on how you get your business and your people primed to successfully compete in this new world order.

The Future Manufacturing Conference 2017 will focus on four key themes during the packed one-day programme:

  • Technology in Manufacturing
  • Data Analytics
  • New Business Models
  • Preparing your Workforce for Industry 4.0

SDST Meetup Edinburgh: Prof Bill Buchanan

Oct 26 2017 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Prof Bill Buchanan OBE, PhD, FBCS - Data, Health and Well-being: Security, Sharing and Analytics

This Meetup will outline how data can drive improved health care and well-being, and outline a range of research projects which use data as a key driver for improved care. This includes data capture of well-being information within the home, and how this can be used to detect citizens at risk. The event will also outline new architectures and methodologies for the sharing of health and social care data across the agencies involved within the care of the citizen. Along with this, though, there are increased requirements to integrate security into data capture, storage, analysis and reporting. The security and resilience issue will be heightened with forthcoming GDPR and NIS regulations, and where organisations need to look at new methods in protecting their data infrastructure.

Startup Summit

Nov 01 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The Startup Summit is a one day dive into all things startup, exploring the ever changing landscape of business, surviving in the startup world and growing into a thriving business.

We bring the global eco-system to Scotland's historic capital. Across multiple stages, in one venue, we're giving you direct access to the founders, executives and investors behind some of the world's most successful companies.

Workshop: Introduction to Business Intelligence, RGU

Nov 14 2017 to Nov 15 2017
Data Lab Events

This 2 day short course, part of The Data Lab's CPD programme, has been specifically designed for professionals who wish to maximise their use of business intelligence in order to leverage the power of data integration and analysis.

The course will outline the key concepts and tools needed to implement an effective business intelligence solution and improve your organisation's decision-making process. You will also gain the ability to easily present information and performance indicators combining multiple data sources.

This course will introduce the key concepts of business intelligence, data integration, data warehousing, data virtualisation and data mining through a case study of a fictitious retail company, consisting of multiple branches, that aims to consolidate its view of the business, establish a consistent way of reporting on key performance indicators, and gain a competitive advantage by leveraging the power of data integration and analysis.

Workshop: Data Visualisation, Andy Kirk

Nov 15 2017 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
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The ‘Data Visualisation and Infographic Design’ 1-day workshop, part of The Data Lab's CPD programme, aims to provide delegates with an accessible and comprehensive introduction to data visualisation and infographic design.

The focus for the training is to teach the craft of this discipline, helping delegates to know what to think, when to think about and how to resolve all the analytical and design decisions involved in any data-driven challenge.

The workshop, run by Andy Kirk from Visualising Data, is structured around a proven design work ow. Across the session you will build up, stage by stage, a detailed understanding of all the di erent aspects of decision-making that goes into any data visualisation or infographic design work.

GDPR Scotland summit

Nov 21 2017
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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

Workshop: Introduction to Python for Data Analytics, Mango Solutions

Nov 28 2017 to Nov 29 2017
Data Lab Events

This course, run by Mango Solutions as part of The Data Lab's CPD programme, is designed to provide attendees with a solid foundation of the Python programming language, and then build upon this by introducing the key libraries to perform numerical computing, data manipulation and visualisation.

Prerequisites: The course is aimed at those with little or no previous Python knowledge, though previous knowledge or experience of another programming language is encouraged.

SDST Meetup Glasgow: Jo-fai Chow, Data Scientist at

Nov 30 2017 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Talk from Jo-fai Chow - Data Scientist at

The talk will cover:

  1. Introduction to Machine Learning with H2O
  2. Project “Deep Water” (H2O integration with other deep learning libraries)
  3. Sparkling Water 2.0

Big Data Scotland 2017

Dec 07 2017
Supported Events

Big Data Scotland is an annual data analytics conference held in Scotland. Run by DIGIT in association with The Data Lab, it is free for delegates to attend. The conference is geared towards senior technologists and business leaders and aims to provide a unique forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and cross-pollination.

The programme will explore the evolution of data analytics; looking at key tools and techniques and how these can be applied to deliver practical insight and value. Presentations will span a wide array of topics from Data Wrangling and Visualisation to AI, Chatbots and Industry 4.0.


Mar 19 2018 to Mar 23 2018
Data Lab Events

DataFest18 is a festival of data innovation run by The Data Lab, with events hosted across Scotland from 19th to 23rd March 2018.

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

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