Community & events


Community & events

Scotland has the potential to lead the world in data science, generating knowledge and innovation that will benefit organisations and citizens around the globe.

We have all the right ingredients: pioneering companies, ground-breaking academic researchers, a growing talent pipeline and world-class infrastructure and facilities.

We act as a catalyst, supporting the community to blaze new trails, solve big problems, and lead on the world stage.

We do not work in isolation to move data science forward in Scotland, but rather with our network of partners and the wider data science community. We help to make things happen with our community, not just for them, and we encourage collaboration as a driving force for innovation.

Scotland’s thriving data science community is already proving that the best way to fulfil our potential is to bring together people from across a range of sectors and backgrounds so they can connect, share and work together.

That’s why we have launched our new digital The Data Lab Community!  This will create even more opportunities for our growing community to come together, enable data & AI professionals and enthusiasts to connect, develop, learn and collaborate and make an impact in Scotland and beyond.

Growing the community:


Building Scotland’s data science network and providing the platform for our community to meet, learn and grow.

learning journeys

Bringing experts to Scotland and taking our community to learn from innovators outside of Scotland.

promote globally

Promoting Scotland on the world stage and demonstrating how we are leading the way to a data-powered future.

Networking people at event

Our growing networks

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DataFest is our annual national festival of data innovation with over 60 events reaching 3500+ people across the country during a two week period.

events, meetups, hackathons

Over 2,350 people attend our regular meet ups, hackathons and events across Scotland.

learning journeys

We take Scottish delegations with us to some of the biggest global events and to meet with key organisations.