DataFest - Festival of data innovation

The UK’s first two week festival of data innovation in Scotland.

DataFest showcases 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.


DataFest 2021 is going to look very different!

We’re planning a whole range of exciting events throughout the year – with 3 themed weeks exploring Our Future, Our People & Our Planet, plus Data Summit & Data Talent events later in the year.

Tickets for all of our virtual events are FREE! 

Find out more about what we have planned and book your free tickets now:

The DataFest 2021 Programme

DataFest21 will run from March to November 2021. As well as the launch event, there will be three themed weeks of DataFest activities throughout the year, and the festival will culminate with Data Summit.

Find out more about what we’re planning for DataFest21.

DataFest19 focused on collaboration and doing #DataTogether as a community. It was our most ambitious and most successful DataFest to date, attracting more than 4,000 people attending 62 events across Scotland.

Throughout 2021 we will be exploring the theme of #OurData and the impact data has on people’s lives in the 21st Century.

We’ll be tackling the big questions from the perspectives of #OurPlanet – covering the environment and climate change; #OurPeople – which covers all things social, including health and wellbeing; and #OurFuture – exploring the companies and technologies that will shape the decades to come.

Find out more about the theme for 2021: #OurData.


Visit the DataFest website for more information

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DataSummit 2019

In 2019, the fortnight of data innovation ended with DataSummit, our 2 day international conference held in Edinburgh.

We had an amazing line up of inspirational and thought provoking speakers, including the Cambridge-Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, the BBC’s ‘Face of Space’ Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Dr Sue Black, Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist at Google, and Liberty Vittert.

We were also delighted to welcome the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who spoke of her belief in the importance of data-driven innovation.