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ETP Energy Innovation Emporium 2018

Apr 23 2018 9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Supported Events

On the 23rd April ETP will host the 2nd Energy Innovation Emporium, to convene the energy community to inform Scotland's energy future. Participants come from academia, industry and public bodies. By debating energy policy, we will identify avenues of cooperation, and define research & investment needs.

The recent publication by the Scottish Government of the Energy Strategy sets a vision for the future of Scotland’s energy sector to supply secure, reliable and affordable energy. With this vision comes a set of challenges and opportunities for industry, the public sector, and academia to work together in developing the innovation required to meet the challenging climate change ambitions. There are questions around the decarbonisation of heat, the integration of EVs into the grid, the reality of Hydrogen as an energy vector, and implications of setting energy productivity as a target.This conference brings together industry, the public sector and academia to discuss innovation for the Energy Strategy. Key academics and businesses will present their research expertise & needs, from which the conference will identify avenues of cooperation that will support the Energy Strategy.

Open Banking Excellence

Apr 23 2018 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
External Events

Open Banking Excellence is an initiative founded by the Edinburgh finTech community to promote the use and unlock the value of Open Banking. Our focus is squarely on the practical benefits, use, adoption, education and awareness of Open Banking. Through a collaborative approach as an industry, we can highlight the pedigree of not only Edinburgh financial services background but of the finTech companies that have been working in this space for years.

This group is all about:

  • Showcasing real-world use cases
  • Setting Edinburgh as a leader in Open Banking
  • Engaging as a community, with the community

On the 23rd of April, we will have our first meetup where we aim to agree on a vision, how to collaborate and most importantly come together as a community around Open Banking. If you have a real interest in the space and want to be an active participant please come along, share your thoughts and have a beer with the community.

ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2018

Apr 26 2018
External Events

The Digital Technology Awards showcase excellence within the industry rewarding the innovation, expertise and ambition of businesses, large and small. The Digital Technology Awards is a great arena for informal networking and attracting key players from across the industry. It reveals the latest advances in digital technologies and rewards excellence.

Now going into their eighth year, these are the industry’s must-have awards and an unmissable event!

The Data Lab is proud to sponsor one of this year's awards: Transformational Innovation Through Data.

For more information on how to apply, sponsor or attend the event, please visit

Scotland Data Science & Technology Meetup - Aberdeen

May 01 2018 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Supported Events

Following the success of last month's launch event, let's keep the momentum going!

May's event will be dedicated to highlighting the great work going on in data in Aberdeen. We will have three slots, 2 are still open. So, come along to speak about your work, and get support from the local data community.

Whether you are a data scientist, a researcher, or working with kids in the local community to understand and use data, come along, share your passion and listen to others.

We kick off at 18:30 with pizza and beer (etc).

Waracle Blockchain Meetup

May 03 2018 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
External Events

Join us at Waracle for an evening with Wallet.Services, Chief Product Officer Stewart Pavitt who will answer “Is blockchain the natural successor to databases?” Stewart has been working in software development since 2002 and has spent the last three years working on identity, authorisation and authentication before joining Wallet Services. During this session, Stewart will cover all of the fundamentals of blockchain and introduce ideas for blockchain in business before introducing Paul Miller and Ronan Sandford from Dundee Blockchain Meetup.

Paul Miller, Senior developer and resident crypto-maniac at City Web Consultants will discuss What is Money and you’ll go away with various perspectives on money and the evolution of Cryptocurrency. To finish the meetup, Ronan Sandford, Co founder and full stack game developer at @etherplay will be exploring and describing the uses and implementation of state and payment channels on Ethereum network in his session on State Channels.

R and Data Science with Steph Locke from Locke data

May 24 2018 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
External Events

We are privileged to have Steph Locke speaking in Glasgow for our joint meet up with the Glasgow Azure User Group and Scotland Data Science & Technology Meetup. Steph will be doing two sessions on data science and R. The first session will be an Introduction to R, then diving deeper with Modern R for data science.

If you have heard of R, or wondered why SQL server now supports it, or you just want to find out a bit more about how it can help you tame your data, then come along.

SLiDInG6 - Scottish Linked Data Interest Group Workshop

May 29 2018 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
External Events

SLiDInG6 aims to bring together organisations from industry, government and academia from around Scotland to share different perspectives around Linked Data, and to inform participants of current research on Linked Data and its uptake in industry and government.

We plan to have flash talks to highlight current areas of activity and deployment of Semantic Web technologies. We then plan to have discussion groups focusing on:

  1. What are the killer apps of the Semantic Web?
  2. What are the challenges from industry and government?
  3. Where are the synergies in Semantic Web research in Scotland?
  4. Can we identify projects to push forward for funding?
We hope that the outcome will be the identification of future collaborations and projects that will be developed after the event.

SMAS National Manufacturing Conference

May 30 2018
External Events

The SMAS 'Making Smarter in Scotland' National Manufacturing Conference returns to the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld on Wednesday 30 May, where 400 manufacturing leaders will gather to be inspired, learn, network and debate.

Sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, the 2018 conference features a stellar line-up of keynote speakers including Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and author of the UK Government’s recently published industrial strategy Made Smarter Review.

The jam-packed programme also includes practical case study led workshops; an exhibition showcasing solution providers and support organisations; a speakers’ corner; improvement rooms and a fabulous networking dinner on the evening of 29 May. Key topics for 2018 include Industry 4.0, Leadership, Investment, Skills, Business Excellence and the Circular Economy.

Register Now at the Early Bird Rate

Register now at the Early Bird Rate of £150 plus VAT per delegate. But hurry, this rate is only available until Friday 20 April 2018.Full ticket price is £200 plus VAT with reduced rates for additional delegates from the same company.

For further information, contact Georgia Goodall at Speakeasy on 0131 557 1288 or

City Analytics

May 30 2018
External Events

In today’s digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become ‘living laboratories’, providing a range of data streams around urban life. What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required; and what are the relevant data-privacy issues?

A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world.

Supported by The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Digital Economy Theme

Edinburgh Storm CoderDojo - Build a Robot Car!

May 31 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
External Events

Build an interactive robot car!

At the heart of the robot is a micro:bit – a programmable computer that will tell the car how fast and where to drive.

We’ll supply the kit and you’ll work in pairs to assemble it and programme the car.

Everyone is welcome and no coding experience is necessary!

You are also welcome to bring your own projects or ideas, just drop us a message about it at

Sessions registration open for 7-17 years old.

Bring own laptop or use one of ours, make sure to select the right kind of ticket so we can work out allowance!

Laptop must be have a text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac), access to wifi and a web browser such as Chrome.

Edinburgh MedTech Hackathon

Jun 01 2018 6:30 pm - Jun 03 2018 3:00 pm
External Events

Be part of an educational and engaging weekend of activity in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

MICI Educational Magazine have put together this not for profit initiative. All income generated from ticket sales will go towards organizational costs, such as venue hire and catering. Any remaining revenue will be donated to Kitrinos Healthcare Charity for Refugees.

Find out more:

SICSA PhD Conference

Jun 28 2018 9:00 am - Jun 29 2018 3:30 pm
Supported Events

The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) PhD Conference has been an annual event for almost a decade. It marks a time where PhD students attending universities all around Scotland get together for a couple of days. During the event students get to attend interesting workshops, talks and social events. Whilst having a chance to showcase their work through the annual student poster and demo sessions.

The event is open to all PhD students in Computer Science and Informatics in Scotland, not just students funded by SICSA. There are no registration fees and two nights accommodation is provided free as the event is fully funded by SICSA. Due to the popularity of the conference, please register early to avoid disappointment. Please note that some of the workshops have limited places so please register early.

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