The Data Lab is delivering a three-week Data Science Boot Camp in September 2016. This professional development programme, delivered in partnership with  New York’s globally renowned The Data Incubator, is a great opportunity for individuals who would like to develop their skills further. Sign up for the Data Lab Boot Camp here.

Register your interest for DATAFEST 2017, a first of its kind International Data Innovation Festival coming to Scotland in March 2017


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The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data.

With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is in close proximity to leading industry and university institutions with world-class research in informatics and computer science. Hubs are focused on building relationships locally and delivering a range of activities that span across the three key areas:

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Collaborative Innovation

The main focus of The Data Lab is to strengthen Scotland’s local industry and transfer world-leading research in informatics and computer science into the global marketplace. 

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Skills & Training

The skills needed to exploit the data opportunity are in great demand and short supply. The Data Lab will work with industry and seek to create a pipeline of talented data scientists, equipped with the relevant skills.

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Community Building

The Data Lab connects world-leading researchers and data scientists with local industry and public sector organisations, giving them access to experts who can help collaborate on solutions to key problems.

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Data Talent Scotland 2016

New DataFest cooking after Data Talent Scotland success

Jun 22 2016

On Wednesday 16th March, The Data Lab, MBN Solutions and WeAreTheFuture hosted the first edition of Data Talent Scotland, an event for anyone and everyone studying, working or just plain interested in Data Science in Scotland. We had over 500 guests, and a packed line-up of great Scottish-based speakers and practical workshops to help people understand how to make the most of and expand their ‘data talents’ – personal or within their organisation.

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Data Disruption in TV Advertising

Jun 16 2016

Guest post by Calum Smeaton, CEO and founder, TVSquared  


In 1960, John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon took part in the first televised presidential debate in the U.S. Kennedy, in a well-tailored suit, looked straight into the camera and commanded the attention of the 70 million people watching. Recovering from an illness, Nixon, on the other hand, was wearing a baggy suit, had a hint of a five-o’clock shadow and appeared somewhat nervous and sweaty. Those people who watched the debate on TV thought, overwhelmingly, that Kennedy won. But those who listened on the radio thought Nixon did.

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Waracle: An Introduction to Augmented Reality App Development

An Introduction to Augmented Reality App Development

Jun 9 2016

Guest blog post from Waracle


What is Augmented Reality (AR)?

The world of mobile technology moves at lightning pace. If you’re a software development manager, trying to stay on top of the latest trends it is almost a full-time job in itself. Staying in tune with the latest trends is tricky – that’s why we’re exploring the world of augmented reality and what it means for your business.

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