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Next Steps for Tourism in Scotland

Aug 31 2017 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Supported Events

Get an up-to-date briefing on the next steps for tourism in Scotland. We will explore the policy landscape including progress implementing TS2020 and the refreshed Skills Investment Plan. Join to examine the current challenges and future priorities for the tourism industry and to share learning from good practice across the sector.

Our Skills Manager, Joshua Ryan-Saha, will deliver a session on "Doing More with Data in Tourism".

RSS 2017 International Conference

Sep 04 2017 to Sep 07 2017
Supported Events

A three-day professional and academic conference with a mix of keynote presentations and talks/workshops. The latter run in parallel and are organised by topics, including Data science, Medical statistics, Official statistics, Methods and theory and many more.

The Data Lab will exhibit at the even on 5 September, come and meet us!

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Dundee & Perth

Sep 05 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

This half-day event, hosted in Dundee, creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Dundee and Perth are both adopting on their road to digitalisation. Crucially, they examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Digital Cities 2017 will reflect on NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as part of a wider discussion about the fast-moving digital policy landscape.

FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how the Scottish Government, Dundee City Council and Perth and Kinross Council, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn our regional and national economies.

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Edinburgh

Sep 06 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

Responding to the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World launch, FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Edinburgh City Council is adopting – but also examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all Edinburgh's citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Using NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as the foundations of this innovative seminar series, FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how Edinburgh City Council, Central Government, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn Edinburgh's economy.

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Inverness

Sep 07 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

Responding to the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World launch, FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Highland Council is adopting – but also examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all Edinburgh's citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Using NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as the foundations of this innovative seminar series, FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how Highland Council, Central Government, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn the economy of Inverness and wider region.

CSIC Innovation Factory Launch

Sep 11 2017 8:45 am - 5:30 pm
Supported Events

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is proud to announce the launch event of its pioneering Innovation Factory.

The opening of The Innovation Factory marks the latest milestone of CSIC's evolution. This £3m facility will enable Scotland's construction businesses to access state-of-the-art production and prototyping equipment and technology. The building will also provide a range of collaboration and training facilities to allow organisations in the private, public and academic sectors to share knowledge and information. This full day event will bring together professionals interested in the future of construction for a series of industry leading and innovative speakers, interactive workshops and demonstrations.

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Aberdeen

Sep 12 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

Responding to the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World launch, FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council are adopting – but also examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all the region's citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Using NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as the foundations of this innovative seminar series, FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Central Government, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn the region's economy.


FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Stirling

Sep 13 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

Responding to the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World launch, FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Stirling Council is adopting – but also examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all Stirling's citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Using NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as the foundations of this innovative seminar series, FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how Stirling Council, Central Government, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn Stirling's economy.

FutureScot Digital Cities Seminar Series - Glasgow

Sep 14 2017 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Supported Events

Responding to the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy Realising Scotland’s full potential in a Digital World launch, FutureScots’s pioneering Digital Cities seminar series creates a timely environment of open discussion to illustrate the innovative strategies Glasgow City Council is adopting – but also examine what still needs to be done - to create a culture and environment of reform and ensure all Glasgow's citizens are skilled, confident, secure and included.

Using NESTA’s City Initiatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CITIE), The Scotland Analysis report and the Scottish Government’s Digital Strategy as the foundations of this innovative seminar series, FutureScot and partners will review latest initiatives and solutions and discuss how Glasgow City Council, Central Government, wider public sector, commercial and third sector organisations are working together to provide solutions needed to boost the digital environment and in turn Glasgow's economy.


Venturefest Scotland 2017

Sep 20 2017
External Events

Venturefest Scotland is a national business innovation summit designed to help high-growth SMEs and ambitious early-stage companies to grow through innovation.


Taking place on Wednesday 20 September 2017 at the Glasgow Science Centre, the event connects business owners, entrepreneurs, investors and innovators and provides a platform for growing companies to find the tools, advice, funding and contacts they need to take their businesses to the next level.

Registration is free and any aspiring Scottish business – in any sector – is invited to attend.

This year’s packed programme will include:

  • Keynotes from innovators and successful entrepreneurs including Mandy Chessell, Master Inventor at IBM and Jim Duffy, Head of #GoDo at Entrepreneurial Spark
  • Hands-on, interactive workshops on themes including Pitching for Investment; Future Trends; Open Innovation and Industry 4.0
  • Free 1-2-1 appointments with business advisors in our Meet the Expert programme
  • An Innovation Showcase presenting a selection of Scotland’s most innovative companies and their ground-breaking products and services
  • A dynamic exhibition
  • World Café style structured networking – to help delegates make lasting connections

To register your interest in attending, please visit www.venturefestscotland.co.uk


FINTECH 2017

Sep 27 2017 to Sep 28 2017
Supported Events

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


Health & Social Care 2017

Oct 02 2017 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Supported Events

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.

SICSA DemoFest: Bringing Research to Life

Oct 03 2017 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Supported Events

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.

Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge

Oct 05 2017 to Oct 08 2017
Data Lab Events

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.

GDPR Scotland summit

Nov 21 2017
External Events

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


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