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.


Two week long festival of Data Innovation

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

Each year, the festival focuses on an emerging theme for the industry and now we’re looking forward to March 2020, when we’ll bring you the fourth DataFest that is going to take you #BeyondData.

Over 60 fringe events will take place throughout Scotland from 9th to 20th March 2020, held by members of the data and tech community and included meetups, hackathons, debates, workshops and activities focused on data innovation. 

Major events over the fortnight include DataTech, which brings together members of industry, the public sector and academia for technical discussions of the important topics in data science;  our student event, DataTalent, where employers seek to recruit new data talent; and of course DataSummit, our 2 day international conference held in Edinburgh.


Visit the DataFest website for more information

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The fortnight of data innovation ends 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.