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 the theme for DataFest20 was set as #BeyondData.

Over 80 fringe events were organised throughout Scotland from 9th to 20th March 2020, by members of the data and tech community and included meetups, hackathons, debates, workshops and activities focused on data innovation. 

Major events planned over the fortnight included 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.

It was very disappointing that we had to make the very difficult decision on Thursday 12 March to cancel any remaining DataFest events and recommend that any further Fringe Events were cancelled as well, due to the COVID-19 outbreak. We share the disappointment of everyone involved in DataFest20, but we have a clear and overriding duty to ensure the health of staff and delegates is safeguarded.

Now we are looking forward to 2021 and are planning what we can bring you throughout the year.


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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.