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DataScience: Elevate Livestream

Feb 22 2018 5:00 pm - Feb 23 2018 12:00 am
External Events

DataScience: Elevate provides a closer look at how today's top companies use machine learning and artificial intelligence to do better business. Free to attend, this multi-city event features presentations, panels, and networking sessions designed to elevate data science work and connect you with the companies that are driving change in enterprise data science.

Tune in on February 22, 2018, between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. PST (UK time: 5pm-midnight) to catch Barbara and Sally, as well as speakers from Facebook, Uber, and more, as they demonstrate how artificial intelligence and machine learning can make a real business impact.

Register now for the livestream.

3rd Annual Digital Transformation Conference

Feb 27 2018
External Events

This is the largest annual digital transformation conference held in Scotland - with over 250 attendees in 2017. The event is supported by ScotlandIS and is free for qualifying delegates to attend.

The programme is geared towards senior technologists and digital leaders, and aims to provide a forum for knowledge exchange, discussion and collaboration. The conference will explore the business impact of digital technology right across the organisation; from data-driven decision making to leadership, marketing and customer engagement.

Core themes:

  • IT & Digital Landscape: Key Business and Consumer Trends
  • Communication: Marketing, CRM, Social Media
  • Disruptive tech: Blockchain, Chatbots, IoT, AI, Voice
  • Data: Analytics, Insight, Decision Making
  • People: Collaboration, Leadership, Empowerment
  • Strategy: Culture, Process, Organisational Change

Technology trade mission to Bavaria

Mar 13 2018 12:00 am - Mar 16 2018 12:00 am
External Events

Join our technology trade mission to Munich to learn about business opportunities in Bavaria.

Why mobility and transport in Bavaria?

This south German region is one of Europe’s leading economies. With a population of 12.8 million and a GDP three times that of Scotland; it’s an attractive market for Scottish technology companies looking for trade and business partnership opportunities.

The region is renowned for its automotive sector with world-leading OEMs such as BMW, which has both a global HQ and production facilities in Bavaria. The local supply industry, with 1100 companies, has a turnover of over 100 billion Euros and 200,000 directly employed. The ICT sector in Bavaria is also huge with 380,000 people working in 20,000 companies, including Siemens and IBM.

The mobility sector in Munich is fast-growing as automotive and transport companies such as BMW - which produces two million cars a year - responds to changes in customer demand and increased international competition. As a result, Munich is now Germany’s centre for the mobility sector.

AIMday Data 2018

Mar 15 2018
External Events

AIMday is a free one-day event that brings together companies and academics to discuss specific business challenges related to the topic of Data in order to find pathways to solutions.

Companies are asked to put forward their real-life industry questions or challenges, which will be matched with specific academic expertise to form the basis of one-hour, multi-disciplinary workshop discussions in small groups. Companies are invited to put forward multiple questions.

Event Overview

  • Introduction to AIMday
  • Company workshop discussions
  • Networking
  • Idea generation
  • Opportunity to meet the Edinburgh Innovations team

Registration closes on 2 February 2018

When registering you must put forward the question(s) or challenge(s) you wish to discuss. If you require support in developing questions suitable for group discussion, please do not hesitate to contact me. Examples of possible questions can be found at AIMday Data.


Mar 19 2018 to Mar 23 2018
Data Lab Events

DataFest18 is a festival of data innovation run by The Data Lab, with events hosted across Scotland from 19th to 23rd March 2018.

Now in its second year, DataFest will showcase Scotland's leading role in data on the international stage, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you can interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts.

Realistic Medicine, Data and Me

Apr 11 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Data Lab Events

Realistic Medicine puts the person receiving care at the heart of decision-making and creates a personalised approach to how this is given. It aims to reduce harm and waste and simplify care while managing risk and innovating to improve. The Cancer Innovation Challenge is a Scottish Funding Council funded project encouraging open innovation around data to improve cancer care and outcomes in Scotland. The Challenge seeks data science solutions and patient data capture and integration technologies to help Scotland become a world leader in cancer care. But what role can these innovations around data play in the delivery of Realistic Medicine? Join experts Dr Catherine Calderwood (Chief Medical Officer for Scotland) and Gillian Docherty (The Data Lab), Prof Sarah Cunningham-Burley (University of Edinburgh) and Ian Welsh OBE (Health and Social Care Alliance Scotland) in conversation with Dr Brian Robson (Healthcare Improvement Scotland) and hear this panel discussion on the role that innovations in data will play in the delivery of Realistic Medicine, and what this means for you.

Presented by Cancer Innovation Challenge @ The Data Lab

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

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