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Digital Construction: Automation

May 29 2018 9:00 am - 1:00 pm
External Events

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) would like to invite you to an industry workshop discussing the future of Automation within Construction.

A networking lunch will be provided.

Focus of Event:

  • Exploration of automation to increase productivity and / or quality within operational delivery
  • Develop alternative business solution systems using the CSIC Innovation Factory
  • Launch Innovation Call for automation

SLiDInG6 - Scottish Linked Data Interest Group Workshop

May 29 2018 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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SLiDInG6 aims to bring together organisations from industry, government and academia from around Scotland to share different perspectives around Linked Data, and to inform participants of current research on Linked Data and its uptake in industry and government.

We plan to have flash talks to highlight current areas of activity and deployment of Semantic Web technologies. We then plan to have discussion groups focusing on:

  1. What are the killer apps of the Semantic Web?
  2. What are the challenges from industry and government?
  3. Where are the synergies in Semantic Web research in Scotland?
  4. Can we identify projects to push forward for funding?
We hope that the outcome will be the identification of future collaborations and projects that will be developed after the event.

SMAS National Manufacturing Conference

May 30 2018
External Events

The SMAS 'Making Smarter in Scotland' National Manufacturing Conference returns to the Westerwood Hotel in Cumbernauld on Wednesday 30 May, where 400 manufacturing leaders will gather to be inspired, learn, network and debate.

Sponsored by the Bank of Scotland, the 2018 conference features a stellar line-up of keynote speakers including Professor Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and author of the UK Government’s recently published industrial strategy Made Smarter Review.

The jam-packed programme also includes practical case study led workshops; an exhibition showcasing solution providers and support organisations; a speakers’ corner; improvement rooms and a fabulous networking dinner on the evening of 29 May. Key topics for 2018 include Industry 4.0, Leadership, Investment, Skills, Business Excellence and the Circular Economy.

Register Now at the Early Bird Rate

Register now at the Early Bird Rate of £150 plus VAT per delegate. But hurry, this rate is only available until Friday 20 April 2018.Full ticket price is £200 plus VAT with reduced rates for additional delegates from the same company.

For further information, contact Georgia Goodall at Speakeasy on 0131 557 1288 or

City Analytics

May 30 2018
External Events

In today’s digital, multi-sensored world, cities have become ‘living laboratories’, providing a range of data streams around urban life. What new opportunities arise from these rich data sources; what novel mathematical models and computational tools are required; and what are the relevant data-privacy issues?

A range of speakers from academia and beyond will address these challenges. In addition to computer science and the mathematical sciences, the event will involve and reach out to researchers and practitioners in energy, health, transport, security, commerce and local government. The conference aims to explore opportunities and challenges around the use of rich and varied data streams, to improve quality of human life in urban areas across the world.

Supported by The Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Digital Economy Theme

International Conference on Big Data in Cyber Security - 2018

May 31 2018
External Events

The world is moving towards Big Data, with Cyber Security and the tracking of network events as one of its leading applications. Threats to organisations increase by the hour, and many have responded by moving towards the integration of SIEM (Secure Incident and Event Management) to detect malicious activity.

Our conference brings together industry, academia and law enforcement to share insights, ideas, expertise and resources in responding to current security challenges, and in particular to look at the opportunities and challenges in managing and using big data in a cyber security context.

Edinburgh Storm CoderDojo - Build a Robot Car!

May 31 2018 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
External Events

Build an interactive robot car!

At the heart of the robot is a micro:bit – a programmable computer that will tell the car how fast and where to drive.

We’ll supply the kit and you’ll work in pairs to assemble it and programme the car.

Everyone is welcome and no coding experience is necessary!

You are also welcome to bring your own projects or ideas, just drop us a message about it at

Sessions registration open for 7-17 years old.

Bring own laptop or use one of ours, make sure to select the right kind of ticket so we can work out allowance!

Laptop must be have a text editor such as Notepad (Windows) or TextEdit (Mac), access to wifi and a web browser such as Chrome.

Data in the City: Civic Innovation with Data and Citizens (1)

Jun 01 2018 9:30 am - 12:00 pm
External Events

There is growing recognition of the untapped value in data about our cities - data that has the potential to provide insights into creating healthier, safer, more accessible and vibrant municipalities that meet the needs of all citizens. Much of this information already exists, and much more will be collected through sensor networks and connected devices, by both citizens and businesses. However, there remain many challenges in finding, curating and creating value from data for the city - for its residents, researchers, charities, businesses and the public sector.

Drawing on the experience of the Edinburgh Living Lab (ELL) and our network of academic and city partners, this workshop will explore the opportunities and challenges of working with city data.

Edinburgh MedTech Hackathon

Jun 01 2018 6:30 pm - Jun 03 2018 3:00 pm
External Events

Be part of an educational and engaging weekend of activity in one of the most beautiful cities in the world!

MICI Educational Magazine have put together this not for profit initiative. All income generated from ticket sales will go towards organizational costs, such as venue hire and catering. Any remaining revenue will be donated to Kitrinos Healthcare Charity for Refugees.

Find out more:

Aberdeen Data Meet-up - The city's digital and data ambitions.

Jun 04 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Supported Events

Come along to hear two great speakers giving updates on their work.

6.30pm - Beer and Pizza

7pm - Graeme Gordon, CEO of IFB and Vice Chair of Opportunity North East (ONE)’s Digital and Entrepreneurship programme, will explain what ONE-DE's plans and ambitions are, and how those will dovetail with, and support, the Aberdeen data community.

7.45 Speaker 2 to be announced

Many thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab for their support and sponsoring this meet-up.

ISCF Next Generation Services Challenge: CR&D Competition Briefing

Jun 21 2018 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
External Events

This competition briefing event is organised by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

As part of the Industrial Strategy, the Government will invest up to £20M in the Next Generation Services industrial strategy challenge fund (ISCF). The objective of the Challenge is to maintain the leadership position of the UK in global high-value services by developing a targeted approach to support the sector’s engagement in R&D in the emerging new technologies based on Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the data economy, one of four ‘Grand Challenge’ areas identified in the government’s Industrial Strategy White Paper.

The scope of this challenge is limited to legal services, accountancy and insurance which are high-value data-driven services under the broader category of Professional Business Services and Financial Services.

Host in Scotland - ScotlandIS event

Jun 21 2018 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm
External Events

Don’t miss Host in Scotland, brought to you by ScotlandIS and Scottish Futures Trust.

Scotland has a mature, experienced and innovative data centre and hosting community delivering key managed services to global clients in Retail, Health, FS, Food & Drink, Government, Energy. These providers deliver colocation, hosting, cloud and hybrid services that support the digital data driven economies all our business work and grow in, to the highest compliance standards.

This half day gathering brings together specialists from in-country expertise – right here on your doorstep – combined with global experts as well as demand side experts from Fintech and Education, offering people from across the data management community the opportunity to hear about the latest developments, existing capabilities and future plans and to network with peers.

13.30 - 14.00 Registration
14.00 - 14.05 Welcome by Polly Purvis, CEO, ScotlandIS
14.05 - 14.30 The Fintech Challenge - Stephen Ingledew, Chief Executive, Fintech Scotland
14.30 - 14.55 Connecting the Gigabit Economy - James McClafferty, Head of Regional Development, CityFibre
14.55 - 15.20 Why Hybrid Cloud marks a sea change for enterprise - Craig Dalrymple, Senior Systems Engineer, brightsolid
15.20 - 15.45 Datacentres, Cloud & Digital Transformation Grant Wilson, Client Director & Head of Sales, DataVita
15.45 - 16.00 Break
16.00 - 16.25 Subsea data connectivity around Scotland - Sian Wilson, Senior Development Manager, Crown Estate Scotland
16.25 - 16.50 How can a regional Internet Exchange support digital growth for Scotland - Jo Fereday, Head of Product and Marketing, LINX
16.50 - 17.15 Future Developments - Tony Gribben, General Manager, Cisco Systems
17.15 - 17.20 Close by James King, Associate Director, Scottish Futures Trust
17.20 onward Networking and Refreshments

This event is free to attend.

Using the ‘Perfect Prediction’ approach to problem formulation in Data Science

Jun 21 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
External Events

Presentation 1 -‎ Peak - Do Great Things With Data‎ -

Tom Liptrot - Head of Data Science at Peak -

Using the ‘Perfect Prediction’ approach to problem formulation in Data Science

What would you do differently if you could perfectly predict the future? What's the key bit of information that would help you, if only you could foresee it? This talk will reveal how answering these questions can help design a data science strategy in business.

Systematic problem formulation is an often-overlooked element of Data Science. Many data-driven analyses provide interesting insights without giving an obvious way to exploit them. At Peak, we are often approached by businesses who are overwhelmed with data, but don't know what to do with it. Here, Tom will explain how considering what you would do if you had flawless foresight can provide a framework for solving real-world business problems using data science.

Presentation 2 - TBC

AIMday Energy

Jun 27 2018
External Events

AIMday is a free one-day event comprised of multiple one-hour workshops based on challenges put forward by companies. Questions posed are made available on this website for academics and researchers to apply their individual expertise to.

We look forward to welcoming organisations working within the energy sector or who have an interest in working in the sector along with academics from a variety of disciplines to address industry challenges relating to the energy theme.

Companies and organisations are invited to submit up to three (3) questions up until 11 May 2018 by visiting the Registration for Organisations page. The question(s) you submit is your entry ticket to AIMday Energy.

SICSA PhD Conference

Jun 28 2018 9:00 am - Jun 29 2018 3:30 pm
Supported Events

The Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) PhD Conference has been an annual event for almost a decade. It marks a time where PhD students attending universities all around Scotland get together for a couple of days. During the event students get to attend interesting workshops, talks and social events. Whilst having a chance to showcase their work through the annual student poster and demo sessions.

The event is open to all PhD students in Computer Science and Informatics in Scotland, not just students funded by SICSA. There are no registration fees and two nights accommodation is provided free as the event is fully funded by SICSA. Due to the popularity of the conference, please register early to avoid disappointment. Please note that some of the workshops have limited places so please register early.

Scotland Data Science & Technology Meetup - Aberdeen

Jul 03 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Supported Events

July's data meetup will be dedicated to highlighting the great work going on in data in Aberdeen.

Whether you are a data scientist, a researcher, or working with kids in the local community to understand and use data, come along, share your passion and listen to others.

If you want to grab a slot please email ian[at]codethecity[dot]co[dot]uk.

18:30 pizza and beer.

7pm - Autonomous Learning.

Pascal Chinedu will speak about his project which seeks to develop a learning algorithm that would allow an intelligent agent exhibit a high degree autonomy by interacting with it's environment. This integrates ideas from reinforcement learning; developmental psychology and supervised learning such as ANN.

7.20pm - free slot

7.45pm. Open Data Community - update.

Thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab Scotland for sponsoring this event.

Digital Trustees Scotland

Jul 26 2018 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
External Events

Charities across Scotland require digital specialists to join their board of trustees. Digital specialists across Scotland want to volunteer their time effectively in a strategic role but often don't know where to start. Digital Trustees Scotland is an attempt to bridge that gap.

This Glasgow event gives charities and those working in the technology sector the chance to connect via informal matchmaking - fueled by wine, beer, soft drinks and food. We aim to have a 50/50 charity/digital attendees split.

Digital professionals - this is your chance to meet a range of charities and consider joining one of their boards as a trustee.

Charity professionals & volunteers - this is your chance to find a tech professional who can help move forward your organisation in the right direction.

Scotland Data Science & Technology Meetup - Aberdeen

Aug 07 2018 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Supported Events

This month we have two great presentations: one on what is happening with Open Data in Manchester, and the other on a Civtech-winning programme of Citizen Data Science.

Come along to hear more, network with other local data practitioners and have some fun.

18:30 pizza and beer.

7pm - Open Data Manchester - Jamie Whyte

7.45pm. Citizen Data Science - Matthew Davis of Wittin.

Thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab Scotland for sponsoring this event.

SICSA DemoFest 2018

Nov 06 2018
External Events

SICSA DemoFest is the largest event of its kind in Scotland. Now in its eleventh year, it showcases the very best of Informatics and Computing Science research from all of Scotland’s Universities.

DemoFest provides a perfect opportunity for your organisation to experience, first-hand, the cutting-edge research taking place in Scottish universities. Our exhibitors will talk about their research, tell you why it’s important to your organisation, and demonstrate their technology working in real-time.

The event also provides a space for you to discuss future collaborations, business opportunities, internships, employment opportunities and much more.

Engage 2018

Nov 29 2018 to Nov 30 2018
External Events

At the Engage Conference this year we’ll be exploring new futures for university public engagement; celebrating the NCCPE’s 10 year anniversary; and taking stock of the lessons learned. Weaving in stories from people who have been working to embed public engagement in their practice and institutions – and with provocation from outside the sector - Engage 2018 will help set the foundations for the road ahead.

Our call for contributions is now open. If you're interested apply by 18th June.

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