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And the winners are…

Our Data Science Boot Camp is around the corner and we are working hard on every detail to make this a memorable event. In anticipation to what has proved to be a popular programme, we partnered with MBN Solutions to run a video competition for the chance to win free spaces in the Boot Camp.

We asked participants to tell us why they would like to take part in the course, and how they would use the data science Boot Camp training in their current roles. After going through all the participants’ videos, and carefully scoring each criteria, we have a tie! The first place joint winners are Colin Spence, Project Lead at Material DNA and Rocio Martinez, Analytical Consultant at Aquila Insight. And the second prize goes to Beata Mielcarek, IT Program Manager and Associate Data Scientist at CISCO. Have a look at their video entries here:

Rocio and Colin will be attending the three-week full programme, and Beata will take part in the Machine Learning module, thanks to the sponsorship of MBN Solutions. Participants will use the skills they learn to have a positive impact on their projects and organisations, and through it, contribute towards bringing benefits to Scotland’s economy.

Colin Spence mentions in his video: “When I heard about The Data Lab Boot Camp, I was really excited. It appears to be an accelerator programme that I could handle, that will give me the necessary understanding I need. Our goals at Material DNA is to create a globally scalable data platform that creates jobs and revenue for Scotland. Participation in the Boot Camp will be a significant contributor towards meeting this goal.”

Rocio Martinez said: “Ever since I started working, I noticed the need of learning new skills, specially now, in an evolving world that is demanding us to be the best we can be. I understand the need and power of analytics. I think the course aligns perfectly with me and who I am.”

After announcing the winners, Michael Young, CEO of MBN Solutions said: “We were pleasantly surprised with the content and passion in videos from all participants. It shows the appetite there is for this kind of short-term training opportunities, and for people in the industry to upskill and grow in the area of data science. This is the time for Scotland to invest in talent, and we at MBN Solutions are thrilled to be a part of it.”

There are only a few places left for the Boot Camp, developed by The Data Incubator, which begins on 12th September in Edinburgh. The course will focus on developing practical application skills such as advanced python, machine learning and data visualisation in a collaborative environment. You can sign up for the whole 3-week programme, or for individual modules.

To sign up and secure your space in the Boot Camp, please fill the application form and send it to For more information visit our Boot camp page, download our brochure or email

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