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DataFest18 Fringe Events Call Now Open

DataFest18 is all about collaboration. We believe that interaction between different industry sectors and disciplines, academics, data practitioners, students, public sector, and business specialists is a key element towards data driven innovation.

DataFest17 hosted 23 fringe events in 4 cities, including a series of training events, debates, a parliamentary event, and schools and college events. We are looking to make the DataFest18 Fringe Programme even bigger and better, covering more of Scotland throughout the week. An open call inviting organisations to submit their proposal to host a DataFest18 Fringe Event is now open.

The DataFest18 Fringe programme aims to support data collaboration and innovation. Events are expected to range from public sector use of data, to data related training & workshops, business focused meet-ups and school events. It aims to engage participants from all areas of Scotland to explore, debate and enable data driven innovation by reaching out to companies, practitioners, government, schools and the general public.

We would like to invite you to submit an event proposal for the opportunity to be included in our programme for DataFest18, showcasing and celebrating the diversity of Scotland’s data driven innovation.

Eligibility Information

Proposals are welcome from anyone who has an interest in data within Scotland. This includes but is not restricted to those in leadership or technical roles from industry, public sector, academia or the wider data community. The Data Lab may be able to provide assistance if you would like to connect with communities in other sectors or geographical areas.

What are we looking for?

The Data Lab welcomes events proposals based on the following criteria:

  • Proposals for events, lectures, training, workshops, debates or networking that promote data driven creativity and innovation.
  • Ability to engage with various sectors and disciplines in your chosen community or location.
  • Evidence of the ability and commitment of those involved to deliver a successful event.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their online event proposal by 17:00 on Wednesday, 15 November 2017.

You can also access the application form via

All applicants that submit a proposal must agree to the DataFest 2018 Fringe Events Terms & Conditions.

The Data Lab will notify applicants via email within three weeks of the final proposal review. Please note, programme and timelines are subject to change at the discretion of The Data Lab.

Guidance Notes

Budget: Proposals should be self-funded by the applicant/organisation and clearly state the sources of funding (cash and in-kind) required as part of delivering the event.

Date(s): DataFest18 will take place from 19 – 23 March 2018. Fringe events should take place during the period of 19 – 21 March to avoid clashing with the Data Summit on 22 & 23 March 2018.

** For hackathons or other events taking place over more than one day, there is a possibility to run them on the weekend prior to DataFest18.

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