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MSc Innovation Week – Glasgow, 4 – 8 June 2018

The Data Lab MSc Innovation Challenge Week is a five-day residential trip where all The Data Lab MSc students will come together to work in teams to derive insights from real-life datasets relevant to Scotland. The week will follow a design-thinking process to use data to help solve challenges facing Scottish-based organisations. The winning teams will be awarded an additional data science training budget to attend conferences or training courses of their choice. During the week students will take part in interactive workshop sessions to help students improve their technical, teamwork and creative skills.

Get involved – become a sponsor

If you are interested in working alongside 130 members of Scotland’s newest pool of data talent, or if you have an exciting business problem and unexplored data, you may want to sponsor The Data Lab MSc Innovation Week.

It is a unique opportunity to find talent for your organisation or to solve a persistent business problem. In addition, you would share in the excitement of working alongside determined Scottish University students to foster entrepreneurship & innovation in Scotland.

The Data Lab is looking for datasets that data science students can explore and interrogate as part of this weekend, and challenge owners who have a real business problem that students can respond to over the course of the week. If you are interested in providing data, presenting a challenge “ or both “ please contact Joshua Ryan-Saha, Skills Manager at The Data Lab –

The Data Lab MSc programme

The Data Lab MSc programme is a collaborative programme between The Data Lab and eleven Scottish universities. It facilitates industry involvement and collaboration, and provides full funding and resources for students, with the aim of developing the next generation of Data Science talent and skills required by industry in Scotland.

MSc Placements – summer interns

The Data Lab MSc students will have the option to interview for a three-month paid (at least minimum wage) placement at a Scottish organisation. Last year, over 50 students undertook a placement with companies such as Aquila Insight, Aggreko and Morgan Stanley or with public sector organisations like Scottish Funding Council, North Ayrshire Council, Glasgow City Council and the NHS. This is the perfect opportunity for students to put their rare and valuable data science skills into practice, and contribute to a project that is of real value to Scotland.

If you’re interested in taking a data science student as a summer intern please contact Joshua Ryan-Saha, Skills Manager at The Data Lab – To apply, you will be asked to submit a short work proposal. Interviews will be scheduled as soon as the form is submitted and we find a suitable candidate, with a view to concluding the entire process by mid-April. The placements normally start around 1st of June.

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