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Support The Data Lab MSc Innovation Week

The Data Lab MSc Innovation Week is an opportunity for organisations to work with 155 data scientists and tackle issues that have a real impact on Scotland. You have the opportunity to:

  • Submit a persistent business challenge that the students can respond to.
  • Submit datasets that they can explore and interrogate.
  • Sponsor the event.

We can help you solve problems

The Data Lab MSc is a challenge-based learning programme in its fourth year, supporting 155 students across 11 Scottish Universities. It helps students acquire the skills that the data industry requires.

The Data lab Innovation Challenge is a 3 day residential trip where all The Data Lab MSc students come together to work in teams on real life data sets relevant to Scotland. We are inviting organisations to work with this large body of data scientists and tackle issues that have a real impact on Scotland. You have the opportunity to:

  • Submit a persistent business challenge that the students can respond to.
  • Submit datasets that they can explore and interrogate.
  • Sponsor the event.

How you can support The Data Lab MSc Innovation Callenge

Submit a business challenge

We will work with you to identify and develop challenges that will make a difference to your organisation and pique particpants’ interests. We will gather relevant data sets and work with the data scientists and designers to explore innovative solutions through design and data. You will be able to work first-hand with potential recruits.

What makes a good challenge?

  • It describes a problem, an opportunity, or a barrier.
  • It doesn’t predict the solution.
  • It catches people’s attention.
  • It is persistent and difficult to crack.
  • If it were solved, we would see the difference.
  • We would be able to measure a solution’s impact.
  • We have evidence that it is a real challenge.
  • We can explain it simply so that participants can grasp the challenge.
  • We are able to talk to some of the user communities during the Innovation Week.

Previous challenges have included

  • What makes a great beer?
  • How do transport issues impact customers?
  • How might we better understand how people use prescriptions to improve patient outcomes?
  • How might we increase the benefits of marine tourism for the West Coast of Scotland?
  • How might we better understand the impact of planning applications on biodiversity?
  • Work with 155 data scientists

Watch the video from Innovation Week 2018

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R2aMInvDwhM

For more information, you can download our Partner Invitation pdf or contact our Skills Co-ordinator, Marian Dunbar.

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