The Data Lab podcasts

A series of conversations with some of the top members of the data science community.

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Through their range of digital training courses Codeclan are helping to transform the careers of 100s of professionals across Scotland and delivering a steady pipeline of talent to their growing network of employer partners. The rapidly evolving digital industry impacts almost every sector in Scotland. Codeclan take care to understand the skills that are sought

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Data For Children Collaborative with UNICEF

The Data for Children Collaborative with UNICEF is a joint partnership between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and the University of Edinburgh’s Data Driven Innovation Programme which seeks to improve outcomes for children locally, nationally and globally. It draws on the strengths of all partners to bring insight and solve problems using data and data science techniques. Hear from delivery director, Alex Hutchison and head of business development at

Mahmood Adil

Prof Mahmood Adil, Medical Director: Information Services Division (Scotland) & Health Protection Scotland, NHS NSS

Prof Mahmood Adil has 25 years of medical, public health and executive management experience in the NHS and USA. His current remit is to oversee the health intelligence and health protection functions of Scotland. He provides professional leadership in utilising the most comprehensive national health data, digital and informatics capability to improve broad ranging clinical outcomes

Oliver Smith

Oliver Smith, Strategy Director, Health Moonshot, Telefónica Innovation Alpha

Ollie is responsible for overall strategy within Telefonica Alpha’s Health Moonshot, alongside establishing and maintaining strong partnerships, and business model development. He has extensive experience in strategy and innovation across a range of sectors. Before joining Alpha he was Director of Strategy and Innovation at Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, responsible for investing £100m over

Joanna Bryson

Joanna Bryson, Professor of Ethics and Technology at the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin

Joanna J. Bryson is a transdisciplinary researcher on the structure and dynamics of human- and animal-like intelligence. Her research covers topics ranging from artificial intelligence, through autonomy and robot ethics, and on to human cooperation. Her work has appeared in venues ranging from a reddit to Science.Bryson’s first degree is in Behavioural Science (non-clinical psychology)

Stephanie Hare

Stephanie Hare, Researcher and Broadcaster

Stephanie Hare is a researcher and broadcaster focusing on technology, politics and history. Selected as a part of the landmark BBC Expert Women initiative, she shares insights on television and radio. She also has a regular radio column that goes out on BBC World Service World Business Report and BBC Radio 4 Business Daily. This

John Mertic

John Mertic, Director of Program Management, Linux Foundation

John Mertic is the Director of Program Management for The Linux Foundation. Under his leadership, he has helped ODPi, R Consortium, and Open Mainframe Project accelerate open source innovation and transform industries. John has an open source career spanning two decades, both as a contributor to projects such as SugarCRM and PHP, and in open


Liberty Vittert, Associate Editor, Harvard Data Science Review

Joanna McKenzie sits down with Liberty Vittert in this edition of The Data Lab’s podcast. Liberty is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor at Washington University in St. Louis and will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Harvard University in the Department of Statistics beginning summer of 2019.  She is a graduate of MIT as well