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DataFest18 Set to Showcase Scotland’s Place on the Global Data Stage

Gillian Docherty


DataFest18 Underway

Gillian Docherty, the CEO introduces the 2018 Data Fest and considers Scotland’s position as a pioneer and leader.

Gillian Docherty, CEO The Data LabEvery aspect of our lives today is data-driven. Being technically savvy is the new norm. From downloading music, to tracking our exercise and ordering the weekly shop, through to crime prevention and medical diagnosis.

Data provides a wealth of opportunities and can be a strategic asset in trade, competition and innovation. Whether using historic or real-time data that’s generated through supply chains, production processes or customer behaviours, an organisation has much to gain by analysing the wealth of information it has at its fingertips. It’s also worth an estimated £20 billion to the Scottish economy.

That is why at The Data Lab, we do everything in our power to help Scotland realise the full potential of data.

DataFest18, the second outing for The Data Lab festival, will support ‘data warriors’, whatever their core profession or industry, by providing inspiration, tools and leadership skills to make a difference. The festival will run from 19th to 23rd of March encompassing a talent event, an international summit and, crucially, 40 fringe events across Scotland which underline how data is a catalyst for positive change in local areas.

Data-Driven Innovation

The theme for the festival is data driven innovation with a special focus on collaboration. Working across different sectors is key to supporting Scotland’s data warriors. By bringing diverse industries, expertise and data together, the huge potential of data can be realised through the disruption across sectors – all areas, from personal health to smart transport, from shopping to energy efficiency, from business to public services and beyond.

The fringe events taking place around Scotland allow us to promote the benefits of data-driven problem solving further than ever before. The sheer number of events taking place showcases Scotland’s place as a burgeoning centre for data on a global scale.

Last year DataFest attracted over 2,500 participants from 64 countries and 450 organisations and was praised for the quality of its speakers, diversity of its events and the inspiration it sparked. Most importantly it helped underline Scotland’s leadership on the global data stage. We are looking forward to building on that success this year.

You can find out more about DataFest18 online.

Gillian Docherty, CEO The Data Lab

Gillian Docherty

CEO, The Data Lab

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