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The Data Lab Announces Return of Two-week Festival, DataFest

Ross Kelly



The UK’s two-week festival of data innovation will return in March next year. 

The Data Lab has announced the return of its annual flagship data festival, with DataFest20 expected to be the “biggest and most exciting year yet”.

Now in its fourth year, the two-week-long data festival will return to cities across Scotland between the 9th and 20th of March 2020.

DataFest aims to showcase Scotland’s leading global position in data science and artificial intelligence (AI). Last year’s festival, DataFest19, attracted more than 4,000 people across 62 events throughout Scotland.

Each year the festival focuses on an emerging theme for the industry. DataFest20 will offer a range of events, speakers, workshops and discussions while highlighting the impact that data and AI are having on people’s lives around the world.

Gillian Docherty, CEO of The Data Lab, said: “We are immensely proud of DataFest and it is fantastic to continue to see it grow each year. Everyone at The Data Lab works so hard on the event and we are thrilled to announce its return for 2020.

“DataFest has become a platform and community for industry, academia and public sector to come together, discuss key issues within the data science and artificial intelligence space and really showcase Scotland’s capabilities as a global leader in data innovation.

“Scotland can be at the forefront of change in data, and DataFest20’s theme focuses on how we can go beyond the data itself to make a difference and innovate for good. Through a range of exciting events, DataFest20 will go #BeyondData to show the real impact data and AI is having. DataFest19 was our most ambitious and successful event to date and we can’t wait to see what DataFest20 brings.”

The Innovation Centre confirmed the return of several popular events for DataFest20, including the two-day Data Summit conference. Additionally, the Data Talent Scotland, Data Tech Women in Data Science events will also return.

2019’s Data Summit featured a host of high-profile speakers, including Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie and Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon.

Jude McCorry, head of business development at The Data Lab, added: “The objective for DataFest is to bring together data leaders, practitioners, industry, public sector and academia to collaborate and discuss how data science and AI can benefit all and drive innovation.

“We are certain DataFest20 will be bigger, more successful and more collaborative than ever. Once again, we’ll be hosting events all over Scotland aiming to spark innovation through collaboration, building skills and growing talent, all while championing Scotland’s data science community.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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