The Data Lab has launched a new ‘digital community’ which aims to contribute to the country’s economic and social recovery post-pandemic.
Following a successful pilot programme, the community will provide a “much-needed online space” where students, leaders and professionals can “work together, connect, and collaborate,” as well as view the latest industry jobs.
The Data Lab Community will also host events, online learning courses, and a mentoring programme to connect new data and AI industry entrants with professionals, looking to tackle the current IT skills gap across Scotland and the wider UK.
Scotland’s economy will also see a boost, as the digital community looks to contribute towards social recovery following the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic over the last 18 months.
The project will allow people in the community to share ideas and best practice, enabling the businesses they work for to “accelerate their digital transformation journey”.
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Commenting on the news, Deputy CEO and Head of Service Design at The Data Lab Brian Hills said: “As Scotland, and the world, moves into recovery and growth, The Data Lab’s mission to help the nation maximise the economic and social value from data and AI has never been so important.
“The launch of The Data Lab Community plays a big part in delivering our ambition – enabling us to scale collaboration and skills development anchored in our values of innovation, growth, support and respect.
“There is a tremendous willingness in the data community to help others and The Data Lab Community will provide a catalyst for those who want to help others succeed with data and AI to connect and collaborate with those earlier in their digital journey, and help them accelerate their path to success.
“We’re already seeing fantastic feedback from users and have a waiting list of people and companies keen to join the digital community to encourage innovation and share best practice.”
Digital technologies became a norm for Scottish firms as Covid-19 hit the country and has helped firms to survive. The Scottish Government sees this as an important investment area, recently announcing a £100m Digital Boost scheme to aid small businesses digitalisation.
The Data Lab Community has built up to 200 members so far from innovative global companies, institutions and startups, and “brings together” the public, private and education sectors.
Rich Wilson, Founder and CEO, Gigged.AI, added: “The Data Lab Community is a brilliant idea. It is a place for those involved in data and AI to network and share ideas, no matter where their business is on its digital transformation journey.
“The forum and jobs sections are great for our business, and we can see this driving real value in the industry. It is also rare to find a platform where the public and private sector can network together.
“I would definitely recommend any business that is looking to grow its digital capabilities makes use of the platform.”
To join the community and sign up for a free account, please visit The Data Lab website.