Man in audience taking photo of DataTalent stage on his tablet

New DataFest cooking after Data Talent Scotland success

Wednesday, 29th June 2016
The Data Lab

On Wednesday 16th March, The Data Lab, MBN Solutions and WeAreTheFuturehosted the first edition of Data Talent Scotland, an event for anyone and everyone studying, working or just plain interested in Data Science in Scotland. We had over 500 guests, and a packed line-up of great Scottish-based speakers and practical workshops to help people understand how to make the most of and expand their ‘data talents’ – personal or within their organisation.

Here at The Data Lab, we want to make sure that the work we do has a positive impact on Scotland, so we conducted a survey with those who attended to find out whether the event helped them find a job, recruit talent or meet interesting, like-minded data-people.

Below you can read through the complete survey feedback and watch a video summary of Data Talent Scotland 2016. You can also read a previous blog post summarising the event.


As you can see from the feedback, the event was a huge success and we can already see jobs being created and partnerships being formed. In 2017, we want to improve and make Data Talent Scotland even more useful for Scottish companies and students to recruit talent and find the job they want; but also help celebrate data innovation and bring the Scottish Data Science community closer and support internationalisation. That’s why we are launching DataFest 2017 – a week-long series of events celebrating all things data, taking place from 20th to 24th March 2017 to show the world that Scotland truly is a data-destination.

DataFest is shaping to be a first-of-its-kind international data event in Scotland, providing attendees with the opportunity to learn from renowned international speakers and best practice, while offering an unprecedented networking platform where you will be able to interact with local and international talent, industry, academia and data enthusiasts. Data Talent Scotland 2017 will be part of DataFest 2017, and will take place on Wednesday 22nd March 2017.

If you are interested in being part of DataFest and/or Data Talent Scotland on 2017, joining us as a sponsor, exhibitor, student or attendee, register your interest now to be first to hear more news and secure your space at the events.

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