DataSummit21 will be on Wednesday 24th November.

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Data Summit

This year, Data Summit will be a one-day event, taking place on Wednesday 24th November. We hope to bring you a hybrid (part virtual, part live) event, but this will depend on the restrictions in place at the time. The virtual elements of the event will be free of charge.

We are making some exciting plans to bring you speakers picked from the biggest names in the data science community. Watch this space for announcements or register to receive future updates.

First keynote speakers announced

We’re delighted to be able to announced that Hannah Fry and Kevin Fong will be keynote speakers at DataFest21!

Hannah Fry
Having studied fluid dynamics and working briefly in F1, Hannah returned to academia and now lectures in the mathematics of cities. She’s also a science broadcaster, bringing numbers and data to life on TV and radio in programmes including The Joy of Data, City in the Sky, and The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry. She examines how maths underpins almost everything and the world of data: how it’s gathered, what it can (and can’t) tell us, and when to look more closely at its predictions. Hannah also encouraged the public to download the BBC Pandemic app for her look at how a flu-like disease can spread through day-to-day contact in the prescient BBC programme Contagion!

Kevin Fong
Kevin is both astrophysicist, medical specialist and a natural storyteller. After working with NASA he specialised in lessons from the effects of extremes on human physiology. He is also part of hospital Emergency Response and Major Incident Planning, an air ambulance Emergency Doctor, and worked as a National Clinical Advisor to NHS England during the Covid-19 pandemic. All of this provides a unique insight into how we all cope with risk, planning and making decisions under pressure, as well as teamwork. He’s the author of Extremes – probing the limits of the human body, and hosted 13 Minutes to the Moon, the acclaimed, international hit podcast about the 1969 Apollo 11 mission.

Data Summit day 1 at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh; Sue Black Professor of Computer Science in the department of computer science at Durham University.

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Data Summit day 1 at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh; Maggie Philbin Science TV presenter in conversation with Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

In previous years, Data Summit has been a 2 day international conference held in Edinburgh, created to bring together data leaders and practitioners across industry, the public sector and academia. We strongly believe bringing these communities together to collaborate is a key ingredient to exploring what we can create and achieve as a nation.

In 2019, we had an amazing line up of inspirational and thought provoking speakers, including the Cambridge-Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie, the BBC’s ‘Face of Space’ Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, Dr Sue Black, Cassie Kozyrkov, Chief Decision Scientist at Google, and Liberty Vittert. We were also delighted to welcome the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, who spoke of her belief in the importance of data-driven innovation. 

Find out more about Data Summit

One of our MSc students, Daniel Sloan (Strathclyde MSc in Fin Tech), writes about his DataSummit19 experience after winning a free ticket to the event:
Why can’t every day be a DataFest day?

The First Minister addressed delegates on the first day of DataSummit19. Read the FutureScot article about her speech:
‘Data-driven innovation has potential to deliver great benefits’ says Nicola Sturgeon

DataSummit19 saw a fantastic lineup of speakers, including Christopher Wylie, Cassie Kozyrkov, Dr Sue Black and Dr Maggie Alderon-Pocock among a myriad of other big names. 

The interview with Christopher Wylie was fascinating.

10 new speakers announced for DataSummit19

All DataSummit19 speakers now confirmed