Data Talent

This year we are bringing you Data Talent in a new format. There will be half day online events during the Our Future and Our People themed weeks in May and September, when we will be focusing on those themes. 

Scotland’s Largest Data Talent Showcase

Data Talent will provide an opportunity for recruiting companies to engage with Scotland’s emerging data talent through a half day event. The event will include speakers demonstrating their innovative data science projects and providing an insight into careers with them, skills workshops, panel discussions and the opportunity for students and those looking to progress their career in data science and AI to talk to prospective employers and find out more about them.  

For the first time Data Talent will be brought to you via an online platform which will provide the opportunity to attend talks and workshops, and meet with employers on a one-to-one basis in the virtual exhibitor hall.

Our People - 8th September

This week will focus on the social and wellbeing aspects of our data use. We’re delighted to have Daliana Liu (Senior Data Scientist at Amazon), Gwilym Morrison (Head of Analytics and Data Science at Royal London) and Neil Sinclair (Head of Data Services at NHS NSS) delivering keynote talks and representatives from Scottish Government, Public Health Scotland and NHS NSS on a panel discussing the diverse range of data-related careers available within the public sector. 

Once you register for your Data Talent ticket (click here to register tickets) you will be able to pick a workshop to attend.  The workshops running on the 8th of September during Data Talent will be:

NHS NSS – Data Life: who do you think you are?

The team will be outlining an example of how we use data in NSS before opening up to look at careers and opportunities within NSS, and in particular how we make ourselves attractive to data talent. This interactive session will be led by Neil Sinclair, Scott Barnett, Eilidh McLaughlin and Brendan O’Brien, together with Amber Lawther and Amanda Murphy.  This team covers all aspects of data life in NSS and will seek to help participants think about what type of career in data would suit them best and how to achieve that.

Forth Point – You’re Hired!

Have you found the job posting of your dreams but are unsure how to stand out? Or fell victim to imposter syndrome and looking for some guidance? Look no further. In this 45-minute workshop, we will go through a typical job posting for a data scientist position to understand how you can adapt your experience and skills to show that you are the perfect fit for the job. As both an experienced Data Scientist and a keen recruiter, Marta will talk through her experience and expectations when applying and recruiting for a job.

Public Health Scotland – Life before, during and after the pandemic: come and join us help rebuild Scotland

Public Health Scotland is the national agency for improving and protecting health and wellbeing and is the lead agency supporting Scotland’s response to COVID-19.  Come and join us at our workshop and learn more about the work behind COVID-19 and how we are working to tackle Scotland public health challenges.

The Scottish Government – Data Innovation in Scottish Government

This session is to outline some of the fruits of data innovation work that analysts in Scottish Government have been involved in, the aim of which is to use data science and coding principles to simply make things better!  We’ll be showcasing projects that have come through the Data Science Accelerator and processes that have been revamped by automation through Reproducible Analytical Pipelines. 

MBN Solutions – The Importance of Data Literacy: what you need to know

This workshop aims to help people transitioning into the data science and analytics industries (or getting started for the first time) in understanding employer expectations, how to prepare for the transition and how to improve and showcase data literacy.

RBS talk to students at Data Talent Scotland
Data Talent Scotland 2019 - Greig Cowan Head of Data Innovation at RBS.

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8th September Schedule

11:15 – Exhibition stands open

12:00 – Opening remarks from Maggie Philbin OBE

12:10 – Keynote: Why diversity matters in a data team (Gwilym Morrison, Royal London) 

12:35 – Company showcase: introduction to the exhibiting organisations

12:45 – Panel: The diversity of data careers in the public sector (Scottish Government, Public Heath Scotland, NHS NSS)

13:20 – Company showcase 2

13:40 – Meet organisations in the exhibition area 

14:30 – Keynote: Data Science Career Jumpstart (Daliana Liu, Amazon Web Services)

15:15 – Data Talks: Interview with Craig Turpie, Storm ID

15:25 – Keynote: Data Life: Who do you think you are? (Neil Sinclair, NHS NSS)

15:50 – Closing remarks from Gillian Docherty OBE, CEO The Data Lab and Maggie Philbin

16:00 – Workshops

17:00 – Close

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