DataFest: Call for innovative data stories

DataFest 2021 – Call for Innovative Data Stories

Scotland has an enviable reputation of being at the cutting edge of innovative technology. At the heart of many of these incredible technological advancements is data and every year at DataFest we’re proud to showcase some of these innovations – 2021 will be no exception.

The theme of DataFest 2021 is “Our Data”. In previous DataFests, we have celebrated the individuals and teams driving data innovation in Scotland. Last year, we went “Beyond Data” – shining a light on the impact data can have in people’s lives. This year, we are focusing on all of us – a community who collect, create, and use our data for good. We will highlight how important #OurData is to the growth of our economy, social progress and knowledge base. We will encourage debate on ethics and how we as the data community need to work harder to be responsible with #OurData. We will aim to empower people to understand data ownership and that we need to understand and better manage #OurData.

Our mission is to showcase Scotland’s innovative spirit and support the organisations leading the way. We believe #OurData can contribute towards the greater good and we look to encourage collaboration, not only as a country, but as a global community impacted by a pandemic.

We want to hear your innovative data stories

For DataFest 2021 we want to hear people’s stories of technological innovation – the role #OurData plays in that innovation and what impact it delivers for the world. Our panel of data experts will pick three inspiring stories that represent the innovation, diversity and ambition of Scotland’s data expertise and turn them into short films to debut at DataTalks – a new part of DataFest we will be launching soon. We also want to highlight the fantastic career opportunities data science offers, making this a great opportunity to boost your employer brand and attract the best and brightest new data talent.

This is a fantastic opportunity to be part of DataFest21 and showcase your organisation and reach an audience of passionate, like-minded people working in and around the data science field, both locally and internationally. Simply fill out this form to submit your inspirational story.

In addition to the DataTalks events, we also have a number of sponsorship packages available for organisations looking to get the maximum impact from DataFest 2021. For more information contact

Deadline for applications is 22 January.

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