Our People

Our People- w/c 6th September

‘Our People’ will focus on the social and wellbeing aspects of our data use.

The overarching theme of #OurData will be explored to spark discussion about how we, as data users and as a community, can use data for good to help solve or ease the world’s problems.

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Data Talks

FREE event – Tuesday 7th September, 10am-12pm
With host Maggie Philbin and keynote from Dr Katherine Trebeck, plus screenings of a short film showcasing Storm ID‘s data-driven innovation as well as a panel discussion and Q&A.

Host: Maggie Philbin
Maggie Philbin has worked in radio and television for 30 years on a wide range of science, medical and technology programmes from Tomorrow’s World to Bang Goes The Theory. A popular keynote speaker and award host, she works consistently to improve diversity in contemporary industry, emphasising social and ethnic diversity are as important as gender. In June 2016 she was voted most influential woman in UK IT by Computer Weekly and also named 2016 Digital Leader of the Year.
Keynote: Dr Katherine Trebeck

Dr Katherine Trebeck is co-founder and Strategic Advocacy Advisor, Wellbeing Economy Alliance and co-founder of WEAll Scotland. She is a political economist with over eight years’ experience with Oxfam GB (including developing the Humankind Index). She sits on a range of advisory boards, including the Democracy Collaborative and CUSP, holds several academic affiliations and is a Distinguished Fellow of the Schumacher Institute and a Fellow of the Leaders Institute. Katherine was a member of the Scottish Government’s Sustainable Renewal Advisory Group and Zero Waste Scotland’s Demystifying Decoupling Advisory Group. Katherine instigated the Wellbeing Economy Governments partnership and her book The Economics of Arrival (with Jeremy Williams: Policy Press) was published in 2019.

Gemma Milne - host at Data Tech

Data Tech

FREE event – Tuesday 7th September, 1pm – 5pm
An event for data & IT professionals, data scientists, analysts & graduates in data. With host Gemma Milne and keynote speakers Ash Garner from Royal London and James Monico from Testing For All.

Host: Gemma Milne
Gemma writes about science, tech and the broad cultural issues surrounding their advancements. Her book ‘Smoke & Mirrors: How Hype Obscures the Future and How to See Past It’ is on the role hype plays in dictating and derailing crucial progress in science and tech (and how to empower yourself against it). Gemma is a PhD researcher at UCL focusing on the ethics and responsibility of corporate futurism. Gemma also co-hosts the Radical Science podcast, which discusses the role science plays in society with a variety of guests across disciplines, and she is a deep tech advisor – for governments, investors and other organisations working in those spaces.

We’ll be welcoming keynotes from Ash Garner of Royal London and James Monico from Testing For All. Details will be announced soon! 

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Data Talent

FREE event – Wednesday 8th September, 10.00 – 5.00pm
An event for students and employers, hosted by Maggie Philbin, featuring Daliana Liu of Amazon giving her keynote talk ‘Data Science Career Jumpstart’ and Gwilym Morrison of Royal London delivering his talk ‘Why Diversity Matters In a Data Team’.

Host: Maggie Philbin
Keynote: Daliana Liu – Amazon Web Services

Daliana Liu is a senior data scientist at Amazon. She has worked on product analytics, machine learning, and time series. She shares her career tips on Linkedin with over 50,000 followers. Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dalianaliu/

She also hosts a podcast called ‘the data scientist show’, talking to great data scientists about their career journeys. She also has an exclusive newsletter (www.dalianaliu.com) where she shares more career tips and resources.

Daliana will discuss what the different types of data scientists are, how do you prepare for a career for those types, and what are the interview tips. Besides that, Daliana will show you what working in the industry looks like, and how it is different from school. She has 3 tips to help you become a successful data scientist.

Keynote: Gwilym Morrison – Royal London

Gwilym Morrison is the Head of Analytics and Data Science at Royal London. He’ll be discussing why diversity is an increasingly important topic across many industries and domains. In his talk, Gwilym will explore some of the science behind why diverse teams are better at solving complex problems than homogenous ones. He’ll also look at why this matters a lot for teams that are involved in creating value form data

Keynote: Neil Sinclair – NHS NSS

Neil Sinclair is Head of Data Services in the Digital and Security directorate at NHS National Services Scotland. He currently leads the design and delivery of data and analytical products on the Seer Data Science platform. Being a self-confessed data geek, he believes that having rich integrated data sets, coupled with world class data and analytical architecture, and a skilled data science community provide opportunities to enable the NHS and wider public sector to use advanced analytics to identify and implement interventions and services to avoid or assure specific outcomes for the Scottish population.

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