Scottish Ministers to open DataFest18

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Scotland’s week-long celebration of data and analytics talent, skiils, best practice and opportunities, DataFest18, has drawn leading figures from the region’s Government to cut the red ribbon this year. Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business Innovation and Energy, will open DataTalent, the annual collider event which brings together industry and academics, while Derek Mackay MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, will give the opening keynote at DataSummit on 22nd March.

The conference programme sees speakers considering a wide-range of data and analytics issues, from Erin Akred on how to improve transparency in the extractive industries to passing on knowledge of data science with Shakeel Khan of HMRC, from a consideration of data science for societal good by Kirk Borne of Booz Allen Hamilton to the ODI’s Orsola d Marco on the start-up revolution.

Dr Hannah FryBroadcaster Hannah Fry will join a line-up that includes presentations by Nesta, NHS Scotland, the University of Edinburgh and The Gov Lab, as well as, Merkel Aquila, SAS and H2).technology. 

Brian Hills, head of data and event organiser The Data Lab, said: “The programme has been designed to appeal to as wide an audience as possible. The range of topics to be discussed is diverse, from life as a data scientist to data-driven public innovation.”

“A key area of focus is the ethical application of data science and development of transparency in how algorithms process citizen’s data,” added Hills. “Cathy O’Neil, data scientist and author of ‘Weapons of math destruction’, will discuss this area at DataSummit, giving examples of how data and algorithms can create inequalities in society and key areas we need to consider for the ethical application of data science.”

Full details of the week-long event and ticket bookings can be found here. DataIQ is the media partner for DataFest2018.