DataFest21 will run from March to November 2021
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You can have a look back on previous years below.

Data Summit

Bringing together Data Leaders and Practitioners​

Data Summit, a 2 day international conference held in Edinburgh, has been 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.

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. 

Data Summit is a fantastic opportunity to learn from the experience of those who have succeeded (and failed) with data through sessions from how to lead successful programmes to communicating with data, compelling examples of transformation to future trends and much more.  Data Summit will equip you with the knowledge and network to support your data journey.


Data Summit day 1 at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh; Sue Black Professor of Computer Science in the department of computer science at Durham University.
Data Summit day 1 at the Assembly Rooms Edinburgh; Maggie Philbin Science TV presenter in conversation with Cambridge Analytica whistleblower Christopher Wylie.

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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