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MBN and The Data Lab launch Data Talent Scotland event

The Data Lab, in partnership with MBN Solutions and global youth entrepreneurship organisation, WeAreTheFuture, has announced the launch of the Data Talent Scotland event.


The event will be held at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh on 16th March.

Announcing the launch of Data Talent Scotland, The Data Lab’s CEO, Gillian Docherty, said that Scotland has the potential to become a global centre for all things data. She said that industry and academia must work together to ensure that a shortage of skills does not stifle growth.

Docherty commented, “Big data is worth £216m to the UK and could be responsible for 58,000 jobs by next year. Scotland is home to 11 of the UK’s 24 postgraduate data science courses as well as a very healthy tech sector, meaning that we are in an ideal position to become a global hub, in turn seeing considerable economic benefit.

“This is a one off opportunity and there is a risk that others could take the lead if we do not join forces as a community to ensure we have a healthy and consistent talent pipeline.”

Around 250 postgraduate data science students and data enthusiasts will be involved with the event. The event organisers say that a series of workshops will contribute to their development by addressing a range of themes including soft skills, entrepreneurs and data, and transitioning into a data science role. Representatives from Talent Scotland, part of Scottish Enterprise, will also be on hand to provide international students with practical information about visas and immigration issues.

Michael Young, CEO of MBN Solutions, said, “Demand for skilled data scientists is only going to increase in years to come so savvy businesses are looking at how they can attract people coming out of academia. However, it can be a time consuming and challenging task for industry to tap into talent and research pools. This is a chance to do things differently so we are extremely excited by the prospect of bringing together the best, brightest and most talented people in our industry.”

The event organisers say that, for the first time, industry will be able to meet with representatives from all of Scotland’s existing postgraduate data science courses as well as four that are soon to launch.  Scotland is currently home to 11 Masters level courses in data science, increasing to 15 in 2016/17. Courses cover a range of domains (cyber security, Internet of Things, finance, oil and gas, business) and include full time, part time and distance learning options.

Analytics specialist Barrachd is sponsoring the event.

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