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Make Data Work
March 13–14, 2017: Training
March 14–16, 2017: Tutorials & Conference
San Jose, CA

Data-driven innovation

Gillian Docherty (The Data Lab)
1:50pm2:30pm Thursday, March 16, 2017
Secondary topics:  Data for good
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Who is this presentation for?

  • Business leaders and entrepreneurs

What you'll learn

  • Explore how The Data Lab set up an organization and team to help companies innovate using data
  • Understand various case studies emphasizing the impact of data to drive economic and social benefit


The Data Lab is an innovation center that delivers social and economic benefit by bringing industry, the public sector, and academia together to exploit new opportunities from data. CEO Gillian Docherty shares her insights and experience building a team to help industry and the public sector innovate through data. Along the way, Gillian discusses some of the projects her teams have supported, from multinationals to startups, and explains how they leverage academic capability to help drive innovation from data.

Topics include:

  • Innovation projects The Data Lab has supported and funded and how they have leveraged academic researchers to directly support industry projects
  • The skills and talent programs they have instigated and how they support a thriving business community that has an insatiable demand for data talent
  • How they have built a buoyant community of data enthusiasts—from deep learning academic experts to executive leaders who are driving data innovation in their industries
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Gillian Docherty

The Data Lab

Gillian Docherty is the CEO of The Data Lab, one of eight Innovation Centre’s across Scotland, where she is responsible for delivering the strategic vision set out by The Data Lab Board, the aim of which is to create over 250 new jobs and generate more than £100 million for the economy. Gillian has over 22 years’ experience working in the IT sector. Previously, she held a range of senior leadership roles at IBM UK, including leader for software business in Scotland, systems and technology sales leader and territory leader for general business Scotland. Gillian is on the board of Tech Partnership Scotland and is also a board member of the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce. Gillian holds a degree in computing science from Glasgow University. She is married and has a daughter.