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Make Data Work
31 May–1 June 2016: Training
1 June–3 June 2016: Conference
London, UK

Experiments in The Data Lab: Creating a national hub for data science in Scotland

Brian Hills (The Data Lab)
11:15–11:55 Thursday, 2/06/2016
Data innovations
Location: Capital Suite 17 Level: Non-technical
Tags: government
Average rating: ****.
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The Data Lab is an innovation center that delivers social and economic benefit to Scotland by bringing industry, the public sector, and academia together to exploit new opportunities from data. Brian Hills shares insights and lessons learned during the center’s first 18 months, presents example case studies from a range of industries, and outlines the data science techniques used to drive value in those domains. Brian organizes his talk into three topics, for each, sharing successes and challenges and describing plans to scale activity using both local and international partnerships and for future sustainability.

These topics include:

  1. Collaborative innovation: enabling collaborative projects between academia and industry to drive economic and social benefit
  2. Nurturing skills and talent: developing a range of education programs, in partnership with industry, to tackle the skills challenge covering MScs to PhDs and online training
  3. Community building: creating a network of communities for data science across the country, from technical-level meetups and training to CxO thought-leadership events
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Brian Hills

The Data Lab

Brian Hills is the head of data at The Data Lab, where he is responsible for developing and leading the strategy to create a national hub for data science in Scotland. Brian has 18 years of industry experience in engineering and analytics across a number of roles and domains including telecoms, IT, and ecommerce. Before The Data Lab, he was most recently with Skyscanner, where he launched and scaled the analytics team.