19 March 2018 to 23 March 2018

Highlands & Islands

Venue: Highlands and Islands Enterprise, An Lòchran, 10 Inverness Campus, Inverness

Time: 12:30 to 14:30

DataFest18 is a festival of data innovation run by The Data Lab, with fringe events hosted across Scotland from 19th to 23rd March 2018.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise is hosting a week-long DataFest18 Fringe with the support of partners. The focus will be the data opportunity, both now and in the future, for our businesses and communities in the Region.


Mon 19 March 12:30-16:00
Improving lives with data in the public sector

Lots of data is made freely available by government and other organisations across Scotland. Find out what is available, what the plans are for the future and hear examples of how it is being used. Speakers from the Scottish Government, National Records Office, NHS Information Services will be at #hellodigital in Inverness.


Tues 20 March 09:30-16:30
FIT for healthy living - How Artificial Intelligence can help you

Future Intelligent Technology (or FIT) for healthy living goes way beyond FitBits and exercise regimes! FIT can help individuals to live independently and to manage illnesses and chronic conditions. This event is for those personally or professionally interested in self-management of health, supported living at home, predictive analytics and artificial intelligence in FIT apps. Speakers from Robert Gordon University, Albyn Housing, Carbon Dynamic, and openbrolly.


Wed 21 March 08:00-09:30
CeeD breakfast briefing: Industrial applications of data analytics and machine-learning   

Dr Gordon Morison from GCU will rapidly review three current projects that employ data analytics and/or machine learning in industry applications. These projects are focused on solutions for predictive maintenance, visual inspection for structural maintenance and supply chain optimisation.


Wed 21 March 16:00-18:00
Informed communities of the future

This session looks at how communities and enterprises can make use of Open Data. We will explore sources of Open Data within the Highlands & Islands with speakers from the Open Data Institute (ODI), Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH), Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) and UrbanTide.


Thurs 22 March 13:00-16:30
Driving value from data

Guest speaker Vicky Brock will introduce this session. Founder, entrepreneur and data pioneer, Vicky led her company Clear Returns to be named Top Technology StartUp in Europe, by the European Commission. Named by Forbes.com & Bloomberg as one of the 9 top female tech CEOs to watch, she is one of Computer Weekly’s Top 50 Women in IT. Craig Paterson from the DataLab will then lead a discussion on data innovation in practice including local case studies. This workshop is aimed at business leaders.


Fri 23 March 12:30-14:30
Driving creative industries with data (and pizza)

Completing an exciting week of events, this session will dissect the opportunities, sources and uses of data that are most relevant to the Creative Industries and look at how it will drive our local businesses in the future.



More about DataFest18 Fringe at #hellodigital