The Data Lab MSc 2018-19 Launch Event

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Wednesday October 10th 2018 – Doors open at 10:30am

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The Data Lab MSc Student Ticket
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The Data Lab would like to extend the warmest of welcomes to as you join our MSc programme. We are delighted to fund you through your further study, and hope that our course helps bolster your data science education. 

The Launch Event will bring together all 155 of The Data Lab funded students with university course leaders, The Data Lab MSc Team, as well as industry partners. This will be an opportunity to meet your new classmates and find out more about The Data Lab and the MSc programme. A range of inspiring guest speakers from industry, start-ups, academia and public sector will be there to discuss Data Science in Scotland. This provides an early networking opportunity to get your foot in the door with some industry leading organisations and learn what it takes to be the best data scientist you can.

Draft Agenda

10:30 – 11:00

Registration and Refreshments


11:00 – 11:15
Welcome and Overview of The Data Lab

Brian Hills, Head of Data at the Data Lab


11:15 – 11:30
What is the The Data Lab MSc programme?

Marian Dunbar, Skills Co-ordinator at The Data Lab


11:30 – 11:50

Keynote address: How Data and AI Influence the BBC

Colin Burns, Chief Design Engineer at the BBC


The value of The Data Lab MSc placements

Robin Huggins, Head of Business Development at MBN Solutions12:05 – 12:30

Networking exercise: Meet your coursemates


12:30 – 14.00

Group Photo followed by Lunch

14:00 -14:15

Data Science in the Private Sector

Ali King, Data Engineer at Spiritus

14:15- 14:45
Panel discussion – Stories from MSc Alumni: Where are they now?

Facilitator: (Brian Hills, Head of Data at The Data Lab and) Thanos Tsiaras, Data Scientist at The Data Lab and The Data Lab MSc 2015-16 alumnus

The Data Lab Alumni:         Cynthia Morel, Anita George, John Bell, Laura Hepburn, Kostas Gavriilidis


14:45 – 15.00
A Day in the Life of a Data Scientist
Matthew Higgs Head of Product at Streamba Ltd


15:00 – 15.10
Closing Remarks 

Brian Hills, Head of Data at The Data Lab


15:10 – 16:00
Networking and Drinks

Playfair Library Hall

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Starts: Wednesday, October 10th 2018 at 10:30am
Doors open: 10:30am
Ends: Wednesday, October 10th 2018 at 4:00pm

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Timezone: Europe/London
Bookings close: October 10th 2018


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