Introduction from the chair David Lee

Welcome: Partnership is at the heart of Edinburgh’s data revolution Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh

Keynote: Why data collaboration in a crisis is essential

Ben Macpherson MSP Minister for Public Finance and Migration

Keynote: Does Big Data have to mean Big Brother?

Timandra Harkness, comedian and author of Big Data: Does Size Matter?

Panel Discussion: Data, Covid-19 and better Public Services?

What have we learned in 2020 about public sector innovation and collaboration during a crisis? How can we capture ‘the new agility’ to create better public services for the future?

  • Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government
  • Kenneth Meechan, Head of Information and Data Protection Officer Glasgow City Council
  • Gemma Cassells, DDI,lead for the public sector
  • Gillian Docherty, CEO, the Data Lab
  • Rowan Conway, Head of UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose Mission Oriented Innovation Network

Panel Discussion: Data in public health crises - past and present

Moderated by Jonathan Seckl, Moncrieff Arnott Professor of Molecular Medicine and Senior Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh

  • Phil Couser, Director of Data Driven Innovation, Public Health Scotland
  • Linda Bauld, Chair of Public Health, The Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
  • Mark Woolhouse, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology, University of Edinburgh
  • Helen Stagg, Chancellor's Fellow, The University of Edinburgh

Keynote: Data innovation’s role in the UK Government industrial strategy and the levelling-up agenda

Iain Stewart MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Minister for Scotland)

Lunch session

Michael Sturrock

Keynote: Digital breadcrumbs, social physics and data co-operatives: why it’s time for communities to reclaim their data

Sandy Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Data & People

Enough about data, let's talk about people - Firas Khnaisser, Chair, DMA Scotland

Data skills and the wider tech skills landscape - Katy Guthrie, Head of Data, ScotlandIS

Q&A with:

Firas Khnaisser

Katy Guthrie

Darren Seymour-Russell, Head of Data Science, Mudano (part of Accenture Applied Intelligence)

Panel Discussion: Can Data Deliver a Real Revolution in Care?

Covid-19 shone a spotlight on the frailties of the care sector, but can a new £20m partnership project in Edinburgh - with data at its heart - make a difference?

John Godfrey, Legal & General

Ian Underwood, University of Edinburgh

Susan Shenkin,University of Edinburgh

Lynne Baillie, Director, Interactive and Trustworthy Technologies Research Group, Heriot-Watt University

Panel Discussion: How can Open Finance and Data Innovation tackle Financial Exclusion?

The siting of the Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence in Edinburgh is big news for the city- but what does open finance really mean, can it cut through to making an impact at a societal level and what role does data have to play?

Gavin Starks, founder at &

Gbenga Ibikunle, University of Edinburgh

Nicola Anderson, FinTech Scotland

Zachery Anderson, NatWest Group

Keynote: Doing data right: fusing technology and ethics to create a future worth wanting

Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence