Eight places up for grabs for data science trip to New York

Data scientists are being encouraged to apply for a government-sponsored trip to New York in December.

Eight places are up for grabs for data science specialists working in Scotland to visit the Big Data and Analytics for Banking Summit and Chief Data Officer Summit.

The funded places are aimed at Chief Technology Officers and other senior level positions who will form the Scotland delegation for the two events, which aims to bring together the best minds in data science from across the world.

“This trip is a great opportunity for Scotland to further cement its place as a leader in data science,” said Jude McCorry, Head of Business Development at The Data Lab, which is supporting the trip alongside Scottish Development International.

“The calibre of our previous overseas delegations to Singapore, San Jose and New York were extremely useful and successful. They also underlined that Scotland is at the forefront of this dynamic sector.

“Last year’s trip proved fruitful in building business between Scotland and New York. We began discussions with New York based, The Data Incubator, who recently completed a three-week data science ‘Boot Camp’ in Edinburgh so I’m really excited to see what this trip will bring.”

Callum Morton, Director of Software Strategy Financial Services at NCR Corporation, was a delegate on last year’s trip to New York.

He said: “The trip to New York to attend the Big Data and Analytics in Banking summit was an excellent opportunity to hear from institutions, vendors and academics on how these agendas have progressed beyond the hype to deliver real-world benefits.

“It was an up-to-date read-out of what’s working – and what’s not working – in the vibrant heart of New York’s financial district. The chance to see first-hand how companies are exploiting analytics was inspiring, as were the conversations with fellow Scottish delegates who came from a variety of organisations and perspectives. All-in-all an inspiring couple of days immersed in the world of Big Data possibilities.”

The Data Lab is a government funded Innovation Centre established to extract social and economic value from data for Scotland, which is estimated to be worth £17 billion.

In the last year, The Data Lab has supported 21 data science projects which are predicted to generate £36m for Scotland and create 140 jobs and has more than doubled the number of funded places on its 2016/17 MSc course from 40 to 90.