Events and Podcasts
Upcoming Events and Podcasts
#DDIdiscussions involves experts and thought leaders from different sectors about how data, innovation and partnerships can tackle some of industry and society’s most pressing challenges.
Event recordings available:
Thursday 30th September | DDI Annual Conference with the Scotsman (virtual event)
This year's data conference - a joint venture between The Scotsman and DDI - brings together experts from a range of fields. It builds on the two previous events, which focused on ethics (DOING DATA RIGHT) and collaboration (DOING DATA TOGETHER) and examines how we are harnessing that ethical, collaborative approach - and DOING DATA BETTER as a result.
The event is built around four big themes: data and climate change; data and future pandemics; data and tourism and economic recovery; and data and social/financial inclusion.
Register for the FREE event
Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd October | NASA Hackathon
Join the Scottish team for the NASA International Space Apps Challenge
On October 2-3, NASA is inviting coders, entrepreneurs, scientists, designers, storytellers, makers, builders, artists, and technologists to participate in a virtual hackathon - The NASA International Space Apps Challenge. During a period of 48 hours, participants from around the world will form virtual teams and use Earth observation data to develop solutions to issues our world is facing.
All participants will receive a certificate and winners will have the chance to win prizes that include the chance to attend a spacecraft launch!
Space Apps is for everyone! This includes those who have never ‘hacked’ before! All passionate problem solvers are encouraged to join - students, experts, engineers, makers, artists, and storytellers. While some of the challenges are technical, others ask you to use your artistic skills, your business acumen, and your historical imaginations!
You are invited to join the Scottish team, organised through the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre, to take on NASA’s free and open data and address real-world problems on Earth and in space. No matter your expertise and skills, be a part of this incredible effort.
After the hackathon, project submissions are judged by space agency experts and winners are selected for one of 10 Global Awards. Once travel is deemed safe, winning teams will receive a NASA invitation, which could potentially include viewing a spacecraft launch at a NASA facility.
Previous Events and Podcasts
Podcast 10th June 2021 | Dr Allison Schrager
Women in Data lead, Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, sits down with author and economist Dr Allison Schrager to discuss her book on our everyday relationship with risk and whether we are setting the right objectives when it comes to change.
Wednesday 19th May 2021 | 'Data-driven innovation in AI'
The #DDIdiscussions on May 19th as we discussed the role of Scottish Universities in the development of AI. Scotland's recently released AI strategy, the exciting development of the National Robotarium and what sectors of the Scottish economy have untapped potential for AI implementation. - It's a discussion not to be missed!
Michael Rovatsos, Director, Bayes Centre; Steph Wright – AI Strategy Lead, The Data Lab; Roy Donaldson, Cisco; and Helen Hastie, National Robotarium, Heriot Watt University
Watch the event recording.
Thursday 29th April 2021 | Webinar ( Available online)
This panel discussion will explore the feasibility of open finance and innovation offering greater financial inclusion to those who currently face barriers – and the ethical issues of doing so. Part of the #DDIdiscussions series.
Varun Paul, Senior Manager, Fintech Hub, Bank of England
Sorcha Lorimer, Interim Chief Privacy & Risk Officer, Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence
Tynah Matembe, Co-Founder & CEO - MoneyMatiX
To watch the event click here.
Due to technical difficulties the start of the event was not recorded.
Wednesday 24th March 2021 | Online Event
Our #DDIdiscussions on the 24th of March 2021. Twelve months on from the UK’s first national lockdown in spring 2020, we discuss the lessons learned and how far the pandemic has helped the sharing of data for public health benefit with Jason Leitch, Nick Mills, and Devi Sridhar.
David Lee (Chair)
Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director for Scotland, Scottish Government
Professor Nick Mills, Director, DataLoch at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
Professor Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
Watch the event recording here.
Wednesday July 1st 2020 | Webinar (available now)
The role of data and data innovation in the recovery from Covid-19
Paul Lawrence, Director of Place, City of Edinburgh Council
John Godfrey, Corporate Affairs Director, Legal & General
Andrea Wilson, UoE researcher and project lead for ‘Data-driven now-casting & forecasting of healthcare resource requirements associated with Covid-19’
Alessandro Rosiello, UoE researcher and project lead for ‘Impact of Covid-19 on high-growth businesses in Edinburgh City Region and beyond’
Thursday 23rd July 2020 | Podcast
Alex Pentland, MIT professor and author of Social Physics
Why it’s time for local communities to take back control of their data
Thursday 6th August 2020 | Podcast
Albert King, Chief Data Officer for Scotland
Data and better public services: adding value, not just noise
Listen here. Read our article ‘Mobilising public data in the Covid-19 fight’ with Albert here.
Thursday 20th August 2020 | Podcast
Jamie Bartlett, author of The People Vs Tech
Why the march of technology threatens democracy, US presidential elections 2016 and 2020
Listen here. Read our article ‘Data and Democracy’ with Jamie here.
Thursday 27th August 2020 | Webinar (Available now)
DDI Webinar: The role of data in global financial innovation
Gbenga Ibikunle, Senior Lecturer in Financial Markets and Director, MSc Finance, Technology and Policy
Raffaella Calabrese, Edinburgh Futures Institute & University of Edinburgh Business School
Nicola Anderson, Strategic Development Director at FinTech Scotland.
Gavin Littlejohn, Chair FDATA Global
Chaired by ; David Lee
To watch the recording of the webinar: Click here
Thursday 10th September 2020 | Podcast
Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair of Data Ethics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Futures Institute
Fusing technology and ethics – to shape a future worth wanting
Thursday 24th September 2020 | Podcast
Rainer Kattel, Deputy Director, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose
East is east and west is west: what can we learn from different data approaches to Covid-19?
From the ‘free-tech’ approach of Silicon Valley to strong state control in China, what have the very different approaches to data and Covid-19 taught us? And should the west be more open-minded to the response from the far east, which led to far lower death rates?
Final Presentation Events
Our latest iteration of Students as Change Agents has 115 students across 16 groups working on 5 different challenges. Students are participating from all 3 Colleges, and 23 different Schools or Deaneries with a level of study range from Access students through to 4th year PhD. This particular 10 week programme has included bringing traditional distance learners together with those in Edinburgh as well as students who have returned home to study.
Wednesday 7 April 2021
What can housing associations do to prevent fuel poverty?
Challenge Partner: Link Group
Wednesday 7 April 2021, 12pm - 1.30pm
How can we present a global index on child welfare, using existing data so that governments take action?
Challenge Partner: Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children
Wednesday 7 April 2021, 2pm - 5pm
Thursday 8 April 2021
How can we tackle overconsumption in fashion?
Challenge Partner: Pivot Earth
Thursday 8 April 2021, 2pm - 3.30pm
Friday 9 April 2021
How can the music industry in a post-Covid Scotland create jobs and economic growth?
Challenge Partner: Scottish Music Industry Association Friday 9 April 2021, 12pm - 1.30pm
How can we build a fair and welcoming Scotland for refugees and asylum seekers?
Challenge Partner: Scottish Refugee Council Friday 9 April 2pm - 3.30pm