Diversity in data under spotlight for Scotsman-DDI conference

Book now for our conference Data for Diversity, 29 September 2022, South Hall Complex, The University of Edinburgh

The Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative will team up with the Scotsman newspaper on 29 September to deliver Data for Diversity, a free-to-attend event that will bring together experts from a range of fields to discuss data’s role in promoting equality, diversity and inclusivity.

Our diverse range of speakers will reflect what innovation in data is already doing – and what more it can do – to deliver better social, economic and environmental outcomes for everyone.

Leading commentators Renata Ávila and Nakeema Stefflbauer are confirmed as keynotes, with more speakers to be announced soon.

Dr. Nakeema Stefflbauer is a digital product executive with expertise in B2B and B2C software delivery in the United States and Europe. Her expertise in early-stage digital product ideation and development is paired with a focus on algorithmic equity and fairness. Dr. Stefflbauer is founder and CEO of the FrauenLoop organization in Berlin, which trains refugee, immigrant, and resident women in computer programming skills. She is also an Atomico angel investor who advises and invests in startups building ethical, sustainable tech solutions.

Renata Ávila is CEO of the Open Knowledge Foundation and international Human Rights lawyer and digital rights advocate. Throughout her career, Renata has built a global networks advancing a decolonial, peoples-centric approach to open technologies and knowledge, as tools to advance rights and create stronger communities.

Jarmo Eskelinen, DDI’s Executive Director, said: “I am delighted that Renata and Nakeema will be leading our programme for this year’s conference. Having explored themes such as ethics and partnership working in previous years, we felt it was high time to address the very important issues of equality, diversity and inclusivity in data. There are different dimensions to this that we aim to address; DDI as a tool to improve diversity and the extent to which tech, digital and data as growing industrial sectors need to improve diversity within their workplaces. We hope to explore these issues and more on 29 September.”


Alongside keynote talks, the conference will include expert panel discussions and video highlights of projects supported by the DDI initiative.

Join us as we discuss Data for Diversity on 29 September 2022.


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