Big data is big. In fact it’s huge. Alone, it’s forecast to be responsible for up to £216bn for the UK economy*. And could be responsible for 58,000 jobs by next year. That’s pretty massive. While the economic benefits are clear, so are the advantages that individual businesses and organisations can reap when harnessing the power of their data properly. So it’s important to make sure that we, as a country, are nurturing, developing and then keeping hold of our bright, new data talent.

We, as a country, need to nurture, develop and keep hold of our bright, new data talent. That's why we're right behind Data Talent Scotland, a brand-new event where academia and business collide.

That’s why Barrachd is delighted to be supporting Data Talent Scotland, a brand new collider event that aims to build vital bridges between industry and talent, supporting the creation of a stronger Data Science community in Scotland.

At Barrachd we’re well-versed in preaching the dangers of keeping data in silos, but just as harmful is the barrier between fresh, academic talent and industry. Data Talent Scotland 2016 will connect new data talent and education with commercial industry; bringing together 150 postgraduate data science students and 200 data enthusiasts, 11 universities and 50 businesses from across the country.

As the insight economy continues to show the advantages it offers, this vital source of new data talent will become ever more in demand. As well as tapping into a wealth of new digitally-native talent, events like this will ensure that academia can draw its learnings from industry and stay tuned to the needs of business.

The event – launched by Data Lab Scotland, MBN and WeAreTheFuture – will take place on Wednesday 16th March at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh. Come and have a chat.

We look forward to seeing you there!



Check out for more information on the event

*Research published by Centre for Economics and Business Research (for the period between 2012 and 2017).

Posted in Barrachd, Big data, Education On February 1, 2016 By