Scotland Data Science & Technology MeetUp

This is a group for anyone interested in Data Science, Big Data, Analytics and Technology trends. We started this group to build a community to discuss general insights into the market and share personal experiences of working and operating in this area. We hope to cover skills shortages, technological advancements and organisational implications in Data Science and Technology during our series of meetups. All skill levels are welcome.

  • We have a new venue - The University of Edinburgh- F.21 (7 George Square)

    Presentation 1: ‘Communication is King!’

    Merkle's David Thomas and Andreas Liljeberg discuss how companies can get better at talking to their customers by actually getting to know them first, and then communicating with them in a way that recognises their preferences and previous behaviour.

    In this presentation, David and Andreas discuss the limitations of the one-size-fits-all attitude to communication and what approaches are open to businesses as they seek to improve customer engagement. Whilst perfection is unobtainable, continuous improvement can reap significant benefits through successfully reaching and engaging with more customers to create the best possible interactions and grow lasting relationships.

    About Merkle:
    Merkle ( is a global data-driven, technology-enabled performance marketing agency, helping our clie...

  • Come along to hear two great speakers giving updates on their work.

    6.30pm - Beer and Pizza

    7pm - Graeme Gordon, CEO of IFB and Vice Chair of Opportunity North East (ONE)’s Digital and Entrepreneurship programme, will explain what ONE-DE's plans and ambitions are, and how those will dovetail with, and support, the Aberdeen data community.

    7.45pm Dr. Eyad Elyan of RGU will present on "Learning from Data: A case study on analysing engineering drawings." Expect to hear a fascinating application of Machine Learning and AI, using Computer Vision to solve an industry problem.

    Many thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab for their support and sponsoring this meet-up.

  • Presentation 1 -‎ Peak - Do Great Things With Data‎ -

    Tom Liptrot - Head of Data Science at Peak -

    Using the ‘Perfect Prediction’ approach to problem formulation in Data Science

    What would you do differently if you could perfectly predict the future? What's the key bit of information that would help you, if only you could foresee it? This talk will reveal how answering these questions can help design a data science strategy in business.

    Systematic problem formulation is an often-overlooked element of Data Science. Many data-driven analyses provide interesting insights without giving an obvious way to exploit them. At Peak, we are often approached by businesses who are overwhelmed with data, but don't know what to do with it. Here, Tom will explain how considering what you would do if you had flawless foresight can provide a framework for solving real-world business problems using data science.

    Presentation 2 - TBC

  • July's data meetup will be dedicated to highlighting the great work going on in data in Aberdeen.

    Whether you are a data scientist, a researcher, or working with kids in the local community to understand and use data, come along, share your passion and listen to others.

    If you want to grab a slot please email ian[at]codethecity[dot]co[dot]uk.

    18:30 pizza and beer.

    7pm - Autonomous Learning.
    Pascal Chinedu will speak about his project which seeks to develop a learning algorithm that would allow an intelligent agent exhibit a high degree autonomy by interacting with it's environment. This integrates ideas from reinforcement learning; developmental psychology and supervised learning such as ANN.

    7.20pm - free slot

    7.45pm. Open Data Community - update.

    Thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab Scotland for sponsoring this event.

  • This month we have two great presentations: one on what is happening with Open Data in Manchester, and the other on a Civtech-winning programme of Citizen Data Science.

    Come along to hear more, network with other local data practitioners and have some fun.

    18:30 pizza and beer.

    7pm - Open Data Manchester - Jamie Whyte

    7.45pm. Citizen Data Science - Matthew Davis of Wittin.

    Thanks to MBN Solutions and Data Lab Scotland for sponsoring this event.