DATA:Scotland’s Scottish Summer
DATA:Scotland’s Scottish Summer is a 2-week virtual festival in May of Scottish data speakers, sharing their experience and knowledge with the global data community (right about when we see our best weather!)
Each new sunny* day brought new sessions released on our YouTube channel about all things data, and more.
Hosted at Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre, our 2019 event saw over 450 registrations with attendees from more than 200 companies across Scotland and the UK join us in Glasgow for a full day of talks discussing data technologies, techniques, and lessons learned. With 30 sessions catering for all data roles from introductory talks to deep-dives and exec level overviews, DATA:Scotland brings the wider data community together to meet, learn, and share.
In 2019 we introduced our Newcomer speaker programme, giving 4 new speakers the platform and support to share their knowledge. We also introduced Fringe events to give smaller groups of attendees access to a full days training on specific topics at no cost.
Graduating from an afternoon of sessions to a full community conference, SQLGLA 2018 saw attendance more than triple, with the choice of speakers and sessions jump to 24 giving people a wide array of topics to learn about and discuss. We
The first iteration of DATA:Scotland started out small, in Glasgow’s Tontine building with just four speakers coming to Glasgow from across Europe to share their experience and knowledge with attendees. Limited by venue capacity, demand for this type of event and a place for people to come together and talk data was overwhelming.