The digital revolution is here and if the UK is to become a leader in the digital world, then data skills and know-how have to be at the heart of that mission. In our fast growing digital economy, data is a vital resource for the use and evolution of the machine-learning and advanced analytics that convert digital data into valuable business and social impacts.
While reports such as Nesta’s ‘Skills of the Datavores’ found that data-driven companies are more than 10 percent more productive than ‘dataphobes’. It also highlighted the skills shortage and the inability of these ‘Datavores’ – companies who make heavy use of data for driving business decisions – to recruit. Alongside this skills gap, the work of academics and other public bodies like the Tech Partnership, the Royal Statistical Society (RSS), the Nuield Foundation, the British Academy and the DataLab in Scotland presents incredibly powerful evidence showing a strong link between data, business innovation and productivity.
The continually changing landscape with new technologies and the speed of adoption and shifting political climate, means the UK needs to understand and adapt to compete particularly post BREXIT. Businesses, universities and governments have to work together to craft practical solutions that meet needs now and continue to develop for the future.
This session will explore some of these themes. Speakers from industry and academia will share some of the latest developments and encourage engagement on how we go forward.
Deputy Director, Partnerships and Knowledge Exchange, Data Science Campus, ONS – ‘Bringing Silicon Valley to the public sector’
Prof Roger Whitaker
Dean of Research Physical Sciences and Engineering, Cardiff University – ‘Data Science Academy'
There will be a Q&A session with the speakers following their presentations
Networking – A light buffet, refreshments and an opportunity for networking will be provided after the session.
Booking – Attendance at this event is free, but booking is required. Places will be allocated on a first come basis.