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Wednesday 13th September saw MBN Solutions and The Data Lab host a landmark event at Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh. Dynamic by name the venue hosted over 200 delegates who were dynamic by nature. The day saw a deep focus on the requirements for the next generation of data scientists…  the new data elite or as they have come to be known, Data Scientists 2.0.

With excellent presentations, panel sessions and workshops throughout the day, the event was also used to celebrate the quality of the MSc data scientists placed with Scottish businesses on behalf of The Data Lab by MBN. An activity to be repeated again this year with even more funded places available from The Data Lab, the event served a useful purpose providing insight and guidance on how industry made the best of the skills on offer.

Michael Young, CEO of MBN Solutions stated “It was another great event that connected and facilitated discussions between industry, academia and the public sector. The real value for many was to hear success stories from last year’s placements and to hear about the opportunities to take a placement student this year.”

These were brought to life by The Data Lab Project Award finalists, the students themselves, during their presentations. The awards recognised some of the best talent emerging from The Data Lab MSC programme. These included a project which used patient data to determine pre-emptive treatment opportunities and a CO2 mapping activity to find the best bus routes for low emissions in Edinburgh and Glasgow.

Robin Huggins, Head of Business Development at MBN commented “It was a real honour to be involved in the placement programme and we are pleased to be facilitating this process again this year. Given the quality of the MSc students I worked with previously, we expect demand to be even higher this year and we have already had preliminary approaches from industry seeking to gain access to the funded placements”

With a world class group of speakers including representation from Glasgow City Council, Channel 4, NCR, Sainsbury’s Bank, wallet.services, Thorntons LLP and Morgan Stanley the day provided a broad perspective on what industry wants, and what the Data Scientist 2.0 can offer.

Paul Forrest, chair of MBN said “Another great event with some of the country’s best speakers covering subject matter greatly in demand, it was great to hear from delegates and speakers alike but the highlight for me was listening to the next generation of employment ready data scientists explaining how they feel they can make a true difference, commercially, culturally and socially”.

View highlights of the day below.

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