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The Data Lab Confirms More Speakers for DataFest 2020

Ross Kelly



A host of new speakers will join astronaut Tim Peake at Data Summit 2020.

The Data Lab has revealed the names of more high-profile speakers for DataFest 2020, which is set to take place across Scotland in March.

In October, astronaut Tim Peake was confirmed as a speaker for Data Summit 2020, the two-day international conference element of the festival.

At the Summit, Peake will be joined by mathematician and broadcaster, Hannah Fry, AI entrepreneur Priya Lakhani and Caroline Criado-Perez, author of Invisible Women.

British statistician David Spiegelhalter, known as ‘Professor Risk’, has also been added to the Data Summit line-up.

Now in its fourth year, DataFest has grown to become the UK’s largest data festival. Last year, it attracted more than 4,000 visitors across the two weeks.

This year’s key theme at DataFest is #BeyondData, which focuses on the impact which data and artificial intelligence (AI) is having on the world. Much of the discussion will focus on the challenges and opportunities that data and AI presents for both business and wider society.

The 2020 festival will also see the return of a range of successful events, including Women in Data Science and Data Talent Scotland, as well as a host of fringe activities and STEM-related events.

The Data Lab also revealed that Erin LeDell, chief machine learning scientist at and Janelle Shane, scientists and writer at, will speak at DataTech. This aspect of the festival provides a forum for delegates to discuss the deep technical elements of data science.


Fraser Macdonald, DataFest deliver director at The Data Lab, commented: “Preparations are ramping up now ahead of next year’s DataFest20 and we are excited to announce a fantastic mix of speakers who will join us during our flagship two-week data festival.

“The latest speakers to be announced will be excellent additions to next year’s line-up, and we are thoroughly looking forward to welcoming them to DataFest and listening to the groundbreaking work they’re undertaking in the fields of artificial intelligence and data science.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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