Edinburgh Data

Conference Overview

On 27 November 2017, the Edinburgh Living Lab along with the Edinburgh Partnership and the City of Edinburgh Council hosted the Developing Innovation through Data conference.

With presentations from the Council, the University of Edinburgh and experts in engaging citizens with data and creating value from public sector data, the morning session of the conference highlighted how

  • The City Deal is shaping Edinburgh’s future through investing in data driven innovation
  • Data and information that are already available are being and could be used to support services
  • Partners across the Localities can make better use of data as well as identifying problems, ideas, and opportunities.

The afternoon session focused on how to identify and develop data innovation projects across the Localities. Participants explored priority challenges in the Localities based on key themes in the Locality Improvement Plans, discussed how data could bring new insights and approaches to addressing the challenges, and began scoping out potential projects.

In the coming weeks, the conference partners will be assessing which project ideas will be progressed and preparing a plan to develop and deliver these initiatives to provide real solutions to improve services and deliver on Locality Improvement Plan priorities.


Conference Sessions
9:00 Registration and coffee
9:30 Opening — Councillor McVey
University of Edinburgh — Charlie Jeffery
9:45 Localities — Nick Croft
10:00 Data-driven Innovation and the Bayes Institute — Jon Oberlander
Data-driven Innovation and the Edinburgh Futures Institute — Douglas Graham
10:20 Coffee break
10:35 Engaging citizens with data that belongs to them — Aude Charillon
11:05 Edinburgh Living Lab: Data and Innovation in the Public Sector — Ritchie Somerville, James Stewart & Ewan Klein
11:30 Improving outcomes for adults in Edinburgh — Edith Wellwood & Phillip Brown
11:45 Introduction to Edinburgh Living Lab pilot projects — Sally Kerr & Catherine Magill
12:00 Lunch
12:45 Partnership working — Andrew Kerr
Interactive Sesssions
13:00 Afternoon overview and goals — Cat Magill
Problem definition and data discovery
14:30 Coffee break
15:30 Where do we go from here?
15:50 Closing — Nick Croft