Left to right are Joshua Ryan-Saha of The Data Lab, Georgia Boyle and Michael Young of MBN
Left to right are Joshua Ryan-Saha of The Data Lab, Georgia Boyle and Michael Young of MBN

Data science community head for Dynamic Earth

MBN, the fast-growing search and recruitment consultancy, is staging a major tomorrow in Edinburgh around the opportunities and challenges facing UK plc, including the Scottish economy, when it comes to how our commercial, public and academic sectors address the increasing need for data science talent.

In partnership with The Data Lab, MBN has lined up industry specialists from Channel 4, Morgan Stanley, Sainsbury’s Bank, NCR, Glasgow Council, Thornton’s and Klozers to address and participate in a data science summit at Dynamic Earth on Wednesday 13th September that will be attended by over 200 people.

‘What is Data Scientist 2.0: Talent Driven Innovation’ will focus on technology, big data and analytics and the increasing role these areas play in driving business growth and success, with a particular focus on how organisations can maximise their chances of attracting and developing data science talent.

Paul Forrest, Chair of MBN, said: “With intense competition for top data talent, effective career paths can play a critical role in an organisation’s ability to achieve its human capital goals. Only with this effective meeting of minds between corporates, academia and data scientists will we really see the en-masse arrival of the Data Scientist 2.0.”

Mark Hunter, Chief Data Officer, Sainsbury’s Bank, said: “This event provides Sainsbury’s Bank with the opportunity to speak directly to some of the best and brightest data science talent in Scotland. It’s vitally important that Scotland continues to drive forward its data credentials and a cornerstone of this is ensuring companies not only harness data science effectively, but also that the industry works together to ensure there’s a consistent pipeline of data scientists available to support ongoing sector growth.”

Joshua Ryan-Saha, Skills Manager, The Data Lab, said: “This event is a great opportunity to show what Data Science students in Scotland are capable when placed with Scottish companies. We are delighted that we will be working with MBN Solutions to help data science students get work placements in Scottish industry for the 2017/18 academic year. We are already seeing success from last year’s cohort, with many students obtaining full-time employment within their host company.”