STUDENT VOICE Student Voice SPRING SUMMER 2017 - Page 10

New Campus Data changes everything Ayrshire College held its first ever digital conference, Data Changes Everything, which was an official fringe event of DataFest17. DataFest17, organised by The Data Lab, was a celebration of innovation showcasing Scotland’s data science capabilities and attracting international experts in data science to Scotland. The conference was organised to help realise the potential of digital in Ayrshire. Central to this are our students who are Ayrshire's future talent. The conference was an opportunity for them to network with local employers, building a digital community in Ayrshire and raising their aspirations towards an exciting digital career. Currently 13,000 new jobs in Scotland require digital skills indicating is a high demand for talented data people. The conference presented a range of perspectives on data innovation and best practice. Digital is disrupting how we do business and, to be sustainable and innovative in this information age, we all need to embrace the changes arising from developments in digital technology. This conference was a timely opportunity to consider how to ensure these changes convert into opportunities. Leading data experts from health, tourism, engineering, retail and computing gave presentations to 150 delegates. This was followed by a digital “ We are at the beginning of the data revolution. ” GILLIAN DOCHERTY - CHIEF EXECUTIVE, THE DATA LAB Gillian Docherty, The Data Lab Thank you to the following who helped support Ayrshire Bytes: 10 THE STUDENT VOICE SPRING/SUMMER 2017