Public Sector Data Summit 2024

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Holyrood Connect’s annual Public Sector Data Summit will return to Edinburgh on 20 March 2024. 

The use of data in digital technologies within the public sector has skyrocketed in recent years. It is crucial that we understand how to maximise its potential to help us make informed decisions and deliver the best possible outcomes for our customers.  

Through a variety of session formats, including keynote addresses, panel discussions and interactive masterclasses, the event will provide real-life examples of data use within the public sector for you to learn from.  

You will have the opportunity to pose questions to our panels during the Question & Answer portions of the sessions and gain insight into: 

  • How do we get the basics right on data 
  • How do we effectively bring together the use of AI and data 
  • What skills are required to optimise your business intelligence and data maturity 
  • How can data make a positive difference in your community 
  • The importance of data ethics 

Public Sector Data Summit 2024 will also feature an exhibition, providing an opportunity for you to explore relevant solutions for your organisation. 

Holyrood Connect

Holyrood Connect publishes leading Public Sector ICT news in Scotland and hosts renowned Public Sector Tech events & conferences. You can view all of Holyrood Connect’s upcoming events here.

This event is free to attend for those working in the public and third sectors. Limited spaces are available for private sector attendees. If you wish to be added to the waiting list, please email and we will notify you if a place becomes available.

The use of data in digital technologies has skyrocketed in recent years, which can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic. But getting the foundations right is still key. 


So how do you integrate and use data within public sector organisations, and where should you start when constructing a data strategy or doing a data maturity assessment?

This session will have a particular focus on Microsoft Copilot.

Kevin will talk about identifying the risks to data, understanding why they are hard to solve, and how Varonis can help you to secure your organisation’s data.

Join our master class, "AI Readiness in Public sector", designed for IT leaders within local councils.

This 30-minute joint session with Cybit and Qlik will explore how effective data management underpins successful AI adoption and machine intelligence initiatives, focusing on standardisation, automation, validation, and sharing of data.

Discover the direct correlation between robust data management practices and the ability to leverage AI, machine learning, and AutoML technologies. Through real-world examples and compelling narratives, we'll show how a well-managed data estate is critical for enhancing operational efficiency and decision-making in local government.

Artificial intelligence is all around us, but it is still a relatively unfamiliar concept for most. 


This panel discussion will explore the benefits and potential pitfalls of emerging AI technologies in relation to data, and demonstrate how we can utilise these within public sector organisations to overcome barriers and aid decision making. 

The way in which you collect, generate and analyse data can impact people and society. Furthermore, if public sector personal data is used by the private sector, it should be done in a way which delivers public benefit and is in the public interest (such as research and innovation).

This session will delve into the importance of how we share and protect data.

We will hear case studies which demonstrate real-life examples of how data can be used to make a positive difference in communities.

This session will explore the skills required to maximise your organisation’s capacity to work with, consume and make the most of data - enabling you to gather business intelligence and make informed decisions.

Professor Lesley Anderson joined the Aberdeen Centre for Health Data Science in March 2020. She trained at Queen's University Belfast (QUB) graduating with a PhD in cancer epidemiology in 2004. Prior to joining the University of Aberdeen Professor Anderson completed two highly respected fellowships: an Academic Fellowship (funded by the UK Medical Research Council) and a Cancer Prevention Fellowship at the National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Health, Maryland, United States of America. Professor Anderson then joined the Northern Ireland Cancer Registry (NICR) in 2017 as Deputy Director overseeing the production of Official Statistics for Northern Ireland and developing the NICR Research Advisory Group. Professor Lesley Anderson has over 20 years experience in research utilising healthcare data from the United Kingdom, Ireland, USA and Europe. She has established international partnerships within the USA, Europe, Australia, Africa and Asia to facilitate research in the fields of health data science and public health with a focus on cancer research. Professor Lesley Anderson was Academic Lead for the Industrial Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Digital Diagnostics (iCAIRD) for Grampian. She is leading artificial intelligence evaluations at the University of Aberdeen and working to improve health care through Health Data Science research.
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As well as being a politician, Ivan's career has involved a number of senior roles in manufacturing and business; managing companies in the UK as well as Poland, Finland, Croatia and Bosnia.
Chelsea is an advocate and leader with regards to diversity in digital and has been a STEM ambassador since 2012. Chelsea was named as a "Woman of the Future" by Equate Scotland in their "Leading Women of Scotland" publication.

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