Data Conference to Help Devon’s Businesses Achieve their Potential

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Thursday, 10 October 2019
Exeter Science Park

Devon’s businesses are getting the chance to learn how to transform their organisation through data thanks to a free conference taking place in Exeter next month.

The Exeter Analytics Network, a group of industry leaders on the use of data within organisations, are hosting their first ever conference for businesses and those who want to learn how to use their data better or develop skills in data analytics.

The interactive conference takes place on Thursday 10th October 2019 at the Environmental Futures & Big Data Impact Lab at Exeter Science Park and those interested in attending should register their interest on the Eventbrite page.

The Exeter Analytics Network is made up of organisations in the city that harness data in work and understand the ways in which it can transform processes, performance and productivity in a range of environments. The group includes experts from the University of Exeter, Exeter College, Oxygen House, The Met Office, Digital Skills Partnership and the Exeter Institute for Science and Technology.

Kicking off with an optional networking lunch at 12.00pm, the conference will then officially start at 13.00pm as experts from the Analytics Network share tips and trends around embedding data analysis in an organisation; learning about data already available that isn’t being used to its full potential and how to upskill staff to become data-savvy professionals.

Kathryn White, Innovation Manager at the Big Data Impact Lab, will be talking at the conference on ways that businesses can get the skills they need to thrive in a data-driven world.

“Businesses are increasingly recognising the power of data in the modern world and realising that without their own data analytics capability they risk being left behind,” said Kathryn.

“The Impact Lab is one of a number of groups working to help companies in Devon unlock the potential of their data and this event will help people to understand what they can do with their data and where to access support to develop data skills in their businesses.”

The keynote speaker at the conference will be Director of Oxygen House and Founder of Exeter City Futures Glenn Woodcock and attendees will not only learn how to collect and gather meaningful data, they’ll also learn how to interpret and act on the information found.

Stephen Mariadas is one of the driving forces behind the event and is especially well-placed to provide insight on data in the workplace in his role as the Chief Executive Officer of the SW Institute of Technology, where he’s helping shape some of the fresh talent in the data sector.

Stephen, who will be talking at the conference about the positive impact that higher-level Data Apprenticeships can make, is looking forward to introducing people to ways they can get the skills they need.

Stephen said, “The potential is there for any business or organisation to develop by learning some simple data analysis techniques.

“We will be exploring the very latest trends as well as showing how data skills can be embedded in an organisation through the training and skill development of existing staff.”

Exeter College are funding the event and their Vice Principal of Schools, Partnerships & Curriculum Rob Bosworth said, “We’re thrilled to be helping bring together data experts for the common good of Devon’s business community.

“It’s an exciting time to engage in data analytics and this conference will provide the toolkits needed for businesses to integrate analytics into their organisation and grow the skills ecosystem.”

Registration for tickets is open now and anyone interested in the subject, from business leaders to those interested in learning some data skills, are welcome to attend.