Making connections at DataFest18
28th March 2018
As part of the DataFest18 Fringe programme, the Cancer Innovation Challenge held a networking event in Edinburgh a week ago today on Wednesday 21 March. Titled Realising your data-driven healthcare innovation in Scotland, it was an opportunity for entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs interested in innovating with data in the healthcare space to meet various organisations that can help and support their journey.
Minister Paul Wheelhouse MSP with the three Innovation Centres collaborating for the Cancer Innovation Challenge - Steph Wright & Dave Fitch (The Data Lab), Janette Hughes (DHI Scotland), Marian McNeil (Stratified Medicine Scotland)
Kicking off with inspiring words from the Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse MSP, the afternoon then continued with quickfire 5 minute presentations from Robert Martin (Innovate UK), Bruce Ainsley (Scottish Enterprise), Andrew Fowlie (NHS/Scottish Government), Dr Tammy Watchorn (NSS), Dr Barbara Blaney (MediCity Scotland), Sheena MacCormick (SHIL) and Dr Steve Ewing (Informatics Ventures) giving quick overviews of support available from their respective organisations.
(Clockwise from Top Left) - Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Robert Martin (Innovate UK), Bruce Ainsley (Scottish Enterprise), Andrew Fowlie (NHS/Scottish Government), Dr Tammy Watchorn (NSS), Dr Barbara Blaney (MediCity Scotland), Sheena MacCormick (SHIL) and Dr Steve Ewing (Informatics Ventures)
Then it was networking time! In addition to the speakers, we also had representatives from DHI Scotland, Stratified Medicine Scotland, The Data Lab, CodeBase, Edinburgh BioQuarter and Product Forge present.
As the theme for DataFest18 was #DataWarrior and its aim to celebrate collaboration, we hope that our event went some way to encourage collaboration and help the data warriors of the future!