Apologies for the delay in posting news of the Harnessing Data workshops that were held on Sept 9th and 10th.
There was great attendance on both days with approximately 40 people at each one. Rob Walsh (our Professional Facilitator who did a great job) and I both got the impression that everyone pretty much spoke to everyone else. Feedback from both events indicates that nearly everyone met 2 or more new contacts they would follow up with.
Both days started with me presenting an overview of the competition. On the 9th, this was followed by 3 presentations on challenges in harnessing data in different sectors: health, transport and financial services. These were followed by group discussions on how the challenges across sectors compare and contrast. After lunch, each attendee had 3 mins to tell us all about their ideas and perspectives with respect to harnessing data. This was soon followed by lots of 121 discussions.
On the 10th, the competition overview was followed by 3 presentations on how some organisations are harnessing data in different sectors before some group discussions about where the biggest breakthroughs might come from in this area. Like the day before, after lunch, each attendee had 3 mins to tell us all about their ideas and perspectives with respect to harnessing data and this was soon followed by lots of 121 discussions.
I'll go into more detail on the workshops in a later post. I've posted 4 of the main speaker presentations in the document library of the Harnessing large and diverse sources of data group ktn.innovateuk.org/web/harnessing-large-and-diverse-sources-of-data.
I couldn't attend yesterday's optional briefing day but I hear there was a lot of interest in the competition there. There are also lots of people wanting to find partners for projects. My aim is to make the Harnessing large and diverse sources of data group on _connect a place for people to find partners for the competition (or for similar opportunities).