Nov 07 2019


5:45 pm - 7:15 pm

Small Talk with Joshua Ryan-Saha

About this Event


5.45pm Arrival & Drinks

6:15pm Talk Starts

7:15pm Estimated Finish Time

Joshua has worked with organisations such as The Data Lab and Nesta, and is currently based at the University of Edinburgh where he leads on the application of data-driven innovation for the tourism, travel and festival sectors as part of the Edinburgh & South East Scotland City Region Deal. He is interested in the application of data science and machine learning in the travel industry and cultural sector, and has designed and delivered impactful innovation programmes and prizes across the world.

Amongst Joshua’s many achievements, he has established the historic Longitude Prize, launched by David Cameron in 2013 and has led the design of 9 multi-million-euro incentive prizes in assistive technology, robotics, blockchain and smart home technologies. Joshua also conceived, designed and delivered the Edinburgh Tourism Innovation Challenge Hackathon, and has helped over 100 data students gain employment in Scotland through The Data Lab MSc placement programme.

We now live in an era where data has superseded oil as the world’s most valuable asset. In this digital era, data is becoming increasingly important in economic growth, social change, and public services. Our ability to capture flows of data and understand what they tell us is bringing better and faster capability to identify trends and behaviour across many sectors, leading to improved services for consumers and citizens alike.

Whether you’re in the private, public or third sector, this will be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the burgeoning potential of data.