Data Talks Conference

24th November 2021

If you are a Chief Data Officer, Head of Data, Analytics or Data Science or a data leader then the DataTalks Conference is for you. Inspirational and challenging content of this type, delivered in this way is not available elsewhere. The DataTalks will be passionate and engaging on the leading edge of data.

08:30 - 09:00

Registration, Pastries & Coffee

09:00 - 09:10


09:10 - 09:40

It’s Not Dumbing Down: Reflections on a life communicating big ideas

Opening Keynote with Prof. Jim Al-Khalili OBE

09:40 - 10:00

We Inherit the Past – We create the Future: The Training of the Future – Adapt-Innovate-Overcome

Paul will take you through how current fire investigation training methods have minor flaws,  easily removed by adopting virtual reality, giving an experiential learning experience aiding cognitive development.

Quality, repeatable training that’s engaging, fun, and enjoyable is this the training of the Future!


10:00 - 10:20

Hidden Value of Data: Leave the box behind

Some of the questions we are always being asked are ‘What value will this piece of work bring to the business?’ Why should we invest in these projects? How do we quantify the value?

These questions are notoriously difficult to answer, while we are answering these questions we can look to multiply the value of any given data set by looking for additional uses and values.


10:20 - 11:00

Morning Break

11:00 - 11:20

The answer’s in the data. Simple

Leonardo de Vinci said ‘Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication’ so why are we so focused on the complex and showy side of data? Lets chat about the beauty of simplicity

11:20 - 11:50

Panel Debate: Morning Roundup

11:50 - 12:10

Hello Halo Data

As data professionals we have all worked with metadata and understand its importance and value. The first definition of ‘meta data’ for computer systems came out of MIT in 1967, since then the world of data and metadata has evolved and exploded. It’s time for a new definition and understanding that goes beyond a definition that is over 50 years old. Hello to Halo data.


12:10 - 12:30

I don't know much about data

For an alternative perspective, hear from one of the UK’s leading CIO’s about how much he doesn’t know about data, but wants to.


12:30 - 13:40


13:40 - 14:00

Delivering Data

How many times have you heard “Data engineering are the bottleneck”?! Let’s bust this myth and take a look at the data engineering supply chain, and how we can best employ and structure our org to support our data engineers and analysts to deliver better and timely business outcomes though data.


14:00 - 14:30

Panel Debate: Lunchtime Roundup

14:30 - 14:50

Why we need to think differently about data sharing

Often the debate around sharing data is one-directional, from the public sector to the private sector. But many private companies have data that could benefit public policy. Lisa will talk through the data spectrum and the benefits to the economy, society, and the environment of greater data sharing in all directions.


14:50 - 15:30

Afternoon Break

15:30 - 15:50

F*%K Ups and War Stories

You might be new or prospective data leader. You may be a seasoned campaigner like Pete. But we all make mistakes and we can all learn from each other. Pete will be sharing some of the lessons he’s learned by making mistakes – and by doing so, maybe you can avoid the same traps yourselves. Pete is hoping to spark a conversation amongst the delegates on the power of failure.


15:50 - 16:10

Why we need a Data Governance 4.0

Data has gone through several epoch over the 3rd Industrial Revolution, and it set to again change radically as we move into the 4th. While this has fundamentally altered the nature of Data Architecture & Platforms, the way we think about governing our data seems to have remained the same. This has to change


16:10 - 16:40

Panel Debate: Afternoon Roundup

16:40 - 17:00

Closing Address

17:00 - 18:30

Drinks & Networking