Our discovery workshop

A completely free collaborative workshop for you

A Discovery Workshop is the first step in the process of engaging with the National Innovation Centre for Data and allows our team and yours to better understand each other's expertise and interests. The workshops tend to focus on business and technical issues relating to data, but can also encompass cloud computing, cyber security, IoT, and more. They can address broad topics, such as potential business impact, through to specific technical questions, such as architecture reviews. Each session is guided by your team, and facilitated by ours.

You will benefit from discussing specific proprietary issues with our team of data science experts - who have extensive experience of developing these technologies, and advising on their application - and you will also have access to Newcastle University's substantial research base. In the workshop, we will endeavour to set measurable objectives based upon the SMART objectives framework. At the end of the workshop, next steps are outlined, including the scope of any potential collaborative projects.

We recommend that 3 to 6 members of your team attend the Discovery Workshop. The workshop will give you an overview of what the National Innovation Centre for Data can offer and will also enable us to understand more about your business problems and associated data.

A typical agenda might be:

  • A high-level overview of your business.
  • A high-level overview of the National Innovation Centre for Data and the services we offer.
  • A presentation of one or more problems your business currently faces and an open discussion about what you've done thus far to address the problems and what we've used previously (in terms of tools and techniques) when presented with similar issues.
  • Analysis of the issues surrounding the business question.
  • Review of your business's datasets to determine high-level feasibility of project.
  • Review of current business architecture and technologies.
  • Specific and general technical advice from our team of data scientists.
  • Development of project scope and next steps.

Interested in booking your own Discovery Workshop? Simply fill in the form below, and we'll be in touch.

These projects will be supported by a range of related activities, including awareness-raising events, themed business and technical seminars and technical training courses. The result of engagement with NICD will be to enable your organisation to increase your productivity by optimising your existing operations, and to grow by launching new data-driven products and services.


To find out more about working with us, get in touch.
We'd love to hear from you.