Data Horror Stories


Tuesday 27th October 2020, 18.30-20.30 GMT, online via Zoom.

It’s that time of the year again, so we’ve teamed up with PyData Mcr and HER+Data MCR to bring you another night of DATA HORROR STORIES!!

Do you have a tale of bad stats, strange correlations, malicious intent or plain stupidity?

Toy Story 2’s production famously hit a snag, and lost a couple of months worth of work, due to an accidental and erroneous command being executed.

In 1999, the Mars Orbiter Climate spacecraft crashed because engineers used computer software which produced output in non-SI units of pound-force seconds (lbf·s) instead of the SI units of newton-seconds

And in 2003, Manchester City Council received a £7,500,000 budget cut due to an error with the census data, which essentially lost 25,000 people.

Data Horror Stories is a night for sharing YOUR scary data-based tales.

We have a number of five-minute slots available, so if you have a story or cautionary tale that you’d like to share, get in touch!

There’ll also be some quick-fire slots on the night.



HER+Data MCR is a community working to connect, inspire, support and empower the NW UK’s Women in Data! We meet on the 2nd Thursday of each month.

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PyData MCR is the Manchester chapter of the International PyData Community. For Manchester based data people, to share and learn new things. All open data tooling welcome.

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