FS Fives: Monday, July 18

Welcome to the latest FS Fives – FutureScot’s lunchtime round-up of Scottish digital news.

First up, a former detective who played a key role in the failed £60m Police Scotland computer project now works in IT for the Scottish Government, the Sunday Herald reported. Alec Hippman, who was responsible for briefing MSPs about the troubled i6 scheme, landed a role in the administration in January after leaving the single force. I6, which was intended to replace dozens of legacy force systems, should have been rolled out last year but was delayed after faults were found.

Looming disaster for Edinburgh tech industry?

Next, a warning of ‘disaster’ for Edinburgh’s tech start-up scene as a consequence of Brexit. Colin Adams, director of commercialisation at the university’s School of Informatics, says that “uncertainty is beginning to put off researchers from applying for European grants for collaborative projects“. A report in The Sunday Times says that Edinburgh’s future as the UK’s largest hub for tech start-ups outside London has been thrown into question by the likely withdrawal of millions of pounds of EU research and innovation funds.

App to help reduce stress

The Glasgow Children’s Hospital Charity has released an app to help users deal with the stress of attending a health appointment – which includes an animated baboon squeezing a lemon. The app, which comes with more than 35 activities to reduce stress, was created by Janie Donnan, a clinical psychologist and programme director for paediatric psychology at NHS Education for Scotland. “There is really good evidence that these strategies help children and young people cope with hospital based anxiety,” said Donnan.

Scottish crowd-sourced start-up list

Inspired by the Israeli crowd-sourced startup list created by Eden Shochat, a similar Google spreadsheet-based effort in Scotland  has been building gradually – and in recent days the Scottish Tech Map received a boost through Hacker News.

And finally…Pokémon Go. A tweet from St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral in Glasgow: “We are a PokéStop and a Pokémon gym. Please bear with us whilst we work out what that means.” And from 7×7.com, the coming Pokémon apocalypse.

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