FS Fives: Thursday, August 11

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

First up, the last letter written by Mary Queen of Scots could help revolutionise the way we store data. As reported in a previous FS Fives, Microsoft is exploring how strands of DNA could be used to meet the rapidly growing demand for archiving digital information.  Now the historic letter, written to the Queen’s former brother-in-law King Henri III of France before her execution at Fotheringhay Castle 1587, is to be used by the National Library of Scotland and Edinburgh University scientists as research material for the development of a rival DNA-based system for storing data.

Corporate caterer’s rapid growth

Next, cloud-based software from Edinburgh-based Spoonfed has helped sandwich chain Social Bite grow its corporate catering division to £70,000 per month from just £7,000 in 2014. The social enterprise delivers food to companies in the central belt including PwC, Pinsent Masons, Burness Paull, JP Morgan and Deloitte, but also to Aberdeen where it counts Wood Group as a client. Spoonfed‘s system provides Social Bite customers with an option to ‘suspend’ coffee or sandwiches, meaning companies placing orders can reserve items to give back to homeless people.

BiP Solutions buy Ingenium

Glasgow-headquartered supply chain services company BiP Solutions has bought Stockport-based Ingenium, a digital marketing and database firm which has created a database of more than 250,000 public sector and enterprise contacts to help firms market products and services. Ingenium provides content creation, lead generation, online events, surveys and other services to clients including BT, KPMG, IBM and Apple.

‘Kind of like the nerd Olympics’

Ok, it’s not exactly the Olympics – but apparently there is a world championship that tests competitors’ skills in Word, Excel and PowerPoint. “It’s kind of like the nerd Olympics. It’s very intellectual. But the same emotions that the Olympic athletes go through – anticipation, sizing up the competition – are there.” Meanwhile, at the actual Olympics the LED lights that BMW uses in its cars are helping the USA to win gold.

And finally…take one squirrel, add a GoPro and this is what you get.