FS Fives: Tuesday, June 21

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

First up, a social-shopping platform for makeup, driven by user-generated content, a surgical skills simulator and a robot to inspire the next generation of engineers and scientists, are among winners of Scottish EDGE funding. Fund chief executive Evelyn McDonald said: “A Scottish EDGE final is always a day to remember and today was no different.” Gordon Merrylees, Scottish EDGE board member and head of entrepreneurship at Royal Bank of Scotland and Natwest, added: “The Scottish EDGE has had a huge impact on Scotland’s economy, with our alumni having generated an additional £31.80m in turnover, secured £28.36m in additional investment, and created 641 jobs since receiving their Scottish EDGE funding and support. We’re looking forward to continued success as today’s winners join our group of high-achieving alumni.”

Continuing the innovation theme, brain scanning software being developed by Aberdeen University could save the lives of soldiers on the front line. The portable ultrasound scanner is aimed at better detecting injuries such as bleeding on the brain. The team is working on the technology with the Ministry of Defence’s science and technology laboratory (DSTL). The device – much smaller than an MRI scanner – would create a 3D model of the brain on location, allowing swift diagnosis.

One of the challenges for charities in the digital age is the pressure to be responsive and ‘always on’. So how do charities, including those with small teams and budgets, deal with their stakeholders’ queries, comments and complaints? Ross McCulloch, head of communications at Relationships Scotland and director of digital agency Third Sector Lab, advises charities to “go where your customers are”.

DC Thomson’s data centre arm Brightsolid has agreed a partnership with Lanarkshire-based DataVita to offer cloud services to businesses across Scotland. Brightsolid, which opened a £5m data center in Aberdeen last October, said the partnership closes a “digital divide” between the two largest economic areas, with DataVita located in the west central belt and brightsolid located in Aberdeen and Dundee. DataVita is operator of the new £250m Fortis data centre, off the M8 near Eurocentral.

And finally…Twitter co-founder Ev Williams, who also coined the term ‘blogger’, became a billionaire by helping to create the free and open web. Now, he’s betting against it.