CivTech are calling on government departments, NDPBs and the third sector to bring their problems, develop them into CivTech 5.0 Challenges and have them addressed by Scotland’s brightest innovators. Covid-19 related issues and other wider problems are encouraged, from focused single-issue questions to the re-engineering of complete areas, such as health, education, transport, justice, environmental, finance or infrastructure. Scotland’s business’s, entrepreneurs and investors have a fantastic opportunity to put forward ideas to solve one or more of the Challenges that will be published in July. CivTech 5.0 will retain all the features that have made the first four CivTech Innovation Flows so successful, including the Exploration and Accelerator stages, and the highly regarded business workshop system. Although much of the work will be delivered remotely, the same dynamic thoroughness, care and attention that have become CivTech’s hallmarks will be retained.

CivTech 5.0 Key Dates for your Diary

10 July – Challenges published, call for responses. 28 July – Deadline for responses to be submitted via Public Contracts Scotland. 11 to 18 August – Up to six shortlisted candidates per challenge interviewed and three selected for the Exploration Stage. 4 to 15 September – Exploration Stage. 18 to 11 September – Final interviews to select one team per challenge for the Accelerator. 16 October to 19 January – Accelerator 12-week programme. 22 to 26 January – Demo Day week (specific event dates to be confirmed).