FS Fives: Wednesday, August 31

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

First up, a Scottish technology mission to Germany is in its final planning stage and set for this October, says Nick Freer, in a piece for The Scotsman marking the retirement of Dr Colin Adams, director of commercialisation at Edinburgh University’s School of Informatics. Adams helped create over 70 start-up companies, attracted considerable funding from Scottish Enterprise to create bodies like Informatics Ventures, build and extend the hugely impressive Informatics Forum itself and, perhaps most importantly, developed stronger links between academia and industry that have led to game-changing collaborations for Scottish tech.

Dundee developer’s ScottishPower deal

Next, Dundee-based developer Waracle has secured a seven-figure deal with ScottishPower to develop a range of new mobile and online services for its millions of customers. The deal with the Spanish-owned group is expected to create around 10 new jobs. Waracle is already Scotland’s largest mobile and IoT specialist with a number of high-profile clients on its books including ScotRail, NHS Scotland, Jones Lang LaSalle, Imperial College London and the Edrington Group. The deal will also see ScottishPower build upon the opportunities presented by smart metering.

The importance of digital skills

The digital team at SCVO has the privilege of spending time with organisations from across the third sector doing amazing work, says Beth Murphy, project manager of One Digital. “For lots of these organisations digital is an enabler – tools and technologies can help to communicate with clients, increase donations and deliver services in new and innovative ways. The project has been delivering across Scotland during 2016 and we have been collecting the stories of many of these organisations. They show the real benefits that digital can bring, and why it is so important for the sector to develop digital skills.”

Design competition to tackle homelessness

An international design competition to tackle homelessness is being launched in Dundee. The UK’s first designated UNESCO City of Design is looking for designers to help improve the lives of those who deal with homelessness on a daily basis, and consider how digital technology can be used to prevent homelessness. Entrants are invited to imagine a digital communication system that can reconnect homeless people with everyday life – with friends and family, with each other, with potential sources of help – food, financial, emotional and practical support.
And finally…Apple’s fight with the European Commission, Part Two: why Ireland doesn’t want its $14.bn.


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