The Scottish Government has announced the return of CivTech Accelerator – this time CivTech 2.0! The programme seeks to harness entrepreneurial tech innovation – typically from start-ups and SMEs – to solve identified public sector challenges, creating better public services and economic development opportunities.
Cabinet Secretary for Finance and the Constitution Derek Mackay announced the winners and their solutions during a visit to CodeBase in Edinburgh:
“Scotland is highly regarded around the world for supporting ambitious businesses to innovate and grow. Following a hugely successful pilot earlier in the year, I am delighted to announce the winning companies who will now work to create innovative solutions to public sector challenges. These range from a smarter booking system for outpatient appointments, to using data to improve global perceptions of Scotland, to combating bird of prey persecution.
“As the first pan-public sector tech Accelerator of its kind, CivTech has already demonstrated its ability to build businesses, create jobs and enhance our international reputation for innovation, while driving improvement in the delivery of public services. I now look forward to seeing this success emulated in CivTech 2.0.”
The winning companies, and the challenges for which they were nominated, are as follows:
Challenge 1: How can we combat raptor persecution? – Rapungi Ltd
Rapungi are a small engineering company developing novel solutions to wildlife tracking. Their solution to the problem of raptor persecution is centred on a robust raptor monitoring system. Sensors indicate when a raptor has died and instantly relays the essential, accurate location details to a central team for further action.
Challenge 2: How can we monitor visitor number to historic sites? – Replicade
Replicade is an asset management technology company that delivers optimal solutions, primarily within the aerospace and automotive industries. Their solution involves producing a low-power, all-weather asynchronous data-logging device with network connectivity to an enterprise-level infrastructure.
Challenge 3: How can we better use and understand citizen data? – Oxido
Oxido is a new business specifically set up to answer this Challenge. Based in Glasgow, Oxido is focused on delivering user-centred change and outcomes to clients, with a focus on the public sector and developing digital skills. Their solution proposed to deliver a user-centric web platform focused on three core capabilities – explore, compare and interact. The solution will simplify access to, and engage with, official statistics, and facilitate the creation of user contributions to the data sets contained in the solution.
Challenge 4: How can we create a smarter booking system for outpatient appointments? – Gloam
Gloam is another new Scottish company formed as a result of its successful approach to the CivTech and NHS Scotland Challenge. Their solution centres on a flexible, online booking system for outpatients. It aims to reduce time lost from patients failing to attend their appointments and explore alternative pathways to ensure patient needs are met by the right person at the right time in the right place.
Challenge 5: How can we use technology to provide better access to public services through mygov.scot? – Wallscope and Bemo
Wallscope’s solution proposes a Linked Data store specifically aimed at mygov.scot and associated stakeholders. This will provide an extendible eco-system based on internal and external content references. Annotation and auto-tagging tools will be embedded within a platform which will provide intelligent assistive technologies for content curators, enabling engagement and collaboration between organisations and their service users.
Bemo’s solution is centred on a Virtual Citizen Assistant (VCA), which will be embedded on mygov.scot and use conversational search to clarify a citizen’s enquiry. The VCA will identify three contextual cues – the stage the user is at currently, the user’s emotional state and the topic the user is concerned about – to rapidly deliver the kind of results and information that the user requires.
Challenge 6: How can we harness the power of data to create the most positive perception of Scotland across the world? – DeepMiner
DeepMiner is a newly formed joint venture between two companies working in data science and analytics in Scotland, Legible Data and Data Insights Highland. Their solution uses state-of-the-art data science to decrease the time and effort required to find stories relating to Scotland, predict direct investment opportunities, match Scotland’s capabilities to potential investors, and develop sales propositions.
Challenge 7: How can we better understand our data to improve all aspects of services? – Dogfi.sh Mobile and Wittin
Stirling-based Dogfi.sh Mobile is an enterprise mobility specialist that provides enterprise level scalable mobile solutions and strategies for their clients. Wittin is a new business aiming to create highly engaging technology to enhance a user’s interaction with data, regardless of background or geography.
Dogfi.sh’s solution will provide a single and continuously evolving view of customer needs, and will help the council understand how well it is doing in terms of meeting these needs. Existing sources and newly collected data will be aggregated and analysed, and presented to users through smart and easily-understood data visualisation.
Wittin’s solution focusses on the power that big data has when it is released in secure, anonymised and usable formats. It harnesses the power of citizen science to analyse the data and discover new insights – potentially creating new avenues to explore and improve everything the public bodies do.