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DIGIT Tech News Roundup – 10th of May 2019

Duncan MacRae



In this edition of the DIGIT Weekly Roundup, we highlight some of the top-trending tech and business news stories permeating the airwaves in the week beginning 6th of May.

DIGIT’s Top Trending Stories

Could Datasets Help Protect Scotland’s Countryside?

Sanday Isle, ScotlandThe Scottish Government is welcoming organisations to apply for a share of £250,000 for projects that support developer decisions in the Scottish countryside.

Scotland’s stunning, varied landscapes are among the most defining aspects of the country, and tourism in the Scottish countryside is worth £420 million per year. The Government believes that access to attractive and accessible countryside can make a significant contribution to peoples’ quality of life and wellbeing.

The Government is looking for projects that can demonstrate how datasets can be used to support the local environment. Funding for the competition forms part of the GovTech Catalyst for Scottish National Heritage (SNH).

A spokesperson for the Scottish Government said: “The competition is looking for projects that will investigate how technology can deliver better targeted information and advice to users – including landowners, developers and local authorities – to support proposals that limit, damage or benefit conservation efforts.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Topolytics Wins Google and SAP Circular Economy 2030 Challenge

Edinburgh-based data and analytics business, Topolytics, has been crowned the champion of the Google Cloud and SAP Circular Economy 2030 competition.

In 2018, global demand for resources was 1.7 times what Earth can support in one year and this is only expected to rise. Google Cloud and SAP, therefore, set this circular economy (an economic system aimed at minimising waste and making the most of resources.) contest to help address the problem.

The Circular Economy 2030 set out to find the best revenue generating ideas that could unlock $4.5 trillion (£3.46 trillion) of new economic output.

Topolytics, which was founded in 2013, proposed expanding the scale and scope of its existing WasteMap data platform.

Michael Groves, Topolytics founder, said: “I’m amazed, excited and hugely pleased that Topolytics is the overall winner of the Google Cloud and SAP Circular Economy 2030 challenge.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Space Research Lab Officially Opens at University of Glasgow

Alba Orbital Rocket labIvan McKee, Scotland’s Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation, has officially opened the University of Glasgow’s School of Engineering space research lab during a ceremony today.

The Integrated Space and Exploration Technology Laboratory, housed in the University’s James Watt South building, has received around £100,000 in upgrades over the past few months and will be the future home of ambitious space-related research projects.

The centre is part of the University’s Space Glasgow network, which brings together engineers, physicists, geologists, mathematicians and computer scientists on cross-disciplinary space research projects.

Projects focusing on micro-spacecraft technologies, which can build large structures in orbit; tunnelling robots to explore other planets or asteroids; and ultrasonic drills capable of operating on Mars and low-gravity environments are some of the innovative projects already underway at the centre.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

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Former France Telecom Bosses On Trial Over Suicides

France Telecom’s ex-chief and six other former executives are on trial in Paris, accused of moral harassment in connection to employee suicides.

The firm, now known as Orange, is on trial for the same offence. Didier Lombard and the other defendants have asserted that their restructuring measures cannot be held responsible for 35 staff suicides between 2008 and 2009, although some left notes blaming the company’s management.

At the time, Lombard had been trying to cut 22,000 jobs and a number of employees were transferred away from their families.

Lombard reportedly told senior managers in 2007: “I’ll get them out one way or another, through the window or through the door.”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Israel Launches Air Strike in Retaliation to Cyber Attack

IDF air strikeThe Israel Defense Forces (IDF) claims to have responded to an alleged cyber attack from Hamas by bombing the building where the cyber operatives are said to have been working.

According to the IDF’s cyber division commander, who is unnamed, this was the first time that Israel cyber forces had to fend off an attack while they were under fire. IDF’s response, he said, involved Israeli technology soldiers and the Israeli Air Force.

Ian Thornton-Trump, security head at AmTrust Europe, told Forbes: “Israel wouldn’t have targeted the building, and presumably those in it, without a lot more due diligence and intelligence than ‘a cyber-attack was coming from the building.’”

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Ocado chips in to £7m round for UK robotics startup Karakuri

Online supermarket Ocado has led a £7 million seed round for Karakuri, a UK robotics firm.

Ocado will use the startup’s technology to expand its grocery offering after a fire destroyed one of its automated warehouses. It expects to take delivery of Karakuri’s robots in late 2019.

Tim Steiner, Ocado chief executive, said: “Our investment in Karakuri, potentially a game-changer in the preparation of food-to-go, gives us the opportunity to bring the best innovation to the benefit of our own customers as well as our partners.”

Karakuri said it will use the funding to develop its technology, strengthen its intellectual property base and expand its team.

Want to find out more? Read the original article here.

Duncan MacRae


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