The Scottish government’s CivTech Accelerator programme, which aims to stimulate innovation in Scotland, has announced 10 new projects.
CivTech, which was launched by the government in 2016, has already helped to create 94 jobs and delivered three successful investment cycles; with participants in previous rounds winning contracts worth a total of more than £8.5m (€9.94m). CivTech 4.0 is the fourth round of the accelerator, which is designed to deploy innovation and entrepreneurship in technology to meet challenges within the public sector in Scotland; and includes a proposed technology development which will enable people to measure their impact on the climate emergency using their mobile phones.
Other successful innovation projects which have been accepted for development under CivTech 4.0 include:
- Lumera Health, sponsored by Alzheimer Scotland and the government, which aims to deploy technology to enhance the care facilities available to patients with long term conditions;
- Deblur, sponsored by Transport Scotland, which intends to develop technological solutions to ensure disabled drivers can be exempt from low emission travel zones;
- Trickle Data Insights, sponsored by West Dunbartonshire Council, which will examine ways in which technology can enable council employees and managers to access and share available modes of support; and
- Global Trails, sponsored by Skills Development Scotland, which aims to use technology to develop ways to provide careers information to primary school students in order to encourage them to ‘think differently’ about their future employment options.
Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said: “Scotland is highly regarded around the world for supporting ambitious businesses to innovate and grow. I am delighted to announce the latest successful companies who will now work to create solutions to public sector challenges. These include looking at new ways to tackle the climate emergency, as well as ways in which we can improve the wellbeing of people across Scotland. I look forward to seeing the results of CivTech 4.0 and the positive impact that these new projects will make.”