Winners take forward CivTech 2.0
Nine firms to lead tech drive in public sector
Derek Mackay: highly regarded technology (photo by Terry Murden)
Nine projects have been selected to help drive a new approach to bringing Scotland’s technology know-how to public sector services.
The Scottish Government-run CivTech accelerator programme harnesses “entrepreneurial tech innovation” – typically from start-ups and SMEs – to solve public sector challenges.
The aim is to leverage technology to create better public services and economic development opportunities.
Finance Secretary Derek Mackay announced the winners of a pilot scheme and their solutions during a visit to CodeBase in Edinburgh.
He said: “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.”