Scotland's Blue Growth Data Challenge is an open innovation competition which aims to harness creative thinking & data science to undertake analysis and design new data products for the benefit of our local and global marine environment, communities & economy.
Orkney is home to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). This is the world’s only accredited centre offering full scale, grid-connected test facilities for developers of wave and tidal energy devices. This year, EMEC are making their datasets openly available for anyone to explore for the first time ever!
Anyone can take part. If you are studying, working with or researching data or the marine environment and you believe that you can creatively work with open data to create a useful output, please get involved and take part in the Blue Growth Data Challenge!
The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) Ltd is the first and only centre of its kind in the world to provide developers of both wave and tidal energy converters – technologies that generate electricity by harnessing the power of waves and tidal streams – with purpose-built, accredited open-sea testing facilities.
Orkney is an ideal base for us with its excellent oceanic wave regime, strong tidal currents, grid connection, sheltered harbour facilities and the renewable, maritime and environmental expertise that exists within the local community.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise is the Scottish Government's economic and community development agency for the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, HIE's purpose is to generate sustainable and inclusive growth across the region which extends from Shetland in the north to Argyle in the south and the Outer Hebrides in the west to Moray in the east, almost half of Scotland's land mass and coast. We want the Highlands and Islands to be a highly successful and competitive region in which increasing numbers of people choose to live, work, study and invest.
The Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment. Its core mission is to generate significant economic, social and scientific value from big data.
With a Scotland-wide presence and Hubs in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, it is in close proximity to leading industry and university institutions with world-class research in informatics and computer science.
The Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA)
The Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA) is innovating for a better world empowered by satellites.
SoXSA has an end-to-end focus on the use of satellite-derived data to challenge conventional ideas and develop new concepts in the exploitation of space for the betterment of life on Earth. This end-to-end philosophy enables new space mission technologies that deliver new space-based data products in response to user needs. Through this, SoXSA seeks to foster economic growth.
At UrbanTide we make smart data. We believe in the value of integrating, analysing and sharing data to create smarter cities and communities.
To help our clients realise this vision we have created our unique USMART platform that can consume any data from any source, unlock insights & make data useful using analytics to create automatic and repeatable insights, and do this in a secure and interoperable way for sharing and integration with trusted partners.
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