Meet the Innovation Suite Residents - Geo Geo
06 March 2015
We asked founder and MD of new Innovation Suite residents Geo Geo a few questions...
Name: Geo Geo geogeoglobal.com
Lead contact: Paul Georgie, 0131 651 4689, firstname.lastname@example.org
Team: Steven Kay, email@example.com
GeoGeo helps governments, organisations and communities around the globe benefit from cutting edge geospatial technologies.
Our aim is to increase the effectiveness of international development and climate change efforts by promoting open source mapping software, developing bespoke geo-enabled solutions and trailblazing the use of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for earth observation.
1. What do you do?
1. Coming from an international development background, since 2005 I have been helping various actors and programmes across Southern and Eastern Africa tackling issues around public health, natural resource management and rural development. As one of the few universal languages out there, it quickly dawned on me how much maps could contribute to harmonising the thoughts and actions of the international community with the local communities they endeavoured to serve. With a BSc (Hons) in Geography from Glasgow and a MSc in International Development from Lund, the best decision I made was to join the University of Edinburgh's MSc in GIS. This not only cemented my expertise in all things geospatial, but gave me the confidence to start promoting the latest mapping tools to the sectors I was most passionate about, particularly climate change adaptation and mitigation. Then in 2012 while I was still at ClimateXChange, my community mapping framework took hold in Scotland (in partnership with Sniffer and Adaptation Scotland), GeoGeo was born and I've not looked back since.
2. Why did you choose ECCI as your base?
2. The ECCI is just packed with friends. Not only does it bring together some of the best minds on low carbon living, but it also has fabulous facilities and very often hosts some incredibly interesting events. Being apart of the ECCI is terribly exciting. It has an amazing network of people and has provided great points of contact for me over the last few years. Their drive to a more innovative and low carbon society resonates well with my own. Plus, there's always the bonus that if I get stuck on something geospatial, my old professors are just a doorstep away.
3. Do you have a Low Carbon or Business Hero?
3. When ClimateXChange first kicked off and I was appointed the role of data & information officer, I was very lucky to have such a great Secretariat to work with, as well as being hosted by the amazing group of people at Sniffer. However, my fellow colleague and knowledge officer (at the time) Ragne Low was a bit of hero for me. The work that was coming in was so diverse and demanding but Ragne took it all in her stride. She was also instrumental in building my confidence to 'go it alone' and putting GeoGeo front and centre. I can imagine Ragne will be embarrassed to hear that!
4. What are you most excited about achieving in the next 6 months?
4. The next six months is going to be crazy, I'm sure. Community mapping was given a Commendation from the Scottish Government at last November's Quality in Planning Awards, so I'm excited to see how this will grow and be upscaled across Scotland and beyond. We also built Energy Archipelago for Scene, which I think will be the first global data portal of its kind for community-owned renewable energy. More importantly, it captures a lot of the essence as to why mapping can be so powerful. There is of course the fact that last year I became the first fixed-wing drone pilot in Scotland to be granted CAA approval to fly in urban areas and, with the sun getting higher in the sky, I can already see a summer of surveying ahead.
ECCI's Deutsche Post DHL Innovation Suite
The Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI) is home to the DHL Deutsche Post Innovation Suite - a dynamic, shared workspace for public, private and third sector organisations and the Low Carbon Ideas Lab - an incubation space offering support, mentoring and world class accommodation for inspirational ideas that accelerate Scotland’s progress towards a low carbon economy.
What we do
The Deutche Post/DHL INNOVATION SUITE brings together talented people from diverse backgrounds & disciplines, in a world-class collaborative environment, all seeking to create a low carbon future.
Unique for an innovation centre, we welcome any idea / organisation that shares our low carbon vision: from small businesses, large corporates and social enterprises; to public sector and voluntary organisations.
The IDEAS LAB enables novel, step change ideas including pre-revenue concepts, intrapreneurs within large organisations and existing small businesses to receive intensive mentoring, network and idea development support, incubated at ECCI.
Residents enjoy modern workspace in an open-plan environment; 24/7 building access, free and discounted event/meeting space; access to ECCI’s expert team and mentoring, funding opportunities and links to the myriad of projects, networks and events in the building.
Residents can also take advantage of internship opportunities via ECCI’s low carbon business incubator and the University of Edinburgh’s carbon focused Masters programmes.
There are 14 current residents of the Innovation Suite ranging from business think tank 2020 Climate Group - set up to advise the Scottish Government on climate; to the Royal Bank of Scotland Sustainability team.
The Ideas Lab recently welcomed 4 new residents including Town Rock Energy, Scotland’s first deep geothermal energy company with David Townsend, eSparks ‘entrepreneur of the year’ as CEO.