Jane Morrison-Ross, chief executive of ScotlandIS

SCOTTISH-based tech firms are being asked to help build the future of the country as a digital nation.

The ScotlandIS Challenge is calling on companies of all sizes to submit ideas that will help increase the pace of Scotland’s digital progress and develop the critical national digital and data infrastructure the country needs.

These could range from making more essential public services available online, to improving how financial transactions are carried out.

The scheme has been launched by Linlithgow-based ScotlandIS in partnership with The Scottish Government.

Jane Morrison-Ross, ScotlandIS chief executive, said:  “The rapid digital transformation of business and society would not have been possible without the infrastructure, products and services created by our digital ecosystem. 

“But we can do more. And we can do it better. We want to harness technology and innovation to evolve current business models, drive efficiencies and productivity gains across the economy.  To create a country known for innovation, for an ethical approach to data and an integrated approach to public services.  By building the right transformational infrastructure and working collaboratively, we can create a Digital Scotland that is good for the people, the economy, the environment and the government.”

Entries should be submitted by June 16 with the resulting projects taken forward as part of The Scottish Government’s CivTech process.

Ben Macpherson MSP, Minister for Public Finance and Migration said:  “I am really keen to hear the views of Scotland’s tech businesses on how we can work together through and beyond the Covid-19 crisis to create a more productive economy, tackle climate change and build a healthy and more equal society. I hope that many of you take this opportunity to share your thoughts on how we can build an innovative and inclusive Digital Nation to be proud of.”