Forgive me father, for I have sinned

It's been 21 months since my last blog post (and considerably longer since I updated my website). But, afforded a moment of breathing space by the lull between CivTech 3.0 and 4.0, I am here to repent.

So what has been keeping me so busy? You can get the full bhuna over here on my New! Improved! home page, or continue to digest this low-calorie version...

Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work at CivTech 3.0 launch day

Derek Mackay, Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Economy and Fair Work at CivTech 3.0 launch day

The aforementioned CivTech is still the mainstay, and this year blew everything that had come before out of the water—more teams, more challenge sponsors, a bigger Demo Day venue and an opening message from the First Minister.

Slide from a recent Cyan Forensics investor presentation

Slide from a recent Cyan Forensics investor presentation

Alongside that, I've been working on a stream of projects with the nice folks at Cyan Forensics, as sales of their core product continue to grow and new innovations work their way down the pipeline. For me they're a perfect client, as I get to help both with strategy and making things look shiny.

The new Sirakoss brand

The new Sirakoss brand

It's been a similar picture with Sirakoss, an Aberdeen-based med-tech company bringing a new generation of synthetic bone grafting materials to market. I was first drafted in to help write and design an investor deck, then quickly moved onto a rebrand and a new website.

For three years at CivTech I've worked hand in hand with Maryanne Johnston, to support and coach the teams in the build up to Demo Day. But I've also been helping her out with her own materials—including the cover for her new five-part podcast (which is well worth a listen).

Voluntary work has been keeping me busy too. Off the back of its successful Creative Scotland RFO bid, Creative Edinburgh is going from strength to strength and I continue to sit on the board. I recently joined the Scotland CAN DO Innovation Forum and, slightly off the beaten track (literally and figuratively) was some pro bono work for the Edinburgh Shoreline project.

Now that you've made it this far, you may as well go and take a look at the rest. And if you have an interesting project I might be able to help out with, do drop me a line.