Digital start-up strengthens team


Pixxcell, an ambitious Cornwall-based project which aims to revolutionise digital storytelling, has recruited a chief technology officer and become a member of GAIN20 – a regional network which supports cutting edge innovation.

These latest developments mark the final stages before a re-launch of the platform this autumn.

Pixxcell is an interface for viewing images of any place, from any time; it allows people to combine their own pictures with those from other sources, such as Creative Commons images from Flickr and the world’s largest digital archive – Getty Images – to tell visual stories inspired by travels in space and time – both real and imagined.

Ben Scott joins Pixxcell from the Natural History Museum in London, where he managed the delivery of the museum’s open data platform – making 3,208,475 of the Museum’s 80 million specimens available online.

Pixxcell CEO, Melissa Mercer, said: “Ben has helped us move forward very quickly and ironed out a few glitches.

“With his drive and expertise giving us huge confidence, we are now looking to re-launch a bigger and better service in September.”

Pixxcell has also joined the GAIN20 network – an initiative by Plymouth University to identify the most exciting and innovative entrepreneurs in Cornwall, Devon and Somerset and offer them support over a 12-month period.

Mercer added: “It’s fantastic to be part of GAIN20 – a network of like-minded business leaders working at the cutting edge of their various industries to bring jobs and growth to the south west.

“We are looking forward to building relationships and seeing what the future holds for us and our peers.”