Two Worlds was founded in 1999 as a research consultancy and innovation incubator.
We specialise in the development of strategies for organisational and technological innovation in complex, dynamic environments. Since then, we’ve worked in places as diverse (and challenging) as Russia (designing IPTV networks), Rwanda, DR Congo & Uganda (technology & comms for Mountain Gorilla conservation), The USA (various, including running an augmented reality company), Germany (Business Intelligence and Genomic medicine), much of the rest of Europe (knowledge strategies, Innovation strategies, research assessment) and of course in the UK.
Throughout, our overall focus is best described as innovation in the design of the business strategies, technologies and plans that help enterprises make effective use of diverse, complex and ever-changing data, creating Intelligent Realities that bring together information from the physical and virtual worlds into a unified whole.
We work with and create technologies in augmented and mixed reality, machine learning, sensor/IoT networks, data fusion and discovery, analytics and visualisation.
We assemble teams with appropriate skills and experience to meet whatever challenge we are working on at any time – many of our team members have now been working together for more than a decade.
As an innovation and mentoring consultancy, Two Worlds supports both start-ups and innovation in established enterprises, with clients and partners that have included: Scottish Natural Heritage, Innovate UK, SBRI, Playing Forward LLC (US), Bioss International, DTG, the BBC, Cascade (Russia), International Futures Forum, SAS Institut (Germany & USA), Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund Europe (UK, Central Africa), EU Framework R&D (now Horizon 2020) (UK, Belgium, Spain), Ed Victor Ltd, Comic Relief and the Royal Opera House.
We’ve also spun off a number of successful start-ups: SlipStream, a media metadata integrator that won the BBC Innovation Labs and which became part of iPlayer, The Do Lab, itself an incubator in connected metadata services, Connect TV, offering the world’s first seamless integration of broadcast and IPTV through a standard set-top box (now part of Arqiva), and udu, a next-generation data intelligence platform, whose biomimetic, self-organising nature was informed by its founders’ background in simulation and ecology and driven by decades of frustration with the way in which information systems are developed. We also founded and led the development of Balquhidder Community Broadband, a a community fibre broadband project which has now brought world-class FTTH fibre broadband, initially at 1Gb/s (symmetrical) to the entire local community.