by James Grimes
For a College Student who had recently graduated, going straight into the job market seemed quite intimidating. It was also a strange time to say the least - at this young age, most were studying for a degree, while working full time almost immediately after college seemed unheard of. I was ready for something a little different. Many job applications and interviews later, I was offered the job as a Front End Developer at Geollect, a global geospatial intelligence company. It was a completely unfamiliar field and I didn’t have any knowledge of this industry before joining - I knew that this would bring many new and exciting challenges along my career.
On my first Day at Geollect, I was very quickly welcomed into a growing team of developers and GIS analysts. I had a feeling of unease being the youngest in such a team, but I quickly adjusted to the friendly work environment. I was tasked with setting up Web Maps, where I spent the majority of my time learning processes of being able to visualise points from data sets and creating User Interfaces for those applications. During my time at Geollect, my work has consisted of looking at large Mapping Applications and adding/modifying the code to improve overall
user experience and interface. This really put my programming and problem-solving skills to the test - working with 1000’s of lines of code is far larger than anything I have previously handled before.
After six months of working at Geollect, I have learnt so much about being a developer and what it is like to work in the Geospatial Industry. It was a real eye-opener experiencing the software development process first-hand and understanding business needs to create successful products. During my time, I have been surrounded by people working on different projects against challenging deadlines, which made me realise how fast Geollect is growing as a company. Overall, I have really enjoyed my experience so far working at Geollect. There have been many exciting challenges along the way and I have gained a good understanding of Mapping Applications used by the company in such a short amount of time. I look forward to what the future holds and am excited to be part of the team as Geollect continues to grow.
London: Lloyd’s has started work with three new InsurTechs to help the Market respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. As part of its package of measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lloyd’s has reimagined and expanded the scope, process and timings for new applicants to the Lloyd’s Lab innovation accelerator. The purpose of this is to help Lloyd’s and the start-ups bring to market more quickly their COVID-19 related products and innovations. Lloyd’s wants to understand, model and create products that better protect customers against pandemics, and other systemic risks.
``We are pleased to welcome three new teams to an exclusively COVID-19 related Lloyd’s Lab programme, which begins on July 13,'' said Lloyd's.
The teams Lloyd's selected are:
• Metabiota is a start-up focused on quantifying and mitigating epidemic and pandemic risk. The start-up draws on rigorous epidemiological analysis and a wide range of analytic tools to advance the science of modelling infectious disease outbreaks and estimating their socioeconomic effects.
• Praedicat are a Lloyd’s Lab alumni from cohort 3. They use litigation data and science combined with technology to anticipate the next big liability catastrophe. They plan to develop a suite of cross-line clash COVID-19 scenarios, to assist the market to identify and track the emergence of COVID-19 liability risk.
• Dialogue is a start-up focused on the Credit and Political Risk (CPRI) marketplace. Their solution is an online platform sitting between brokers and underwriters, to create, submit, negotiate, and place complex CPRI transactions. Dialogue has also created a centralised availability application to help brokers see underwriter availability, as working from home becomes increasingly common..
Lloyd’s is also running a short, but intense, three-day programme from July 21 to July 23. The Lloyd’s Lab Fusion programme has been designed to provide a setting for Lloyd’s market teams to work with InsurTechs to explore and develop early-stage ideas for tackling pandemics and systemic risk. Partner InsurTechs selected for this programme include Hivemind, Geollect, Ryskex and Survenus.
"Working with AWS, Geollect provides near real-time geospatial maritime intelligence, meaning it's now possible to track and analyze the activity of ships and fleets around the world at previously unthinkable speeds," said William Hillman, Head of Geospatial Operations, Geollect. "With AWS's comprehensive cloud services, Geollect is helping drive the rapid growth of the geospatial industry and showcasing British services and expertise around the world."
Geollect recognises Amazon's AWS expansion into the aerospace and satellite industry as a critical step towards making data more accessible. Geollect empowers it's clients to make better, more timely decisions by providing solutions that turn complex data into actionable insights.
Geollect is participating in a short but intense three-day programme run by Lloyd's Lab from July 21 to July 23. The Lloyd’s Lab Fusion programme has been designed to provide a setting for Lloyd’s market teams to work with InsurTechs to explore and develop early-stage ideas for tackling pandemics and systemic risk.
News from the Geollect team