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our technology

Ellipsis Earth harnesses the power of technology to identify, map and track litter in the environment.


Our system is rapid, accurate and fully automated, making it safer, easier, and more cost-effective than existing methods.


The data generated is critical for targeting solutions, evaluating changes and measuring impact, all of which accelerate our journey to a litter-free world.

verified, reliable results


accuracy & certainty

globally comparable data

our founder

our founder

Ellipsis Earth was founded by research scientist, environmentalist and award-winning science communicator Ellie Mackay.

Mackay studied at Cambridge University and Imperial College London to gain BSc and MSc degrees in natural sciences and science communication. She has over a decade of experience as an educator, having worked as a secondary science teacher and Head of Biology, Oxbridge and G&T leadership manager, and Deputy Dean of Higher Education in international schools. Her years of hands-on experience in the classroom means she understands how to encourage the very best from her students, employing a wide range of novel educational methods to challenge, inspire and engage students at every academic level.  As an award-winning educator she was instrumental in her schools' curriculum development, before taking on leadership and consultancy roles in Science and STEM education across SE Asia. 

She is also an extreme environment drone pilot, podcast host and film director, telling the stories that matter most from around the world.

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Mackay's vision for Ellipsis Earth is to create a complete ecosystem for

positive environmental change, through scientific research, education and

creative communication, all underpinned by Ellipsis’ expert use of technology.

She is a proud global ambassador for WomenTech, an Airwards #dronesforgood judge,

and a keen advocate of inclusivity and equality in STEM and Tech. 

Mackay is supported by an experienced and dedicated team of specialists, all of whom share her desire to harness real-world data and drive lasting impact, and passion to connect the next generation to key scientific issues.

"I have seen first-hand the power of understanding, storytelling and solutions-focused empathy to create global citizens and
real-world impact" 

Ellie Mackay, Founder & CEO of Ellipsis Earth

"Every school should have a Miss Mackay"

Eddy Moore, Head of Sixth Form, Epsom College Malaysia