We have just sent out our autumn edition of OS Innovation news, which is packed with lots of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including our current GeoVation Challenge, our visit to Appsworld and more about innovation licences. The newsletter is also available online.
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We are in the process of putting the finishing touches to our next exciting Innovation Challenge. We have been working hard over the last few months holding ‘Problem Pow Wows’ with key members of the community, public and commercial bodies to develop new GeoVation Challenges to address specific community needs.
All our challenges are aimed at encouraging and supporting the development of innovative applications, products and services that use geographical information to create social, educational, economic and environmental benefit. It aims to provide seed financial funding to a number of ideas, which show the most potential to be developed into sustainable ventures. Continue reading 'Win Innovation Funding – New Challenge Launched in 8 Days'»
Last week, 13 representatives from the public, private and voluntary sector in Southampton gathered at Ordnance Survey to take part in a facilitated GeoVation Pow Wow. The session allowed individuals to discuss and debate the local problems which can provide a barrier in building healthy communities. Various subject areas were discussed throughout the session including, raising the aspirations of young people, long term unemployment and how best to utilise key city assets.
The GeoVation Pow Wow was organised as a result of work undertaken through the Business in the Community (BITC) Southampton Hub which Ordnance Survey has supported. The Hub which is led by Jayne Carrington, Managing Director of Right Management Workplace Wellness, allows local businesses and partners to work collaboratively in addressing local social issues.
Continue reading 'Community leaders Pow Wow in Southampton'»
Ordnance Survey sponsors and judges one of the British Cartographic Society (BCS) awards and this was its maiden year as the OS OpenData Award. The award is made annually and is given to encourage excellence in cartographic design, innovation and exciting use of OS OpenData.
OS OpenData offers a wide range of digital map products that you can freely view or download, for use in both personal and commercial applications.
Entries were considered by a panel of judges from Ordnance Survey and were judged on their original and inventive use of OS OpenData, suitability of the mapping for the declared purpose and the overall cartographic quality and design.
The award trophy was presented by Vanessa Lawrence CB, Director General and Chief Executive of Ordnance Survey, – along with the certificate and prize donated by GeoVation– to the winning entrant, Ashley Clough of Parallel.
District-level base with Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) boundaries © Parallel 2013
Continue reading 'Parallel win award for innovative use of OS OpenData'»
Last Thursday Ordnance Survey was delighted to host the Sustainable Innovation Lab (SusIN Lab) conference, here at our Head Office in Southampton. This was the fourth and final session in a series of workshop events organised by the University of Exeter Business School. The workshops, which Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team have been participating in, have been running since December 2012. They explore, through collaboration, how sustainability is driving innovation and creating new forms of value for different stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors.
Continue reading 'Geovation winners join thought-leaders exploring sustainability driven innovation'»
On 12 September Ordnance Survey is hosting the Innovation for Sustainability Conference on behalf of the Sustainable Innovation Lab (SusIN Lab).
The conference will open with Keynote Speech by Ben Ferrari of The Climate Group, and further inspiring stories will be shared throughout the day, including those of our latest GeoVation Challenge winners. It will conclude with a Keynote speech from entrepreneur, advisor and transformative explorer, Dennis Pamlin.
See the full agenda.
Sustainability has been at the heart of our GeoVation Challenges, which have been focussed on problems such as sustainable transport or food supply and the challenge of business improving its environmental performance.
In the guest post below Bettina von Stamm, Director of the Innovation Leadership Forum explains her passion for innovation intrinsically linked with sustainability and the value of SusIN Lab initiative.
Innovation without sustainability considerations at its heart is increasingly irresponsible
Over the past year I have had the pleasure of convening the three workshops that formed the first phase of the SusIN Lab, an initiative of the Business School of the University of Exeter, and am now in the final phases of pulling together an exciting conference, hosted by Ordnance Survey at their headquarters near Southampton. This conference concludes the first phase, which was generously sponsored by the University, and is hopefully the beginning of a second, self-funded phase.
Why do I consider myself lucky to have had this opportunity and feel so passionately about sustainability-driven innovation? As someone who comes from the field of innovation I have come to the conclusions that innovation without sustainability considerations at its core is becoming increasingly irresponsible.
Continue reading 'Innovation for sustainability'»
You may have read in our previous blog that last week, Ordnance Survey supported the Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code 2013. Our support for the event involved us working with a team of other experienced mentors, to help almost thirty young people create new prototype apps and websites. Ideas ranged from creating a grocery price comparison site; to building a conceptual app that maps how intelligent people are in different areas of Great Britain.
Developer Program Manager – Ian Holt teaching Young People how to code with Ordnance Survey data
Photo by Amina Malik Courtesy of Hub Westminster.
Continue reading 'Helping young people innovate with open data at the Festival of Code 2013'»
On the 5th and 6th of August, we’re supporting the Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2013. This will be the fifth such exciting gathering of talented young coders, designers and developers – all of whom are under the age of 18. Our developer outreach team will be supporting the event by offering mentorship to some of the teams that have entered the competition.
So, what is the The Festival of Code? Essentially, it’s a week-long hackathon for young people, taking place in various centres throughout the UK. From Monday through to Thursday, young people will gather to learn how to code and how to program the world around them.
Continue reading 'Ordnance Survey at the Festival of Code 2013'»
As many of our blog followers will be aware, the recent GeoVation challenge resulted in four successful finalists being awarded a share of innovation funding to develop their ideas that addressed: “How can we help British business improve environmental performance?”
Whilst our challenge has now drawn to a close, you may be interested to learn that other funding initiatives do exist – such as the forthcoming ‘Solving business problems with environmental data’ competition, which is being launched by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability KTN.
Continue reading 'Innovation to solve business problems with environmental data'»
This week from Monday through to Sunday you’ll find us at the Digital Shoreditch festival, an event that attracts hundreds of speakers from the most innovative and successful companies and organisations across creative, technical, start-up tech and digital spaces and beyond. During the week, we’ll be exhibiting, speaking and promoting our digital products and services amongst some of Tech City’s most talented digital and technical creative individuals.
The festival has a different theme each day, comprising of panel sessions, key note speeches and discussions – kicking off with Monday’s “What Tech City” theme. During the day, festival goers collectively explored the many companies and organisations that make Tech City what it is, focusing on developing new ways to exploit the potential for growing global engagement and improving our digital economy and society.
Continue reading 'Digital Shoreditch festival 2013 – hear how we’re involved!'»