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Category: Events

IC tomorrow – Technology Strategy Board Network – digital innovation contest

By , 11 April, 2014 8:15 am

Ordnance Survey are delighted to be working in partnership with IC tomorrow. Based in London’s Tech City, they are a Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector by breaking down barriers and opening doors for a new generation of entrepreneurs.

The programme serves as a hub for digital innovation, connecting start-ups and SMEs with leading commercial partners and investors across the UK, through funded contests, events, strategic matchmaking and mentoring opportunities.

IC tomorrow runs a range of funded contests across the digital and creative sectors. These contests are run in collaboration with leading partners who help to set relevant contest challenges that will encourage innovation in new digital applications or services. Ordnance Survey is one of those partners. Contest applicants can benefit from the funding that is awarded to successful companies to develop their proposed solutions and grow their businesses; gain from exposure to a range of leading content providers and rights holders; test their proposed application or service with those partner companies and organisations; promote their prototype solution via the IC tomorrow programme and retain their full intellectual property. Continue reading 'IC tomorrow – Technology Strategy Board Network – digital innovation contest'»

Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far

By , 9 April, 2014 8:10 am

Today’s guest blog is from Ayo Isinkaye, CEO of Element Green Recycling, one of our winners of the  ‘How can we help British Business improve environmental performance?’ Challenge supported by the Environment Agency. Element Green Recycling won funding of £22,000 to develop their idea – ‘How to reduce costs and make money by separating your waste ’(Green Alchemist).



Waiting to hear if my proposal was one of the four winners for the GeoVation competition was the most nail-biting moment of my life. Element Green Recycling’s Green Alchemist project was the fourth name to be announced! I was cool on the outside when I stood up to collect our prize and smile at the camera, but I was doing cartwheels on the inside. Two days of working hard at the camp, refining and redeveloping my business idea had paid off. Continue reading 'Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far'»

Developer Challenge 2014 – win support for your geolocation start-up with Ordnance Survey and Techhub

By , 28 January, 2014 8:00 am

Thank you to all those who submitted ideas to our GeoVation Challenge – How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain? This Challenge is now closed to entries, and from the 74 innovative ideas submitted 10 finalists have been chosen to attend the GeoVation Camp, but don’t let that discourage all you budding developers and innovators.

Ordnance Survey along with TechHub, have a fantastic new challenge with an awesome prize on offer, “The Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014!”

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Merry Christmas and Happy Innovating New Year from the GeoVation Team

By , 20 December, 2013 8:00 am

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Dear GeoVators,

We thought it would be a fitting end to the year to give you a quick lowdown on what we have all been doing since our last team blog but firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from GeoVation and Ordnance Survey. Thank you for all your support in 2013. We look forward to running some new challenges and events in the New Year, as well as supporting our existing challenge winners.

Happy Christmas from GeoVation

Well this has been an eventful few months for the GeoVation team. October saw the arrival of a new member joining on secondment, me ‘Jonathan Field’ you may have seen a few of my blogs and the many tweets being sent out. I joined the GeoVation team from our Design team where I worked as a Graphic Designer and my work included producing literature and stands for the GeoVation team.
In the last year I developed a keen interest in Geospatial Information (GI), having spent 6 months in our Pre and Post Sales Support (PPSS) team learning about a variety of GI software and how our products can and are used by our customers.
Since joining the team I have hit the ground running, researching the problem Pow Wow outputs, not only for the current challenge but for the BITC Southampton hub; attending the Malvern Festival of Innovation where we launched our new challenge; helping at several of the OS OpenData masterclasses, travelling from Southampton to as far afield as Edinburgh; managing our social media streams such as Facebook, Twitter and the Blog; and baking the odd cake or two for the team. In my spare time I have for the last three years been renovating my house from top to bottom and have an end in sight finally…I won’t know what to do with myself once I have finished. Continue reading 'Merry Christmas and Happy Innovating New Year from the GeoVation Team'»

OS Innovation autumn newsletter now available

By , 6 December, 2013 8:30 am

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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Win Innovation Funding – New Challenge Launched in 8 Days

By , 30 October, 2013 8:00 am

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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'»

Community leaders Pow Wow in Southampton

By , 4 October, 2013 8:00 am

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.

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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.

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Parallel win award for innovative use of OS OpenData

By , 3 October, 2013 8:00 am

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.

Parallel – LSOA Boundaries

District-level base with Lower-layer Super Output Area (LSOA) boundaries © Parallel 2013

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Geovation winners join thought-leaders exploring sustainability driven innovation

By , 16 September, 2013 4:00 pm

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.

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Innovation for sustainability

By , 2 September, 2013 8:00 am

On 12 September Ordnance Survey is hosting the Innovation for Sustainability Conference on behalf of the Sustainable Innovation Lab (SusIN Lab).Link to SusIN Lab Conference agenda

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.

Sustainability-driven Innovation

Innovation without sustainability considerations at its heart is increasingly irresponsible 

Photo of Bettina von StammOver 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.

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