On Monday 30 June 2014 I attended the i-teams – launch event at Nesta. It’s a report aimed at providing inspiration and guidance on the building blocks that a new generation of ministers and mayors can use to solve problems faster and more effectively.
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive at Nesta since June 2011, welcomed us to the event. Under his leadership Nesta moved out of the public sector to become a charity in 2012; has launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research; and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with other funders in the UK and internationally.
‘Government have pioneered some of the greatest innovations in modern history. Driven by entrepreneurial and visionary leadership, city and national governments are capable of amazing things’ were Geoff’s opening words.
‘Governments face intense fiscal pressures and demands from citizens who want governments not only to tackle complex problems, but also to be effective at using new technologies as the best business. Much of the world’s public sector innovation is organized haphazardly, with short-term initiatives and odd consultancy reports or conferences rather than focused efforts.’
‘All governments need institutions to catalyst innovation.’
Continue reading 'i-teams – making innovation happen in governments around the world'»
On 15 May 2014 the GeoVation team held their first alumni event, hosted by the Hub Westminster.
We packed the day with a full itinerary for our winners and finalists. There were introductions from Chris Parker, GeoVation, and Quentin Johns, Impact Hub Westminster, and presentations or informal talks with Bryan Forbes from Technical Strategy Board (TSB), Iain Rolfe from Business Innovation & Skills (BIS) and Dan Spicer from Hootsuite. We also had some great input from our winners and finalists through out the day, with special thanks to Helen – Mission Explore/City Farmers, Ayo – Element Green Recycling to give us an insight into what problems they had following camp, and Sam Hill from Pan Studios – ‘Run an Empire’ with his experience with Kickstarter.
Below is a video with highlights of the day’s events and some snippets from the round table discussion held at the end of the day. If you missed our alumni event you can catch up in more detail on our blog posts, GeoVation Alumni Event and GeoVation Alumni – why it’s got serious heritage.
We hope those who attended the GeoVation alumni found it worthwhile and we will be very interested in any more feedback you may have in developing subsequent alumni events.
GeoVation thrives on the collaboration, networking and feedback of its participants and other stakeholders – and GeoVation challenges and the challenge process are developed from that feedback. Indeed, this alumni network is based on just such feedback. Our objective is to better support our finalists’ and winners’ ventures to grow beyond participation in just the challenge process itself.
As part of this, we are delighted to work with the Impact Hub Westminster to provide all our finalists and winners (wherever, they live) access to the Hub Connection virtual network; its support, knowledge, skills, experience and wider membership. Based on feedback we have put together an interesting mix of requested workshops, discussions, hands-on time and of course, opportunities to network.
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On 10 and 11 May 2014, Ordnance Survey are hosting BlueLightCamp at their Southampton head office. The unconference and hackathon for blue light services is in its third year. The event see attendees bring challenges they’d like help overcoming, ideas they’d like to explore, and many bring along their skills and expertise to help others. Christine Townsend from MusterPoint, tells us about her BlueLightCamp experience.
The first BlueLightCamp in 2012 was my first experience of an unconference and a hackathon. As part of my background in police communication, and with the ever-increasing need to use social media, I wanted to see what it was about and if it could benefit my role in any way.
Continue reading 'Supporting innovation at the BlueLightCamp 2014'»
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'»
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'»
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!”
Continue reading 'Developer Challenge 2014 – win support for your geolocation start-up with Ordnance Survey and Techhub'»
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.
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'»
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'»