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Category: GeoVation Team

It’s Easter so lets have a little fun!

By , 17 April, 2014 8:00 am

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EXTENDED TILL 30 April 2014

How do we do that you say? Excellent question!

We’re having an Easter Caption Competition just for you, our GeoVation Community.

It’s very easy! Just look at the photo below, taken at our ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britian’ Challenge Camp, and come up with a caption (one caption per email address) then email it to us along with your name and contact details to Champions@geovation.org.uk

The competition will close at 10am GMT on Wednesday 30 April 2014. We’ll then gather the GeoVation team together to read through your suggestions over a coffee and cake (or the left over Easter Eggs), and pick the one that the team thinks fits the photo best. The winning caption will be announced on the 25 April 2014.

We’ll give the author of our favorite caption an Ordnance Survey Custom Made Map , Umbrella and some GeoVation goodies.

Good luck!





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Helping at GeoVation Camp is quite addictive!

By , 19 March, 2014 8:15 am

Shona QuinnToday’s blog is from Shona Quinn, a Market Analyst in our Products and Innovation department and one of our graduates from last years recruitment scheme.

Just over two weeks ago, ten teams – each with a bright idea to help encourage active lifestyles – descended on Ordnance Survey Head Office in Southampton for GeoVation Camp, where around 15 Ordnance Survey helpers were waiting to advise on Ordnance Survey data and help the teams to develop their ideas.


After a great experience helping at a previous GeoVation Camp, I knew that I definitely wanted to help out again – the buzz in the atmosphere at camp is quite addictive!  There were several of us ‘returner’ helpers, showing that GeoVation is an inspiring event to attend whether you’re a helper or a member or an ideas team. And thanks to more new helpers this year, there was more support for each team than ever before. Every team had at least one Ordnance Survey helper with them all weekend, so there was dedicated assistance available for the teams throughout the camp.


Helping medal routes develop their ideas

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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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Building healthy communities with Southampton Hub

By , 29 November, 2013 8:00 am

Last Thursday Ordnance Survey hosted Business in the Community’s (BITC) Southampton Hub network. The Southampton Hub, launched at Ordnance Survey in October 2012, encourages local businesses to support local communities through partnerships and collaboration.

The event included a tour around Ordnance Survey’s new headquarters and a review of the work and initiatives undertaken by the Hub since its launch just one year ago. The session was introduced by Mike Brophy, Development Director, London, South and South East and Mike Toy, Community Impact Manager, for BITC, respectively, and chaired by Jayne Carrington Managing Director, Right Management Workplace Wellness and BITC Southampton Hub Chair.

Elaine Owen, Schools Sector Manager, introduced the work of Ordnance Survey and Danny Hyam introduced the myriad ways in which Ordnance Survey products and services can be used to mitigate place related problems. The afternoon and evening programme included some inspiring presentations on partnerships between businesses and local schools through BITC’s Business Class programme. This included Wates’ work with Woodland Community College and Cobham’s work with St Aldhelm. Rosy Jones, Enterprise and Employability Manager at Southampton Solent University gave a brief background to the University’s vision for social justice and how engaging students with business can enhance their employability prospects.

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GeoVation launches New challenge at the Malvern Festival of Innovation

By , 22 November, 2013 8:00 am

The Malvern Festival of Innovation is a great way to discover what the future holds, to see how others are innovating – and it was the perfect opportunity for us to launch our new GeoVation Challenge: “How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain ?”which is all about encouraging us all to get active in Britain’s open spaces; Dr Adrian Burden of Key IQ Ltd, one of the festival organisers, said: ‘[GeoVation] only do three per year, so it was significant to have this launch at the festival’.

The festival was started in 2012 by Dr Emma Philpott and Dr Adrian Burden to showcase the town’s rich scientific history and has fast become a forward-thinking exhibition, conference and networking event, spread across three days with an exciting programme of speakers, themed seminar features and exhibitors from sectors including engineering, environment and tourism.

There were some exciting presentations from speakers such as Clive Beale, Director of Educational Development at the Raspberry Pi Foundation, who also donated 100 Raspberry pi starter kits to each student who took part in the Next Gen Innovators workshop. Ian Glover gave an enthusiastic presentation on the Bloodhound Supersonic Car 1K Club, whose team hope to break the land speed record (currently set at 763 mph), and showed exciting film footage of the car in action. Also presenting was our very own Chris Parker, talking to an inspired audience about GeoVation and our new Challenge.

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Win Innovation Funding – New Challenge Launched in 8 Days

By , 30 October, 2013 8:00 am

GeoVation Challenge Banner

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'»

My summer internship with Ordnance Survey’s developer outreach team

By , 30 July, 2013 8:00 am

For those of our blog followers that aren’t aware; this summer, Ordnance Survey is running a programme for paid internships. A number of roles were made available for undergraduates interested in working with geospatial data, technology and products as well as roles in Human Resources and Marketing. Ordnance Survey’s developer outreach team accepted the opportunity to be involved in the program and following a round of telephone interviews, were delighted to welcome James Smith to our team.

Today, we have a guest post from James detailing what he has been tasked with and what he’s already achieved during the 3 weeks he’s been with us so far!

“As a summer intern coming to Ordnance Survey I didn’t really know what to expect. Of course, I vaguely knew that it wasn’t all about the paper sheet maps anymore and that a lot of what the national mapping agency does now is based on digital offerings. However, half way through my six week internship in the Products and Innovation team, this blog post is about what I have found out and my experiences whilst being here.

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Digital Shoreditch festival 2013 – hear how we’re involved!

By , 23 May, 2013 8:00 am

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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.

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Real Food Wales at Wales Coast Path Anniversary

By , 3 May, 2013 10:55 am

So, with judging now underway in our current challenge, Chris describes yesterday’s All Wales Coast Path first anniversary event in West Wales and progress of our previous challenge winner.

GeoVation challenge partner, Ramblers Cymru hosted a fantastic event in Kidwelly, yesterday to celebrate the first anniversary of the opening of the Wales Coast Path and to launch the Big Welsh Walk, which takes place around the path this bank holiday weekend. The Wales Coast Path was, of course, the subject of our previous GeoVation challenge: “How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?” which was timed to coincide with the official opening of the path on 5 May 2012.

Throughout the day, class after class of local school children (and adults) explored Wales and its coastline with Gwenda Owen, Ramblers Community Engagement Officer, on the enormous map produced by Ordnance Survey for Ramblers Cymru, and visited stands exhibiting activities on or near the path including local beekeeping, and allotment growing groups. In the afternoon MissionExplore (previous GeoVation winners) worked with several classes to produce mini mission explore booklets with children choosing their missions.

School children exploring giant map of wales

Local school children exploring Wales with Gwenda Owen, Ramblers Community Engagement Officer

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Innovate with GeoVation – the book!

By , 5 March, 2013 8:00 am

We’re really excited! For many months now we have been working on Click here to download booklet creating a GeoVation booklet to include information on  GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas – and now its published!

The booklet  has some interesting facts about GeoVation which has been running since October 2009.  In that time:

  • 1448 participants have registered
  • 509 ideas have been submitted
  • 57 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and
  • 20 winners have been awarded a share of over £435, 000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals.  They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

We’ve made the booklet available online,  so you can find out more about how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey,  the ideas we have funded so far and the people who make GeoVation happen.  We’ve also made the case studies available individually on line – see our case study map.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!