• Steps to GeoVation funding - watch the video
  • Green ventures get the green light to innovation funding
  • Funding announced for ventures to encourage active lifestyles
  • See the new GeoVation booklet

Welcome to GeoVation - Innovation Challenges from Ordnance Survey.
GeoVation Challenges address specific community needs, which may be satisfied, in part, through the use of geography. Entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, innovators can enter our GeoVation Challenges for a chance to win innovation funding to help develop their ideas. You can read our blog posts below and find out find out more about us, our challenges and how to enter.

Wales Coast Path – connecting communities and visitors

By , 24 June, 2014 8:00 am

In 2012 we ran a GeoVation Challenge asking for ideas to better connect visitors and communities along the Wales Coast Path, helping to stimulate economic growth and opportunities in the coastal areas.

One of the winners of the GeoVation Challenge was Living Paths!, an idea from Robin Owain to address the problem of lack of local information available on the Wales Coast Path. Some information is published in pamphlets but these are expensive to distribute and difficult to source. Publishing online is possible but can be difficult due to the complexities of web-authoring for most people. Communities in Wales often find it difficult to share information about their locality such as historic buildings, circular paths, geographical features and other points of interest.

Living Paths! Llwybrau Byw! is a project that aims to empower local communities along the Wales Coast Path to create Wikipedia® pages and post stories about their communities, allowing diverse local information to become accessible.

Local people know best about their locality, sights to see and facilities available and through Wikipedia, a digital encyclopaedia; they can share that information.  Better, richer information on Wikipedia benefits the users of the path as well as local people, connecting visitors with local communities through information on locations and points of interest (such as wildlife, shipwreck sites, castles, local tales etc).

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Wales Coast Path GeoVation Winners

By , 20 June, 2014 8:10 am

In March 2012, we launched our Wales Coast Path Challenge ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coat Path?’ – GeoVation partnered with the Technology Strategy Board’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) programme, and the Welsh Government. The Challenge was supported by  Ramblers Cymru and by the Inventorium programme.

Out of the 8 finalists, 5 winners were chosen and the winners received a share of £125,000 in innovation funding:

Snout Wales (from Oli – formerly Perfect Visitor Companion) – £40,000Wales coast path challenge logo

Real Food Wales – £30,000, plus £1,000 community award

Ap ogam – £30,000

Living Paths – £17,500

Growing Routes – £7,500

We caught up with the winners and partners last year and made the video below which gives a great insight to what they got out of the GeoVation Camp and what has been happening since the Camp.

Gareth Browning, Research & Development projects Senior Adviser, Welsh Government and Gwenda Owen, Community Engagement Ramblers Cymru, explain the benefits the Challenge will (and has) brought to the Welsh Coast Path community so far.

Helen and Nicola Steer, Real Food Wales, not only praise the GeoVation process on how open it is but also explain how they have managed to launch their product and the initial response/feedback they have had. While Richard Fairhurst, Growing Routes, explains how having access to the complete OS OpenData sets gave his idea a much broader target audience to his original concept. Robin Owain, Llwybrau Bywu (living Paths), is thrilled with the new role he has. Thanks to the GeoVation Challenge panel choosing his idea, Robin is now an employee of Wikipedia as the Welsh manager – congratulations Robin!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about GeoVation or our winner then read our booklet or visit our website.

Remember to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and LinkedIn to keep up to date with GeoVation Challenges and events.

 

 

 

New GeoVation booklet published!

By , 17 June, 2014 8:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the latest version of the GeoVation Booklet has now been published!  The booklet includes information on GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas!

The booklet has some intereImage of the GeoVation booklet cover and hyperlink to downloadsting facts about GeoVation which was launched in October 2009. In that time:

2511 participants have registered

630 ideas have been submitted

77 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and

28 winners have been awarded a share of over £637,000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

There’s information on all our GeoVation  challenges from our first GeoVation Awards Programme in 2009  through our problem focussed challenges aimed at building local resilience. In 2010 we launched 2 challenges focussed on how we could feed ourselves in Britain and reduce the environmental impact of transport in a sustainable way. In 2012 we ran a challenge focussed on resolving neighbourhood problems and building a sense of community, and a further challenge themed around connecting communities and visitors along the new Wales Coast Path to tie in with its launch.  In 2013 the GeoVation Challenge focussed on improving environmental performance, set against the context that UK companies could save £6 billion a year if they used resources more efficiently. Our latest  challenge aimed at encouraging active lifestyles  was focussed on the £8bn cost to the UK economy as a result of our inactivity.

We’ve made the booklet available online, so you can find out how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey, about the 28 winners Ordnance Survey has funded  and the ideas they have launched or which are in development.

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

Individual case studies are also available on our website

If you would like a copy of the GeoVation booklet sent to you, please email us at champions@geovation.org.uk

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’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!

- See more at: http://www.geovation.org.uk/?s=booklet&x=0&y=0#sthash.jKzEvtIB.dpuf

How to create models of towns with building heights

By , 10 June, 2014 8:15 am

Today’s guest blog is from Cristina Savian at Autodesk. If you were at last week’s GEO Business 2014 event, you may have seen our Acting Director General, Neil Ackroyd give his keynote and feature the image below, an infraworks model of Shrewsbury which was created using our new building heights dataset. Cristina created the model and tells us how.

 

 

Customers using Ordnance Survey’s OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain with the alpha release of building heights attributes. Released on 17 March, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to licence holders at no additional cost.

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GeoVation alumni event video released!

By , 4 June, 2014 8:15 am

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 Alumni – why it’s got serious heritage

By , 30 May, 2014 8:15 am

A round table on Open Innovation Challenges

 

GeoVation alumni Round table 1

Today’s Guest blog is from Quentin Johns. Quentin has been a Judge for Ordnance Survey’s Geovation Challenges and is the Head of Business Development  the Impact Hub Westminster. Quentin has a degree in Social Anthropology from Sussex University. Quentin chaired a round table panel discussion compiled by  Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team and the Impact Hub Westminster, hosted after the GeoVation Alumni event.

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GeoVation Alumni Event

By , 21 May, 2014 8:00 am

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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AddressBase products help you to do more than just locate a property

By , 13 May, 2014 8:15 am

Chris Chambers, Ordnance Survey’s AddressBase Product Manager gives us an update on how AddressBase is being used, two and a half years on from its launch.

Address data has always been important for the public sector and commercial companies. The vision and value of a single spatial addressing infrastructure that underpins key service provision and enables better location data collaboration is starting to deliver results for all our customers.

 

AddressBase

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The future is bright, the future is CARBON!

By , 6 May, 2014 8:15 am

Todays guest blog is by Richard Page, of Carbon Prophet, one of our winners from our Challenge in May 2013: ‘How do we help British business improve environmental performance’ – supported by the Environment Agency. Carbon Prophet were awarded £29,000 and also won the Community Award of £1,000.

AR Carbon received the final tranche of its GeoVation grant funding. As we are seven months into our project ‘Carbon Prophet’ and looking to launch ourselves into the open market, it seems the ideal time to see how things are progressing.

Our project is all about encouraging farmers to rebuild the natural fertility of their soils. One of the most obvious ways of achieving this is to encourage the use of compost as a source of nutrients and as a way of improving soil structure. Obviously we don’t want to use peat-based composts, so we need to find significant supplies of an alternative and that means using green waste compost. Unfortunately, this is not as straightforward as you might think; most green waste compost needs significant work to improve it before it is suitable for use on commercial farms. So, in order to ensure sufficient supplies of a quality product, we have opened negotiations with a number of local authorities to work with them to improve the product that they produce and we aim to have high quality green waste compost available for the start of spring 2015.

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GeoVation Easter caption competition winner choosen!

By , 2 May, 2014 1:00 pm

An morning of highs and oh no’s!!!

Thank you for all the fantastic entries to our GeoVation Easter caption competition! We have some very talented members in our community out there.

Our morning meeting contained a lot of laughter and a few oh no’s while we went through all the entries we had received over the Easter holidays.

Equipped with our coffee, water, herbal teas, and a pile of Easter eggs, we sat down on Wednesday afternoon with a large copy of the photo from our Active Lifestyle challenge and all your entries.  After much deliberation we finally choose the winning caption.

 

Winning Caption

 

 

Our winner is: Michael Coupar from Lancashire.

Congratulations Michael, your prizes are in the post. Michael has won an Ordnance Survey Custom Made Map along with an Ordnance Survey golfing umbrella and a range of GeoVation goodies including pens, t-shirts and some very tasty GeoVation rock.

Keep following GeoVation for more challenges and future competitions.