Each year everyone at Ordnance Survey has the chance to nominate, and vote for the corporate charity to support and put all of our fund-raising efforts into. For the next 12 months, we’ll be supporting Southampton Women’s Aid a charity which provides help and assistance to women, children and young people who are affected by domestic abuse.
On 26 and 27 July, a team of 5 runners from Ordnance Survey (including me, doing my bit for an active lifestyle!), are taking on a very active challenge, the Thunder Run 24hr to raise money for the corporate charity. This is a tough physical and mental challenge, because Thunder Run is a 24 hour off-road relay race over a 10km circuit against the clock. It can be completed solo or in teams of 2 to 8. It’s held in Catton Park in South Derbyshire. The varied terrain includes woodland, grass and track.
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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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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.
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.
By now you should have received our spring edition of OS innovation newsletter, with of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including Funding for winners of the GeoVation Challenge, OS Developer Challenge and Ordnance Survey’s partnership with IC Tomorrow.
OS OpenSpace update on the internet bug ‘Heartbleed’
In response to the announcement of the internet bug ‘Heartbleed’ in the OpenSSL cryptographic software used by many businesses, we have changed our SSL certificates in OS OpenSpace to protect our customers’ personal data. We recommend that you change your password in the OS OpenSpace ‘My Account’ page. If you have been using the same password on other accounts, you may also wish to update those. Update your OS OpenSpace password here.
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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.
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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'»
Today’s guest blog is by Neil Taylor from AccessAdvisr, winners of the How can we improve transport in Britain Challenge. Access Advisr is a website that helps you find out, and rate, how accessible different places, and transport networks are. Unlike other sites, Access Advisr doesn’t rely solely upon static audited information, or the ‘official’ information made available by transport system operators. Uniquely, the site enables people to share their advice and experiences (good or bad) on how accessible they find different places and transport networks in the UK.
Since we participated in the GeoVation Challenge focused on ‘How can we improve transport in Britain’, we have continued developing the BETA version of the AccessAdvisr website through a series of projects in Lowestoft, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.
Continue reading 'AccessAdvisr – 18 months on from our Geovation Challenge'»
Today’s guest blog is from Zoe Ross of Happy Education. Zoe was awarded funding of £28,000 to develop her idea, GeoCraft, in our GeoVation Challenge, How can we help British businesses improve environmental performance, supported by the Environment Agency.
GeoCraft enables schools and local businesses to work together to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft, a hugely popular video game set in virtual 3D worlds made up of cubes of different materials. Using Ordnance Survey data, it would stimulate children to think about environmental challenges and ideas to solve these, and could be fed back to the local business to implement. Zoe tells us what’s been happened since winning funding form GeoVation.
‘That was the best lesson ever!’
This is music to the ears of any teacher and something that I’ve been lucky enough to hear on many occasions in the last few months as I have been trialing our GeoCraft project with the Year 6 pupils at Yorston Lodge School.
Pupils’ delight in and enthusiasm for the club has been palpable and their feedback and suggestions for improving the project has been invaluable.
Building the Tatton Park mansion as part of our work on Knutsford
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Last weekend saw our GeoVation Camp finalists make their final pitches How to encourage active lifestyles in Britain. We had three successful finalists from the GeoVation Challenge, winning a share of £100,000 in innovation funding to develop their ideas. A £1,000 community prize fund, voted by the camp participants was also awarded. They are:
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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'»