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Minecraft in the classroom

By , 26 March, 2014 8:00 am

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.

MineCraft building tatton park mansion

Building the Tatton Park mansion as part of our work on Knutsford

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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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Challenging our finalists to build exciting ideas to get active

By , 12 March, 2014 8:00 am

We recently announced the successful finalists in our GeoVation Challenge to encourage people in Britain to get active outdoors. We asked for innovative ideas to encourage active lifestyles in the open; using geography, particularly Ordnance Survey products and services, technology and good design.

Photo of Service Design students at GeoVation CampThe finalists from the GeoVation Challenge participated in an energetic weekend of no nonsense innovation at GeoVation Camp. The GeoVators focussed on the formula that Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution to help them to develop their ideas. They also practiced their presentations so they would be ‘match fit to pitch’ to the judging panel. Participants were impressed by the level of support, which included help with service design, business models, geography and engaging with Ordnance Survey data.  The teams commented on how well their ideas progressed over the weekend.  At the end of the weekend successful finalists were selected to receive funding to develop their ideas to help people get active. The judging panel meet again on 26 March 2014 to confirm this.

Some comments from some of the invited teams:

‘We found things, people and ways of working that we’d not been exposed to before’ Tony Davis, OWLS

‘Probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had’ Alex Davies-Moore, Tagd

Watch the Active Lifestyles GeoVation Camp video below to find out more:

GeoVation Challenge winners’ reactions to winning at camp

By , 5 March, 2014 8:15 am

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:

 Ramblers Scotland

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GeoVation winners to help encourage active lifestyles

By , 4 March, 2014 8:00 am

Well done to all the finalists who took part in the GeoVation Camp held at Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton over the weekend. The finalists had been selected as the best ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help encourage people lead more active lifestyles.

It was a truly inspiring weekend, and to help the 10 invited teams develop a prototype venture and become ‘match fit to pitch’, we offered the support from service designers, geography students and information on Ordnance Survey products and services.

At the end of an exciting and energetic weekend, the teams were visited by the judging panel to discuss how their ideas were progressing; they then  pitched to the judges and audience for a slice £100,000 in innovation funding.

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10 finalists confirmed to encourage active lifestyles

By , 18 February, 2014 8:00 am

It’s less than 2 weeks to go until GeoVation Camp and we can now announce the finalists who have confirmed their attendance.  The ideas were submitted to our GeoVation Challenge asking for ways to encourage active lifestyles using Ordnance Survey products or services in the solution.

Unfortunately one of the teams we invited is unable to make the weekend of 28 February to 2 March,  so we’ve been able to invite one of the teams from our reserve list.  Places at camp have been limited to 10 teams so that there is time to help develop ideas to into prototyped ventures and to work on pitches for funding.

The confirmed finalists are listed below – or you can find out more about the ideas coming to camp by clicking on the links in our OS OpenSpace map.

 

OS OpenSpace Finalist map

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Innovation Newsletter – winter edition launched

By , 22 January, 2014 8:15 am

By now you should have received our winter edition of OS innovation newsletter, with of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including our current GeoVation Challenge

Preview of Developer Challenge email

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Active lifestyles ideas on the map

By , 17 January, 2014 8:00 am
Thank you for the 74 great ideas  you entered in our GeoVation Challenge to encourage active lifestyles in Britain  and which have ‘now been sent to our judging panel to select the finalists for GeoVation Camp
Take a look at our OS OpenSpace map below to find our where the ideas are from.  You can use the links within the markers to find out more about the ideas.  Even though the GeoVation Challenge is closed you can still comment on the ideas .

 

Active lifestyles, time for the judging to begin

By , 16 January, 2014 8:00 am

Thank you all for your great ideas in the GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain? ’.  We asked for your ideas to encourage people to lead active lifestyles in the open; whatever their age. There were 74 fantastic ideas posted between 7 November 2013 and 15 January 2014 and a whopping 655 people registered on the GeoVation Community during that time!

The next stage is for the judging panel to start reading all of your ideas and select which of these offer the best solution to the active lifestyles challenge theme and are innovative, use technology, good design and of course, use Ordnance Survey geographical information,  including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data in the solution.  The judges will be meeting on 21 January and soon after we’ll announce the finalists to be invited to GeoVation Camp in Southampton over the weekend 28 February to 2 March 2014.

Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 to help develop the best ideas.

You can find out who the judging panel are below:

The Judging Panel Chair is:

Andy MiddletonAndy Middleton - a social entrepreneur, designer and facilitator who helps leaders in business,  government and community build resilience for sustainability. He uses ecology, psychology and experiential learning to help people see the possibilities for radical change where previously they only sensed problems. He is a Board Member of Natural Resources Wales and Founder Director of TYF, a leading and innovative adventure, education and outdoor retail business based in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. His imagination is fired by city and country-scale sustainability projects and by surfing waves of change with clients, friends and family.

Andy will be joined by:

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One day to enter the challenge to encourage active lifestyles

By , 14 January, 2014 8:00 am

With only one day left to enter our latest GeoVation Challenge, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of why we launched a challenge calling for innovative ideas which encourage people to lead active lifestyles in the open.Photo of woman gardening

An All-Party Commission on Physical Activity state on their website “The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive as a population. We are witnessing a physical  inactivity epidemic”.

The estimated direct cost of this physical inactivity to the NHS across the UK is £1.06 billion and by 2050 the estimated total annual cost to the NHS of overweight and obesity is projected to be £9.7 billion, with wider societal cost estimated at £49.9 billion (at 2007 prices)

Regular physical activity is a key contributor to energy balance, helping to prevent obesity and excess weight. It also reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions. In the UK, if all inactive people were to become active, 10.5% of Cardiac Heart Disease cases could potentially be prevented

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