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OS Innovation Newsletter – Spring edition

By , 22 April, 2014 8:15 am

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.

 Spring Newsletter

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It’s Easter so lets have a little fun!

By , 17 April, 2014 8:00 am

© 2014 Elenarts/Shutterstock.com

 

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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Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far

By , 9 April, 2014 8:10 am

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'»

AccessAdvisr – 18 months on from our Geovation Challenge

By , 3 April, 2014 8:00 am

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.

GooglePlay – AccessAdvisr App

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Funding announced for ventures to get people active

By , 28 March, 2014 8:00 am

If you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at finding ideas to encourage people to lead active lifestyles.

Following on from this the Judging Panel met on Wednesday to confirm the winning ventures to get people active and decide how to award the funding.

The £101,000 awarded by Ordnance Survey will be split as follows:

Ramblers Scotland will receive £28,000 in funding to develop Medal Routes App. Rob Burns and Jeannie Cranfield submitted Photo of medal routes team with certificatethe idea to develop a mobile app to add to the existing Medal Routes website. Medal Routes identifies and maps short circular, bronze, silver and gold level walk from walking hubs.  These walking challenges encourage people throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. They can progress from short 15 minute walks to walking for up to an hour.  The development of the app, using Ordnance Survey data, will enable more widespread engagement and breakdown some of the barriers to participation. Wherever people are they will have hundreds of walks at their fingertips and, through games and challenges, incentives to walk and map their own routes.

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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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