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Developer Challenge winners announced

By , 14 April, 2014 8:15 am

Today’s blog is written by Gemma Ordnance Survey’s Social Media Manager, Gemma attended the presentations of the seven finalists of Ordnance Survey’s Developer Challenge.

Ordnance Survey teamed up with TechHub late last year to launch the Developer Challenge and were thrilled to receive 35 entries by the closing date in February. They whittled that down to seven finalists and had a fantastic morning at TechHub’s Old Street office this week watching the seven pitch their innovative geolocation ideas for a chance to win a year’s support package for their start-ups.

The finalists had just five minutes to present their innovative, profitable or cost saving ideas, all using Ordnance Survey data at the core. Following their Dragon’s Den-style pitch, the finalists then had five minutes to be questioned by the talented panel of judges.

OS Developer Challenge Winners

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IC tomorrow – Technology Strategy Board Network – digital innovation contest

By , 11 April, 2014 8:15 am

Ordnance Survey are delighted to be working in partnership with IC tomorrow. Based in London’s Tech City, they are a Technology Strategy Board programme that stimulates innovation and economic growth in the digital sector by breaking down barriers and opening doors for a new generation of entrepreneurs.

The programme serves as a hub for digital innovation, connecting start-ups and SMEs with leading commercial partners and investors across the UK, through funded contests, events, strategic matchmaking and mentoring opportunities.

IC tomorrow runs a range of funded contests across the digital and creative sectors. These contests are run in collaboration with leading partners who help to set relevant contest challenges that will encourage innovation in new digital applications or services. Ordnance Survey is one of those partners. Contest applicants can benefit from the funding that is awarded to successful companies to develop their proposed solutions and grow their businesses; gain from exposure to a range of leading content providers and rights holders; test their proposed application or service with those partner companies and organisations; promote their prototype solution via the IC tomorrow programme and retain their full intellectual property. Continue reading 'IC tomorrow – Technology Strategy Board Network – digital innovation contest'»

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.

 

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Get involved with TechHub and Ordnance Survey’s Developer Challenge

By , 21 February, 2014 8:15 am

With the GeoVation Camp rapidly approaching and our 10 finalists confirmed we thought it be a good time to remind you of another competition; the Ordnance Survey Developer challenge in partnership with TechHub.

So today’s guest blog is from TechHub and Locappy.

TechHub

Last Thursday saw TechHub host the first in a brand new series of events, ‘The Future of… Location Based Tech’ and they were very pleased to have four top speakers sharing their knowledge of where the future of location based tech may end up taking us.

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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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Only five days left to submit your GeoVation Challenge ideas to encourage active lifestyles in Britain

By , 10 January, 2014 8:20 am

With only five days left till the GeoVation Challenge closes for entries, your ideas have been pouring in! As with our previous GeoVation Challenges we’re looking for great ideas that address problems using geography, technology and good design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a share of £100,000 to help develop ventures that encourage active lifestyles in Britain and make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data.

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Merry Christmas and Happy Innovating New Year from the GeoVation Team

By , 20 December, 2013 8:00 am

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Dear GeoVators,

We thought it would be a fitting end to the year to give you a quick lowdown on what we have all been doing since our last team blog but firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from GeoVation and Ordnance Survey. Thank you for all your support in 2013. We look forward to running some new challenges and events in the New Year, as well as supporting our existing challenge winners.

Happy Christmas from GeoVation

Jonathan
Well this has been an eventful few months for the GeoVation team. October saw the arrival of a new member joining on secondment, me ‘Jonathan Field’ you may have seen a few of my blogs and the many tweets being sent out. I joined the GeoVation team from our Design team where I worked as a Graphic Designer and my work included producing literature and stands for the GeoVation team.
In the last year I developed a keen interest in Geospatial Information (GI), having spent 6 months in our Pre and Post Sales Support (PPSS) team learning about a variety of GI software and how our products can and are used by our customers.
Since joining the team I have hit the ground running, researching the problem Pow Wow outputs, not only for the current challenge but for the BITC Southampton hub; attending the Malvern Festival of Innovation where we launched our new challenge; helping at several of the OS OpenData masterclasses, travelling from Southampton to as far afield as Edinburgh; managing our social media streams such as Facebook, Twitter and the Blog; and baking the odd cake or two for the team. In my spare time I have for the last three years been renovating my house from top to bottom and have an end in sight finally…I won’t know what to do with myself once I have finished. Continue reading 'Merry Christmas and Happy Innovating New Year from the GeoVation Team'»

Measuring what matters

By , 10 December, 2013 8:00 am

In our latest GeoVation Challenge, we are calling for ideas that encourage active lifestyles, particularly in open spaces, such as parks.

Nesta is an innovation charity that runs projects which help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. Nesta, in partnership with The Heritage Lottery Fund and The Big Lottery Fund, are currently running a Rethinking Parks Programme looking for bold and innovative ways to use, manage and make the most of the UK’s public parks.

In our guest blog today Lydia Ragoonanan, Rethinking Parks programme manager explains why we need better intelligence to keep our parks going.

If we measure what matters, then it has to be Photo of family in bike in parkmore than just waistlines if we are to encourage more active lifestyles in Britain.  Whilst we have a wealth of data about the benefits of physical activity, our data about how and where people access outdoor spaces is less healthy. Ordnance Survey report that a critical factor to getting out and getting active is having close, easy and pleasant access to outside space.  

Both the Rethinking Parks programme and GeoVation’s latest Active Lifestyles challenge aim to address the issue, albeit from different angles.

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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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Challenging Britain to get active in the open!

By , 7 November, 2013 8:00 am

We are really excited to be launching our 7th GeoVation Challenge today on the theme of ‘How can we encourage Click here to enter the Active Lifestyles GeoVation Challengeactive lifestyles in Britain?’

Our physical and mental well-being is greatly influenced by our lifestyle; from our first steps to our last!  So, following the success of previous challenges, this time we are calling for innovative ideas that will encourage people to lead active lifestyles in the open; whatever their age.

As with previous GeoVation Challenges we are looking for great ideas which address the problems using geography, technology and good design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 to help develop ventures that make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data to solve problems.

An All-Party Commission on Physical Activity which launched recently states 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 physical inactivity to the NHS across the UK is £1.06 billion. (Start Active, Stay Active)

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