On Monday 30 June 2014 I attended the i-teams – launch event at Nesta. It’s a report aimed at providing inspiration and guidance on the building blocks that a new generation of ministers and mayors can use to solve problems faster and more effectively.
Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive at Nesta since June 2011, welcomed us to the event. Under his leadership Nesta moved out of the public sector to become a charity in 2012; has launched a range of new initiatives in investment, programmes and research; and has implemented a new strategy involving partnerships with other funders in the UK and internationally.
‘Government have pioneered some of the greatest innovations in modern history. Driven by entrepreneurial and visionary leadership, city and national governments are capable of amazing things’ were Geoff’s opening words.
‘Governments face intense fiscal pressures and demands from citizens who want governments not only to tackle complex problems, but also to be effective at using new technologies as the best business. Much of the world’s public sector innovation is organized haphazardly, with short-term initiatives and odd consultancy reports or conferences rather than focused efforts.’
‘All governments need institutions to catalyst innovation.’
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A round table on Open Innovation Challenges
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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On 10 and 11 May 2014, Ordnance Survey are hosting BlueLightCamp at their Southampton head office. The unconference and hackathon for blue light services is in its third year. The event see attendees bring challenges they’d like help overcoming, ideas they’d like to explore, and many bring along their skills and expertise to help others. Christine Townsend from MusterPoint, tells us about her BlueLightCamp experience.
The first BlueLightCamp in 2012 was my first experience of an unconference and a hackathon. As part of my background in police communication, and with the ever-increasing need to use social media, I wanted to see what it was about and if it could benefit my role in any way.
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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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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'»
With more and more of Britain’s population now living in urban environments, is it possible to harness the power of technology more effectively, to make cities a better place to live in? This is a question the UK’s innovation agency – Technology Strategy Board – posed to 50 cities back in 2012, inviting them to bid for a £24m funding award that would enable the winning bidder to become a ‘Future Cities Demonstrator’ – an initiative that, through the use of technology, aims to improve the integration of services and the urban communities that rely upon them. After taking part in the open competition, Glasgow City Council was awarded with the funding.
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During GeoVation camps, finalists develop their ideas into prototype ventures. To support the teams in this, the camp process is facilitated by service designers who employ design thinking, techniques and processes. In addition to this we are fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of the MDes Service Design Innovation students from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts. Boris Divjak, one of the design students from the course helped at our recent Active Lifestyles GeoVation Camp and writes about his experience in today’s guest blog below:
One of the first things one might notice when visiting the Ordnance Survey headquarters in Southampton is the remarkable size of its logo placed in front of the entrance. The building you are about to enter makes you feel confident that you are there to do some serious business. For the 10 teams competing at the GeoVation Challenge this was perhaps a sign of hope that they might gain an important business partner. For us, students of a service design masters course participating as helpers, it was an opportunity to observe how new, innovative service solutions were being born in the real world.
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Today’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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Since launching Ordnance Survey’s maiden Developer Challenge at the tail-end of 2013, we’ve been busy promoting the competition to all of you budding developers out there! We’re delighted to announce that in total, we received 38 ideas, with the competition now closed for entries. A further stage of the selection process will now take before we announce the winners next month.
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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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