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Here you can look through our weekly posts, share your thoughts, become involved on social media and get in touch with us about your blog ideas. Collaborate, exchange ideas, innovate and be inspired through our programme, challenge and location data-lab in the heart of London’s tech-city. In partnership with Ordnance Survey.

Geovation Water Challenge: Funding innovation that improves our relationship with water

By , 1 December, 2015 9:00 am

Today, we are excited to launch Ordnance Survey’s ninth Geovation Challenge; this time focussed on our relationship with water and finding solutions to the Challenge question ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’

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As previously, this Geovation Challenge is looking for solutions grounded in a problem worth solving using our established methodology of ‘Innovation = problem x solution x execution’ To enable us to unlock the problems associated with water we ran a Water Problem Deep Dive and identified 5 key themes as the focus for this Challenge: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; aging water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour.  You can find out more about these problems in detail here

To help you identify with these problems we have created a persona for each of the themes:

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Open Data Masterclasses – dive into the Water Challenge!

By , 25 November, 2015 8:00 am


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Next week will see the launch of the 9th Geovation Challenge “How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?” so keep a close eye here on the blog for further news!

In support of the Water Challenge, we’re announcing a further series of our popular FREE open data masterclasses, with six dates throughout Britain. During the session, we’ll take a close look at open data available from Ordnance Survey, Environment Agency and others, revealing how the information can be used as a key ingredient to solving problems relating to the theme.

You’ll learn the basics, including how to access and download open data, using the information in an open-source software package to run through a self-led tutorial that will enable you to analyse a Water related problem.

We’ll also have a guest speaker at each event who, alongside the Geovation team, will take a deep dive into the Challenge themes. Details of how to enter and information about the £20,000 value of development support that will be available to each winner through the Geovation Programme will also be shared.


Here are the dates and locations: -

LONDON – 2 December 2015

GLASGOW – 13 January 2016

NEWCASTLE – 14 January 2016

LIVERPOOL – 19 January 2016

BIRMINGHAM – 20 January 2016

SWANSEA – 21 January 2016


Previous Masterclass participants (from series six) told us:

“There were a generous helping of trainers and it is a brilliant training pack. I cannot believe this was a free event – the standard of materials was outstanding”

“I loved that it opened up a whole new world for me. This was my first introduction to Geospatial data, so it was a great, clear and through walkthrough of something I would otherwise have struggled with a lot.”

“Having the materials to take away after is great.”


…and you can check this previous blog to see a further summary of the feedback received from previous Masterclasses.


Series seven is sure to be as popular as ever, so book your place now to avoid disappointment!

We look forward to seeing you there!



GeoSpock completes £3.5m Series A fundraising

By , 5 November, 2015 10:53 am

On 5th October 2015, GeoSpock, one of our first ever resident innovators at the Geovation Hub announced the closure of its series A investment round, totaling £3,500,000. Our team here at the Hub were thrilled when we heard about their success.

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Programme: Anya’s journey so far

By , 5 November, 2015 10:51 am

The perfect mixture of entrepreneurs joined forces with Geovation on our first ever accelerator programme in early October. Intended to be an ideas incubator, whether you’re a developer, innovator or entrepreneur, it’s the perfect funded start-up accelerator if you want to create a product or business using location information and technology.

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Challenge: Up, up and away we Deep Dive

By , 5 November, 2015 10:49 am

November 2015 sees the launch of Geovation’s ninth Challenge focused on the global water crisis.

As the foundation to Geovation, as we now know it – with its public Hub in central London open to location-data based enterprise and its accelerator Geovation Programme – the Challenge has its roots since 2009, at the beginning of Ordnance Survey’s open data journey.

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Minecraft map success leads to a virtual reality

By , 5 November, 2015 10:48 am

The spectacular setting of Ben Nevis provides the backdrop for an Oculus Rift game created by Ordnance Survey developers, in which players race against the clock to find a hidden trig pillar.

The recreation of Britain’s highest mountain has been constructed by OS in 1:4 scale using OS data and covers an area of 10km x 10km. Britain’s mapping agency, with a 224-year history of collecting and using data in imaginative and useful ways, has today also released a virtual reality (VR) tour of the same rugged Ben Nevis mountains cape that is featured in OS’s Oculus Rift game. The virtual tour is available for both iOS and Android devices to be used with Google Cardboard.

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Natural History Museum: ‘We hope people will discover new species with our open data’

By , 21 October, 2015 8:00 am

In the run up to the ODI summit on 3rd November, ODI spoke to the Natural History Museum’s Data Portal Lead Architect, Ben Scott, on how their new data portal is changing the way species are viewed, recorded and discovered.


Ben was asked this…

What do you think this means for the future of museums and research?

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New blog, Geovation Programme and more

By , 16 October, 2015 8:00 am


You’re probably thinking “Wow! The Geovation blog has changed!” But, all of our great history of Geovation Challenges can be accessed just like before via the “Previous Geovation Challenges” tab, so head over there now if you want to have a look! In the meantime, here’s what’s been happening…

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The Geovation Programme launch

On Thursday 1st October, we opened up our doors to five start-ups run by people who all have the will to carry on as a determined, optimistic members of The Geovation Programme – well and ready to embark on the journey to develop their business. From a young entrepreneur looking to see where this journey will take her to someone with a tech-savvy machine learning background – the mixture of minds that our first accelerator programme has is definitely a solid one.

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NetPark: The World’s First Digital Park

By , 29 September, 2015 8:00 am


Metal is bringing you NetPark! A new visitor attraction for Southend and presents a collection of specially commissioned, site-specific, digital artworks and stories for Chalkwell Park in Southend on Sea. Launching on the 10th October 2015, it seems like it’s going to be a great experience for anyone due to its intriguing nature. You can find out more about the opening days here: www.metalculture.com

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The three day user experience at the Hub

By , 22 September, 2015 8:00 am


Ordnance Survey’s team of creative developers went to the Geovation Hub in London with the bright intention to help two of the Hub’s members accelerate their user experience from top to bottom. They spent three days at the Hub working alongside one another as well as Richard and Tim, the founders of AR Carbon and The Land App to create specific types of designs for their businesses App requirements. Richard Page, founder of AR Carbon and expert in soil fertility management, won the GeoVation environment challenge back in 2013 and since has been developing his business at the Geovation Hub with intention to revolutionise the quality of soil fertility for farmers across the UK. You can take a look at Richard’s website now on http://www.arcarbon.co.uk/

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