Welcome to GeoVation - Innovation Challenges from Ordnance Survey.
GeoVation Challenges address specific community needs, which may be satisfied, in part, through the use of geography. Entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, innovators can enter our GeoVation Challenges for a chance to win innovation funding to help develop their ideas. You can read our blog posts below and find out find out more about us, our challenges and how to enter.

Kick start your start-up! Applications closing soon for the Geovation Programme!

By , 27 July, 2015 10:53 am

Originally posted by Admin on the Ordnance Survey blog.

With just over two weeks to go until applications close for the Geovation Hub’s latest venture, the Geovation Programme, we take a look at where it started and what entrepreneurs can expect from the Programme.

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Pledge to #GetOutside with OS

By , 27 July, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Small_logo_OrangeAre you one of the growing number of Brits that has become walk-shy? We want your pledges to get off the sofa, ditch your car and be more active for our #GetOutside campaign.
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Get Outdoors Weekend 2015

By , 22 July, 2015 8:00 am

A guest blog from Jeannie Cranfield of Medal Routes, one of the winners of our Active Lifestyles Challenge.

I’m lucky to live at the foot of the Ochil hills and have spent many happy hours exploring the many paths and enjoying the peaceful surroundings and expansive views.

I’m not a particularly fit or fast walker, I think it’s fair to say I’m a plodder. But who cares, there’s never any hurry and some days in summer, it’s just great to plonk down on the grassy slope, hot and out of puff, feeling the wind caress your cheeks as you lie back and watch the clouds dance across the sky.

Get Outdoors Scotland, 1-3 August 2015

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Innovation newsletter, July 2015

By , 21 July, 2015 8:00 am

The latest edition of our Innovation newsletter has just gone out — with news on the Geovation Hub and Programme, new OS products, and upcoming events.

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Innovation newsletter, July edition

Using the Geovation Hub as a Geovation winner

By , 20 July, 2015 8:00 am

A guest blog from Richard Page of Carbon Prophet, a winner of our 2013 Environment Challenge. Several of our winners from various challenges have already begun to make use of the Geovation Hub and find it a great place to work, network, innovate, and share ideas.

It is always exciting to be asked to attend the launch of something and so, when an email dropped into my inbox inviting me to the launch of the all new Geovation Hub, I quickly accepted.

For those who don’t know, the Hub is designed to be a collaborative space where geographers, developers, challenge winners and others can come together to ensure that winning ideas can access all the support that they need to make a success of their projects.

So, it was with real excitement that I found myself, at 5pm on a Thursday evening, being escorted into the Geovation Hub. I won’t go into the details of the evening that will be done in much more detail by others, but I do want to explain why I feel that the Hub is important.

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Sign up for a Mapathon

By , 17 July, 2015 10:29 am

Originally posted by the Cartographic Design Team on the Ordnance Survey blog.


BCSLogoOn Tuesday 8 September we’ll be hosting the 2nd Mapathon, alongside the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC).

The developer world has been using hackathons for a number of years to quickly create software for a common, often charitable purpose. The Mapathon adopts the same principles but, rather than software, our output will be high-quality cartographic products that reveal previously unseen patterns in the data, or maps the charity can use for marketing.

Working with data supplied by the Mammal Society, teams or individuals from the cartographic community are invited to gather together to share their ideas, skills and experience for the benefit of others. Each team has the chance to present their work to a panel of judges, who will review the projects and award prizes.

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Geovation Hub launches along with programme for start-ups

By , 14 July, 2015 10:31 am

Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

The Geovation Hub in Clerkenwell, London, officially opened this month. Our CEO Nigel Clifford was on hand at the launch — hear what he had to say in this short video.

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GeoVation winners Land Unlocked at HouseParty 2015

By , 6 July, 2015 11:02 am

A guest blog by Andy Reeve of Land Unlocked, one of the winners of our Housing Challenge.

HouseParty is a UK housing ‘unconference’ held every year at the same time as the more classical CIH Housing conference, aiming to showcase the best in innovation, disruption and new developments in the UK housing sector. It was great to be invited along as representatives of Impact Hub Birmingham to talk about the role data and community development could have in democratising housing development.


The session gave us a chance to share our thinking behind our GeoVation idea and to discuss this with a group of experienced and interested housing professional. After spending the last few months analysing a large amount of Land Registry and OS data and talking with large landowners, it was nice to socialise the idea wider and get some feedback on the concept.

Rather than simply present a version of Land Unlocked (the new name for Democratising Development), we wanted to embrace the spirit of unconferences and get a debate going amongst the attendees in our session. We released a blog prior to the event outlining our vision and after a brief introduction we broke off into three separate groups to ask three questions:
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The circular economy at the Geovation Hub

By , 1 July, 2015 1:49 pm

Over 20 people attended the Geovation Hub’s second Trend Café on 25 June, run by the Hub team and Trendwatching.com, which discussed trends in the circular economy.

Circular Economy Trend Cafe, 25 June 2015

Image by Trendwatching

Questions were raised and discussions took place around such subjects as: the consumer needs behind innovations, consumerism and sustainability, versatile reusability, patterns in customer behaviour, conscious and unconscious choices in consumerism, and developing trends that challenge conventional selling patterns.

The next Trend Café will be held on 22 July, and will explore trends based around makers and brands facilitating consumers to ‘make their mark’. Places are limited and selling quickly.

Building a 3D map of London

By , 26 June, 2015 9:12 am

Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Have you seen the fantastic 3D model map of London at The Building Centre yet? We popped in to see it in early May, but that was ahead of the full interactive display being live over the map. It’s all up and running now and our colleague Danny Hyam, who was also involved in putting the map and data together, took some great photos.

London 3D map

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