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.

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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Book a slot for the OS OpenData developer masterclass

By , 25 June, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Luke on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Earlier in the year, we shared news with you about the latest suite of OS OpenData products that are available through our download portal. The four new products in the portfolio are OS Open Map – Local, OS Open Names, OS Open Rivers and OS Open Roads. On Thursday 2 July, we’re running a free bite-sized masterclass where we’ll be taking a closer look at these products. We’ll be taking classmates on a journey, teaching them how to access, load, style and use the data in open source software – it’s sure to be a great session!

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Schools – get involved in the Ashcloud Apocalypse GIS event

By , 24 June, 2015 11:57 am

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Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Today’s guest blog is by Raphael Heath, Head of Geography at the Royal High School Bath and one of the winners of the Royal Geographical Society Ordnance Survey Award for Excellence in Secondary Teaching.

Last year, as part of GIS Day 2014, schools across the world participated in a world record GIS Event that I’d organised in collaboration with Esri UK. In this event students were asked to add their ratings for the quality of life in their neighbourhood to a shared online map using ArcGIS online. In total almost 12,000 students took part in the event, setting a new Esri UK world record. The outcomes of this project can be accessed via this summary web app and analysed in more detail in this web app.

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Trend Café at the Geovation Hub – with trendwatching.com

By , 18 June, 2015 1:04 pm
Trend Café, May 2015

Trend Café, May 2015

The next Trend Café takes place at the Geovation Hub, OS’s new innovation hub, on Thursday 25 June 2015. The Trend Cafés explore the latest trends in costumer and societal behaviour, technology, and business, and the ways in which these trends affect the use of data. Trendwatching.com returns to lead the workshop.

This is the second of Geovation Hub’s Trend Cafés and will be focusing on trends in circular economy. The circular economy is a term that refers to an economy that is restorative, with an emphasis on minimum resources, maximum value and usability, and designing for repairability and longevity. It is an alternative to the ‘make-consume-dispose’ model of the linear economy.

The event starts at 8am, at 1 Sekforde Street, London, EC1R 0BE. Places are limited and filling up fast, so book your (free) place now!

The session will also be broadcast on Twitter via Periscope, so if you can’t be there in person, feel free to tune in! You can also watch the last Trend Café event online.

Take another look at Open Data viewer

By , 9 June, 2015 9:01 am

Originally posted by Mike on the Ordnance Survey blog.

When we talk about our range of OS Open Data products, it’s sometimes hard to visualise them from a set of words or descriptions and understand what these products can do for you. Maps and data are by their nature visual things that you have to see to appreciate them. An easy way to this is to visit the OS Open Data viewer site, showing a selection of our national datasets that can be zoomed and searched as you move around the map.

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Green innovation ventures for sustainability

By , 3 June, 2015 9:55 am

This Friday is World Environment Day.

World Environment Day

World Environment Day was established in 1973 and takes place annually on 5 June. The event is organised by the United Nations Environment Programme, each year around a different theme. The theme this year is sustainable consumption and production.

As a part of its community focus, GeoVation takes an interest in events and projects that support the environment. Our 2013 Environment Challenge, ‘How can we help British business improve environmental performance?’, was very successful and led to funding for four ideas, all of which encourage sustainable living practices.
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Use OS Maps online for free

By , 29 May, 2015 8:00 am

Originally posted by Steph on the Ordnance Survey blog.

Over the last few months, we’ve been working on a new version of our online route planning tool, OS getamap. The new application, OS Maps, offers free basic Ordnance Survey mapping with the option to add Explorer and Landranger through subscription.

OS Maps free online mapping

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Cycling innovators and the chance to win a fat bike

By , 28 May, 2015 9:06 am

Bike Week — the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK — is coming up on 13-21 June.

Bike Week

The first Bike Week took place in the UK in 1923 — some 40 years after the potentially lethal penny-farthing had been replaced by the safety bicycle — and was started by the Cyclists’ Touring Club. It has since been replicated in Ireland, Canada and the US. In the UK, it takes place annually on the third week of June. It encourages ‘everyday cycling for everyone’ and aims to promote the benefits of cycling to the environment, society, and individuals’ health. The 2015 event has a particular focus on cycling to work.

In 2014, almost half a million cyclists took part in over 1000 events nationwide. This year’s event is in June, but there are hundreds of events taking place throughout the rest of the year. You can find out what events are happening in your area at www.bikeweek.org.uk, along with your nearest bike shops!

In the Geovation team we take a keen interest in events and innovations that promote active lifestyles. Following our 2013 Active Lifestyles Challenge, four GeoVation winners are developing ventures to enable people to be more active, whether through walking, running, or other sports and activities.

In our 2010 Transport Challenge we encouraged ideas which considered more sustainable forms of transport (including cycling). Two of the winning ideas from the latter challenge, Cyclescape and the London Cycle Map Campaign, focused on improving cycling.

Greater London Cycle Map

Greater London Cycle Map

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Are you walking?

By , 26 May, 2015 1:58 pm

This month has been National Walking Month, an annual campaign run by Living Streets to encourage people to walk. During the month Walk To Work Week fell on 11-15 May, and Walk To School Week on 18-22 May.

At GeoVation we have been keen to encourage active lifestyles and in November 2013, we ran our Active Lifestyles challenge — ‘How can we enable active lifestyles in Britain?’ — and as a result we funded some great ideas to get people active in Britain. One of the winners was Medal Routes, an app created by Ramblers Scotland, which allows you to create and share walking routes, set personal goals, track progress, and interact with other users.

Ramblers Medal Routes

Ramblers Medal Routes

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