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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.

It’s Easter so lets have a little fun!

By , 17 April, 2014 8:00 am

© 2014 Elenarts/Shutterstock.com

 

How do we do that you say? Excellent question!

We’re having an Easter Caption Competition just for you, our GeoVation Community.

It’s very easy! Just look at the photo below, taken at our ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britian’ Challenge Camp, and come up with a caption (one caption per email address) then email it to us along with your name and contact details to Champions@geovation.org.uk

The competition will close at 10am GMT on Wednesday 23 April 2014. We’ll then gather the GeoVation team together to read through your suggestions over a coffee and cake (or the left over Easter Eggs), and pick the one that the team thinks fits the photo best. The winning caption will be announced on the 25 April 2014.

We’ll give the author of our favorite caption an Ordnance Survey Custom Made Map , Umbrella and some GeoVation goodies.

Good luck!

 

 

 

 

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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'»

Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far

By , 9 April, 2014 8:10 am

Today’s guest blog is from Ayo Isinkaye, CEO of Element Green Recycling, one of our winners of the  ‘How can we help British Business improve environmental performance?’ Challenge supported by the Environment Agency. Element Green Recycling won funding of £22,000 to develop their idea – ‘How to reduce costs and make money by separating your waste ’(Green Alchemist).

 

 

Waiting to hear if my proposal was one of the four winners for the GeoVation competition was the most nail-biting moment of my life. Element Green Recycling’s Green Alchemist project was the fourth name to be announced! I was cool on the outside when I stood up to collect our prize and smile at the camera, but I was doing cartwheels on the inside. Two days of working hard at the camp, refining and redeveloping my business idea had paid off. Continue reading 'Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far'»

Building prototypes at Glasgow’s Future Cities Hackathon

By , 7 April, 2014 8:15 am

 

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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AccessAdvisr – 18 months on from our Geovation Challenge

By , 3 April, 2014 8:00 am

Today’s guest blog is by Neil Taylor from AccessAdvisr, winners of the How can we improve transport in Britain Challenge. Access Advisr is a website that helps you find out, and rate, how accessible different places, and transport networks are. Unlike other sites, Access Advisr doesn’t rely solely upon static audited information, or the ‘official’ information made available by transport system operators. Uniquely, the site enables people to share their advice and experiences (good or bad) on how accessible they find different places and transport networks in the UK.

Since we participated in the GeoVation Challenge focused on ‘How can we improve transport in Britain’, we have continued developing the BETA version of the AccessAdvisr website through a series of projects in Lowestoft, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.

GooglePlay – AccessAdvisr App

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Funding announced for ventures to get people active

By , 28 March, 2014 8:00 am

If you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at finding ideas to encourage people to lead active lifestyles.

Following on from this the Judging Panel met on Wednesday to confirm the winning ventures to get people active and decide how to award the funding.

The £101,000 awarded by Ordnance Survey will be split as follows:

Ramblers Scotland will receive £28,000 in funding to develop Medal Routes App. Rob Burns and Jeannie Cranfield submitted Photo of medal routes team with certificatethe idea to develop a mobile app to add to the existing Medal Routes website. Medal Routes identifies and maps short circular, bronze, silver and gold level walk from walking hubs.  These walking challenges encourage people throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. They can progress from short 15 minute walks to walking for up to an hour.  The development of the app, using Ordnance Survey data, will enable more widespread engagement and breakdown some of the barriers to participation. Wherever people are they will have hundreds of walks at their fingertips and, through games and challenges, incentives to walk and map their own routes.

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Minecraft in the classroom

By , 26 March, 2014 8:00 am

Today’s guest blog is from Zoe Ross of Happy Education.  Zoe was awarded funding of £28,000 to develop her idea, GeoCraft, in our GeoVation Challenge, How can we help British businesses improve environmental performance, supported by the Environment Agency.

GeoCraft enables schools and local businesses to work together to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft,  a hugely popular video game set in virtual 3D worlds made up of cubes of different materials. Using Ordnance Survey data, it would stimulate children to think about environmental challenges and ideas to solve these, and could be fed back to the local business to implement. Zoe tells us what’s been happened since winning funding form GeoVation.

‘That was the best lesson ever!’

This is music to the ears of any teacher and something that I’ve been lucky enough to hear on many occasions in the last few months as I have been trialing our GeoCraft project with the Year 6 pupils at Yorston Lodge School.

Pupils’ delight in and enthusiasm for the club has been palpable and their feedback and suggestions for improving the project has been invaluable.

MineCraft building tatton park mansion

Building the Tatton Park mansion as part of our work on Knutsford

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Turning good ideas into great innovations

By , 24 March, 2014 8:15 am

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.Photo of Service design students at GeoVation Camp

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New building height attribute data released by Ordnance Survey

By , 21 March, 2014 8:00 am

Ordnance Survey has announced a new supplementary dataset for its customers to use with OS MasterMap Topography Layer,  Building Height Attribute.

Customers of OS MasterMap Topography Layer can now access information on the heights of almost 20 million buildings across Great Britain in the alpha release of building height attribute. Released on 17 March 2014, OS MasterMap Topography Layer – Building Height Attribute is a product enhancement to OS MasterMap Topography Layer, and available to its licence holders at no additional cost.

 

Simple Building Heights sample

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