Category: Developer Engagement Events

Team of young coders build location-based game, using OS OpenData

By , 1 December, 2014 8:00 am

Back in August, we shared news about our support at the Young Rewired State (YRS) Festival of Code and how we mentored young people at one of the centres at Totton College, which is just a stone’s throw from our Head Office.

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YRS Festival of Code 2014

Following that blog, we were contacted by another team of young coders – Jakob Metson, Tim Yeo, Gordon Lee and Solomon Foy – who told us how they’d also used OS OpenData during the week to build a game. The young coders told us they ‘were amazed by the sheer volume of maps supplied’ through our OS OpenData portal – so we thought we’d invite them to write a guest post, allowing them to share their awesome achievement with our fellow blog followers!

The team, who were aged between 8 and 14 years old and who were based in a centre located in London, discovered our OS OpenData portal via the YRS resources page. Here’s what they had to say about their project: Continue reading 'Team of young coders build location-based game, using OS OpenData'»

From attending OS OpenData Masterclass, to winning GeoVation

By , 17 November, 2014 8:00 am

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Today’s blog was written by Land Registry and is reproduced here with their kind permission.

When Jason Davies registered for a GeoVation opendata Masterclass in 2012, he had no idea that it would become the springboard for winning GeoVation Challenge funding.

Jason who worked for Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust registered for the class because he wanted to learn more about Ordnance Survey (OS) mapping data. His organisation who work with offenders serving community sentences, were already considering how they could get members of the public to nominate suitable Community Payback projects.

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OS Innovation autumn newsletter now available

By , 6 December, 2013 8:30 am

We have just sent out our autumn edition of OS Innovation news, which is packed with lots of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including our current GeoVation Challenge, our visit to Appsworld and more about innovation licences. The newsletter is also available online.

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Return of Ordnance Survey’s free OS OpenData Masterclasses

By , 8 October, 2013 8:00 am

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People across Great Britain are being given the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of open data and the tools and techniques to use open datasets, through a series of free masterclasses, hosted by Ordnance Survey and supported by Horizon Digital Economy Research.

This series of masterclasses will follow the format of previous workshops in combining theory and practical sessions.

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Helping young people innovate with open data at the Festival of Code 2013

By , 15 August, 2013 8:00 am

You may have read in our previous blog that last week, Ordnance Survey supported the Young Rewired State’s (YRS) Festival of Code 2013. Our support for the event involved us working with a team of other experienced mentors, to help almost thirty young people create new prototype apps and websites. Ideas ranged from creating a grocery price comparison site; to building a conceptual app that maps how intelligent people are in different areas of Great Britain.

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Developer Program Manager – Ian Holt teaching Young People how to code with Ordnance Survey data
Photo by Amina Malik Courtesy of Hub Westminster.

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Ordnance Survey at the Festival of Code 2013

By , 6 August, 2013 8:00 am


On the 5th and 6th of August, we’re supporting the Young Rewired State’s Festival of Code 2013. This will be the fifth such exciting gathering of talented young coders, designers and developers – all of whom are under the age of 18. Our developer outreach team will be supporting the event by offering mentorship to some of the teams that have entered the competition.

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So, what is the The Festival of Code? Essentially, it’s a week-long hackathon for young people, taking place in various centres throughout the UK.  From Monday through to Thursday, young people will gather to learn how to code and how to program the world around them.

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Digital Shoreditch festival 2013 – hear how we’re involved!

By , 23 May, 2013 8:00 am

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This week from Monday through to Sunday you’ll find us at the Digital Shoreditch festival, an event that attracts hundreds of speakers from the most innovative and successful companies and organisations across creative, technical, start-up tech and digital spaces and beyond. During the week, we’ll be exhibiting, speaking and promoting our digital products and services amongst some of Tech City’s most talented digital and technical creative individuals.

The festival has a different theme each day, comprising of panel sessions, key note speeches and discussions – kicking off with Monday’s “What Tech City” theme. During the day, festival goers collectively explored the many companies and organisations that make Tech City what it is, focusing on developing new ways to exploit the potential for growing global engagement and improving our digital economy and society.

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Developers gather at BlueLight Camp 2013 hackathon

By , 30 April, 2013 8:00 am

In a previous blog, we shared news about how we were supporting the BlueLightCamp hackathon, which was a developer event that took place in Manchester last Sunday. Aimed at developers that work in the Fire, Police and resilience services in the public and private sector, the event provided an opportunity for participants to explore and develop prototype ideas that address just some of the criminal and justice issues we face today.

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The day kicked off at 10 am, with the event organisers providing a recap of some of the key topics that had been discussed in Saturday’s unconference. One recurring theme related to the increasing role that social media is playing in the provision of such services and the potential that these channels of communication may hold for the future. Many examples were cited of how police forces are increasingly using platforms such as Twitter and Facebook to communicate with the public. It was highlighted that some forces are even adopting other platforms such as Google+, Pinterest, YouTube and Flickr to not only to broadcast information, but to engage with people directly and to open lines of communication that were previously not in place.

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Digital technology to digital economy – our involvement at Urban Prototyping Festival

By , 11 April, 2013 8:00 am

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Held at Imperial College, London between 8th April and 26th June, Urban Prototyping (UP London) is an International festival that brings more than 300 developers, technologists, academics, artists, government bodies and community groups together for a series of events that focus on the role that digital technology can play in creating sustainable society.

This year we were invited to participate and contribute to the agenda, which has a specific theme concentrating on the role that digital technology can play in harnessing the creation of resilient environments, economies and communities. We were delighted to accept the invite, as the festival presents an opportunity for us to introduce our range of products and services in such a context, whilst allowing us to engage with communities that might not have previously considered the many benefits geographic information can bring to potential innovations.

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Read the latest news in OS Innovation

By , 13 March, 2013 8:00 am

We’ve just sent out our spring issue of OS  Innovation packed with lots of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community. The newsletter is also available online.

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Also, you can find out about the OS OpenData competition which you still have time  to enter,  the new lifecycle of OS OpenSpace and take a look at the recently published GeoVation book!

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