“I’ve just had a great idea.”
Dangerous words in our office. The two of us run a small business (www.nautoguide.com) aiming to change the world of digital mapping and “great ideas” often lead us astray from the path we should be formally treading. But I just couldn’t keep quiet; I’d been reading the challenge laid out by the GeoVation team and immediately saw how we could make a compelling case.
Richard Reynolds and Dave Barter with Roland Harwood
The challenge centred around the theme of housing and asked, “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?” I mulled this over whilst grasping a cup of coffee and asked myself who best understands the needs and issues of the community? Is it the powers that be? Is it those servicing the community? No, it’s the community themselves. They always know what needs improving and often know the best way to go about it, why not give them a tool where they can describe their needs, describe their solution and let the good ideas gather momentum? Surely this would enable people to live in better places by giving them a tool to facilitate change.
I turned to my business partner Richard and we began to develop our thinking further. We saw how a well annotated map that could be easily shared across social networks would go a long way to describe the needs and ideas a community may have. We also saw how these ideas could be seeded in a form of consultation by the powers that be, asking communities what they thought of plans and allowing interactive discussion with the map as the basis.
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Originally posted by Gemma on the Ordnance Survey blog.
We’re thrilled to be a partner at the Keswick Mountain Festival on 14-17 May. Taking place in the heart of the Lake District the packed programme includes speakers like Ray Mears and Alastair Bownlee, music from Mercury Prize winner Badly Drawn Boy and a host of guided activities including MTB biking, hiking, canoeing, navigation training, ghyll scrambling, climbing and so much more. There’s something for all the family with kids activities, food stall and exhibitors on site at Crow Park too.
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On Tuesday 24 February 600 people came together at Southbank to Reimagine London and ask “What if we made London a National Park?”. In this extended article the award-winning writer Lucy Anna Scott shares her day at this important event.
Photo by Simon de Glanville
“I hope you’re all in an imaginative mood,” enthused Daniel Raven-Ellison, founder of the Greater London National Park campaign, as he opened the Reimagine London event at Southbank Centre this week.
But picturing Greater London as the world’s first National Park City doesn’t require a huge leap of imagination these days.
What started out as the brainchild of geographer and explorer Raven-Ellison just less than a year ago is now rapidly maturing into a campaign that has a life all of its own. And the 600 participants – who attended a packed programme of talks, debates and activities to explore the concept of London as a National Park – were proof of the momentum behind a campaign that’s swept the likes of Zac Goldsmith, Chris Packham and Robert Macfarlane along with it.
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We were recently involved in the UK’s first ever Open Data Camp, a weekend event that was held in Winchester on the 21st & 22nd February and which was devoted entirely to open data. Whilst a couple of weeks may have passed since then, we thought we’d share our experiences from the event with you here on the blog.
The Camp was run as an ‘unconference’; meaning the agenda for the two days was not pre-determined and it was up to the 150 delegates to propose the sessions that would run over the course of the weekend. The organisers had promised however that there would be plenty of opportunities to learn, share and participate in a number of presentations, open discussions and story-telling sessions – as well as plenty of coffee and cake throughout the weekend!
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London isn’t just a city but a diverse region.
— Murad Quereshi, London Assembly Member for the Labour Party and deputy Chair of the Environment Committee and Chair of London Waterways Commission
Reimagine London — sponsored by Ordnance Survey, Thames Tideway Tunnel and Queen Mary University of London — took place on Tuesday in Southbank’s Queen Elizabeth Hall.
The event was part of a larger project, Greater London National Park, which began in September 2014 and which invites Londoners to reevaluate their understanding of their city, of National Parks, and of the relationships between urban and rural; and to imagine how the city could be improved. It was initiated by Daniel Raven-Ellison, a winner of our Transport Challenge with Mission:Explore.
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About a week back, in mid January, GeoVation held its eighth challenge at the Ordnance Survey Head Office, when nine teams arrived to develop and pitch their ideas.
As I’m a pretty recent addition to the GeoVation team, having started in November, all of my work focus has been on preparing for this event. It was great to see everything come together — with no real problems apart from the weather, which prevented one of the teams from making it to camp — and the atmosphere was very positive, energetic and idealistic, which is one of my favourite kinds of working environment. If there was any blood/sweat/tears involved in the run-up to camp (which I would never admit to) the weekend made up for all of it.
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Well done to all the finalists who took part in the GeoVation Camp held at Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton over the weekend. The finalists were chosen from the 43 ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help people live in better places.
It was a truly amazing and inspiring weekend, and we offered support to help the 10 invited teams develop a prototype venture and become ‘match fit to pitch’ over the weekend. Helpers included service designers, Ordnance Survey and Land Registry colleagues, help with Business Models from Richard Browndson and former GeoVation winner Peter Boyce of City Farmers.
At the end of an exciting and energetic weekend, the teams were visited by the GeoVation judging panel to discuss how their ideas were progressing; they then pitched to the judges and audience for a slice £100,000 in innovation funding.
The audience also voted for their favourite idea to win the Community Award of £1,000.
The judges selected four Successful Finalists to be awarded funding to develop their ideas further.
- MyHome Energy Planner: A team from Carbon Co-op, National Energy Foundation and Urbed, with their idea for an online tool that will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. Using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data, the team will plan a pilot first and work with local authorities and draw on their existing network of organisations. The tool will householders’ current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage.
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On Friday evening, the finalist teams for our challenge, ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’ arrived for the Camp opening. This afternoon, they will be presenting their ideas to our judging panel. Here are a few photographs of the weekend so far and the work they have been doing.
GeoVation Camp opening on Friday evening
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Our Guest blog today is from the Land Registry team who are working with us on our current GeoVation Challenge “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?”. Land Registry were extremely excited to be working along side us on this years masterclasses giving them a hands on opportunity to show case their data sets in action.
This year’s first GeoVation open data masterclass took place on Thursday 16 October in Tech Hub Swansea. We partnered with Ordnance Survey to host the event, with support from IT specialists Software Alliance Wales. Continue reading 'OS OpenData Masterclasses Begin in Collaboration with Land Registry'»
The Nationally acclaimed Malvern Festival of Innovation returned for its third successive year last week, and Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation were proud to be Silver sponsors of this year’s festival.
The event, was launched on Wednesday (October 1), and has continued to grow. This year’s event spanned four days at Malvern Theatres including some parallel events around the town with a range of excellent guest speakers.
Organised by Malvern-based Key IQ in association with Malvern Hills District Council and supported by numerous sponsors such as Lockheed Martin, Santandar, UK Trade & Investment and of course GeoVation,, the festival is a free event. This year’s festival focused on engineering and manufacturing, cyber security, and the Business of Innovating explored, with keynote speakers descending on Malvern from around the UK.
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