Next weekend, 2-4 February, the CityVerve Open Innovation Transportation Hackathon will bring together developers, data scientists, entrepreneurs, designers, and makers to apply creative Internet of Things solutions to transport challenges. They will be making data and hardware from the CityVerve project available to use and there will be mentors on hand to help teams realise their solutions.
The challenges for the weekend will be based around two main areas of focus—cycling and bus stops. CityVerve are looking for solutions that will encourage and enable citizens to adopt cycling and buses as modes of transportation. The scope of these will include, for example:
- Using bike journey data and infrastructure data to better understand user behaviour.
- Identifying business opportunities from cycling data.
- Creating an aggregated booking platform for different bike hire schemes.
- Making bus stops innovative and interactive.
- Improving the experience of using buses for existing users and encouraging more people to use them.
There will be voice activated kit from the Talkative Bus Stops use case to hack—with the potential to see your solution trialled at bus stops across Greater Manchester as part of CityVerve.
Members from Ordnance Survey’s Geovation team will be supporting the hackathon by providing technical advice and mentorship, helping teams make the most of our range of developer tools and resources throughout the weekend.
Over the past year, the Geovation team has organised and hosted several successful startup and geo-based talks, workshops and meetups – both at the Geovation Hub and nationally. From our GeoTech Masterclass technical workshops; to informal knowledge-sharing ‘Meetups’, these popular free sessions aim to stimulate creative thinking and innovation, through the use of Geographic Information.
So, what’s in store for the coming weeks ahead?
Taking Agile beyond IT (meetup): 18 May, 6.30–8.30 pm
Next Wednesday evening, “Taking Agile beyond IT” will be the topic of the night for this meetup. We’ll talk through the myth behind Agile being strictly a useful working practice for IT based roles. A number of case studies from global financial institutions and other businesses will be covered, highlighting how to drive adoption of Agile working amongst businesses that have no involvement in IT or software delivery.
Branding for Startups (workshop): 25 May, 5.30–7 pm
On today’s blog, we have some really interesting free events to tell you about, happening at our Geovation Hub in Clerkenwell, London.
From our regular ‘Trend Café’ sessions, that see our partner Trendwatching present thought-provoking global innovation trends from around the globe, around a broad selection of topics; to more hands-on ‘GeoTech’ workshops and meetups that aim to teach you practical skills; there’s sure to be something that appeals!
So, what’s coming up?
Creating desire – Getting your first 1000 customers
12 April from 5pm – 6pm
Desire is, at its essence, unrequited need. But how do you go about creating it for your web or mobile app? Join Ben Scott Robinson, Ordnance Survey’s Head of Interactive Design, next Tuesday for a talk that will uncover how to create desire that will lead to you gaining your first 1000 customers.
Are you an innovator, freelancer, budding entrepreneur or interested in geo-tech? Our London Geovation Hub is hosting some industry-leading events this month – sign up for free below.
From our popular ‘GeoTech’ events; which include hands-on masterclasses and relaxed knowledge-sharing meet-ups – which focus on what you can do with GIS, open data and technology; to the insightful ‘Trend Café’s that bring us the global trends at the height of consumerism.
IGNITE UK competition launch, 16 March, 4.00–8.30 pm IGNITE is a competition offering over $250,000 USD in prizes for Smart M.App ideas. You’ll learn all about the competition and how to enter during this collaborative workshop. So, if you’re an entrepreneur, developer or a start-up in need of financial support to help kick-start your geo-business app idea, this event is for you.
Trend Café @ the Hub: “Believe it or not: the 2015 edition” on Thursday 17 December
Join us for the final Trend Café of 2015, where we’ll be kicking-back with a mince pie and looking back at the more unique innovations from the last 12 months… But don’t believe everything you see!
From a crowd-funding campaign to bailout Greece and a cheese toasties mail-order service, to a bar that mixes you drinks based on DNA, cinemas powered by joggers, and sheep that double as road signs, can you tell the real innovations from the ridiculous and spot the gimmicks?
This week we launched our 9th Geovation Challenge ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
In support of the Water Challenge, we’re announcing a further series of our popular free opendata masterclasses, with six dates throughout Britain. During the session, we’ll take a close look at open data available from us at Ordnance Survey, as well as the Environment Agency and others, revealing how the information can be used as a key ingredient to solving problems relating to the theme.
We have a further couple of free events taking place at the Geovation Hub in the coming weeks so we thought we’d share the details with you here.
Trend Café: The Future of Business
Thursday 19 November, 5-6 pm
Join the team at the Geovation Hub for their popular Trend Café where they’ll be exploring trends around “The Future of Business” with global trend-spotting agency, TrendWatching.
For decades mega-brands have been on an epic quest towards a more responsive consumerism. Whether that’s a mission to demonstrate their ethical high-ground, be seen as ‘good’, or at least better than their competitors, or convince skeptical consumers that their CSR initiatives are more than just to improve their image. But the stark reality is these big-brands are still making billions polluting our skies, exploiting workers, exposing our personal secrets, becoming experts in tax havens, or sugar-pushing us towards a bleak future.
Guest blog from Alex Wrottesley and Luke Hampson at the Geovation Hub.
For those of you who don’t yet know them, OSM is an open-source worldwide mapping platform, built by community geographers. Although the OSM community is constantly collecting and contributing new data to the platform they are always looking to find ways to improve their maps by curating open geographic information from other sources, including a range of OS data made available through the OS OpenData portal. In demonstrating the Hub’s role as a place to support innovation across the geospatial industry, we were delighted to host OSMLondon – and provide enough tea and coffee to keep them coding all weekend. Appropriately enough the lunchtime pizzas were kindly sponsored by Pie Technologies.
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!
Together with Land Registry, we recently launched our eighth GeoVation Challenge – “How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?”. A share of £101,000 of funding is available to ideas that best address the long-term housing issues uncovered during our tried-and-trusted GeoVation Pow Wow methodology and you can check further details about how you can enter challenge on the GeoVation blog.
Entrepreneurs, developers, geographers, community groups and innovators are encouraged to enter the challenge – in fact anyone that believes they have a great idea that addresses the issues we’ve identified. Ideas must make use of Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data and to help you, we’ve organised a roadshow of free opendata masterclasses – check out this short promotional video to learn more about the events: