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.
It’s been nearly a year since we opened our doors to our Geovation Hub in London and in that time, we’ve held an assortment of popular free events. From running “GeoTech Masterclasses”, which are geography-based technical workshops designed to teach people how to access, use and analyse geographic data; through to holding more informative meetups that aim to connect likeminded entrepreneurs around specific business startup subjects – it’s been a busy year!
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
Have you been thinking of a location based app/startup for a while but never knew how to take it forward? Our Geovation Hub is running a geo-themed startup weekend event that will give you the opportunity to do just that!
It’s hard to think of any product or service offering that doesn’t have an inherent link to the places and spaces in which we live and work. For this reason we’ve decided to help organise and host a geo-themed startup weekend, taking place on 20-22 May at the Geovation Hub in Clerkenwell, London.
The weekend brings you the opportunity to build your fledgling location based idea into a reality as you’ll have the opportunity to work with like-minded innovators, mentors, coaches and judges in an inspiring environment over the course of the weekend. Here’s some more information about the weekend and how you can join us!
Why a geo-themed startup weekend?
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.
Want to go to a free event on Tuesday 3 November in the heart of tech-city? Well, the team over at Geovation are running their second GeoTech masterclass open data workshop that will teach you how to use openly available geospatial data in a Geographic Information System.
During the three-hour guided workshop you’ll undertake a practical workshop that will show you how to access open data, including Ordnance Survey’s new suite of highly detailed OS OpenData products. You’ll learn how to load, style and use the data to gain insights and make conclusions around environmental problems.
The class, which will take place at the Geovation Hub on Sekforde Street in Clerkenwell, the new home for developers interested in innovating using geospatial data. The session will run from 17.30–20:00 and led by Kealan Freeman and Daniel Hall Ballester – geospatial consultants at OS.