Guest blog by Geographers’ A-Z Map Company.
The inaugural MapSherpa Partner event was held at the Southampton head office for OS recently and it was a great success. With a good turn-out of business leaders in the UK’s map industry the attendees were treated to a wide-ranging presentation and discussion by MapSherpa on their Print On Demand solutions and Online Marketplace.
The discussions looked to the future and how MapSherpa solutions will improve customer experience and accessibility to the worlds mapping products. Enhancing the ability to create print on demand as well as custom maps in a much more efficient way was demonstrated by MapSherpa.
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.
Three of OS’ regular bloggers, Christopher Wesson, Jon Field and Luke Hampson spent the weekend at Open Data Camp (#ODCamp) held at Manchester Metropolitan University’s digital innovation space known as ‘The Shed’. Catch up on their views from the event.
Paul Maltby kicked off proceedings with a discussion presentation uncovering a project that he is leading that will look to capitalise on the great work that’s already been done by public sector through the release of data through data.gov.uk over the last five years. We should be as excited as he by the next five, as UK Government concentrates on making data more accessible, more interoperable (by defining data standards, structures etc.) and more useable; all of which should unlock more value.
Guest blog by James Norris from the OS Policy team
If you haven’t come across it before, UN-GGIM (United Nations Committee of Experts on Global Geospatial Information Management) is a formal part of the United Nations (UN). UN‑GGIM provides a forum for strategic discussions on geospatial industry topics, such as legal and policy frameworks, international standards or the global geodetic reference frame. Member States from the UN nominate attendees to represent them and OS are part of the UK delegation.