Geo events


Water, Water Everywhere hackathon a great success

We recently held a hackathon with RNLI and Bournemouth Council and are pleased to report first hand that it was awesome! Read on for a flavour of the day, highlights of the successes and to share some of our experiences in organising a hackathon.

Every year, around 190 people drown in UK and Irish waters – half of them didn’t even intend to get wet. Drowning is a problem – and we need to solve it.

This was the premise of the event – a serious and very real problem that requires creativity and innovative ideas to help improve the situation. After months of organisation the hackathon arrived and it turned out to not only be a great day for all in attendance but also a real success with some fantastic ideas coming out of it. Ideas that show real potential and we are now excited to take the best of them forward.

There was a real buzz around the room as the team’s hacked away

The challenges

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‘Digital Twin’ is the new ‘Smart City’

By Jeremy Morley, Chief Geospatial Scientist 

‘Digital Twin’ is the new ‘Smart City’. It’s a term that has little consensus on its meaning, but critical importance for those who understand its significance and role in a prosperous future for the UK.

Earlier this month, at the Digital Twin Data Challenge, we saw academics and professionals compete to create a digital model of Bristol: a virtual ‘echo’ or projection of the city, created in digital form.

The University of Manchester shown in the emerging 3D context model based on point clouds derived from aerial photography

This isn’t a new concept. From the interwoven narratives of Lewis Carroll’s “Sylvie and Bruno” in 1893, to the 1982 cult classic action of “TRON” bringing software programs to life in an abstract digital landscape, we can fast-forward to 1999 and see Neo ‘living’ in an almost perfect simulation of the real world in “The Matrix”. Dystopian? Perhaps. But that was nearly 30 years ago. Today, this notion of creating parallel worlds is more than a possibility. It’s a reality – and a necessity. Read More


Charity comedy gig to mark #NationalMapReadingWeek

We all know that getting outside for a walk is great for both our physical and mental well-being, but did you know that having a good belly-laugh can provide another boost to wellness? We’re supporting Solent Mind as our corporate charity, raising funds to support better mental health, so the prospect of a charity comedy gig with a map theme during #NationalMapReadingWeek was irresistible.

Comedy performer Helen Wood came to our attention this summer, when she was performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, as Helen’s show explored one of her passions, OS maps. The eight performances of ‘The OS Map Fan Club’, were sold out at Edinburgh.

Helen is performing her solo show at our Southampton head office on Monday 16 October at 7pm. Space is limited, so booking is necessary, and attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 on the night to gain access. To reserve your place email Read More


The OS Map Fan Club

After a sold-out run at this year’s Edinburgh Festival Fringe The OS Map Fan Club is coming to our Southampton head office to help launch National Map Reading Week and raise money for Solent Mind. The performance will be held on Monday October 16 at 7 pm. Space is limited, so booking is essential, and attendees are asked to make a minimum donation of £5 on the night to gain access. To reserve your place email your details to 

The OS Map Fan Club is a solo, comedy show written and performed by OS enthusiast Helen Wood, and is a humorous exploration of the much loved, fold-out, paper map.

In this fast-paced, entertaining show Helen leads the audience on a virtual ramble using sheet 168 Explorer Map of Stroud, Tetbury and Malmesbury. Along the way she weaves together fascinating facts about locations, maps and rambling with amusing autobiographical stories and sketches.

Helen is determined that by the end of the show all audience members will be card-carrying, badge wearing O.S. map fanatics.

‘Joyful, friendly show steeped in ‘Great British Bake Off’ values’

Three Weeks 

‘Helen Wood is a warm and engaging performer who entertains the audience with her fun and touching show’

West End Wilma

‘If you like walking, this is a great way to spend an hour’

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Sign up for the ‘Water, Water, Everywhere’ hackathon

OS and Geovation have partnered with the RNLI and Bournemouth Council to organise a hackathon looking at how geospatial data can keep people safe in and around the water.

Join us at the Water, Water, Everywhere hack on 30 September to develop and build your great ideas.

The problem

How can we keep people safe near the water? It’s a place to relax, a source of inspiration, somewhere to have fun with friends or get the adrenaline racing and the heart pumping. But it’s also an unpredictable force that demands respect. Every year, around 190 people drown in UK and Irish waters – half of them didn’t even intend to get wet. Drowning is a problem – and we need to solve it. Read More


#DataMash with Defra

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the #DataMash at our Southampton head office. The data- and geography-themed unconference was a collaboration between OS and Defra, with around 150 attendees from across the Defra Group, alongside representatives from some of Defra data suppliers, data users, and IT providers.

Defra works with 33 organisations and 22,000 people (such as Environment Agency, Natural England, Rural Payments Agency, Animal and Plant Health, Forestry Commission) and a huge user of OS data as around 80% of the Defra group’s work has a geospatial element.

The overall theme of #DataMash was transformation towards being data driven, connecting geospatial data to government policy development and the implementation and monitoring of policy/citizen services Read More


Enter the BCS Awards

We’re pleased to announce that The British Cartographic Society (BCS) are collecting entries for their 2017 awards. Their range of award categories aims to recognize the very best cartographic work and scholarship from around the globe and entries are welcomed from all areas of the mapping community.

We provide the BCS with an award to encourage excellence in cartographic design and the innovative and exciting use of OS OpenData. Over the years, we have had some excellent entries including this winning entry from Ashley Clough at Parallel in 2013.

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Keep one step ahead at GEO Business 2017 – the fastest growing geospatial event in the industry

Guest blog by Geo Business

Join over 3,000 visitors from more than 50 countries at the highly anticipated and action-packed GEO Business event, due to take place at the Business Design Centre in London from 23-25 May.

Not only are the exhibition, associated meetings and commercial workshops free to attend, but the conference delegate fee has been kept to an absolute minimum from just £30* per day. Accessible for all, GEO Business encourages knowledge transfer and networking keeping visitor’s one step ahead in this fast moving industry.

Register online today and be a part of:

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Mapping showcase at the British Library

Indoor AR

Indoor AR

We’re excited to be taking part in an evening event at the British Library with our London Geovation Hub colleagues. On Friday 10 February from 7.30 pm, the Library is hosting an eclectic evening dedicated to maps, atlases and all things curiously cartographic, set to a live soundtrack by special guest DJ Bob Stanley of Saint Etienne.

We’re part of a digital and analogue showcase of all things maps. Come along to see the team demo our work in virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) mapping and see how indoor mapping can benefit us all.

Our Flying Unhit as you haven't seen them before - come along to find out about an exciting new craft  project going up for auction

Our Flying Unit as you haven’t seen them before – come along to find out about an exciting new craft project going up for auction

Our cartography team will be talking about crowdsourcing and giving you a hands-on chance to show us what you would like to see on the London map.  How would you draw a map to direct a friend? What landmarks or buildings do you navigate by? What names (or nicknames) for areas or buildings would form part of your directions? Come along to share your views about maps of the future.


Plus, you’ll be able to colour in our giant floor map and we’ll be unveiling a crafty project before opening it up for auction.  Read More