Our world is in constant danger from natural and man-made disaster. The risk of flood, famine, hurricanes, earthquakes and disease is ever present. We’re already seeing the impact of climate change in rising sea levels and extreme weather events. Aid budgets are stretched and volunteers under pressure. How can geospatial technology and tools be used to better global humanitarian response?
Using real data sets from real disasters, CrisisHack: 2017 will give you the opportunity to combine geospatial tools and technology to create solutions to improve global humanitarian response. You’ll be given a real crisis case study to stimulate your thinking around four user needs that have been validated by real humanitarian organisations.
2017 is set to be another big year for Geovation, with the team already planning the next Geovation Challenge. With the current challenge, underground assets, in full swing the team have kicked off the process of setting the theme, and most importantly the issues, which need addressing for the next challenge.
Today (4 January) the Geovation team are taking part in the Oxford Real Farming Conference (ORFC) to co-host a session with Shared Assets. At the event, we’ll be launching the concept of our next Geovation challenge, focusing on greener, smarter communities/greener infrastructure. The challenge will be unveiled in Autumn 2017 and will draw heavily on the new Greenspace mapping products which launches in Spring 2017.
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
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.
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.
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.