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.
This month saw the British Cartographic Society (BCS) and the Society of Cartographers (SoC) join forces in York to host Mapping Together, the first joint conference since 2003. This event contained an inspirational collection of presentations and workshops, the annual BCS awards ceremony and a corporate members exhibition. OS were Platinum sponsors once again – hosted workshops, presented and also sponsored an award. We were well represented at the event with six colleagues in attendance, including Cartographic Design Consultant Paul Naylor who is also a member of the BCS organising committee.
Two months on from the official launch, the Geovation Hub is going strong. The collaborative workspace is aimed at providing entrepreneurs, developers and innovators unparalleled access to geospatial data and expertise, as well as a place to exchange ideas, innovate and get inspired. Recruitment is well under way for the first Geovation Programme, and membership numbers are steadily growing too.
Did you know that in addition to offering membership, the Hub also hosts free monthly talks and events? Coming up in September are the Trend Cafe, the GeoTech masterclass, and the Hub is hosting the 100% Open Autumn Union.
Trend Café: The future of the Sharing Economy
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!