Following the success of our Geovation Challenges, three years ago we opened the Geovation Hub in London. This decision was made to further energise innovation in the UK geospatial industry and offer proptech and geotech start-ups the best possible support through the Geovation programme.
In the three years since the hub opened, businesses that have entered the programme so far have raised £19.5m in investment funding and created 189 new jobs! For more details on the progress of Geovation, please have a read of our press release.
To celebrate this milestone, we’ll be chatting to those who have been involved in the OS initiative to find out how it has helped them grow their business. Hear from some of them below and stay tuned for further videos from this year’s intake of startups!
Find out more about Geovation.
A few weeks ago, we announced news that our Geovation team were embarking on a national series of hands-on introductory workshops about visualising with geographic data. With sessions having already been held in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Manchester, next week’s session in Bristol has sold out! Today, we can share details of our fifth and final date of the mini-series. Remember – it’s FREE to attend!
Here at OS, we encourage and promote the benefits of being active – in fact, it’s even one of our company values. We are often involved in projects and campaigns to inspire more active lifestyles and, with support from our Geovation team, next week’s Active Travel Hackathon in London is no different.
Over the past ten years Geovation, our open innovation initiative, has hosted a handful of themed challenges aimed to encourage more active means of travel. With our involvement in next week’s hackathon, we are delighted to be able to continue these efforts on a larger scale.
Geovation is holding a series of hands-on introductory workshops to teach attendees the principles of visualising with geographic data. As all tickets were snapped up for both our London HQ and Edinburgh sessions, we’ve decided to run four more events around GB over the next few weeks. Disclaimer – these events are FREE to attend!
If you’re working in the geo industry, you may have heard about Nautoguide and their product Geovey. The former Geovation Challenge winners have expanded from mapping the Battle of Jutland to working with local government and even supplying a feedback service for our OS Open Greenspace product. Dave Barter from Nautoguide tells their story.
We’ve been working closely with OS recently as we won a public tender to supply feedback services for OS Open Greenspace, which launched in 2016. This challenging project saw us work with OS’ brand, design ethos and data requirements to build a feedback system in under two months. This is now live and operational in 19 local authorities and 5 OS field offices with new organisations added each week, and helping OS update OS Open Greenspace.
This is a huge step onwards from winning a £29,000 grant through OS’ Geovation Challenge on “Helping people to live in better places”. For this we conceived Geovey, a mapping platform designed for public engagement, crowdsourcing, consultation and richer citizen involvement. To our delight we were invited to pitch our idea to the Geovation judges and eventually won the grant, along with mentoring and support from OS.
Guest blog by Gauri Kangai, Geovation team
The Geovation Spring Programme is open for applications
At the start of 2018, Geovation was given internationally ‘award-winning’ status. The Geospatial World Form, in Hyderabad, India, awarded Geovation its ‘Geospatial Hub of the Year Award’, applauding that “Geovation has successfully connected individuals and SMEs and created opportunities, envisioned solutions and brought differentiation” to the UK geospatial economy.”
Speaking at the Geospatial World Forum 2018, CEO Nigel Clifford of Ordnance Survey said, “Geospatial technology is actually a fundamental purpose technology. Without it any economy cannot function efficiently”.
It’s fantastic to be recognised for such impact. Our work continues, and currently we are looking for a next cohort of location and property-based technology start-ups to support through our next accelerator Programme.