Continuing our series to introduce you to the creative individuals within OS and share the variety of work we do, meet Layla Gordon. As a Research Scientist, here she gives us a glimpse into her extremely varied role…
How long have you worked for OS?
14 years. I first joined as a research scientist to work in the remote sensing team in the research department. After 7 years of working within research, I was asked to join the technology labs team as a tech labs engineer. I also joined the mobile team on a secondment basis for 6 months in between research and tech labs transition.
How long have you been in your current role?
About a year ago the tech labs team merged with the CATS team, so I became a research scientist again!
Can you describe your working day?
I am often on Meshmixer/Blender as well as meshlab for editing and the creation of 3D objects. Also I have two weekly meetings to attend with PocketPals and I also help manage the backlogs and communicate with the team throughout the day.
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.
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.
At our recent GeoTech Meetup at the Geovation Hub the hot topic of conversation was augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR), and how mashing these with geospatial data unlocks the potential for some pretty exciting innovations in the near future.
OS Labs engineer, Layla Gordon, led the event at the Hub, and here she explains some of her adventures with AR…
Our first foray into the virtual spaces goes back to May 2015 where OS was the platinum sponsor of an event called Digital Shoreditch in London. The venue is a Victorian basement with lots of corridors and rooms and in previous years visitors had trouble navigating within the building and finding the exhibitions they wanted to see.