13th January 2011

Happy New Year GeoVators!


We’re back after the Christmas and New Year break and have just relocated to the new Ordnance Survey head office at Adanac Park.

We’ve been thinking a lot about how we travel to the new location and using the opportunity to make different and more sustainable transport choices including cycling, walking, running and lift sharing to commute to work.

road traffic jamWe all travel and we are all transport users.  Most of us saw or experienced some of the problems encountered during the adverse weather conditions prior to Christmas when people just couldn’t find a way to reach their destination. Travel and transport are key to businesses and central to our way of life. But many aspects of transportation clearly have significant environmental, social and economic impacts. As users, what innovative ideas, using geographic information and other technology, can we suggest that helps reduce those impacts, changes our behaviour, and improves the overall experience?

Have you been thinking about entering the GeoVation Challenge “How can we improve transport in Britain?” and how you can improve getting from A to B?  There’s a chance to win a slice of £150 000 in innovation funding from Ideas in Transit.  Plus a share of £10 000 for the best use of OS OpenData, of which  £3 000 will solely be available to students or researchers in higher or further education in Great Britain. Have a look at our previous blog posts, including the excellent animations of the four scenarios created by Megacities on the  Move which paint vivid, challenging pictures of 2040 and mobility in our cities, exploring the way key trends may play out over the next 30 years.

We’ve also organised a workshop at the London Transport Museum next week. We’ve invited thought leaders engaged in user-based transport innovation to help unpack the unmet needs associated with Britain improving its transport.  We’ll be posting up the output from this workshop on the blog to help stimulate your ideas further and to encourage those who have submitted ideas to ground those ideas in meeting real needs.

So whether you walk, pedal, drive, fly or sail! if you haven’t already entered, hurry and get your ideas posted, the closing date is 11 February at 12 noon.