Putting our innovation winners on the map

In this post you can find out how many GeoVation Challenges we’ve run, how much innovation funding has been awarded, and where our GeoVation winners are on the map!

The GeoVation initiative was started by Ordnance Survey at the end of 2009 to encourage open innovation in addressing communities’ needs where geography is a key enabler.  Since then we’ve given innovation funding to 20 new ventures so they can develop their ideas.

To date we’ve run 5 GeoVation Challenges. We believe that for innovation to succeed it needs to have its foundations in a real problem worth solving and so, after our first ‘general’ GeoVation Challenge , we’ve themed our GeoVation Challenges. We’ve posed questions intended to generate social and environmental value from the ideas submitted, such as ‘How can Britain feed itself?’, ‘How can we transform our neighbourhoods?’ and ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’ We’ve also run more location specific challenges, such as asking how we can connect communities and visitors along the new Wales Coast Path.

Over the course of these Challenges 1448 people have registered, 509 ideas have been submitted and 57 teams have attended 4 GeoVation Camps. Participants invited to the weekend GeoVation Camp benefit from being taken through a process that prepares them to be “Match fit to Pitch”  – able to describe their idea and the problem they are solving in a 2 minute ‘pecha kucha ‘style presentation

Following the GeoVation Camps 38 finalists have pitched at 4 GeoVation Showcases and 20 winners have been awarded a share of £435,000 in development funding, of which over half has come from our Challenge Partners.  Ordnance Survey specific awards encourage the use Ordnance Survey data products, such as OS OpenSpace and OS OpenData, in the implementation of the ideas.

We’ve funded a variety of ideas over the last couple of years and we’ve mapped our innovation winners using OS OpenSpace below, though their ideas may benefit anyone, anywhere around Britain.

 

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GeoVation Challenge winner 2010|SU 47432 68371;Plaque Guide GeoVation Challenge winner 2010|TL 21869 32098;Foodnation
GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can Britain feed itself?’|TQ 17979 80749;City Farmers GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can Britain feed itself?’|TQ 17979 80749;Mission:Explore
GeoVation Challenge winner 2010 and also 2011 ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’ |TM 06798 95766;Liftshare – My PTP GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’|TL 46438 58526;Cyclescape
GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’|TQ 31249 93225;FixMyTransport
GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’|SK 57672 39746;Access Advisr
GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’|TQ 34233 84549;London Cycle Map GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’|SP 06674 86786;Community Payback Visibility GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’|SP 00965 89362;Hate Crime Reporting App GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’|SU 27182 29649;Sustaination
GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’|TQ 31346 79514;Residents’ Green Space Mapper GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’|NW 45277 29946;Perfect Visitor Companion GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?’|TQ 32674 75467;City Farmers GeoVation Challenge winner 2011 ‘How can Britain feed itself?
Food Finder
GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?’|SP 35671 19598;Growing Routes GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?’|SN 16237 46154;ap Ogam
GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?’|SJ 13115 57899;Living Paths
GeoVation Challenge winner 2012 ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?'”]

There are ideas such as Foodnation, a platform to connect customers and farmers in their local area easily and allow them to buy and sell local organic food; Cyclescape, an interactive website that provides cycling campaign groups and their members around the UK with a toolkit for discussion and resolution of campaigning issues; and,  Residents’ Green Space Mapper, a tool for local residents to survey open spaces in their area in collaboration with their housing association and have a say in improvements.

Take a look at the map and you can find out more about the ideas by clicking the links to their websites and ideas.

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