15th July 2022

Introducing our Fictional Start-up

Millie Smith

Meet Dave, who has recently joined the Geovation tech team as our Full Stack Developer! We’re delighted to have him onboard; his wealth of knowledge and experience has been a true asset to the team already. He’s shared with us a sneak peek into what exciting things they’ve been up to in the tech team below.


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Sharing our knowledge with start-ups on how to make the most of Geospatial data is a key part of our role as the Tech Team at Geovation. We frequently find ourselves sharing the same code samples or tutorials to act as a guide on how to approach a problem. But these often feel isolated from the real world.

Code samples rarely translate into solving actual problems that a start-up may face. They also don’t always relate to the technology that a start-up would choose, if following an industry standard approach. So, we asked ourselves ‘how can we make these things relatable and useful to our members in the Geovation community?’ To which our best answer was to create our own fictional start-up, with its own product offering!


A fictional start-up

Wanting a theme to link our examples and give start-ups some context, we considered the examples as something that a genuine start-up would do. Where the integration of a technology or dataset would directly enhance their product.

That allowed us to immediately adopt the following principles:


Initial idea

Our fictional start-up was born. Introducing our full-stack example mapping application that we’re developing, UseMap. UseMap will demonstrate the elements that go into creating a software application on the web, on mobile devices, and as a desktop application. With features to provide insight into buildings and building usage across different geographies in Britain (statistical, governmental, social, and economic). Like many start-ups, we’ll be looking at creating a proof of concept that provides enough features to feedback and validate the initial idea.

Realistically and unfortunately, this will never be exactly like a start-up. As the end-user of the product is the Geovation community, rather than imaginary users. Despite this, by following the principles we’ve adopted we hope to be able to demonstrate a lot of key features.


What do you need?

More useful than any of this speculation will be hearing from our own community. Are you thinking about using Flutter and want more information about it? Is there an API or dataset that you think you may want to use but aren’t sure about doing so? We’d love to cover areas that are most useful to our members, and to get feedback from you.

As ever, please get in touch with Myself (Dave) or Lewis on Slack to arrange a tech clinic, if you have any queries or want a chat!


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