21st June 2010

Launching the first GeoVation Challenge for 2010-2011

Viv Alexander

The first GeoVation Challenge for 2010-2011- How can Britain feed Plenary1itself? was launched at an Ordnance Survey hosted seminar at the Science and Innovation 2010 conference in London on 16 June. Professor Sir John Beddington, (the Government’s Chief Scientific Adviser) emphasized the need for collaboration, science and innovation in tackling global challenges during his plenary session. This set

Professor Sir John Beddington

Professor Sir John Beddington

the backdrop for our seminar: Underpinning innovation through geography

Our seminar was chaired by David Simoes-Brown, Strategy Partner at 100%Open, a collaborative innovation agency recently spun out of NESTA. The seminar introduced Ordnance Survey’s open innovation offerings, namely: OS OpenData, OS OpenSpace and the GeoVation Challenge.

John Sheridan, who was instrumental in the launch of Data.gov.uk, spoke about his role and the current enthusiasm within government to make more public data available online.

Ordnance Survey seminar

Ordnance Survey seminar

Huw Davies, a key member of   Warwickshire County Council’s OpenData Project introduced the motivations, “tips and tricks” being learned from their Hack Warwickshire competition.

Sam Henderson from Agrarian Renaissance, an organisation seeking to reconnect local farmers to their communities, provided the agroecological thinking behind the GeoVation Challenge “How can Britain feed itself?” (see presentation)  and where geography can play a key role in helping people connect to locally produced and sustainable sources of food.

From a stimulating panel discussion with seminar delegates, David summarised the “Do’s and Don’ts of opening up data

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