20th December 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy Innovating New Year from the GeoVation Team


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Dear GeoVators,

We thought it would be a fitting end to the year to give you a quick lowdown on what we have all been doing since our last team blog but firstly, we would like to take this opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from GeoVation and Ordnance Survey. Thank you for all your support in 2013. We look forward to running some new challenges and events in the New Year, as well as supporting our existing challenge winners.

Happy Christmas from GeoVation

Well this has been an eventful few months for the GeoVation team. October saw the arrival of a new member joining on secondment, me ‘Jonathan Field’ you may have seen a few of my blogs and the many tweets being sent out. I joined the GeoVation team from our Design team where I worked as a Graphic Designer and my work included producing literature and stands for the GeoVation team.
In the last year I developed a keen interest in Geospatial Information (GI), having spent 6 months in our Pre and Post Sales Support (PPSS) team learning about a variety of GI software and how our products can and are used by our customers.
Since joining the team I have hit the ground running, researching the problem Pow Wow outputs, not only for the current challenge but for the BITC Southampton hub; attending the Malvern Festival of Innovation where we launched our new challenge; helping at several of the OS OpenData masterclasses, travelling from Southampton to as far afield as Edinburgh; managing our social media streams such as Facebook, Twitter and the Blog; and baking the odd cake or two for the team. In my spare time I have for the last three years been renovating my house from top to bottom and have an end in sight finally…I won’t know what to do with myself once I have finished.

Has spent the autumn building and promoting our current Active Lifestyles GeoVation challenge in different parts of Britain: at the Open Government Partnership, the Malvern Festival of Innovation, our open data masterclasses, Bournemouth University, 100Open open innovation network, the Hub Westminster and Business in the Community (BITC).
In addition Chris has been working with a great judging panel and the design expertise at London College of Communication to support the challenge; and of course, working with others to develop our next GeoVation challenge.
Many of us need a nudge or a bump to get active and Chris has had both this year! He’s back on his bike and took the opportunity to walk up the Malverns at the festival; which he last did 37 years ago.

Since launching the Active Lifestyles GeoVation Challenge in November, Viv’s been having a busy time, speaking, meeting, emailing and blogging to make sure as many people as possible are aware of the challenge and to help generate some really good ideas.  As well as this she’s been working with the winners of the Business Environment GeoVation Challenge we ran earlier this year, helping them to get started with developing their projects.

Alongside this she’s been trying to fit in her own ‘active lifestyle’ that involves running, swimming and generally trying to be outside as much as possible. While we’ve been running the latest challenge she’s been encouraging our team to get outside to take part in ‘walking meetings’, but it’s not easy now the weather’s turned colder and the lure of technology is hard to leave behind.

Luke & Ian
From the moment we set our plans at the tail end of last financial year, we always knew that quarter three (October, November & December) was going to be particularly busy for the developer engagement team. And so it was, with some great results achieved too!

In October, we exhibited at two leading developer events – namely Apps World and Droidcon. We spent five consecutive days promoting Ordnance Survey’s digital products, services and tools to over 15,000 developers – most of whom are involved in developing applications for mobile devices. Over 180 people asked us to provide them with further details about the geographic datasets we offer – which are available to trial under our range of Innovation licences.

November saw us deliver a total of seven OS OpenData masterclasses throughout Great Britain, from Southampton to Edinburgh. Over 280 people registered to attend the free classes – with delegates flocking from a variety of business sectors, so there was a nice cross section of attendees. If you missed them and want to find out more, read an article included in our newsletter and for those interested in completing the class materials – you’ll be interested to know we’ve published the materials online too.

Finally, November saw the announcement of the Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014. So, if you missed the news – click here to read more.


We’ll be taking a break from blogging for Christmas but back on 2 January 2014. In the meantime we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Happy GeoVating!
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