24th April 2013

One week left to enter our Innovation Challenge

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There’s only a week left to enter our current GeoVation Challenge in which we’re offering a share of £100,000 in funding How can we help British Business improve environmental performance? Geovation Imagefor the best ideas to help business to improve environmental performance and so we’ve been busy spreading the word amongst the developer and entrepreneurial community.

On Monday night Chris and Viv were at the Google Campus for a Dreamstake Founders event to promote the latest challenge to the entrepreneur community there.  The Dreamstake Academy consists of a series of workshops focussing on the fundamentals of launching and building a startup and Monday night was part of their series of ‘Learn from Founders’ Startup Stories evenings in which presents an opportunity for new start-ups to learn how to create a successful startup and avoid the obvious mistakes.

The evening kicked off at 6.30pm as Chris delivered a keynote presentation on GeoVation and the role of geography in innovation to an audience nearly 100 people.   Chris explained how our innovation challenges are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographic information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and environmental benefit.   He introduced the community to our latest GeoVation Challenge, ‘How can we help British Business improve environmental performance?’ which is calling for innovative ideas that address the identified problems using geography, technology and design. The challenge is supported by the Environment Agency and runs to 1 May 2013.

Following Chris’ presentation several startup founders presented the stories of how they have developed their ideas and shared the secret of their success. There was a great deal on interest in the GeoVation Challenge and data available from Ordnance Survey including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace.

Chris Dreamstake founders

Last weekend the GeoVation team also took part at the UpLondon Hackathon  at Imperial College with the aim of promoting the use of geographic information in technology solutions that engage citizens and result in real-world change to overcome the serious challenges that our society faces in terms environment, local economy or community.

If you’ve got an idea to help British business be greener then enter the GeoVation Challenge. We are looking for ideas that use Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data. The challenge runs to 1 May and the best ideas will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp from 21 – 23 June 2013 where you can work on building your idea into a prototype and pitch to the judging panel.  Successful ideas receive a share of £100,000 funding to get started on developing their ideas.