Using the Geovation Hub as a Geovation winner

A guest blog from Richard Page of Carbon Prophet, a winner of our 2013 Environment Challenge. Several of our winners from various challenges have already begun to make use of the Geovation Hub and find it a great place to work, network, innovate, and share ideas.

It is always exciting to be asked to attend the launch of something and so, when an email dropped into my inbox inviting me to the launch of the all new Geovation Hub, I quickly accepted.

For those who don’t know, the Hub is designed to be a collaborative space where geographers, developers, challenge winners and others can come together to ensure that winning ideas can access all the support that they need to make a success of their projects.

So, it was with real excitement that I found myself, at 5pm on a Thursday evening, being escorted into the Geovation Hub. I won’t go into the details of the evening that will be done in much more detail by others, but I do want to explain why I feel that the Hub is important.

My understanding of Geovation’s remit is to spread and encourage the use of mapping and the Ordnance Survey data sets to as wide an audience as possible. The challenges are a great way of doing this and the money that comes with winning is most welcome. However, it is not all about the money.

I’m an expert in soil fertility management, not GIS or GUI, and I’m no expert geographer or cartographer. I just know that to make a success of Carbon Prophet and my business AR Carbon Ltd, I need to access that expertise and it is the Geovation Hub that makes that possible.

The space is an airy mix of developers, entrepreneurs, geographers, students and others and it has a really creative atmosphere. It’s a place where exciting, important things happen and it is one that I am delighted to have access to. It is also a great place to network.

In the week following the launch I returned twice for meetings that have led to really exciting collaborations. I’ll be back again next week for probably two days and as my business develops I expect the time I spend at the Hub to do the same. My business, with the help of the Hub, is flourishing and long may it continue to do so.

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