28th January 2014

Developer Challenge 2014 – win support for your geolocation start-up with Ordnance Survey and Techhub


Thank you to all those who submitted ideas to our GeoVation Challenge – How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain? This Challenge is now closed to entries, and from the 74 innovative ideas submitted 10 finalists have been chosen to attend the GeoVation Camp, but don’t let that discourage all you budding developers and innovators.

Ordnance Survey along with TechHub, have a fantastic new challenge with an awesome prize on offer, “The Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014!”


Developer Challenge 2014


Have you been working on the latest geo-app? Or do you have a Business-to-business (B2B) idea involving geo-location, but need a hand bringing the idea to reality? Ordnance Survey is looking for people with ideas to solve B2B problems using our maps in our Developer Challenge 2014.

Launching your business can be a daunting prospect, so the Ordnance Survey Developer Challenge 2014 is offering to help you get started. They have teamed up with TechHub – one of the leading technology co-working communities in Great Britain to offer a fantastic prize. Up to four winner(s) will receive 12 months’ free access to the extensive range of datasets and services to build their idea and TechHub will provide free flexible working space at a TechHub office of their choice (London, Manchester or Swansea) for up to a year. On top of this both Ordnance Survey and TechHub will provide support and mentoring to help you make the most from our products, sort out the legalities of setting up a new business and much more.

All you need is an innovative idea for a B2B, product, service or application that uses Ordnance Survey geographic data at its core. The idea must hold the potential to be profitable or bring cost-saving benefits for businesses. Simply fill in this short form to submit your entry before midday on Friday 28 February.

More about the prize

As a winner you’ll have free access to the extensive range of geographic datasets and services available from Ordnance Survey to develop your start-up. Regular access to ongoing technical guidance, support and advice – helping you exploit the geographic datasets, to unlock their full potential will also be available. Some of the products you may choose to use include OS MasterMap Topography LayerOS MasterMap ITN LayerAddressBase and many other products including: Height and imagery datasets; Backdrop maps and Names and Gazetteer products to name just a few.

If you’re thinking of building a web/mobile application, then you’ll be able to make use of a range of web services, including OS OpenSpace application programming interface (API) and associated software development kit (SDK) – enabling Ordnance Survey mapping data to be embedded and displayed in your web or mobile application.

TechHub Developer challenge 2014

The programme will also see TechHub deliver a fully tailored start-up mentorship package to the winners, including structured sessions around key topics such as orientation, legal necessities, sales and marketing and even pitching. By proactively fostering relationships, TechHub will introduce the winner(s) to the right people that should be able to make a difference to their start-up. They’ll also help promote their business, potentially featuring in tech and mainstream press.

Find out more, see case studies of successful B2B geo-apps and services, read the full terms and conditions and enter on the Ordnance Survey website. If you have any questions, email us at: developerchallenge@ordnancesurvey.co.uk