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Launch of the Geospatial International Innovation Awards 2024

By Peter Fitzgibbon - 31st December 2023 - 16:27

Geovation, Ordnance Survey’s (OS) award-winning open innovation hub, has opened nominations for round two of its Geospatial Innovation Awards to showcase the best in geospatial innovation and the impact it has on people, places and planet.

Geovation lead

The 2024 awards, which are open to international entries, build on the success of the inaugural awards earlier this year which saw nearly 100 entries spanning 26 countries. They demonstrated how geospatial innovation is shaping the world around us and delivering sustainable development for the future. Geovation are looking for applicants from around the world who are paving the way in the geospatial industry.

David Henderson, Chief Geospatial Officer for Ordnance Survey, compered the awards ceremony in June this year. He said:

“Geospatial innovation is shaping the world around us. I was incredibly impressed by the range of international nominations at the first awards – a testament to both large and small scale innovation and a clear demonstration of the positive impact that geospatial data and technology is having on our world.

“At Ordnance Survey, it’s essential to stay at the forefront of innovation, yet we grow collectively in strength by collaborating and being inspired by the work of others. I can’t wait to see how the future of our industry is shaping up through this year’s awards.”

Geovation is looking for start-ups, as well as larger companies, working on specific projects in the geospatial industry to apply. Individuals can nominate themselves, their company or someone they think deserves to be recognised. The nominations will be judged by an independent judging panel composed of experts from the geospatial industry.

The 2024 categories are:

• Cities of the future: showcasing the solutions that help build the cities and communities of tomorrow.

• Nature and environment: rewarding development that helps preserve and protect the environment around us.

• Protection of life: highlighting solutions which help protect the safety and security of people, communities and countries.

• Contribution to diversity: recognising efforts in broadening diversity in the geospatial innovation sector.

• Scottish geospatial technology: recognising Scottish projects and tech innovations that generate outstanding results from using geospatial solutions

The fifth category, focusing on Scottish geospatial technology, is a new addition, and is sponsored by Geovation Scotland, a collaboration between Registers of Scotland, and Ordnance Survey.

Lyndsey Dougan, Registers of Scotland’s Head of Innovation & Geovation Scotland said:

“Geovation Scotland is delighted to sponsor a brand new award celebrating outstanding geospatial innovations working in the Scottish market. With a growing number of geospatial technology companies making a significant impact in Scotland, we look forward to seeing some excellent nominations for the Scottish Geospatial Technology Award.”

Judging criteria

All of the awards will be based around achieving UN SDGs. Looking for the following:

Innovative use of geospatial data to solve challenges

• How you use technology to deliver your idea

Genuinely innovative ideas and solutions

How you use partners, collaboration and open innovation to achieve your goals.

Please see the terms and conditions for entering the awards

Geovation Awards
The 2023 Awards attracted nearly 100 entries from 26 countries

Application questions

Along with asking you to supply the name, contact details and profile information about the company or project nominated, you will be asked the following questions which will form the basis for judging:

Provide an executive summary of the company or project nominated (1000 characters)

Provide a short summary that we can share publicly if you are shortlisted (300 characters)

What is the biggest impact the project has made in the last 12 months and why (1000 characters)

What is innovative about your solution or project? (1000 characters)

How has the solution/individual made innovative use of geospatial data to solve challenges (1000 characters)

The awards are free to enter and will be judged by an independent judging panel composed of experts from the Geospatial Industry. The awards celebration will be taking place on the 13th June 2024.

To apply, visit Entries are free and will be open until 15 April 2024, with the awards ceremony taking place in person and online on Thursday 13 June 2024. Judges will be announced on the Geovation website in due course.

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