UK: Ordnance Survey is challenging developers and entrepreneurs to submit their business ideas, which use location information, to be in with a chance of winning a complete new business start-up package, including desk space at one of the country's innovative TechHub centres and a full mentorship programme for twelve months. The Developer Challenge 2014 is designed for developers creating the next business idea for a geo-app or a geo-location product that is innovative, profitable or cost saving and uses Ordnance Survey data at its core. The winners of the challenge will get access to the most detailed geospatial data available for Great Britain to help make their venture ideas a reality. The winners will receive regular access to technical guidance, support and advice from Ordnance Survey on how to unlock the full potential of the full range of datasets.
Ordnance Survey has teamed up with TechHub, one of the leading technology co-working communities, for the challenge to provide winners with access to TechHub's network of experts for mentoring and guidance to bring their ideas to fruition. As part of the winning package, the winners will be awarded with desk space and annual flex membership with TechHub. The fully tailored mentorship programme utilises both Ordnance Survey and TechHub, opening up a wealth of opportunities for the winners, including legal advice, sales and marketing support, product expertise and advice on future funding options. Peter ter Haar, Director of Products and Innovation at Ordnance Survey, said: "Many businesses now recognise the important role which location data plays; however, we believe that there are many more business opportunities to make use of the most accurate, highly-detailed and up-to-date data and we’re challenging you to unlock the potential!"
Entries are now open and will be accepted until midday on 28 February 2014; winners will then be shortlisted and asked to pitch their ideas in front of a panel of judges on 28 March 2014.
Source: Ordnance survey