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Pre-conference activities

Wednesday 27th April

With the conference being in London, we thought we would take the opportunity to take advantage of the inspiring and wonderful Geovation Hub, which is based in Clerkenwell, and host an evening of innovation!

As the number of attendees was limited to 50, we thought we'd also make use of the historic location of the Hub and arrange a guided walk through the area.  Afterwards, people going to the Hub or to the guided walk met up in a Clerkenwell pub for some ‘Welcome to the Conference Drinks'.


Geovation Hub

18:30 - 20:30pm

The evening at the  Geovation Hub  is an informal get-together at an exciting venue which supports people who want to experiment with location information and technology. It includes presentations from individuals and organisations doing new, inspiring and different things with geography and make it available in innovative ways.

18:30 - Registration at Geovation Hub and welcome drinks

19:00 - Welcome from Simon Barlow, Head of Information Management, GeoPlace, and introduction to Geovation from Alex Wrottesley, Geovation Hub Manager

19:15 - Tech demo: "The future of addressing products/services" with Michael Gordon, Ordnance Survey

19:45 - Geovation Innovators pitch - inspiration from Geovation members

19.45 - Jonny Britton from Land Insight

Land Insight was formed to create a more open and effective land market that enables the home building needed for the ever growing and diverse population. Land Insight streamlines the process of site finding by bringing together the core data needed to assess any place for its potential for homes.

The company came out of Europe's first property accelerator - Pi Labs - which underpins the product. Land Insight have created its own data set based on council planning applications that they are making free to access as one single source, unlocking innovation for places. The company is now growing rapidly, with its vision backed by the same investors as Love Film, Zoopla and Property Partner among others.

20:00 - A solution to the ‘last mile' for eRetailers by Keith Lewin, PostTag

As the local government Custodian community is well aware, accurate addressing is a tricky business. Getting to the right delivery point 1st time can be a painful and expensive experience for eRetailers. The local authority Custodian community recognised this problem many years ago and we are increasingly seeing new innovators developing solutions such as What 3 Words and PostTag.
PostTag have developed a solution to ‘Tag' the postcode to enable customers, at the point of checkout, to give it a ‘front door' accuracy. Keith Lewin will demonstrate how PostTag users can geocode their address via an interactive map to a specific delivery point.  
Come and listen to a disruptive solution to the problem of accurate addressing of delivery points in this fast moving market and ask yourself whether it is competition to AddressBase or whether it is complementary.

20.15 - Kelvin Campbell from Smart Urbanism

Smart urbanism: a new initiative started by leading urbanist Kelvin Campbell advances radical evolution in the planning, design and delivery of cities. Drawing on the great urban theorists and systems thinking, it is designed to work with the complexity of the city.

At a time of rapid urbanisation, many in authority can only exercise the lightest touch when it comes to guiding urban change. This change is happening, despite planning. Now, more than ever, there is a greater focus on the role of the community in shaping their own built environment. This is our ‘new normal'. This proposition comes at a time when we have a to do more with less, when so many of our big plans have failed, when big government promises a move to localism, and when there is an increasing emphasis on the relationship between urban resilience, social innovation and civil society.

20.30 - Question & answer session

20.45 - Close, networking and head to The Crown Tavern



'Radicals, Religion and Rivers ' - a guided walk through Clerkenwell

18:30 - 20:30pm

See the ancient well and the village green, visit the site of an infamous prison and two religious foundations. Hear why Pepys, Shakespeare, Dickens and Lenin all came here.

Our guide John Morgan, is an accredited Clerkenwell & Islington Guide, City of London Guide, City of Westminster Guide and St Paul's Cathedral Guide as well as a regular volunteer at Westminster Abbey. John also guides inside inside St John's Gate on a regular basis, and is currently one of two guides who undertake tours of Canonbury Tower.


The Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell

20:30 - 23:00

Following the Geovation Hub an Walk in Clerkenwell, everyone met up together at the Crown Tavern in Clerkenwell, for a 'drink on the house'.