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Winners of the Geospatial Innovation Awards

Award winners on stage
Image source: Ordnance Survey

A selection of projects have been named as winners and highly commended in the Geospatial Innovation Awards.

Staged by Geovation, the open innovation hub of national mapping agency Ordnance Survey, the awards are individuals and organisations using geospatial data to drive sustainable development.

The winners and highly commended for the five projects are as follows.

Cities of the Future - Recognising solutions that shape the urban landscapes of tomorrow.

  • Winner: Advanced Infrastructure (LAEP+) - building geospatial tools for utilities and cities to deliver the energy transition.
  • Highly commended: MapMortar - the modern platform for achieving accurate, financially de-risked, and simplified net zero retrofits.

Nature and Environment - Honouring innovations that protect our planet and biodiversity.

  • Winner: University of Surrey Space4Nature - a three-year project that combines satellite imagery, AI and citizen science to map, connect, and restore wildlife habitats across Surrey, fostering open research in biodiversity conservation.
  • Highly commended: Maya Climate - an AI powered geospatial analysis platform that automates the process of site screening, prospecting, and risk assessment for teams developing, financing, or advising on nature based Solutions.

Protection of Life - Celebrating technologies that safeguard lives.

  • Winner: ProxyAddress - a UK based social enterprise that uses redundant address data from empty homes to connect those facing homelessness with the services they need, thereby providing a stable data based identity to help them regain independence.
  • Highly commended: OneSoil Pro (advanced PRO functionality of the OneSoil platform) - an advanced precision farming platform that leverages up to seven years of satellite imagery to analyse individual fields. It enables users to determine productivity zones, create prescription maps, conduct field trials, and analyse their results.
  • Highly commended: Safepoint - creating life saving innovations for thousands of consumers, small businesses and beloved institutions.

Contribution to Diversity - Applauding initiatives that foster inclusion in the geospatial industry.

  • Winner: Women+ in Geospatial - a global network of over 5,500 women and nonbinary people in the geospatial field that promotes diversity and supports members through networking, career development, events and mentorship.
  • Highly commended: Australian Spatial Analytics - a not-for-profit social enterprise that provides professional geospatial and digital engineering data services, while creating career opportunities for young neurodivergent adults.

Scottish Geospatial Technology - Showcasing the best of Scottish geospatial innovation (sponsored by Geovation Scotland).

  • Winner: EmergencyLocate - supporting emergency, search and rescue organisations to rapidly and accurately locate people in need of assistance.
  • Highly commended: Rethink Carbon - an automated land management platform that integrates data science and AI.

Nick Bolton, CEO of Ordnance Survey and judge in the Contribution to Diversity category, said: “These awards are a great way to demonstrate the role geospatial can play in tackling some of the most important global challenges we face and an excellent way to grow the use of geospatial data. It was amazing and very inspiring to see such an impressive line-up of nominees.”

Judges for the awards were drawn from a global cohort of experts, industry leaders and government departments, from organisations including the World Health Organisation, the Geospatial Commission, 10 Downing Street and HM Land Registry.

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