Transforming the Geospatial Landscape - An OS Conference

Transforming the Geospatial Landscape - An OS Conference

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Transforming the Geospatial Landscape

- An Ordnance Survey Conference #transforminggeo

Ordnance Survey would like to welcome you to our conference for existing and potential OS Partners.

For the first time, this annual event is being opened up to potential new partners who are invited to join existing OS Partners to learn more about how Ordnance Survey is transforming our organisation to be fit for the future and the new ways of working and opportunities this will present.

The Event:

- Thursday 21 November 2019

- Lunch | Networking | Conference | Seminars | Keynote speaker | Showcase pods | Drinks Reception | Meet & Greet Sessions

The Venue:

Amba Hotel Marble Arch, Bryanston Street, Marylebone, London, W1H 7EH. View on a map >

Timings & Agenda:

-- Drop In Support Session 10.00 - 12.30

This part of the event is for you if you are new to the world of OS API’s, you’re taking our data under exploration terms or are already an OS partner but you need some help in de-mystifying our licensing. It's for you if knowing a bit more about how our royalty calculators work could help you to put some costings together for your new solution, or you just want to talk about how the partner programme works.

We will be there with our friends from Geovation to offer support on how to sign up to become a partner, talk about the art of the possible with our API’s and chat with a member of our products team to bounce some ideas around and find out what other OS data could work well for you.

Drop in between 10.00 and 12.30 to speak to our team about the topics that interest you.

-- The Main Event: Conference & Seminars 12.00 - 17.00

To ensure you get the maximum value out of your day, please take some time to plan the sessions you want to attend in advance.

12:00 - Arrival & Lunch

13:00 - Welcome to the first session

  • Transforming OS from government agency to commercial, engaged partner.
    Steve Blair, CEO Ordnance Survey

    Steve joined Ordnance Survey in June 2019 as Chief Executive Officer. He brings a breadth of experience covering established and high growth emerging markets, strategic planning and portfolio development.

    Steve holds a B.Eng (hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Sheffield. He was previously Chief Executive of e2v technologies plc until March 2017.

    Prior to this Steve was Business Group Director for Spectris plc. He has a breadth of experience covering established and high growth emerging markets, strategic planning and portfolio development.

  • Reflections on how Partners are key to making it happen.
    David Henderson, MD Ordnance Survey GB

    David is Ordnance Survey's Managing Director for all aspects of OS's relationship with Government and the delivery of our Public Task.

    David leads the development of Ordnance Survey's product strategy and the day-to-day management of its world-class portfolio of geospatial content and services.
    He also oversees OS’s customer support functions and is responsible for a network of 400 licensed partners. He is responsible for OS's participation in market innovation programmes and is the executive sponsor for the much-respected Geovation and OS OpenData programme.

  • How the Geospatial Commission's active projects are changing the market.
    Dr Owen Jackson, Deputy Director, Implementation for the Geospatial Commission.

    Owen is responsible for delivering the set of programmes and interventions required to unlock the value from the UK’s geospatial data. He is the Portfolio Director for the Commission, and SRO for specific elements of the Portfolio. As the Cabinet Office’s Head of Profession for Science and Engineering, he is responsible for championing the Profession and ensuring it meets the needs of scientists and engineers in the Cabinet Office.

    Prior to this role in the Commission, he was an Assistant Director in the Civil Contingencies Secretariat in the Cabinet Office. The Secretariat ensures the UK is planning for, preventing where possible, able to respond to and recover from any natural hazards or man-made threats. While there he led teams responsible for short-term horizon scanning and managing the UK Government’s central crisis management response functions (COBR), international engagement with bilateral and multilateral partners, and a network of resilience advisers based in UK Embassies overseas.

    He has also served as a Deputy Director in the Northern Ireland Office responsible for the legacy of the Troubles, as the Private Secretary to the Deputy National Security Adviser, and has had other roles in defence sales and in the Government Office for Science. Prior to joining the Civil Service he was a research microbiologist.

14:00 - Seminar Streams

Inspiring Innovation

  1. Data Visualisation: See your data brought to life through a range of mapping dataset and tools. Tell your story through great visualisations and styling.
  2. Geovation: Hear from the team at Geovation about their current challenges and opportunities to engage with them and their start up community.
  3. Everything Happens Somewhere:Hear all about this new geospatial content campaign led by OS. This campaign will provide insights and thought leadership to demonstrate location data as crucial to the UK’s economy, society and key to the industrial strategy. Find out how you can contribute too.
  4. OS API’s: Walk through our current API portfolio and how you will be able to access these through the new OS Data Hub which is currently being trialled. Find out how to get on board with the trial too.

Supporting the application of use cases

  1. Using API’s for data Science: For a technical audience - Our Data Scientists look at how the use of API’s is simplifying the analysis and interpretation of multiple datasets.
  2. Partner Only Datasets and Government: Join one of our geospatial consultants who has returned from a secondment within Welsh gov to hear about the partner only datasets of speed and location are being used to improve productivity within government.
  3. Intelligent Mobility & Data Exchange: Join this seminar to understand more about using Geospatial Data in mobility and transportation including updates on existing projects we have been working on and the potential future requirements in terms of both content and data services.
  4. Supporting the Environmental Agenda:Overview of the 25 Year Environment Plan with associated metrics and indicators for measuring environmental change. This seminar will include a focus on natural capital, farming, biodiversity and environmental net gain along with what data gaps and analysis might be needed to support the Environmental Agenda in the coming years.

Enabling Transformation

  1. Helping stimulate the geospatial market – gaps and opportunities: Lisa Allen, Head of Data Requirements and Partnering will set out the gaps seen from the “Unlocks” projects in infrastructure like finding and accessing data.
  2. OS Partner Insight: We’ll share the results of this year’s insight programme, and how they are influencing our Partner Strategy, and support activities focussed on the Developer community.
  3. Supporting the Developer Community: We’re working with a growing developer community and would love to talk to you about what you need from OS as we work to support the transformation.

16:00 - Welcome to the second session

  • KEYNOTE SPEAKER: "Alchemy: The Surprising Power of Ideas That Don't Make Sense".
    Rory Sutherland, Vice Chairman of Ogilvy.

    Rory Sutherland is the Vice Chairman of Ogilvy, which has allowed him to co-found a behavioural science practice within the agency. He works with a consulting practice of psychology graduates who look for 'unseen opportunities' in consumer behaviour which can have enormous effects on the decisions people make.

    Rory's insights into behavioural science carved him the reputation of being ahead of the curve. His understanding of the possibilities of digital technology and the Internet powered his rise to his current standing as a leading light in commerce.

  • Q&A Session

  • Conference closes

-- Drinks Reception 17.00 - 19.00

17:00 - Meet & Greet Drinks Reception
17:20 - Panel Discussion Hosted by PAC

19.00 - Event closes

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