Thursday, January 21, 2010

GeoVating thoughts

Less than a week to go to the GeoVation Awards Showcase, starting at 1pm on 26th January at the RGS in London.

There will be 9 ventures pitching. Although I did not have a vote in the judges shortlist session I found most of my favourites seemed to get the judges thumbs up and I am not saying which ones didn't.

It wouldn't be fair to mention one or two of the ventures and not others so I encourage you to pop along to the list of finalists pick your favourites and then register for the Showcase next Tuesday (there are still a few places left) and vote for your choice for the £1,000 Community Award and cheer the winners of the 3 main seed fund awards totalling £20,000.

In some regards the showcase is the beginning of the whole GeoVation program not the end. Once we have made the awards the real fun will start as we try to support the ventures and hopefully see their ideas progress and succeed. I am sure they will welcome offers of advice and help from the wider community - hint hint.

I know some of my friends in the coolest regions of the geoplanet are a bit sceptical about GeoVation, who knows you could be right but you will never find out if you don't take an afternoon to come along to the Showcase and see what people are doing.

Oh and don't forget that if you come along the good folk at MapAction will benefit to the tune of £10 per attendee and they sure need every bit of support that we can give them.

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