I’ve been having a look at the #uksnow map again this morning and watching as people report flurries or the lack of it. Not only did it start to make me feel a little festive but it reminded me about the GeoVation awards which are currently open for entries.

GeoVation is the Ordnance Survey supported community to promote innovative uses of geography (please no comments about OS and innovation). The awards ask for ideas about how mapping could help address some of the world’s big challenges through entries that benefit society, the economy or the environment; although it is open to good entries on any subject.

The best entries submitted by the closing date will be selected to pitch their ideas at a showcase event hosted at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 26 January. There is also a cash prize for the winners – £10,000 for first place; £5,000 each for the two runners up and £1,000 community prize as voted for by the audience on the night.

So – if you’ve got an idea about how to map something take a look at whacking an entry into the GeoVation awards. Closing date for applications is 4 January and you can find out more and enter on their website.

I’m off to nurture the seed of my idea. Good luck GeoVators, may the best map win.