The UK is a hotbed of innovation. But it doesn’t just happen in large, well-known clusters like Silicon Roundabout or Silicon Glen.
That’s the thinking behind an attempt, launched today by Wired UK, O2 and Foursquare, to celebrate the most innovative locations in the UK with a new top-secret Foursquare badge. Each of these organisations is a well known supporter of innovation, which is why they are working together to discover where it happens in the UK.
Many start-ups and digital businesses owe their creation to ideas shared in the hubs, incubators, campuses and co-working spaces that exist in every town and city in the country. And the hope is that, by launching a new Foursquare badge, it will connect more people with these places.
But there’s one big question: which locations in the UK truly deserve to be called the most innovative? Which places are worthy of the new Innovation badge that will soon be launched by Foursquare, O2 and Wired UK?
This is your chance to help answer this question.
Your chance to help design a Foursquare badge
Today, Wired has launched the search on its Facebook page for those places in the UK where innovation happens. They asked us to help support it because we’re plugged into so many of the developers, software architects and visionaries who have made use of the UK’s innovative work spaces.
If you want to nominate a space, just go onto the page, enter the Foursquare venue ID and explain why it should qualify for the badge. With your help, over the next few weeks, we’ll compile our list of innovative spaces from all over the UK.
We want everyone involved in the creative, digital and tech industries to nominate venues from every corner of the country that deserve to be on the list. So why not head over to Facebook and let us know where you met that investor, had that moment of inspiration that led to a successful app, or simply somewhere where you had a good time with like-minded creative people.
The badge could help other people to benefit from these innovative places in the same way you have.