2nd May 2013

Environment Challenge – time for the judging to begin


Thank you for all the great ideas you’ve entered in our GeoVation Challenge to help business improve environmental performance.  47 ideas were posted between 6 March and 1 May 2013 and 260 people registered on the GeoVation Community during that time.

The next stage is for the judges to start reading your ideas and select which of these offer the best solution to the environment challenge theme and are innovative, use technology and of course, use Ordnance Survey geographical information in the solution.  The judges will be meeting in a couple of weeks and we’ll announce the finalists to be invited to GeoVation Camp in Southampton over the weekend of 21-23 June.

Meanwhile, find out who the judging panel are below.

The Judging Panel Chair is:

Roland Harwood who is co-founder of 100%Open, the open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Orange and Oxfam to co-innovate with their partners. Roland was formerly Director of Open Innovation at NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he has held senior innovation roles in the Utilities and Media industries and in addition has worked with 100’s of start-ups to raise venture capital and commercialise technology. In addition he has worked as a TV and film music producer for SonyBMG


He will be joined by:

John Carpenter

John Carpenter, Director of  Strategy and Planning at Ordnance Survey. John’s responsibilities include the Ordnance Survey’s outreach and research programmes, strategy, policy and licensing. Previously John was Head of Products, responsible for the life-cycle management of the whole Ordnance Survey product range. John joined Ordnance Survey from the financial services industry in 2006, where he managed a number of business-to-business product groups. He once taught Geography, when such things as O-levels still existed.




Ant PPhoto of Ant Parsonsarsons, Business Innovation Manager at the Environment Agency.  Ant says:  Sparking, delivering and supporting new ideas and innovations excites me. I am a social intrapreneur sourcing and providing an incubator for new ideas and good practice to feed future delivery of environmental outcomes.





Photo of Quentin JohnsQuentin Johns,  Head of Business Development at Hub Westminster, London’s Super Studio for the new economy. The Hub Network comprises over 40 locally owned centres around the world, and what holds them together as a collaborative community, is that all the members of the Hub’s are dedicated to delivering social and environmental impact from their  businesses. Quentin has a degree in Social Anthropology from Sussex University and has worked with rural communities for an NGO in India. He has also worked as the international sales manager for  Marvin Magic, running stores on both sides of the Atlantic. He changed careers in 2011 in search of a job that would help create a new more sustainable economy.


Alison PrendivilleAlison Prendiville – Deputy Director of C4D; a multidisciplinary position which facilitates the convergence of the STEM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Medicine ) with design. C4D was listed by the Design Council and NESTA’s Multidisciplinary Design Network in 2010, as one of eight best practice case studies of multidisciplinary  design collaboration. On completing her Masters in Design Management from the Royal College of Art,  Alison worked commercially with a number of design led companies before entering academia. Her doctoral research, awarded in 2001 linked engineering specification to design, service management theory and practice. she was a researcher on the EU Framework IV Programme MIMIC (Modality, Inter-modality and Interchange).  Alison has extensive teaching experience at undergraduate and postgraduate level encompassing Service, Product and Strategic Design and supervises and examines PhDs in: Design for Services, Design Management, Public Sector Innovation, Design Process, Design and Sustainability, Design Theory and Practice and Social Software Agents.

Jason Davies.  A modern languages graduate, Jason spent several years travelling and teaching English as a foreign language. Returning to London, he worked as a BBC subtitler, before moving back to Birmingham to set up the live subtitling unit at Pebble Mill. He now uses his love of statistics as a data and GIS analyst with the Probation Service and National Offender Management Service, a role which has expanded to include leading commercial and digital projects in criminal justice. Jason entered the Transforming Neighbourhoods GeoVation Challenge in 2012 with “Community Payback Visibility”, an idea to develop a mobile phone app for the public to use, to nominate projects for Community Payback. He won £41,000 to develop the project.