21st March 2011

GeoVation Camp is fast approaching

Chris Parker

With less than a week to go until the “How can we improve transport in Britain?” GeoVation Camp kicks-off with a meet and greet session on Friday evening 25 March at Ordnance Survey’s new headquarters in Southampton, the tension is building. Twenty one ideas will be represented and developed at the camp over the weekend, which is a great response – and final preparations are being put in place.

We very much look forward to meeting all the participants, those helping out with the GeoVation Camp process, and our judging panel. Our judging panel will be joining the camp on Sunday afternoon with the unenviable task of selecting the “best of the best” from the weekend camp to be invited to submit venture plans, to be pitched at the GeoVation showcase being held here at Ordnance Survey on 4 May; at which time the GeoVation Challenge innovation award winners will be chosen.

So let’s meet the judging panel for the GeoVation Camp. They are:

roland_harwoodRoland Harwood (Panel Chair) is Co-founder of 100%Open, 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.

richard kempharperRichard Kemp-Harper has responsibility at the Technology Strategy Board for managing a portfolio of innovative projects in the transport and energy generation and supply, and for planning potential future funding in these areas. Prior to joining the Technology Strategy Board, Richard worked for the Intelligent Transport Systems Knowledge Transfer Network, focusing on the themes of technologies for logistics and transport incident management. Richard has a background in academic research in chemistry, biochemistry and medical imaging and 6 years in web development and information management for Oxfam.

AG pictureAndrew Goodwin is a senior policy analyst in the Strategy Unit at the Department for Transport. His work focuses on issues that cut across all modes of transport including, most recently, the use of traveller information. Andrew holds undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in economics and has worked as a civil servant for the last four years. Prior to that, he worked as an economist for a private sector research and consultancy firm, providing pan-European economic forecasts and location advice to real estate investors.

Glenn Lyons is Associate Dean and Professor of Transport and Societglenlyonsy at the Centre for Transport and Society, University of the West of England. Glenn leads the Ideas in Transit project which is funding the £150,000 innovation awards pot for the challenge. Ideas in Transit is a five-year project that applies User Innovation to the transport challenges faced by individuals and society. It aims to promote the understanding, awareness and development of user innovations relevant to transport. Glenn’s own research expertise concerns the links between lifestyles and personal travel in the face of continuing social and technological change.

james cutlerJames Cutler is CEO and founder (with Justin Saunders) of emapsite, leading provider of digital geographic content and geospatial services for professional users. James has been at the forefront of the digital mapping industry for more than 20 years having previously co-founded international GIS consultancy GISL Limited and up until 2000 worked in or managed projects across Europe, Africa and Asia. James’ industry knowledge and leadership skills are allied to a deep understanding of the role of location-centric services in the enterprise and it is James’ vision that underpins the continuing growth and direction of emapsite. As a leading exponent of geospatial web services emapsite is increasingly embedding GI within mainstream business processes. James is increasingly to be found, seen and heard across the GI and related industries as emapsite provides ever wider and deeper access to the world of location content.

Peter ter HaarPeter ter Haar is Ordnance Survey’s Director of Products. Peter is responsible for all aspects of product management including product marketing, engineering, cartography and supply. He joined Ordnance Survey in November 2006, with more than 18 years’ experience in product management and business development in both the public and private sectors in GIS, location-based services and mobile technology. His previous roles include the head of GIS at the City of Amsterdam, and senior product and technical management roles in Geodan, Autodesk Europe and Intergraph Europe.”