1st December 2016

Let the Geovation Challenge judging begin


Thank you all for responding to our call to help better manage underground assets in Britain in our latest Geovation Challenge. There have been some great ideas submitted between 19 October and 30 November 2016 and lots of people have registered and engaged on the Geovation Ideas Platform.

Now that the Geovation Challenge is closed the judging panel will start reading through the ideas to select finalists to invite to a 2.5 day Geovation Camp at Ordnance Survey in Southampton from 1-3 February 2017. See the timetable. We are delighted to be collaborating with BGS as sponsors of the Geovation Camp, find out more in this blog post by one of the judges Dr. Kathrine Royse “The importance of Geology in Underground Asset management

The panel will be looking for ideas that offer innovative solutions to the underground assets problems and which can become commercially sustainable. Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation is chairing the judging panel. Find out more about him and the panel below:

Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation

Alex Wrottesley, Head of Geovation

The Geovation Hub aims to deliver a new approach to stimulating growth in the geospatial industry by offering hands on support, education, workspace and development resource in a world-class location. With 18 years’ experience running media and technology businesses, Alex and his team help entrepreneurs and innovators create, build and grow new ventures that use spatial data and insight to deliver ground-breaking products and services.




Dr Alison Prendiville, Service Design for Innovation Expert

Dr Alison Prendiville, Service Design for Innovation Expert

An expert in the fields of service design, digital anthropology, creative economies and connected communities. Her PhD (2001) investigated the specification of engineering hardware in the design of public transport systems and the design of the passenger service experience. Alison was a researcher on the EU Framework IV Programme MIMIC (Modality, Inter-modality and Interchange) investigating transport interchanges and the barriers to the seamless journey.




Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart Cities Practice at Ordnance Survey

Miranda Sharp, Head of Smart Cities Practice at Ordnance Survey

At an international level OS is pioneering global interoperability smart cities through machine learning, as well as exploring the new fields of connected vehicles, IoT and 5G. Originally a chemist, Miranda has a personal interest in the measurement of air quality and its correlation with greenspace; but this is only one example of places becoming smart – adopting practical solutions for citizens, businesses and visitors united by place.





Dr Kathrine Royse, Science Director for GeoAnalytics and Modelling at the British Geological Survey (BGS)

Kathrine develops novel methods and techniques to gain added-value from BGS’s data holdings; using a trans-disciplinary approach to produce models that explain, explore and predict the Earth’s response to natural or human induced environmental change. Her research at BGS has focused around the development of 3D geological models for decision support and hazard mitigation in the urban environment.  She is a member of NERCs Innovation Advisory board providing advice on how best to translate environmental knowledge and data into new value adding approaches, tools and solutions.





Matt Webb, Head of Asset Information at UK Power Networks

Matt is accountable for the end-to-end asset data and information lifecycle, including collection and capture, asset registers and geospatial systems management, data quality management and analytics. Prior to joining UK Power Networks in 2008, Matt operated in various management and leadership roles within the construction and building services sector. He is a highly experienced business and data management professional with a deep knowledge of business strategy and planning, as well as leading multi-site / multi-disciplinary teams.




Jane Johnson Account Director, Energy and Infrastructure at Ordnance Survey

Jane works closely with key players in the energy and infrastructure sector, where OS geospatial data and services are an integral part of the effective management of all infrastructure including underground assets. The location and interoperability of data provides greater connectivity between assets and enables collaboration across functions, disciplines, and organisations.






The finalists who are selected will be informed by 16 December which will be announced on the blog in the following week.

The finalists who attend Geovation Camp will have the opportunity to work on transforming their ideas into prototype ventures. On the final day of camp they will pitch their ideas to the judging panel who will invite up to 3 teams to join the 12 month funded Geovation Programme.