25th June 2013

GeoVation winners to help save the environment


Well done to everyone who took part in the GeoVation Camp for our environment themed GeoVation Challenge which was held at Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton over the weekend. The GeoVation Challenge called for ideas to help British business improve their environmental performance.GeoVation group photo

As well having the opportunity develop a prototype venture and develop their pitches, we offered teams support from service designers, geography students and information on Ordnance Survey products and services over the weekend. We also had helpers from the Environment Agency who were supporting this  challenge. The sheer level of energy from the 10 invited teams and all the helpers was truly inspiring.

At the end of an exciting weekend, the teams were visited by the judging panel to find out how their ideas were progressing and they also presented a short 2-minute pecha kucha type pitch to the judges and invited audience.

The audience also voted for their favourite idea to win the Community Award of £1,000.

All of the invited teams received feedback and the judges offered advice on how they could take their ideas forward and possible connections.

The four successful finalists that will be awarded a share of £100,000 in innovation funding to develop their ideas to save the environment are:

Carbon Prophet  Richard Page and Andrew Turnball will use funding from Ordnance Survey to map soil carbon to improve environmental performance.  Farmers are currently not aware of the carbon in their soils and the hidden value of this. A simple sampling kit will allow them to test their soils. The results with then be used to create a carbon map of the United Kingdom’s agricultural soil, using mapping data from Ordnance Survey and this will be used as the basis for a carbon offset trading scheme. Carbon Prophet also won the Community Award.

GeoCraft. An idea submitted by Zoe Ross of Cheshire which will enable schools and local businesses to work together to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft.  Using Ordnance Survey data, it will stimulate children to think about environmental challenges and ideas to solve these, which can be fed back to the local business to implement.  Zoe was joined by Stephen Reid and Steve Bunce at GeoVation Camp.

Element Green Recycling   Ayo Isinkaye plans to help business reduce costs by separating waste. Thirty per cent of recycled co-mingled waste is sent to landfills due to contamination and yet, cleanly separated recyclable materials without contaminants are greatly sought after by reprocessing and manufacturing companies.  Using mapping to show the location of business, local courier collection options and reprocessing companies, the idea will help business to achieve early separation of recyclable materials and realise the value of this in revenue. Ayo was joined by K Bienek to prototype and pitch the idea to the judging panel.

Streetkleen Bio Project.   Gary Downie’s idea provides a practical, innovative solution based around the anaerobic digestion of dog waste to create usable energy (methane). Dog fouling is a major issue for many of our towns and cities, it is the most offensive type of litter and it is consistently raised as a public concern.  Using the Streetkleen app, incidents of dog fouling can be photographed and reported. It can then be collected and taken to an anaerobic digester, where it will create methane to provide energy.  The team who attended the weekend and successfully pitched for funding were Norman Reay, Chris Brooker, Waqas Ahmad and Mike Anderson.


The next stage in the challenge is for successful teams to submit a Venture Plan to the judging panel, who will meet again on 17 July 2013 to confirm the amounts of funding to be awarded.

Some tweets about GeoVation Camp:

Finally home after a great weekend helping @GeoVation. Well done to all the teams! Met some amazing people

So grateful for amazing 3 days-being part of an inspiring #EducationFest & the incredible #Geovationcamp. Big thanks to all involved!

A big thank you to everyone who has helped us this weekend at the #geovationcamp

At some point I’ll reflect properly on what I’ve learnt from #GeoVationCamp – for now it’s safe to say that it was a *huge* amount!