26th September 2010

Introducing the GeoVation Judging Panel

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roland_harwoodThe GeoVation team are delighted to announce that Roland Harwood, Co-founder of 100%Open, is to Chair GeoVation Challenge judging panel and oversee the awards for 3 challenges through 2010/11. 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.

We are also delighted to announce that Victoria Harris, will join the judging panel for ourVictoria Harris

challenge: “How can Britain Feed Itself?”

Tor is currently Director of The Prince’s Rural Action Programmes at Business in the Community (BITC), working to mobilise business to take action on key rural issues. Tor read Geography at Cambridge University before pursuing a career in corporate social responsibility. Following a short time at the CSR think tank, Accountability, she moved to Business in the Community, one of The Prince’s Charities, where she began as Executive Assistant to the then Chief Executive, Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE. Tor was then fortunate enough to be able to pursue her passion for rural issues at BITC as Campaign Manager for The Prince’s Rural Action Programme before being appointed Director of the Programme in July 2009. She has a keen interest in countryside issues and a wide range of sports.

Peter ter HaarJoining the judging panel for GeoVation’s second year of challenges, is Ordnance Survey’s Director of Products, Peter ter Haar. 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.

On Tuesday GeoVation’s Ian Holt and Chris Parker travel to Stratford-Upon-Avon to join the cream of geographical information thought leadership and creativity, at the GeoVation sponsored W3G unconference and onto the AGI GeoCommunity Conference, to meet up with last year’s GeoVation Challenge judges, remind them of what great fun we all had, and perhaps to persuade some of them to join the panel again! We are also pretty excited as we will be announcing the second GeoVation Challenge for 2010-11.