17th May 2012

Judges join panel for Neighbourhood Weekend Camp


With less than a week to go until the “How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?” GeoVation Camp kicks-off with a meet and greet session on Friday evening 18 May at Ordnance Survey’s in Southampton, the tension is building. Eighteen 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 and those helping out with the GeoVation Camp process. 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 20 June; 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:


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:

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. In parallel with her PhD 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.

Daniel Raven-Ellison – lead member of The Geography Collective, creative director of  Mission:Explore and two time winner of GeoVation. In addition to teaching in and leading school geography departments for over 7 years, Daniel has been a writer and consultant for the BBC, Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, Geographical Association and many more. He was an education manager at both Action Aid UK and Relief International before leaving to work full-time on projects for The Geography Collective. This has included launching a national campaign to increase the number of children playing outdoors, an international project to (re)present cities through alternative explorations and organising a range of creative geography-based workshops at major festivals. He considers himself to be a guerrilla geographer and now spends most of his time on Mission:Explore, a GeoVation supported project to increase the number of children playing outdoors, exploring new places, travelling in new ways and thinking in new ways about their world.

John_KimmanceJohn Kimmance – who  is Head of Business Sales and Support at Ordnance Survey, Britain’s National Mapping Agency.  John’s team is responsible for all of Ordnance Survey’s commercial business including the Public Sector, Utilities and all commercial markets.  His team deal directly with end customers an also with and through a strong suite of channel partners.    John has a Geology degree from UCL and practiced as an exploration geologist in southern Africa before returning to the UK to obtain his MBA from Exeter.  Ordnance Survey provides a full range of Geographic Information covering different scales.  This information covers topography (mapping), addresses, roads, points of interest and Imagery


 Marianne GuldbrandsenMarianne Guldbrandsen is an innovation consultant covering strategy, user insights and product-service development. She is often involved from the early stages of project scoping, leading the ethnographic research and taking these profound insights into product and service development. Organisations she has worked with includes: Ford, Volvo, Walt Disney, LEGO, LiveWork, Orange, Nokia, Nissan, Toyota, Samsung and Novo Nordisk. Prior to this she was Head of Design Strategy at Design Council, where she led the strategic and creative direction across a wide variety of Open Innovation Challenges and projects in health and wellbeing, crime prevention and environmental sustainability. She holds a PhD in design innovation, focussing on how organisations handle product qualities that cannot easily be measured.


Richard Bridge who is Head of Consultancy, Training and Quality at Community Matters.  He managed the Community Alliance Regional Programme, working to lead and support their network of Regional Coordinators and their work with members, and as their regional voice for the sector. He oversees the Visible Communities ™ programme, the national accredited standard for community organisations, endorsed by the Charities Commission.  He recently helped design and oversaw the development on the new online tools: The PreVISIBLE Review (legal compliance) and Your Value! (demonstrating social value). He represents Community Matters on Steering Groups reviewing the National Occupational Standards for Community Development Workers, and drafting the first ever national Qualification Framework for Community Development Practice and Learning. He is also very involved in the community empowerment agenda as a local resident where he lives. He sat on the board of the local community led SRB6 programme and now chairs the newly created Waterloo Community Coalition, which brings together all local community sector groups to work in partnership. He was also one of Commissioners on the London Borough of Lambeth’s Citizen’s Commission on the Cooperative Council.