18th September 2012

Exciting speakers at our Innovation in Transport event


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We have an exciting line up of presenters at our free Collaboration and User Innovation in Transport Event at the RSA in London on 24 September. Find out more about them below:

Peter ter Haar, Director, Products, Ordnance SurveyPeter will be introducing the day. He is responsible for all aspects of product management at Ordnance Survey including product marketing, engineering 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.

Richard Kemp-Harper, Technology Lead, Transport and Energy, Technology Strategy Board.  Richard will be navigating us through the day’s programme via a series of lively and interactive discussions. Richard has responsibility 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.

Speakers at the event include:

Glenn Lyons Associate Dean and Professor of Transport and Society at the Centre for Transport & Society CTS), University of the West of England.  Glenn’s research has focused upon the role of new technologies in supporting and influencing travel behaviour and on attitudes towards transport. A former secondee and expert advisor to the Department for Transport’s Transport Direct initiative, Glenn has led major studies for the DfT and UK research councils into traveller information systems, teleworking, virtual mobility, travel time use, user innovation, road pricing and public and business attitudes to transport. Glenn has overall responsibility for the Ideas in Transit project.


Andrew Goodwin, Strategy Unit, Department for Transport.  Andrew 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.


Nicky Conway, Principal Advisor – Forum for the Future. Nicky has worked in sustainable development for over 10 years and has in-depth working knowledge of the key sustainability challenges facing us and how organisations are responding to these: She’s developed the Sustainable Economy Framework (SEF) with Technology Strategy Board and is working with them on embedding this to help create a sustainable future.



Peter Miller, CEO, Ito World. After a successful period as CTO of ACIS, Peter founded ITO World to realise his vision of smarter decision making through innovative use of data. Peter is a long standing contributor and OpenStreetMap expert, leading the creation of tools that enable communities to collaborate around open data.



Photo of Volker BuscherVolker Buscher, Director, Leader, Arup Smart Cities. Volker has worked at Arup since 1994 developing and implementing business and technology advice, helping clients derive value from technology. His primary interest lies in developing strategic viewpoints on smart cities, real time real estate, workplace strategy and vertical markets. One of the challenges identified is for cities and businesses to compete in a low carbon economy, manage population growth, demographic change, urbanisation and resource depletion, often in an environment of financial constraints. Volker believes that ICT could help transform cities and businesses into sustainable smart places of the future.


Tracy Ross, Loughborough University.  Research Fellow in the Design School at Loughborough University with expertise in the user-centred design of technology-supported innovation. Tracy’s research experience has a particular focus on transport, mobile and social systems conducted in collaboration with commercial partners. Tracy was appointed Associate Dean for Enterprise for the Design School.


photo of Chris ParkerChris Parker, Innovation Group, Ordnance Survey. Chris co-founded and runs GeoVation, Ordnance Survey’s innovation network. GeoVation runs open, collaborative challenges that help address communities’ needs through the application of geography. Chris is a geographer land and water resources scientist with over 25 years experience developing innovative uses of geography and geographic information at home and overseas within public, private and community sectors. He is a strong advocate of using open, collaborative and innovative approaches in generating social, economic and environmental value.



Roland Harwood, Co-founder 100%Open the Open Innovation consultancy.  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


Photo of Stephen HartStephen Hart, Lead on Integrated Transport – IM, Rail & Marine, Technology Strategy Board. Stephen’s role is to lead innovation and technology growth in these industries, businesses, UK Government and key stakeholders to grow wealth and develop SME’s in the UK. Main responsibilities include fostering business and industry relationships, stakeholder management and strategic technical planning. Typically the role covers a number of diverse technical and innovation sectors.

He has an Automotive engineering background in vehicle electrical and engine system design, and previously was the Head of Technology Programmes for the Energy Saving Trust and technical advisor to the Department for Transport.


Pecha Kucha Presentations

There will be 5 minute “Pecha Kucha” style presentations of user innovators’ real experiences of collaboration and user innovation in transport from GeoVation challenge winners:

Daniel Raven Ellison – Mission:Explore

There is over 13,000 miles of national cycle paths available for free to the public. Mission:Explore the National Cycle Network is a project to increase the number of children and families using this important infrastructure through playful challenges that can be discovered on the Mission:Explore website. The project is being launched to schools in October.

Martin Lucas Smith, Cyclestreets – Cyclescape

Martin Lucas-Smith is a Developer at CycleStreets, who run the UK-wide cycle journey planner website, CycleStreets.net, enabling people to plan cycle journeys from A-B. They’ve been developing a new website, Cyclescape, to help cycling groups around the UK consider and improve cycling infrastructure. Cyclescape is a GeoVation project, and it will be launching later this year.

Paul Lenz, MySociety – FixMyTransport Mobile

MySociety’s mission is to help people become more powerful in the civic and democratic parts of their lives, through digital means.   FixMyTransport is a website which aims to help people get common public transport problems resolved and this project built an intuitive, mobile-responsive version of the site to use when travelling.

Byrony Ecclestone, liftshare – My Personal Travel Plan

liftshare.com is a website allowing individuals to list their journeys and find potential matches saving money, cutting their carbon footprint, having fun and making the world a better place in the process. Bryony is liftshare’s Sustainability Projects Manager.  myPTP, is an innovative web-based solution to personal travel planning, which brings all data for different transport modes together; walk, cycle, car-share, and public transport. The aim is to make sustainable travel accessible and attractive for all.

Neil Taylor, ITP Ltd- Access Advisr.

AccessAdvisr is a web-site and smartphone application that aims to ‘make difficult journeys easier’.  It combines static, dynamic, crowd-sourced, and open data sources to provide transport users with a real-world understanding of how easy or difficult it is to access different places.  Our approach places significant value on the views of real people and the website and smartphone apps provide a basic accessible journey and location-based information.  Members of the public are free to add ratings, comments, photos and videos to this information in order to help the user community find useful accessibility information prior to travelling

Ed Dowding – Sustination

Sustaination exists to help re-wire the food system, helping food business be found, connect, and trade.   They bring the power of big, connected data to small food businesses, meaning they can discover  new trade partners, re-localise trade, and access real-time opportunities.  It’s a professional network serving every type of food business, from farm to fork, at every scale and turnover.

So don’t miss out on the opportunity to share your ideas at this free event. Register now.