Innovative ideas to create a better place?
Yesterday we announced our new GeoVation Challenge ‘ How can we help British Business improve environmental performance?’ calling for your innovative ideas to help create a better place. Today we have a guest post from Anthony Parsons, Business Innovation Manager at Environment Agency which will help explain some of the problems and why we are running this challenge:
The Environment Agency works with businesses and others to protect the environment and create a better place. This is why I, and most people, work for the Environment Agency, have a passion for protecting people and the environment and doing the right thing.
Achieving both economic growth and protection of the natural environment is not always easy. And it will not happen without both effective regulation of the impact business has on the environment, and a commitment from businesses themselves to act as responsible neighbours and good corporate citizens.
Reassuringly, the performance record of businesses in England and Wales shows they increasingly recognise there is a value and opportunity in this broader sense of responsibility. Our Sustainable Business report 2011 shows that the vast majority of regulated businesses have a good record on environmental performance and take their environmental responsibilities seriously.
Hacking for a better place
If so, register here for env[:hack], a Hack Day being organised by the Environment Agency with help from Geeks of London and GeoVation. The event will be held on 16-17 March 2013 at the University of Bristol and aims to bring together around 80 software and hardware developers, Environment Agency experts and interesting data.
A Hack Day is a free-to-attend, intense weekend of learning, sharing and building new cool software and hardware projects. In the case of env[:hack] the theme is the environment and environmental responsibility. Hacking for a better place. You are welcome to register as a hacker or as an observer. Whether you are an expert or novice, developer or designer, join us to explore the APIs provided by the Environment Agency.
The event will open Saturday 10:30am-10pm and Sunday 9am-5pm. See schedule. We will have a solution for the overnight for any hackers coming from outside of Bristol. Register your requirement and details will follow.