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2nd April 2012

Transform our neighbourhoods challenge – the judging begins

Viv Alexander

Thank you all for your great ideas on the GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we transform our neighbourhoods in Britain together?’.  There were 75 ideas posted between 9 February and 28 March 2012 and over 730 of you registered on the GeoVation Community during that time – which is fantastic!

The next stage is for the judges to start reading all of your ideas and select a shortlist of the best of these which will be announced on 20 April. The shortlisted ideas teams will be invited  to a GeoVation Camp at Ordnance Survey in Southampton over the weekend of 18-20 May.

You can find out who the judging panel are below:

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:

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.

Mark O’Neill who is  Proposition Director for Innovation and Delivery (formerly called Skunkworks) at the Government Digital Service, established to develop low-cost, fast and agile development and delivery capability, particularly within government’s future cloud environment. By adopting an agile and lean methodology and using open standards and open source technology, the team engages with SMEs and entrepreneurs to promote a wider eco-system of solution and service providers. Mark is currently working on a range of projects around open data, new delivery models for IT services, and entrepreneurship. Prior to this Mark was Chief Information Officer (CIO) at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and also the CIO at the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and worked on London 2012. Mark has worked in ICT for over 20 years and has spoken on a wide range of IT related topics at seminars, conferences and universities. Mark also writes on a range of topics from successful delivery, technology, business/IS alignment and art.

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 a range of organisations including 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.

Peter ter Haar is Ordnance Survey’s Director of Products. 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.”