18th March 2013

You can help to make business greener

Viv Alexander

We’ve just announced our GeoVation Challenge calling for ideas that on ‘How can we help British  improve environmental performance?’.  As with previous GeoVation Challenge’s we’ve used our established Pow WowPhoto of Environment PowWow group thinking to uncover the problems associated with the challenge  and help you get your thinking caps on for ideas to help make business greener.

A group of 10 people with expertise in environmental problems engaged in a workshop where we asked:

“What are the barriers to businesses easily improving their environmental performance?”
“What are the barriers to environmental performance easily improving businesses bank balances?”

They came up with 51 problems which were grouped into themes ranging from business priorities and how to turn duty to opportunity, awareness, knowledge and communication and organisational behaviour and culture.

Some of the questions to think about:

You can see these and many more ‘insights’ are in our Pow Wow infographics

If this has got you thinking enter the GeoVation Challenge. We are looking for great ideas that address the identified problems using geography, technology and design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 in development funding for best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data.

The Environment Agency are supporting this GeoVation Challenge to encourage sustainable economic growth and responsible environmental practices.

The challenge runs from 6 March to 1 May and the best ideas will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp from 21 – 23 June 2013 where you can work on building your idea into a prototype.  You will also identify how to overcome problems in implementing your idea and learn to pitch your idea ‘pecha kucha’ style to the independent judging panel.  Following camp successful ideas will be selected to receive a share of £100, 000 funding, subject to completing and submitting their venture plans. Winners will be confirmed by 17 July 2013.  Find out more about the challenge process.