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Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far

By , 9 April, 2014 8:10 am

Today’s guest blog is from Ayo Isinkaye, CEO of Element Green Recycling, one of our winners of the  ‘How can we help British Business improve environmental performance?’ Challenge supported by the Environment Agency. Element Green Recycling won funding of £22,000 to develop their idea – ‘How to reduce costs and make money by separating your waste ’(Green Alchemist).



Waiting to hear if my proposal was one of the four winners for the GeoVation competition was the most nail-biting moment of my life. Element Green Recycling’s Green Alchemist project was the fourth name to be announced! I was cool on the outside when I stood up to collect our prize and smile at the camera, but I was doing cartwheels on the inside. Two days of working hard at the camp, refining and redeveloping my business idea had paid off. Continue reading 'Element Green Recycling – The Journey so far'»

Minecraft in the classroom

By , 26 March, 2014 8:00 am

Today’s guest blog is from Zoe Ross of Happy Education.  Zoe was awarded funding of £28,000 to develop her idea, GeoCraft, in our GeoVation Challenge, How can we help British businesses improve environmental performance, supported by the Environment Agency.

GeoCraft enables schools and local businesses to work together to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft,  a hugely popular video game set in virtual 3D worlds made up of cubes of different materials. Using Ordnance Survey data, it would stimulate children to think about environmental challenges and ideas to solve these, and could be fed back to the local business to implement. Zoe tells us what’s been happened since winning funding form GeoVation.

‘That was the best lesson ever!’

This is music to the ears of any teacher and something that I’ve been lucky enough to hear on many occasions in the last few months as I have been trialing our GeoCraft project with the Year 6 pupils at Yorston Lodge School.

Pupils’ delight in and enthusiasm for the club has been palpable and their feedback and suggestions for improving the project has been invaluable.

MineCraft building tatton park mansion

Building the Tatton Park mansion as part of our work on Knutsford

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Wow! Winning the GeoVation Challenge

By , 6 January, 2014 8:00 am

As the closing date for the  current GeoVation Challenge to encourage active lifestyles approaches, I thought you’d enjoy this guest post from Gary Downie of  Streetkleen Bio, winners of our Business Environment Challenge.   In his post Gary explains some of the benefits of entering the challenge and what it can lead to.

“It’s  been 6 months  since Streetkleen Bio were announced as a winner of the GeoVation Environmental Challenge.”

“Wow” is the general consensus in the office when I make others aware of this fact….

….But what a 6 months it has been!

Let’s start by looking back….

1. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.

As Founder and Managing Director of Streetkleen Bio Ltd I can honestly say that entering the GeoVation Challenge was one of, if not the single best decision I/we have made as an organisation.

Photo of Gary Downie at Smarta Awards Ceremony

Dr John Walsh and Gary Downie attending the Smarta Awards ceremony at Cafe De Paris in London.

Six months ago we had been developing our ideas from a small garage in North Wales. Our idea of generating renewable energy from municipally collected dog waste was seen by many as a novelty, almost comical to some. However, we had Continue reading 'Wow! Winning the GeoVation Challenge'»

Geovation winners join thought-leaders exploring sustainability driven innovation

By , 16 September, 2013 4:00 pm

Last Thursday Ordnance Survey was delighted to host the Sustainable Innovation Lab (SusIN Lab) conference, here at our Head Office in Southampton. This was the fourth and final session in a series of workshop events organised by the University of Exeter Business School. The workshops, which Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation team have been participating in, have been running since December 2012. They explore, through collaboration, how sustainability is driving innovation and creating new forms of value for different stakeholders in the public, private and third sectors.

susin LAB graphic

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Innovation from problem to pitch

By , 20 August, 2013 8:00 am

Ever wondered  what happens before we launch a GeoVation Challenge?  Who decides how we focus the challenge? What really happens at GeoVation Camp and how are the winners decided?

We’ve uploaded a presentation which details the journey of the GeoVation Environment Challenge -  from discovering the problems to idea generation and pitching and selection of winners at GeoVation Camp;  ‘ Innovation from problem to pitch’  which you can see  below.

To start off we ran a  Problem PowWow in Bristol with people who have perspectives on the barriers that hinder businesses from improving their environmental performance.to ‘unpack’ the problems associated with the challenge.

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Funding announced for green innovation ventures

By , 19 July, 2013 8:00 am

If you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the four successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge to improve the environmentHow can we help British Business improve environmental performance? Geovation Image

Following on from this the Judging Panel met on Wednesday to  confirm the amount of innovation funding the green innovation ventures will receive.   The £101,000 awarded by Ordnance Survey will be split as follows:

Carbon Prophet  will be awarded £29,000. They will use the funding to create a soil carbon map of the UK  using Ordnance Survey data, and a trading portal for carbon offsetting schemes.   Soil testing and the use of Ordnance Survey data will enable farmers to see the carbon levels in their soil and encourage them  to release the value of this, mitigating the effects of greenhouse gases by increasing the levels of carbon in their soils. Carbon Prophet also won the Community Award of £1,000.

GeoCraft  will be awarded £28,000 to develop their idea which will enable schools and local businesses to work together to encourage learning about sustainability through Minecraft. Using Ordnance Survey data, it will stimulate children to think about environmental challenges and ideas to solve these, which can be fed back to the local business to implement.

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Innovation to solve business problems with environmental data

By , 10 July, 2013 8:00 am

As many of our blog followers will be aware, the recent GeoVation challenge resulted in four successful finalists being awarded a share of innovation funding to develop their ideas that addressed: “How can we help British business improve environmental performance?”

Whilst our challenge has now drawn to a close, you may be interested to learn that other funding initiatives do exist – such as the forthcoming ‘Solving business problems with environmental data’ competition, which is being launched by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability KTN.

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Innovation without the smoke and mirrors

By , 9 July, 2013 8:00 am

Our recent GeoVation Challenge asked innovators to find ways to use mapping to help British business to be more environmental efficient and effective using Ordnance Survey products and services in the solution.  The finalists from the challenge participated in a weekend of no nonsense innovation at GeoVation Camp to work on developing their ideas.

Simon Redding of Environment Agency said:  ‘Participants here [the weekend camp] have shown simple ways of improving their business assisted by digital tools, clever business processes and working together.’

During the weekend innovators focussed on the formula that Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution to help them to develop their ideas and be ‘match fit to pitch’ to the judging panel at the end of the weekend. Participants were impressed by the support offered which included help with design, technology and geography and by how their ideas progressed over the weekend.  At the end of the weekend 4 winners were selected to receive innovation funding to develop their ideas further.

Watch the Environment Camp video below to find out more:

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Green ventures get the green light thanks to GeoVation

By , 4 July, 2013 8:00 am

Last week we announced the four successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge to improve the environment that were chosen to be awarded a share of £100,000 in innovation funding to develop their ideas. They are:

In the video below you can see the reactions from the green ventures on being selected to receive funding and what they thought of the GeoVation Camp weekend.

Ant Parsons, Environment Agency Business Innovation Manager,  and a member of the the the judging panel said: “helping to judge this GeoVation Challenge has been really exciting. No one knew what sort of interest we would get to help business improve the environment but the entries offer solutions to a range of important and difficult challenges. What a great way to bring together environmental challenges that are important to people with entrepreneurs, designers, technology, geography and then see new businesses form as a result – brilliant!”

See more in our news release

Innovation Challenge winner joins our judging panel

By , 14 June, 2013 8:00 am

With the GeoVation Environment Challenge camp starting one week today, we are delighted to announce that Jason Davies, winner of last year’s Transforming Neighbourhood Challenge, has agreed to join the judging panel for GeoVation Camp which runs from 21 – 23 June.

Jason and colleagues won £41 000 (including the GeoVation Community prize) for their innovation venture Community Payback Visibility. This looks to use Ordnance Survey map data in a mobile phone app for the public to use, to nominate projects for Community Payback.

Jason graduated in modern languages (French and Russian) following which he spent several years travelling and teaching English as a foreign language. On returning to London, he worked as a BBC subtitler at TV Centre, before moving back to his home town of Birmingham to set up the live subtitling unit at Pebble Mill.

Jason had an opportunity to use his love of statistics as a data and GIS analyst with the Probation Service and National Offender Management Service, a role which has expanded to include leading commercial and digital projects in the world of criminal justice.

Since Jason has agreed to join us for the whole of the camp, from the Friday evening kick-off through to judging on Sunday, participants will have an opportunity to quiz him on what it is like to go through the whole of the GeoVation camp experience and what to focus on.

Jason joins the rest of our judging panel of Alison Prendiville (London College of Communication), Ant Parsons (Environment Agency), John Carpenter (Ordnance Survey), Quentin Johns (Hub Westminster) and our panel chair Roland Harwood (100%Open).

Добро пожаловать в жюри Джейсон! (Welcome to the judging panel, Jason!)

We can hardly wait until next Friday’s kick-off!