UK: Budding innovators and entrepreneurs are being asked to contribute ideas that could help businesses improve their environmental performance, with the opportunity to win a slice of a £100,000 development prize fund.
The GeoVation Challenge, run by mapping agency Ordnance Survey, is seeking ideas on how the use of geographic data can help British business improve environmental performance.
Dr Chris Parker, from Ordnance Survey, says, “There are huge and exciting opportunities for geography to be harnessed in a variety of ways, which could help us all improve sustainability in Great Britain. This latest challenge is specifically looking at how geography and geospatial data can be used to improve the environmental performance of businesses.
“Across the thousands of businesses in Great Britain the level of focus put into improving environmental performance varies considerably. There are companies who are extremely ‘green’ and are reaping the benefits of improving their environmental performance, whilst there are a significant number of businesses that could do more. I am hopeful that this challenge will generate a range of innovative and scalable ideas, which can be implemented at both local and national levels.”
The challenge is following the successful format of previous challenges, and is looking for innovative ideas to either help businesses remove environmental barriers or suggest new ways on how businesses can become greener.
Chris adds, “Over the last three years we have seen what a difference GeoVation has made in addressing a range of real world issues, including transport, food and neighbourhoods. The exciting part is waiting for the ideas to come flooding in, whether its refining an existing innovation or something brand new.”
Today, there are a large number of public sector organisations who are harnessing the power of Ordnance Survey data to improve their performance, whilst also delivering their own environmental successes and efficiency savings. Examples, include using mapping data to improve community waste management, effective public transport routing, car sharing schemes and planning for greener towns and cities.
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 the ideas will be developed into prototype ventures. Following the GeoVation 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.