New GeoVation challenge aims to support British businesses improve their environmental performance

Wednesday 6th March saw GeoVation launch their latest Challenge ‘How can we help British business improve environmental performance? ’

GeoVation is about helping communities address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise. Following the successful format of previous challenges GeoVation are calling for innovative ideas to help businesses remove barriers to easily improving their environmental performance.

Using GeoVation’s established Powwow methodology to uncover problems associated with meeting challenges, the team behind the project have identified a list of problems which form the basis for this challenge including:

  • How can we help business see the value in their waste?

  • How can communities and businesses work together, irrespective of geography and social demographic?

  • How do we make environmental performance a more attractive proposition for investment and innovation?

As with previous challenges GeoVation 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 also supporting this GeoVation Challenge to encourage sustainable economic growth and responsible environmental practices. The big prize here is the fact that UK companies could save more than £6bn a year if they used resources more efficiently. To create some new ideas and energy the Environment Agency are running the env[:hack]   to create cool demos that showcase how technology can help us all be more green and environmentally responsible.

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. 

So if you have an idea of how to solve some of the problems identified in an innovative way – enter the GeoVation Challenge!

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