With under two weeks until GeoVation Camp, we can announce the 10 finalists who have confirmed their attendance. The ideas were submitted last year in response to the question, ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’
Places at camp have been limited to 10 teams so that each is the time and support they require in order to develop their ideas into prototyped ventures and to work on pitches for funding.
You can find out more about the 10 final ideas below — or by following the link to the interactive map, where you can also see where the final teams hail from.
- Home Energy Planner: An online, energy efficiency, open source, planning tool that will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. Assess householder’s current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage.
- Smart Asset Management: A platform to support housing associations to consolidate their portfolio of properties/sites. The Platform will draw on Land Registry data to identify sites for potential sale or development within key neighbourhoods, visualised using Ordnance Survey data.
- Growing Grass Routes: An app and website with a toolkit for individuals, communities, housing associations, councils, schools, businesses and campaign groups to equip them in improving and ensuring delivery of high quality walking and cycling routes that connect communities and the places they work and play.
- IMBY (In My Back Yard): Crowd-sourcing development opportunities and ideas and presenting these in a searchable map format to build stronger communities and stimulate local urban action through participation. IMBY will connect self-builders with land owners, professionals and funding opportunities.
- Flat-Pack Housing: It will develop an app and website to make identified brownfield or greenbelt sites and plots available for development by using a range of open source data sets. Illustrate a range of housing layouts and architectural types from Buildeco’s range which will be offered and supplied to customers for self-build.
- Geovey: A portal/app that will allow individuals or organisations to label a map with infrastructure or improvements to improve their lives and suggest something new, such as disabled ramp up some steps, a corner shop to buy newspapers, in an unconstrained manner. These suggestions can be viewed and voted on.
- Democratising Development: Using Land Registry Owner register and Ordnance Survey data this idea plans to identify small scale sites currently disused or unmanaged and bring these into the housing market. Utilising the WikiHouse principles of building small scale, easy to build houses could bring the option of self-build into the realms of more citizens.
- Beyond The Red Line: A mapping resource to give housing developers information on the level of service provision and connections with transport around a given plot with an e-learning platform to signpost advice, effective interventions, good practice and case studies from other housing developments.
- Holistic House Search: A web-service to enable users to search for properties considering factors which contribute to the overall cost of living in that property. E.g: living 2 miles further from work may reduce housing costs (rent, tax), but if transport costs are increased, what is the overall cost over a 10 year period?
- Modern Planning Interface: A system that integrates UK planning application data into community focused websites. Communities around the UK are affected strongly by planning applications. Being able to use this data will allow those communities to engage with and influence local neighbourhood plans and act on new housing developments.