3rd March 2016

10 idea finalists coming to Geovation Camp


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Geovation Camp for this year’s Water Challenge is soon upon us… taking place over the weekend 4-6 March at Ordnance Survey in Southampton, the finalist ideas teams now attending (with their catchy new titles) are:

Fix My River

Extending functionality of a site such as fixmystreet.com to crowdsource information from people on the street to let relevant authorities know about water problems including river pollution, flooding, overflowing drains and breach hotspots.

Missed Connections

A mobile device combining UV light filter tools and geospatial data along with citizen science to indicate, locate and record missed connections.

Refillable Cities

Further establishing Refill Bristol and aiming to roll out nationwide, this is an app to pinpoint and endorse free tap water refill points at streets, cafes, retailers, hotels and businesses around the city. This is to reduce dependency on plastic bottled water, and change the public mind-set of using plastics that end up in our oceans.

Interactive Flood Management

An interactive playbox which animatedly explores and experiments with different parameters and circumstances that concern flood management such as topography, water flow and rainfall of a bespoke area. With a fun, playful element the sandbox aims to encourage wider engagement with local flood management issues.

Plastic Beach

An app allowing citizen scientists and beachcombers to record instances of plastics washed up on shore and place them on a downloadable map, to gain a more detailed picture of the problem of discarded plastics.

Natural Flood Mitigation

National mapping of where natural flood mitigation measures could be employed, considering minimum impact to economic activities and cost benefit, to establish an opportunity value of potential schemes and to identify further benefits.


A digital platform to facilitate collaboration between public, private and community sectors, by mapping a picture of the human and physical landscape. Through a replicable and scalable model this can be integrated with different community groups, schools and universities to identify and enable implementation of social, ecological and financially beneficial landscape interventions for the mitigation of critical water issues in the UK.

Your Water World

An online hub for schools, clubs and organisations to download and upload collected water-related data from backyards through an app and online data store. Factsheets on the water cycle and how water resources differ under different climates, land uses & timescales, and suggestions on how data can be collected will be shared, to encourage sustainable management of water.

Water Quality Indicator

A monitoring and understanding of health of trees in riparian, estuarine and coastal areas to provide insight to where water quality is an issue and to identify patterns in changing quality.

Poo Mapping

A fix to identify sewer blockages, misconnections and near-overflowing sewer levels. Waterproof radio frequency identifier tags will be flushed down toilets and drains to help map sewage; mapping will be enabled by wireless transmitters and receivers, and sensitive to tracking unwanted sewage routes into rivers and sea outlets.

Check out our OS OpenSpace map (below) to explore the geographic distribution of the Geovation Water Challenge’s finalist ideas. You can use the links within the place marks to find out more about each idea.

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Helping this great cohort of teams will be an army of OS helpers: specialisms will include developer and mobile app expertise, business modelling, market research and data surgeries on utilising OS, EA and other (open) data and data licensing. Previous successful Geovation Challenge winners will also be there to share their experiences with our new finalists.

During the weekend Geovation Camp teams will have opportunity to develop their ideas into a prototyped venture and to build a pitch, drawing on business and technical expertise from OS and our facilitators, Nonon, with domain knowledge input from our sponsors’ Environment Agency, Defra, United Utilities and Southern Water. The objective of Camp is to ensure each team leaves with a positive, supported next step: either obtaining a place on our funded Geovation Programme in April 2016 and/or put in touch with another appropriate ‘supporter’; to leave armed with a great innovation framework and tools to use again, and to understand how to engage with OS, EA and other (open) data.

Participants at Camp will also be able to vote for their favourite idea to receive the £1,000 Community Award prize.

You can read more about the ideas and continue to comment on them here.

Follow us on Twitter @Geovation #geovationcamp this weekend to tune in with the buzz at Camp!