Make a difference

Do you long to make the world a better place? To make a difference to society, the environment and the economy? Get on board with the Challenge and use location information together with technology to tackle big issues, locally. Let’s show real value through innovation.

Each Challenge we run focuses on a new issue, from water scarcity and food security to transport and energy poverty. The formula we use every time? Innovation = problem x solution x execution.

The environment and energy

Society and cities

Health and wellbeing

Policy and politics

Who's it for?

If you’re a UK start-up and want to help solve pressing issues using location information; the Challenge could be perfect for you. You might be an innovator with a passion for addressing real problems; a developer wanting to make a difference with your coding skills, or an entrepreneur looking to build a new venture. We’re interested in how your ideas can be scalable and applied across Britain – or maybe even globally. The Challenge is for UK-based organisations or residents, aged 18 and over.

Challenge 2016: Underground assets

How can we better manage underground assets in Britain?

We’re up against some big challenges in the world and Geovation recognises that successful innovation depends on developing innovative solutions to these real problems. In this Challenge we are focusing on the problems associated with managing our underground assets. These include knowing the accurate location of assets, planning and undertaking maintenance and reducing the impact on stakeholders; as well as predicting future use and lifecycles. We know location information can help solve the problems. People familiar with the issues involved in underground assets helped us unlock the problems behind the Challenge and we grouped these into four key themes.

Dealing with these issues in real life

To help you understand how these problems affect various industries, we have grouped them according to industry viewpoints.


Applications for our Challenge 2016: Underground assets are now closed but you can still comment on ideas using our ideas platform.

The best ideas entered have been invited to a Geovation Camp in Southampton, 1-3 February 2017. Winning ideas will be selected to go on our funded Programme in April 2017.

See ideas


Official Challenge launch

19 October 2016

Official Challenge launch

Review the Challenge


participants have registered on 10 Geovation Challenges

Share ideas

19 October–30 November 2016

Share ideas

Post your ideas on solving the Challenge problem


ideas have been submitted in previous Challenges

Explore problems and solutions

Mid-Oct–end November 2016

Explore problems and solutions

Participate in the Challenge, café debates, tech workshops and open data masterclasses


people have participated in 39 workshops and masterclasses

Geovation:CAMP event

1–3 February 2017

Geovation:CAMP event

The best ideas will be invited to prototype at the Geovation:CAMP in Southampton


teams have participated in 9 Geovation camps

Funded Geovation Programme starts

Beginning of April 2017

Funded Geovation Programme starts

Get the support you need to make your idea a reality; win a place on, or apply for, our accelerator Programme:2017


ideas have been awarded a share of over £718,000 in funding or a place on the Geovation Programme

Previous Challenges

Take a look at our previous Geovation Challenges.

Want to become a collaborator?

Help us create future Challenges, support innovation and make a difference. Email us to find out more.

Data Sources

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We provide expert services and impartial advice in all areas of geoscience to government, industry, academia and the public.


The Open Geospatial Consortium advances international standards and services that promote geospatial interoperability.


The Springwise discovery network tracks innovation in realtime, globally.


Responsible for a vital part of the UK internet infrastructure, Nominet develops leading-edge technologies to support the internet of tomorrow.