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 2017: Greener, smarter communities

How can we make Greener Smarter Communities in Britain?


Applications for the 2017 Challenge are now closed.

Winners of the Challenge will be notified soon after 13 December and will get an all-expenses paid place at our 3-day Geovation Camp and Conference in London, 14 -16 February 2018.

This camp will equip you with the tools to build a sustainable business and maximise your chance of success. At the Conference there will be the opportunity to pitch for funding or a place on the Geovation Programme, the perfect funded accelerator to get your Geo and Property tech business off the ground.


Explore problems and solutions

Summer-Autumn 2017

Explore problems and solutions

Participate in workshops and masterclasses


people have participated in 39 workshops and masterclasses

Official Challenge launch

4 October 2017

Official Challenge launch

Review the Challenge


participants have registered on 10 Geovation Challenges

Share ideas

October–November 2017

Share ideas

Post your ideas on solving the Challenge problem


ideas have been submitted in previous Challenges

Geovation:CAMP event

14-16 February 2018

Geovation:CAMP event

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


teams have participated in 9 Geovation camps

Funded Geovation Programme starts

April 2018

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 Challenge collaborator?

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

Data Sources

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Innovate UK

The UK's innovation agency. Innovate UK funds and supports science and technology innovations that will grow the UK economy.


Northumbrian Water aims to be the national leader in the provision of sustainable water and waste water services.