Make a difference

Geovation Challenge 2016: Underground Assets Launch Party, 12 October 4pm – 7pm – Find out more and register.

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, when open, is for UK-based organisations or residents, aged 18 and over.

Getting involved

When we run a Challenge you can post your ideas, connect with others and vote for the entries you like – all on our ideas platform. Our Challenge 2016: Underground Assets will open for entries on 19 October and run till 30 November 2016. The best ideas entered during this time will be 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. Below you can find out more about our Geovation Water Challenge which ran during 2015.

Challenge 2015: Water

How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?

We’re up against some big challenges in the world and a lack of fresh, clean, accessible water is one of them. Without sufficient water we face flooding, drought, poor sanitation, disease, food shortage and vulnerable communities. The impact is huge, but we know that location information can help solve the problem. This Geovation Challenge is now closed but you can still see the problems we uncovered in our problem deep dive.  People with water-related expertise helped us unlock the issues behind the Challenge and we grouped these into five key themes:

For more detail on each theme, take a look at our deep dive output (PDF).

For key Challenge dates, check out our timetable.

Previous Challenges

For details on our previous Challenges and winners, take a look at our 2009-16 Challenges booklet (PDF).

Want to become a collaborator?

If you’d like to help us create future Challenges, support innovation and make a difference please email us for more information.

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Official Challenge launch

Official Challenge launch

Review the Challenge

2800 participants have registered on 9 Geovation challenges

Share ideas

Share ideas

Post your ideas on solving the Challenge problem

734 ideas have been submitted in previous challenges

Explore problems and solutions

Explore problems and solutions

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

976 people have participated in 35 open data masterclasses

Geovation:CAMP event

Geovation:CAMP event

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

96 teams have participated in 8 Geovation camps

Funded Geovation Programme starts

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:2016.

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

Data Sources

Get the data you need. We’ve pulled together some really useful sources to help you develop your Challenge ideas.

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Southern Water

Southern Water is responsible for water and wastewater services for Kent, Sussex, Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


Defra safeguards our natural environment, supporting our food and farming industry and sustaining a thriving rural economy.


The Springwise discovery network tracks innovation in realtime, globally.

United Utilities

United Utilities helps to provide clean, fresh water for people every day and treat water to help keep rivers and beaches clean.

Environment Agency

The Environment Agency works to create better places for people and wildlife and supports sustainable development.