Diffuse Coastal Pollution Challenge

Geovation from OS is running a Challenge with UKHO to find a sustainable solution to Diffuse Coastal Pollution.

Winners of the challenge will receive up to £5,000.

Applications Open now!

Submit your Idea

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How to Apply for the challenge


If you’ve already registered for the challenge, you can now submit your application.


Submissions for the challenge will be open until the 20th of February. Applicants will need to submit a slide deck (15 slides maximum) and video (3 minutes maximum).


The slide deck should include a description of the problem you want to solve, the solution you propose and how you will execute it, how you will use the data and your next steps, including the use of the potential prize money. Please try to use more images than text in the slide deck. In the video, we expect to see an introduction to yourself/team, your approach, vision and needs. Keep it simple and just film yourself, we’re not looking for a fancy video.

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Why Join our Challenge

If you’re an innovator or someone who cares about the environment and wants to make an impact, then we’re looking for you to join the challenge!


Applicants must be:

UK residents over 18 years old or a UK registered Ltd company, who want to make a positive impact.

Winners Receive up to £5,000

Chance to collaborate with UKHO and Ordnance Survey

PR Opportunities

Get access to the most cutting edge data

Using the Best Data

The UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO) is a world-leading centre for hydrography, specialising in marine geospatial data that helps others to unlock a deeper understanding of the world’s oceans. UKHO share this data with governments, defence users and academia, as well as make it available through their portfolio of ADMIRALTY Maritime Data Solutions.

Ordnance Survey‘s full range of APIs are available for use in the challenge under a trial arrangement along with a set of premium datasets which can be made available.

The Met Office have also provided access and support for range of Climate and meteorological data from a range of publicly accessible data catalogues.

The British Geological Survey have provided access to three sample datasets GeoSure, GeoCivil’s and a Groundwater Vulnerability dataset.

Challenge Timeline

Call open until – 20th February 2022 

Applicants notified – 24th February 2022

Bootcamp – March 2022

Last pitch and winners – March 2022

How The Challenge Works

Our philosophy is to study, dissect and understand the problem, bring the brightest minds together and then leverage our expertise in business, data and start ups in general. Our approach is grounded in research and collaboration, which is is key to producing the best, and long lasting solutions,


Problem x Solution x Execution

Deep Dive

Primary and
secondary research
with 360 stakeholders
to understand the
problem fully.

Call Out to Startups

Leverage our
extensive network to
get the best minds
working together.

Selection and Bootcamp

Working with selected
start-ups to refine and
challenge proposed

Pitch and Final Selection

Winners will receive up t0 £5,000.

the world’s population suffers from polluted water
8 Million
plastic pieces make their way every day into the ocean
Decrease in freshwater biodiversity
marine locations are now recorded as dead zones

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Submit your idea to be in with the chance of winning up to £5,000.

Submit your Idea

This is a Unique Opportunity

for You to have a Real Impact

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