Last week we announced the ideas that have been chosen in our GeoVation Challenge to enable people to live in better places.
Below we have a video filmed at the end of the weekend in which Roland Harwood, Chair of the GeoVation judging panel, explains why these 4 ideas were selected and the successful finalists describe their reaction on getting the news! Words used to describe the weekend and how they felt include: really interesting process, awesome, incredible, privileged (to being given the opportunity to make the idea real).
- MyHome Energy Planner: Will allow householder to understand the energy efficiency of their home and take control of future energy demand. The tool will measure householders’ current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage.
- Holistic House Search: Utilising Land Registry and Ordnance Survey data, the idea will enable users to search for properties and consider factors such as fuel for travel and energy costs which contribute to the overall cost of living in that property. Also the winner of the GeoVation Community Prize of £1,000.
- Democratising Development: Working on the themes of affordability and availability, the idea uses Land Registry and Ordnance Survey data to identify small scale sites currently disused or unmanaged and bring these into the housing market.
- Geo-vey: Using data from Land Registry and Ordnance Survey to underpin an online portal, where people can suggest and get the improvments they need in their community.
The next stage is for the successful teams to submit venture plans and the judging panel to meet again on 18 February 2015 to confirm the amounts of funding to be awarded.