12th September 2014

GeoVation Housing Challenge Launch Event

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Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation challenges encourage the use of open data, other data and existing products and services in the development of new ventures that generate social, economic and environmental value.

Ordnance Survey and Land Registry are pleased to announce the launch of  the latest GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’ in which we’re offering a slice of £101,000 in funding to develop the best ideas submitted.

The GeoVation Housing Challenge is being officially launched within the WikiHouse at The Building Centre during the London Design Festival. The WikiHouse is a 
low-energy house that anyone can download, adapt, ‘print’ and assemble in a few days, with no construction skills, for less than £50,000. The Building Centre is a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to advancing innovation in the built environment.

GoVAtion Challenge 8 LogoOn Monday 15 September 2014 we will be holding our launch event (register). Chris Parker will give a short introduction about GeoVation and then introduce our guest speakers:

Finn Williams – Founder of Common Office

Andrew Van Doorn – Deputy Chief Executive, HACT

John Carpenter – Director of Planning and Strategy, Ordnance Survey

Lynne Nicholson – Senior Product Manager, Land Registry

Finn Williams is an architect-turned-planner based in London. He studied architecture at the Mackintosh in Glasgow, FAUP in Porto and the Royal College of Art, and worked for Rem Koolhaas in Rotterdam and General Public Agency before joining Croydon Council’s Placemaking team in 2009. Finn moved to City Hall in 2013, where he is Regeneration Area Manager for North West and Central London. In 2014 he started NOVUS, a thinktank for public planning by public sector planners. Finn is also the founder of Common Office, a platform for independent research on planning, politics and the public. He currently teaches at the Royal College of Art and Bartlett School of Architecture. Finn is a member of the Architectural Review editorial board, a director of the Planning Officers Society, vice chair of the Tower Hamlets Design Review Panel, and trustee of the Friends of Arnold Circus.

Andrew van Doorn currently works for HACT where he is the Deputy Chief Executive. HACT is a national innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector. It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities. This includes their pioneering work on Social Value, helping housing associations to demonstrate their social impact and value for money.

Andrew has worked for HACT for 11 years although for 18 months he was seconded to the Department of Health as the National Mental Health and Housing Lead. Andrew has worked in housing and homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 23 years. He is a member of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Vulnerable and Older People Advisory Group, is the Vice Chair of Sitra, and Chair of Stonewall Housing. Andrew is also member of the Government’s Housing Sounding Board.

John Carpenter, Director of Strategy and Planning at Ordnance Survey. John’s responsibilities include the Ordnance Survey’s outreach and research programmes, strategy, policy and licensing. Previously John was Head of Products, responsible for the life-cycle management of the whole Ordnance Survey product range. John joined Ordnance Survey from the financial services industry in 2006, where he managed a number of business-to-business product groups. He once taught Geography, when such things as O-levels still existed.

Lynne Nicholson has worked for Land Registry for over 30 years in a variety of roles ranging from Technician to Register Development Manager (persuading a range of different landowners to register their land!) through to her current role of Senior Product Manager.

These roles have provided Lynne with a deep understanding of Land Registry data, the needs of their ‘traditional’ customers and also those of the wider data community. She has used this knowledge to develop and manage their current suite of commercial services, whilst leading the initiative of publishing all Land Registry licensable data by March 2018.

We will also hear from past GeoVation Challenge winners:

Nicola Wheeler,Green Space Mapper, GroundWork

Ayo Isinkaye,Green Alchemist

Richard Page, Carbon Prophet

Daniel Raven-Ellison dubbed the “guerrilla geographer”, MissionExplore, will also be completing his Step Up Mountain Challenge, journey up the most famous, iconic and most used stair wells in London with his final steps in the Wiki House.

Image and link to Step up Mountain mapping tool

On Tuesday 16September 2014 there is the opportunity to join in a workshop where we will hear from expert speakers about the problems that fall into the housing challenge themes. We will be looking for innovative ideas that address these problems using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data, products or services, technology and good design.

Finally on Wednesday 17 September 2014, starting at 6 pm, we’ll be running a 3-hour, ‘bite-sized’ open data masterclass. The session will take you on a journey, teaching you how to use Ordnance Survey, Land Registry, Office for National Statistics (ONS) and Government open data to address two of the two of the four themes outlined in the GeoVation PowWow output :–

By attending the session, users will learn how to combine data elements from all of these open data sources, in order to identify where affordable housing is accessible in areas of lower deprivation in England and Wales. With just a few tickets remaining, be sure to book your place if this interests you – and look out for further classes that we’ll be running throughout October – to be announced soon!

If you cannot attend any of these events don’t forget you can enter the Challenge and submit your ideas on ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’ via our website or find out more buy following us on twitter @GeoVation, facebook and google+