7th January 2015

GeoVation ideas from a service perspective

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A guest post from Alison Prendiville, who will be one of the judges on our Housing Challenge panel.

GoVAtion Challenge 8 Logo

For a third year running it is a great pleasure to be invited back to judge the Ordnance Survey GeoVation Challenge – ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’

Every year the ideas posted in response to the Challenge are impressive and this year is no exception. Linking up Ordnance Survey data with the Land Registry’s licensable data offers an interesting mix of [government] data sources to address some of the current challenges facing UK housing, neighbourhoods and communities; it also presents perhaps one of the most difficult contexts for a GeoVation Challenge.

All the ideas submitted under the different themes of affordability, availability, access, information and assets (best use of) identified specific local opportunities and issues, and these were presented with enthusiasm and passion. The solutions also offered, to a greater or lesser degree, innovative combinations of Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data.

Alison Prendiville

Alison Prendiville, GeoVation Housing Challenge judging panel

As is often the case, when it came to judging and shortlisting the submissions it was not an easy process but as always the fair, extensive and healthy discussions amongst the judges resulted in a range of excellent ideas going through to the next round.  As a Service Designer I always look at the GeoVation ideas from a service perspective. Has the idea identified a specific local problem? How is the idea creating social value; who, where and when will it be used; and does the idea demonstrate engagement with different stakeholders? Evidence of this type of thinking is a first step to creating a robust and sustainable service and something I will be looking for in Southampton at the Geovation Camp.

Finally I would like to congratulate all the people who submitted ideas to the Challenge as they all showed great insight into local housing issues, which made the judging particularly difficult but also immensely rewarding.