2nd April 2015

GeoVation winners visit Ordnance Survey


Last week we invited in the winners of the GeoVation Housing Challenge to find out more about what we would be offering in terms of support from OS and Land Registry and answer any questions.  In the morning the winners introduced themselves to colleagues around the business and Land Registry who could offer support and advice as they develop their websites and apps.

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Dave Barter, from Nautoguide, who were awarded £29,000 introduced Geovey as ‘A map-based solution sketchpad for crowdsourcing community improvement ideas’ and gave us an update of where they were with development. They have already started work on research, design and planning the project. ‘Maps are for much more than directions, maps allow people to visualise their surroundings in new ways and spot opportunities for improvement.’

Matt Fawcett from Carbon Co-op, who were awarded £25,000 introduced MyHome Energy Planner, a tool for householders to very quickly obtain accurate, comprehensive and usable information on the energy performance of their homes, enabling informed decision making and planning of improvements to meet energy efficiency standards. Matt discussed the next steps planned and what data would enable development.

Andy Reeve and Joyjit Sarkar, who were awarded £24,000 presented plans for Democratising Development; a data led approach to turn underused land into sustainable, easy to build, liveable homes. They discussed the data they would require and gave an update on research and development so far undertaken.

Sessions during the morning covered Land Registry data, OS mapping API and mobile SDK plans, information on the new OS Innovation Hub.

After lunch the teams split for discussions relevant to their ventures such as their contracts and deliverables, data licensing and support, and marketing and press support.

All in all it was a very full and informative day.

Watch this space to find out more about the GeoVation winners as they develop their ventures.