The latest GeoVation Challenge, aimed at enabling people to live in better places, has now launched and we’ve started to get some great ideas submitted.
Ordnance Survey, together with Land Registry, are offering £101,000 in funding to the best ventures that address the problems of long term housing issues that we’ve identified, using our established Problem Pow Wow methodology, in four key themes:
Affordability; Availability; Access and Infrastructure; Best use of Assets.
We are asking for solution to problems such as:
- How can we minimise the number of empty homes left to fall into disrepair?
- How can we better engage people and communities in how their neighbourhood plans are developed?
- How can we build homes successfully on flood plains?
As with previous GeoVation Challenges, we are looking for great ideas which use geography, technology and good design. All entrants to the GeoVation Housing Challenge must use Ordnance Survey open or paid for data and Land Registry licensable data in their ideas.
So, if you have an idea that could enable greater availability of and more affordable, accessible homes, enter the GeoVation Challenge online from 10 September 2014 to 19 November 2014. The best of the ideas submitted during this time will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp from 16 – 18 January 2015 where you can work on building your idea into a prototype venture. You will also identify how to overcome problems in implementing your idea and learn to pitch your idea ‘pecha kucha’ style to the independent judging panel. Following camp successful ideas will be selected to receive a share of £101, 000 funding, subject to completing and submitting their venture plans. Winners funding amounts will be confirmed by 19 February 2015.
Our challenges are open to UK-based organisations and/or UK residents aged 18 or over and we encourage entrepreneurs, developers, geographers, community groups, and innovators to enter.