5th November 2014

Building homes we want to live in


Alastair ParvinIn September, we  launched the latest GeoVation Challenge, focused on longstanding housing issues and held a workshop with expert speakers on the problems that fall into our Challenge themes.

Today, we feature a video of the presentation given by  Alistair Parvin, Co-founder of WikiHouse.

Alistair  is one of a team behind WikiHouse, an open-source construction set that allows anyone to freely share model files for structures, which can then be downloaded, “printed” via CNC cutting machine and easily assembled.

In the video below Alistair talks about how we can understand and tackle  housing issues, whether this is supply, prices or quality and build homes we want to live in, ‘the UK, one of the wealthiest countries in the world is building the second smallest houses in Europe’ .  He speaks about the potential of custom built neighbourhoods and is hopeful that this GeoVation Challenge will encourage ideas that address the problem of how difficult this is seen to be.

If you have a great idea that can help to provide a solution to the GeoVation Challenge then there is just 2 weeks left to enter the GeoVation Challenge online.

As always the GeoVation process asks you to look for  solutions that address the problems identfied and develop a business model that will sustain the solution.

We are looking for great ideas which use geography, technology and good design to help people to live in better places.  All entrants to the GeoVation Housing Challenge must use Ordnance Survey open or paid for data and Land Registry licensable data in their ideas.

The challenge is open to 12 noon on 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.