12th December 2014

Housing Challenge finalists invited to GeoVation Camp


Our GeoVation judging panel were delighted at the quality and scope of the 43 ideas submitted to our GeoVation Housing Challenge to find ways to enable people in Britain to live in better places, while using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data in the solutioHousing idea cloudn.

The judging panel have now selected a short-list of 10 finalists who have been invited to develop their ideas further at GeoVation Camp, held over the weekend of 16 -18 January 2015 at Ordnance Survey in Southampton.

The finalists who have been invited to GeoVation Camp are:

My Home Energy Planner

Theme 4: Best use of assets. This idea is to create an online, energy efficiency, open source, planning tool that will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. The tool would assess householder’s current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage by 80% to 2050 levels of performance.

Smart Asset Management Platform

Theme 4: Best use of assets. A platform that will support housing associations to consolidate their portfolio of properties/sites which can currently have a large management and maintenance fees for more remote properties. The Platform will draw on Land Registry data to identify sites for potential sale or development within key neighbourhoods, which will be visualised using Ordnance Survey data. It will identify current void properties held by one association that could be procured by another wishing to consolidate their portfolio in that neighbourhood. This will support decision making by asset management teams enabling them to deliver efficiencies and value.

Growing Grass Routes

Theme 3: Accessibility and infrastructure. This was the top rated community idea with 26 votes. The idea is to produce an app and website with a toolkit for individuals, communities, housing associations, councils, schools, businesses and campaign groups that will equip them to play an active role in improving and ensuring delivery of high quality walking and cycling routes that connect communities with each other and the places they work and play.

In My Back Yard (IMBY)

Theme 4: Best use of assets. An idea which flips NIMBYism on its head and turns people power into a positive driver for change in our towns and cities. Through crowd-sourcing development opportunities and ideas and presenting these in a searchable map format, the idea could build stronger communities and stimulate local urban action through participation. IMBY will connect self-builders with land owners, professionals and funding opportunities. This will empower residents to kick-start positive change in their environments resulting in increased affordable housing provision and a higher standard of architectural design.

Flat Pack Custom Build Housing with GPS

Theme 4: Best use of assets. The idea really addresses all 4 themes of the challenge. It will develop an app and website to make identified brownfield or greenbelt sites and plots available for development by using a range of open source data sets. It will illustrate a range of housing layouts and architectural types from Buildeco’s range which will be offered and supplied to customers for self-build projects.

I WOULD LIKE in my area//How can we IMPROVE your area

Theme 3: Accessibility & Infrastructure. “IWLINM” will be a portal/app that will allow any individual or organisation to label a map with infrastructure or improvements that they believe could improve their lives. They can suggest something new in an unconstrained manner, be it a disabled ramp up some steps, a corner shop to buy newspapers, some tree planting or maybe even a suggestion to rename a street. These suggestions can be viewed and voted up or down by registered individuals. The system would highlight popular or controversial suggestions and organisations or even individuals could then decide to act.

Democratising Development

Theme 2: Availability. Using a combination of Land Registry Owner register data and Ordnance Survey mapping data this idea plans to identify small scale sites which are currently disused or unmanaged and bring these into the housing market. Utilising the WikiHouse principles of building small scale, easy to build houses could bring the option of self build into the realms of more citizens. It will address a number of the key issues including, how to make housing cost less, improving the planning process for self builders, increase the supply of houses suitable to first time buyers and making better use of undeveloped land.

Beyond the Red Line

Theme 3: Accessibility & Infrastructure. This idea looks beyond the development plot and provides a mapping resource that to give housing developers information on the level of service provision and connections with transport around a given plot with an e-learning platform to signpost advice, effective interventions, good practice and case studies from other housing developments within the locality. This can be used in rural and urban areas to support more ‘liveable’ places.

Holistic House Search : Thinking beyond the purchase price!

Theme: 1: Affordability. The idea is to create a web-service that will enable users to intelligently search for properties considering factors which contribute to the overall cost and standard of living in that property. For example living 2 miles further from work may reduce housing costs (rent, tax), but if transport costs are increased, what is the overall cost of living in that property over a 10 year period?   The service will enable users to quickly identify suitable area’s for their family & lifestyle they might not have otherwise considered, thereby opening up new options to potentially more affordable & suitable housing.

A modern interface to UK-wide planning application data.

Theme 3: Accessibility and infrastructure. An idea for a system that integrates UK planning application data, which is often highly inaccessible, into community focused websites. Communities around the UK are affected strongly by planning applications in various ways. Being able to use this data will allow those communities to engage with and influence local neighbourhood plans and act on new housing developments to improve their area.

We have limited the number of ideas that are invited to GeoVation Camp so that there will be more time to work with teams and help them to develop their ideas into prototyped ventures and work on their pitches for funding. Because places at camp are limited we are operating a reserve list and have notified the teams that are on this list.

At the end of the fun and intense weekend, the teams will pitch their idea to the judging panel and assembled audience and successful finalists will be selected to receive a slice of £101,000 innovation funding to develop and launch their ideas. Participants at camp will also be able to vote for their favourite idea to receive the £1,000 Community Award prize.