12th November 2014

My home, my community


In September we launched our latest GeoVation Challenge, and guest speakers spoke in support of the problems that fall under the Challenge themes.

Today, we feature a video of the presentation given by Andrew Van Doorn, Deputy Chief Executive at HACT, the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust.  Andrew is ‘delighted that the GeoVation Challenge is happening’. HACT is a national innovation charity, social enterprise and industry-focused think/do tank established by the housing association sector. It seeks to influence and innovate in ways that help all housing providers deliver more effectively within their communities.

Andrew has worked in housing and homelessness, supported housing, community development and wider social policy and practice for 23 years. He is a member of the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) Vulnerable and Older People Advisory Group, is the Vice Chair of Sitra, and Chair of Stonewall Housing. Andrew is also member of the Government’s Housing Sounding Board.

If you are inspired by this video and have a great idea that can help to provide a solution to the GeoVation Challenge then there is just a week left to enter the GeoVation Challenge online.

GeoVation 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,

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.