9th February 2012

How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?


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It has been over a year since our last GeoVation challenge and we are delighted to launch our new challenge ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’. Following the successful format of the previous challenges we are calling for innovative ideas to help people help each other in their neighbourhood.

What problems are there in your neighbourhood and what barriers are stopping you and your local council from improving them? In the current economic climate we are all being asked to do ‘more for less’ and ‘do things differently’. The new challenge allows anyone to submit an idea which could ultimately help deliver solutions in local neighbourhoods across Great Britain.

Using GeoVation’s established Powwow methodology to uncover the problems associated with meeting the challenge, we’ve worked with Barking and Dagenham Council, Business in the Community, Cabinet Office, Design Council, Kent County Council, NESTA, Nonon, Ordnance Survey, Social Reporter, University of the Arts and UnLtd to produce a list of problems which form the basis for the challenge – see here.  Please read this before you submit your idea.

As with previous GeoVation Challenges we are looking for great ideas that address the identified problems using geography, technology and design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £115,000 in development funding for best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace.

The challenge runs to 28 March and the best ideas will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp in Southampton from18 – 20 May 2012. The finalists from this camp will be invited to a GeoVation Showcase on 20 June 2012 to pitch for a share of the funding.