10th November 2014

Ideas and innovation in housing


Jim VIneTo help understand the longstanding housing issues behind the latest GeoVation Challenge, in September, we 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 Jim Vine, Director of Innovation and Business Development at HACT, the Housing Associations’ Charitable Trust. HACT is a small national charity that that works as a social enterprise to help housing providers deliver for their tenants and communities. Jim discusses the role of evidence in addressing innovation in housing and how the use of open data and HACT’s online mapping and data tools can provide this:

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 over 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.