28th January 2016

Now for the judging to begin!

Viv Alexander

Thank you all for posting your great ideas in the Geovation Water Challenge, responding to our call to help improve water use in Britain, sustainably. In total there were 51 ideas submitted between 1 December 2015 and 27 January 2016. During that time 131 new people registered on the Geovation Ideas Platform.

The next stage is for the judging panel to start reading all of your ideas and select which of these offer the best solution to the water challenge theme and are innovative, use technology, good design and of course, use OS geographical information in the solution.  The judges will be meeting on 10 February and soon after we’ll announce the finalists to be invited to Geovation Camp at Ordnance Survey in Southampton over the weekend 4-6 March 2016. See the timetable.

The finalists selected will have the opportunity to work on transforming their ideas into prototype ventures. They will also identify how to overcome problems in implementing the idea and pitch their ideas to the independent judging panel.

At the end of the weekend up to 3 successful finalists will be invited into a 12 month funded Geovation Programme.

We are delighted to be collaborating with Environment Agency, DEFRA (whose release of thousands of open data sets coincides with the Geovation Challenge), Southern Water, and United Utilities on this Geovation Challenge.