27th January 2016

Last few hours to help us solve the Water Challenge

Viv Alexander

Challenge Banner We are entering the final few hours of the Geovation Water Challenge, where we’ve been focusing attention on problems associated with water management, such as ageing infrastructure, too much or too little water, the quality of our water and water use behaviour.

During the Geovation Water Challenge we’ve explored some of these problems and considered why they are important. For instance, finding embankment breach hotspots is important in preventing flooding, as failures can happen with little or no warning. Also two milometres of rainfall in parts of London can cause sewer overflow because of ageing infrastructure buried below ground, so we can’t predict exactly where and when problems will arise. Find out more about the problems in detail here

There is still time to submit an entry but please take a moment to think about how your solution tackles the other problems identified.  We’ve also put together a list to of data sources that can help you to build your idea.

Remember the judging panel will be looking for great solutions grounded in a problem worth solving using our established methodology of ‘Innovation = problem x solution x execution

The challenge is open to 12 noon today – 27 January 2016. Ideas identified for their potential impact will be invited to a Geovation Weekend Camp from 4-6 March 2016 at Ordnance Survey in Southampton, where you will be asked to work on transforming 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.  See the timetable.

Those selected to be invited into a 12 month funded Geovation Programme will be announced at the end of this camp.

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.

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.