10th September 2014

Launching the GeoVation Housing Challenge

Viv Alexander

Ordnance Survey, together with Land Registry have today launched the latest GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’

This GeoVation Challenge is the eighth in a series that have focussed on finding local solutions to global problems such as encouraging active lifestyles, sustainable transport options or finding environmental business solutions.

We are offering £101,000 in funding to the best ventures that address the problems of long term housing issues that we’ve identified, using  our established Problem Pow Wow methodology, in four key themes:

Affordability; Availability; Access and Infrastructure; Assets (best use of).

Watch the video below to find out more:

As with previous GeoVation Challenges, we are looking for great ideas which use geography, technology and good design. All entrants to the GeoVation Housing Challenge must use Ordnance Survey open or paid for data and Land Registry licensable data in their ideas.

So, if you have an idea that could enable greater availability of and more affordable, accessible homes, enter the GeoVation Challenge online from 10 September 2014 to 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.

Find out more about the challenge process.

There’s still time to register for the launch event next week

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