If you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at finding ideas enable people in Britain to live in better places.
Following on from this the Judging Panel met yesterday to confirm the winners and level of funding to be awarded.
They agreed to award funding to the ideas as follows:
- Geovey: Swindon based, Dave Barter and Richard Reynolds from Nautoguide Ltd will be awarded £29,000 to develop their idea which uses data from Land Registry and Ordnance Survey to underpin the online portal, people can suggest improvements (IMPs) to their area. Sharing this through social media means they can gain support within their community and once a threshold is reached the idea can be submitted to relevant authorities for response. The portal will be free to use to individuals but organisations can also subscribe to use it to run open or closed surveys where there may be planned or suggested infrastructure improvements. The team plan to pilot this idea before rolling out.
- MyHome Energy Planner: The team from Carbon Co-op, the National Energy Foundation, OpenEnergyMonitor and URBED will be awarded £25,000 to develop their idea for an online tool that will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. Using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data, the team will plan a pilot first and work with local authorities and draw on their existing network of organisations. The tool will householders’ current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage.
The judging panel have asked the following ideas team to submit some further details to their venture plans before confirming the level of funding awarded.
- Democratising Development: Working on the themes of affordability and availability, Andy Reeve and Joyjit Sarjar’s idea uses Land Registry and Ordnance Survey data to identify small scale sites currently disused or unmanaged and bring these into the housing market. The team from Birmingham plan to use the WikiHouse principles of building small scale, easy to build houses to bring the option of self-build into the realms of more citizens.
- Holistic House Search: Bristol based, Ben Morley and his team’s idea for a web service which would utilise Land Registry and Ordnance Survey data, along with other available data to provide a service for people new to an area who are looking to purchase homes in places with potential to increase in desirability, while taking in other significant factors that will contribute to the cost of living in that home. Holistic House Search won the GeoVation Community Prize of £1,000 – voted for by the assembled GeoVators at GeoVation Camp.