3rd November 2014

Understanding the housing challenge

Viv Alexander

david waterhouseWhen we launched the latest GeoVation Challenge, which is focused on longstanding housing issues,  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 David Waterhouse,  a chartered town planner and Head of Strategy for Cabe at the Design Council.  Cabe are government advisers on architecture in the built environment and David leads on identifying new business, policy development and influencing Government and cities across the urban design, planning and regeneration agendas.

David speaks about understanding the GeoVation Housing Challenge within the national policy context. ‘We have a legacy of delivering large scale housing in this country but we really need to think about the end user’.

He is hopeful that this GeoVation Challenge will encourage ideas that address disparity in housing schemes in different parts of the country and how solutions can be applied in a  context of the right solution in the right place.

Cabe has done a huge amount of work looking at the housing challenges and information including toolkits, thought leadership and surveys are available at www.designcouncil.org.uk.

David will also be joining the GeoVation Housing Challenge judging panel.

If you have a great idea that can help to provide a solution to the GeoVation Challenge then there is just 2 weeks left to enter the GeoVation Challenge online.

As always the GeoVation process asks you to look for  solutions that address the problems identfied and develop a business model that will sustain the solution.

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.