3rd February 2016

Water Challenge ideas mapped


The Geovation Water Challenge – ‘How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?’ is now closed for entries. Thank you for the 51 mighty ideas submitted, all aiming to address water problems across Britain with either too much water, too little water, poor water quality, aging infrastructure or water use behaviour.

The ideas have now been passed onto our judging panel who will select the finalists to attend our Geovation Camp weekend, 4-6 March 2016. But first, we have of course mapped where all the water challenge ideas have come from (we wouldn’t be OS if we didn’t)! Take a look at our OS OpenSpace map (below) to explore the wide engagement across Britain with the Geovation Water Challenge. You can use the links within the place marks to find out more about the ideas submitted in each place.

Click on this map to find out more about each idea

Whilst voting along with idea submissions has closed, we are still keen for you to continue discussions around ideas by commenting on them. You can remind yourselves of the water challenges we’re aiming to address by finding our problem Deep Dive and persona case studies here.

At the Geovation Camp ideas will be worked on to build a prototype venture, identify how to overcome challenges in implementing the idea, explore the skills and resources needed to sustain the idea, and finally pitch for a share of £60k from our Geovation Challenge sponsors. Those selected will be invited into a 12 month funded Geovation Programme, announced at the end of 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.