We are in the process of putting the finishing touches to our next exciting Innovation Challenge. We have been working hard over the last few months holding ‘Problem Pow Wows’ with key members of the community, public and commercial bodies to develop new GeoVation Challenges to address specific community needs.
All our challenges are aimed at encouraging and supporting the development of innovative applications, products and services that use geographical information to create social, educational, economic and environmental benefit. It aims to provide seed financial funding to a number of ideas, which show the most potential to be developed into sustainable ventures.
Our past Challenges have included:
- ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?’
- ‘How can we help British business improve environmental performance?’
- ‘How can we improve transport in Britain?’
- ‘How can we transform neighborhoods in Britain together?’
- ‘How Can Britain Feed Itself?’
GeoVation is initiated, funded and managed by Ordnance Survey – although other organisations may fund specific challenges or activities. Through its GeoVation initiative, Ordnance Survey encourages open collaboration in addressing communities’ needs where geography is a key enabler.
Previous winners such as FixMyTransport; found a solution to help people get common public transport problems resolved. Targeted specifically at smaller problems such as persistently broken ticket machines, buses that always leave early, or unnecessary rules, which appear to do nothing but create inconvenience for travellers. FixMyTransport received funding of £3,000 from Ordnance Survey and a further £27,000 from our joint partners.
The winner of our challenge to transform neighbourhoods was Groundwork London who launched ‘Green Space Mapper’, a tool for local residents to have a say in the future regarding open spaces in their area. Groundwork London was awarded £25,000 to take their ideas forward. Find out more about their idea in their case study
Our challenges are open to UK-based organisations and/or UK residents aged 18 or over. We encourage entrepreneurs, developers, geographers, community groups, and innovators to watch this space and enter the GeoVation Challenge, for a chance to win a slice of innovation funding to help you develop your idea. There will be funding awarded for ideas that make best use of Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData™.