21st June 2012

Four winners for GeoVation Neighbourhood Challenge


Well done to everyone who took part in the Transforming Neighbourhoods GeoVation Showcase yesterday at Ordnance Survey’s head office.Transforming Neighbourhoods image

After an exciting day of pitching and presentations from 10 excellent ideas teams, the judging panel selected 4 winners from the ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’ GeoVation Challenge to be awarded a share of £115,000 in seed funding and the audience voted for their favourite idea to win the  £1,000 community prize.

Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust were awarded the top prize of £40,000 in development funding to take forward their idea Community Payback Visibility. They also won the Community Award of £1 000.

Community Payback is unpaid work carried out by offenders on community service and the idea is for the public to nominate sites to Community Payback and track progress on a website.

Three others winners were awarded £25,000 to take their ideas forward. They are:

Residents’ Green Space Mapper  from Groundwork.  A tool for for local residents to survey open spaces in their area in collaboration with their housing association and have a say in improving its use.

Shout Crime from Ideal for All – a hate crime reporting smartphone App and social plugins – making it easier for people to report these crimes.

Sustaination  which will use social, local and mobile web technologies to make it cheaper and easier for food enterprises to connect, bringing resilience to our food systems and prosperity to our high streets.

See the video of our winners below

We will be posting some photos from the Showcase soon too!

Next stop for GeoVation is the Wales Coast Path GeoVation Camp this weekend in Cardiff.  You can find out more about the shortlisted ideas coming to Camp here.