12th March 2015

Winners of the GeoVation Housing Challenge


GeoVation camp 2015

In September we launched our latest GeoVation challenge — ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’ — which was run in partnership with Land Registry.

In total, 43 ideas were submitted to the challenge. Out of nine finalists selected to pitch their ideas to our judging panel, three winners were awarded funding to develop their innovation:

1. Democratising Development: Andy Reeve and Joyjit Sarkar’s idea utilises WikiHouse principles to address availability and affordability. It uses Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data to identify smallscale disused/unmanaged sites that can be brought into the housing market. They were awarded £24,000.

“Joy and I really wanted OS and Land Registry data to be central to our idea of identifying underused publicly owned land which could be suitable for micro scale development. We would then use an open design platform, WikiHouse, to allow people to literally build their own sustainable, well designed, liveable home. We hope to have a really positive impact on the housing market.” — Andy Reeve, Democratising Development

2. Geovey: Using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data to underpin the online portal, people can suggest improvements to their local areas. These can be shared within the community via social media and submitted to relevant authorities for response. They were awarded £29,000.

“The Geovation process has completely reinvigorated our approach to seeding and developing ideas through to business case. We began with a loose idea of something that seemed worthy and feasible, but the mantra of ‘problem, solution, execution’ was soon firmly instilled in our brains by the GeoVation team. The funding will allow us to grow a service that will make a real difference in the community.” — Dave Barter, Geovey

3. MyHome Energy Planner: An online tool to empower householders to better understand their current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. It will measure current house energy usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce this usage. They were awarded £25,000.

Holistic House Search won the Community Award, to the value of £1000.