Now for the judging to begin!

By , 28 January, 2016 9:00 am

Thank you all for posting your great ideas in the Geovation Water Challenge, responding to our call to help improve water use in Britain, sustainably. In total there were 51 ideas submitted between 1 December 2015 and 27 January 2016. During that time 131 new people registered on the Geovation Ideas Platform.

The next stage is for the judging panel to start reading all of your ideas and select which of these offer the best solution to the water challenge theme and are innovative, use technology, good design and of course, use OS geographical information in the solution.  The judges will be meeting on 10 February and soon after we’ll announce the finalists to be invited to Geovation Camp at Ordnance Survey in Southampton over the weekend 4-6 March 2016. See the timetable.

The finalists selected will have the opportunity to work on transforming their ideas into prototype ventures. They will also identify how to overcome problems in implementing the idea and pitch their ideas to the independent judging panel.

At the end of the weekend up to 3 successful finalists will be invited into a 12 month funded Geovation Programme.

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.

Last few hours to help us solve the Water Challenge

By , 27 January, 2016 8:00 am

Challenge Banner We are entering the final few hours of the Geovation Water Challenge, where we’ve been focusing attention on problems associated with water management, such as ageing infrastructure, too much or too little water, the quality of our water and water use behaviour.

During the Geovation Water Challenge we’ve explored some of these problems and considered why they are important. For instance, finding embankment breach hotspots is important in preventing flooding, as failures can happen with little or no warning. Also two milometres of rainfall in parts of London can cause sewer overflow because of ageing infrastructure buried below ground, so we can’t predict exactly where and when problems will arise. Find out more about the problems in detail here

There is still time to submit an entry but please take a moment to think about how your solution tackles the other problems identified.  We’ve also put together a list to of data sources that can help you to build your idea.

Remember the judging panel will be looking for great solutions grounded in a problem worth solving using our established methodology of ‘Innovation = problem x solution x execution

The challenge is open to 12 noon today – 27 January 2016. Ideas identified for their potential impact will be invited to a Geovation Weekend Camp from 4-6 March 2016 at Ordnance Survey in Southampton, where you will be asked to work on transforming 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.  See the timetable.

Those selected to be invited into a 12 month funded Geovation Programme will be announced at the end of this 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.

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.

Exploring two of the challenge themes

By , 22 January, 2016 12:15 pm

In the Geovation Water Challenge, we have focussed on sustainable water management in Britain under 5 key themes: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; ageing water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour.

We created a persona for each of the themes to help you to identify with the problems and today we turn our attention to the problems of ageing infrastructure and water use behaviour.

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Last chance to enter the Water Challenge

By , 20 January, 2016 2:30 pm

There’s only a few days left to enter the Geovation Water Challenge, which closes on 27January 2016 (12 noon) and we don’t want you to miss out on the opportunity to enter.

As with previous Geovation Challenges, we are looking for solutions grounded in a problem worth solving using our established methodology of ‘Innovation = problem x solution x execution’ To enable us to unlock the problems associated with water we ran a Water Problem Deep Dive and identified 5 key themes as the focus for this Challenge: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; ageing water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour.  You can find out more about these problems in detail here

Let’s take a look at some of the ideas submitted so far and the themes of the Geovation Challenge they address.

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Can innovation help us to manage too much water?

By , 11 December, 2015 8:00 am

Too much water In this latest Geovation Challenge, we have turned our attention to water, and the problems of ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’

The Geovation Water Challenge is focussing on 5 key themes: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; aging water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour.  You can find out more detail of the problems we identified during the Problem Deep Dive we held  here

To help you to identify with these problems we uncovered , we created a persona for each of the themes. With the recent flooding taking place in parts of Cumbria, Carlisle and North West England, our attention is drawn again to the problem of managing too much water and so today we fill focus on this theme

Too much water persona takes the perspective of a Project Manager working closely with local flood authorities and knowing that flood risk is a great challenge facing communities, particularly in urban areas where  “We need to find ‘greener’ drainage solutions”

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Geovation Water Challenge: Funding innovation that improves our relationship with water

By , 1 December, 2015 9:00 am

Today, we are excited to launch Ordnance Survey’s ninth Geovation Challenge; this time focussed on our relationship with water and finding solutions to the Challenge question ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’

Take part

As previously, this Geovation Challenge is looking for solutions grounded in a problem worth solving using our established methodology of ‘Innovation = problem x solution x execution’ To enable us to unlock the problems associated with water we ran a Water Problem Deep Dive and identified 5 key themes as the focus for this Challenge: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; aging water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour.  You can find out more about these problems in detail here

To help you identify with these problems we have created a persona for each of the themes:

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GeoVation winners visit Ordnance Survey

By , 2 April, 2015 8:00 am

Last week we invited in the winners of the GeoVation Housing Challenge to find out more about what we would be offering in terms of support from OS and Land Registry and answer any questions.  In the morning the winners introduced themselves to colleagues around the business and Land Registry who could offer support and advice as they develop their websites and apps.

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Dave Barter, from Nautoguide, who were awarded £29,000 introduced Geovey as ‘A map-based solution sketchpad for crowdsourcing community improvement ideas’ and gave us an update of where they were with development. They have already started work on research, design and planning the project. ‘Maps are for much more than directions, maps allow people to visualise their surroundings in new ways and spot opportunities for improvement.’

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More news on housing ideas selected at GeoVation Camp

By , 20 February, 2015 8:00 am

If you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at finding ideas enable people in Britain to live in better places.

Following on from this the Judging Panel met yesterday to confirm the winners and level of funding to be awarded.

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The finalists had submitted venture plans to be reviewed at the meeting and the judges had a difficult decision in deciding how to split the £101,000 awarded by Ordnance Survey and Land Registry.

They agreed to award funding to the ideas as follows:
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GeoVation Camp – developing ideas to help house Britain better

By , 10 February, 2015 8:00 am

We recently announced the successful finalists in our GeoVation Challenge to enable people in Britain to live in better places.  We asked for innovative ideas to help people tackle the housing problems of affordability, availability, access, infrastructure and assets while using Ordnance Survey, and Land Registry data,  technology and good design.

The finalists from the GeoVation Challenge had a real spread of ideas and participated in an intense weekend of innovation at GeoVation Camp. The GeoVators focussed on the ‘no nonsense’ formula that Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution to develop their ideas with help from service designers, business model expertise, as well as advice with using data.  They practiced their presentations so they were ‘match fit to pitch’ to the judging panel by the end of the weekend.

Watch the video below to find out more about what happened at GeoVation Camp and why the successful ideas were chosen.

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Find out about the ideas selected to help Britain do housing better

By , 28 January, 2015 8:00 am

Last week we announced the  ideas that have been chosen in our GeoVation Challenge to enable people to live in better places.

Below we have a video filmed at the end of the weekend in which Roland Harwood, Chair of the GeoVation judging panel, explains why these 4 ideas were selected and the successful finalists describe their reaction on getting the news! Words used to describe the weekend and how they felt include: really interesting process, awesome, incredible,  privileged (to being given the opportunity to make the idea real).

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