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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Ideas chosen to help you live in better places

By , 20 January, 2015 11:36 am

Well done to all the finalists who took part in the GeoVation Camp held at Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton over the weekend. The finalists were chosen from the 43 ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help people live in better places.

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It was a truly amazing and inspiring weekend, and we offered support to help the 10 invited teams develop a prototype venture and become ‘match fit to pitch’  over the weekend. Helpers included service designers, Ordnance Survey and Land Registry colleagues, help with Business Models from Richard Browndson and former GeoVation winner Peter Boyce of City Farmers.

At the end of an exciting and energetic weekend, the teams were visited by the GeoVation judging panel to discuss how their ideas were progressing; they then  pitched to the judges and audience for a slice £100,000 in innovation funding.

The audience also voted for their favourite idea to win the Community Award of £1,000.

The judges selected four Successful Finalists to be awarded funding to develop their ideas further.

  • MyHome Energy Planner:  A team from Carbon Co-op, National Energy Foundation and Urbed, with their idea for an online tool that will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. Using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data, the team will plan a pilot first and work with local authorities and draw on their existing network of organisations.  The tool will householders’ current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage.

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Housing Challenge finalists invited to GeoVation Camp

By , 12 December, 2014 8:00 am

Our GeoVation judging panel were delighted at the quality and scope of the 43 ideas submitted to our GeoVation Housing Challenge to find ways to enable people in Britain to live in better places, while using Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data in the solutioHousing idea cloudn.

The judging panel have now selected a short-list of 10 finalists who have been invited to develop their ideas further at GeoVation Camp, held over the weekend of 16 -18 January 2015 at Ordnance Survey in Southampton.

The finalists who have been invited to GeoVation Camp are:

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Theme 4: Best use of assets. This idea is to create an online, energy efficiency, open source, planning tool that will empower householders to understand current energy usage and take control of future energy demand. The tool would assess householder’s current whole house usage and prescribe a set of costed retrofit measures to reduce energy usage by 80% to 2050 levels of performance. Continue reading 'Housing Challenge finalists invited to GeoVation Camp'»

Housing ideas on the map

By , 26 November, 2014 8:00 am
Thank you for the 43 great ideas  you entered in our GeoVastion Challenge which was looking for solutions  to enable people to live in better places. The ideas have now been sent to  our judging panel to select the finalists for GeoVation Camp
Take a look at our OS OpenSpace map below to find our where the housing ideas are from.  You can use the links within the markers to find out more about the ideas.  Even though the GeoVation Challenge is closed you can still comment on the ideas .
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Housing challenge – over to the judges

By , 20 November, 2014 8:00 am

Bright ideas stick manThank you all for posting your great ideas in the GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?’. There were 43 really good ideas offfered in response to the housing problems we identifed and posted between 10 September 2014 and 19 November 2014. During this time 141 new people registered on the GeoVation Community.

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 housing challenge theme and are innovative, use technology, good design and of course, use Ordnance Survey geographical information and Land Registry licensable data in the solution.  The judges will be meeting on 10 January and soon after we’ll announce the finalists to be invited to GeoVation Camp in Southampton over the weekend 16 -18 January 2015.

Ordnance Survey and Land Registry will be offering a slice of £101,000 to help develop the best housing challenge ideas.

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Final few hours to enter the housing challenge

By , 19 November, 2014 8:00 am

As we enter the final few hours of the £101,000 GeoVation Challenge to find GoVAtion Challenge 8 Logoways to tackle some of the long standing housing issues such as affordability, availability, access and infrastructure and best use of assets.

When we launched the GeoVation Challenge we explored some of these problems and why they are important. For instance, affordability and what this means can vary considerably by geography, community, household or individual.  In the 1950’s the average house cost just over 4 times the average salary, but had risen to over 8 times by 2008.
Affordabilty smallHow do we ensure there are enough suitable properties available for first time buyers to get on the property ladder? Why? Because only 18% of more than 325,000 properties with at least two bedrooms for sale in England were within financial reach of a household with children in an average local wage. Continue reading 'Final few hours to enter the housing challenge'»

Announcing the GeoVation Housing Challenge judging panel

By , 13 November, 2014 8:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the judging panel who will be selecting  the best of you ideas to attend GeoVation Camp in January.  After the closing date of 19 November 2014, they will select the ideas which offer the best solution to the GeoVation Housing Challenge and are innovative, use good design, technology and of course, make use of Ordnance Survey and Land Registry data in the solution.

The Judging Panel Chair is:

Roland Harwood who is co-founder of 100%Open, the open innovation agency that works with the likes of LEGO, Orange and Oxfam to co-innovate with their partners. Roland was formerly Director of Open Innovation at NESTA, the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts. Graduating with a PhD in Physics from Edinburgh University, he has held senior innovation roles in the Utilities and Media industries and in addition has worked with 100’s of start-ups to raise venture capital and commercialise technology. In addition he has worked as a TV and film music producer for SonyBMG

He will be joined by:

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