Do you have an idea to transform neighbourhoods in Britain using GI?

We launched our latest GeoVation challenge last month with the aim of helping communities everywhere to address their unmet needs through the application of geographic data, skills and expertise. We’ve had lots of people register on the GeoVation Challenge site and so far we’re getting some interesting ideas on ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’

We identified 104 problems such as:

  • How do we provide safe environments for our children to be active?
  • How do we connect people looking for work with those that need their skills?
  • How do we ensure public services and resources are accessible for all ages?
  • How do we make our high streets an attractive place to run a business?

People have been getting busy adding ideas to solve these problems and more. One idea is for a Community Hyperlocal Site Platform –  a ‘one stop shop’ platform to find out what is going on in your neighbourhood .As well as providing community information, it will deliver information provided by councils, Central Government and other bodies through the use of Ordnance Survey’s Code-Point Open and 1:50 000 Scale Gazetteer to facilitate searching and present results as a map or list. Many local communities find the cost and lack of resource a barrier to hosting their own websites, this idea will allow them easily set up a site and use it to inform local people and bring them together.

Another idea, Recycling reminders, is for an app using GPS to remind you what bins are being recycled that week; as well as mapping recycling banks and allowing the council to update special information to the user, for example over bank holidays. As local councils become more particular in their recycling policies, this app empowers the home user to continue recycling material.

It would use Ordnance Survey data to highlight bin collection routes and the nearest recycling banks and landfill sites.

Other ideas include a beach cleaning project, concentrating on Helensburgh, but which could be rolled out nationally, and lots of ideas around engaging and building communities.

If you can think of ideas that could solve any of these problems and include the use of Ordnance Survey mapping and data then enter the GeoVation Challenge – where you could win a slice of £115 000 to get your idea off the ground. You can visit the GeoVation Challenge website to rate and build on existing ideas, or just post your own.

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