Are you interested in how we can make our communities and cities more future-proof? Would you like to develop an idea using smart technologies with the potential to build this into a sustainable business?
Our next Geovation Challenge is looking for innovative solutions that will help make our communities greener, smarter and sustainable. Entrants will be in with a chance of winning an all-expenses paid place at our 3-day Geovation Camp and Conference in London in February 2018.
To help you understand the problems and give you a head start in entering the competition, we’re holding workshops around Britain – workshops that could change your life and help save the planet!
We are excited to announce that our 10th Geovation Challenge will focus on our underground assets. The Challenge ‘How can we better manage underground assets in Britain?’ recognises successful innovation depends on developing innovative solutions to real problems. The challenge opens for entries on 19 October, 2016 with the focus on using geographical data and design thinking to address the problems associated with underground asset location, management, impacts on stakeholders and predicting asset future.
To help you understand the Challenge focus, how to enter, timescales and the benefits should you win, we are holding a launch event at the Geovation Hub on 12 October from 4pm to 7pm.
The recent Geovation Water Challenge was sponsored by Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), Environment Agency, Southern Water and United Utilities; organisations who were all keen to be involved in facilitating innovative ways to solve some of the problems associated with better management of water in Britain in a sustainable way. We asked Nick Haigh, Lead Analyst, Water & Flood Risk Management, at Defra, who was also a member of the Geovation judging panel, why Defra chose to get involved and how they plan to continue to support these innovations as they develop.
Why did Defra get involved in the Geovation Water Challenge?
Geovation’s water challenge fitted perfectly with Defra and Environment Agency’s drive to open up our data as a way of facilitating new approaches to meet key policy challenges. The themes of the challenge resonated closely with our own view of the key issues in water management: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; ageing infrastructure, and how to encourage sustainable water behaviour.
Thank you to everyone who took part in the Geovation water challenge over the last few months. Whether you submitted an idea, voted, came along to the masterclass, or even spread the Geovation message on your social channels, it’s all appreciated. Following the close of the challenge last month, the judging panel have now selected a short-list of 10 finalists who have been invited to develop their ideas further at Geovation Camp. They’ll be joining us at OS head office in Southampton over the weekend of 4-6 March.
Meet the Geovation finalists
The current Geovation Challenge aims to stimulate innovation in ‘How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?’
Southern Water, one of our Geovation Water Challenge sponsors, discuss their own water challenges of ‘what keeps them awake at night’ and what Geovation would mean for them…
“Southern Water provides 4.6 million people with water and wastewater services across South East England. We look after more than 13,000km of water mains and nearly 40,000km of sewers (almost the circumference of the earth, if we connected them all together). The South is already an area of water stress and the population is forecast to grow by 20% in the next twenty years. This increased demand coupled with climate change means Southern Water is facing a challenging future.
In this blog we have been discussing the latest Geovation Challenge: ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
Today it is the turn of one of our partners, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) to give the perspective of policymakers. Nick Haigh, Lead Analyst for Water and Flood Management outlines the opportunities and challenges.
“We have recently announced #OpenDefra, our open data programme and the Geovation Water Challenge fits perfectly with this. We have data, but we also have problems: too much water, too little water, poor water quality, ageing infrastructure and the need for new water using behaviours. We are supporting Geovation because we hope the data, analytical and business community can take new and existing data sources – particularly those made available by our partner the Environment Agency – and use them to develop ways to solve water problems.
“Clearly right at the moment,too much water is at the front of our minds following the devastating impacts of record rainfall in the North of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland lately. One particular challenge which has been highlighted through developing the Water Challenge has been urban flooding. Flood and water management involves lots of geographic data – how can we harness this to improve the way we plan, build and drain our towns and cities, making the best use of green solutions?
Our latest Geovation Challenge turns our attention to water, and the problems of ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
We’re focusing on five key themes: too little water; too much water; poor water quality; aging water infrastructure, and; water use behaviour. Find out more about the problems we identified during the Problem Deep Dive here.
To help you to identify with the 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.
Today, we are excited to launch our ninth Geovation Challenge; this time focused on our relationship with water and finding solutions to the Challenge question ‘How can we better manage water in Britain, sustainably?’
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 five 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:
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 to each finalist.
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 in funding from Ordnance Survey (OS) and Land Registry (LR).