Last week, we returned to Northumbrian Water Group (NWG)’s Innovation Festival to build on last year’s success of the underground mapping project (see our previous blog here).
Now in its third year, the festival tackles social and environmental challenges by applying problem solving techniques in sprints, data hacks and workshops over five action-packed days. Over 3,000 people attended from more than 700 organisations to put their minds together to develop innovative solutions to these problems.
We have to say, the Northumbrian Water Group Innovation Festival is a truly unique event. It focuses on several societal and environmental issues and, throughout the five day festival, those involved apply design thinking techniques to try and solve them.
Naturally, we have jumped at the chance to get involved. As geospatial data and mapping experts, we are addressing the issue of whether an underground map of the UK can be created. As part of the ‘Combined Underground Infrastructure Map’, we will be leading a sprint team to explore the possibility and consequent benefits of creating a collaborative underground dataset and map of the UK.