How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?


This GeoVation Challenge is now closed. The winners of this Challenge were

Geovey £29,000

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Before you submit an idea please read the problems we identified and register or log in to the Challenge. You can also comment on or rate ideas

The best ideas can win a slice of £101,000 in funding to develop innovative ventures that make best use of Ordnance Survey data and Land Registry licensable data, technology and good design to address the problems

The problems are grouped into 4 main themes:

Theme 1: Affordability
Theme 2: Availability
Theme 3: Accessibility & Infrastructure
Theme 4: Assets (best use of)

Please state which theme your ideas addresses.

The challenge ran from 10 September 2014 to 19 November 2014 (12noon).

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@kevin0)

work-home-life balance calculator for urban areas

It's hard finding a good balance between commuting and affordable living, especially in large urban areas. Whether you are looking for a job or looking for a home, the calculator will help you take your needs into account, based on your financial circumstances. Parameters such as your desired or actual salary, travel cost and travel time will be used to suggests which neighbourhoods you should be considering or how far ...more »

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16 votes

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@laura02)

All neighborhood information in one place

We believe that Smart Cities cannot exist without smart citizens. And smart citizens are those who employ data to make decisions about their life and living environment. But nowadays only few people use it, because it takes time and knowledge to understand this data. we want to create a single platform for all necessary information about neighborhoods and a platform for communities discussions about the changes that has ...more »

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8 votes

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@mike005)

Turning Old Places into Future Spaces

There is a huge amount of previously developed land that is available for redevelopment across the UK. The opportunity for sustainable reuse is on a national scale. We will develop a national-level, publicly available web portal that enables individuals and groups to search for land and/or property that is available and suitable for reuse, either as temporary (meanwhile) use or sustainable development.

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5 votes

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@webstergeomatics)

Found a Site - Who owns it?

There are countless derelict buildings and plots of land around the country both within urban areas and in rural areas which scream out I need TLC. As a nation we have concerns regarding greenbelt developments and have a massive housing shortage, but allow the empty house to exist and builing plots within urban areas to become overgrown and unsightly. many families would jump at the chance to own such a site or building ...more »

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4 votes

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@jonny0)

Land Insight

Its very difficult to find land for housing development. Undertaking an initial site assessment is a necessary part of any land search but is very time consuming and technical to undertake. It involve understanding the local area prices, what risks are associated with a piece of land, what is the planning history of a site, what is the site boundary and who owns it. Much of the information is in the public domain but ...more »

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3 votes

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@annett897)

Snakes and Ladders Urban and Rural

The creation of a trail or route which links isolated rural and urban communities in Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire, via a series of contemplative markers or 'contemplations seats'. The sites must be accessible for pedestrians, cyclists or by public transport links. Within a 25 mile radius of Bedford town centre there a unique mixture of communities with differing cultural heritages and identities and ...more »

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1 vote

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@richardg58uk)

Dealing with second homes

Second (and more) homes contribute to the housing shortage and to house price inflation. But politicians don't seem too interested - perhaps because many of them have second homes! This idea is to develop a GIS by combining OS and LR data to identify second homes, map them and present an independent report on their effect on the housing market and the potential for freeing up this resource for people who need houses.

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1 vote

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@perkins.karl)

Stack a home.

Planning authorities are very powerful bodies in the UK. At present most homes are barely affordable to new entrants to the market. If plaaning authorities were to impose conditions on new builds in brownfield and urban areas, this problem could remedied. They should enforce 3 storey construction on all new builds. New builds should have a ground floor flat and 1st and 2nd floor traditional family residence. This emulates ...more »

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1 vote

How can we enable people in Britain to live in better places?

Submitted by (@stevej888uk)

Augment the world we want to live in!

With so many derelict buildings we could re-use, all we see is the graffiti, the broken windows, overgrown weeds and smashed down walls.

What if we could visualise these buildings how they should look. Then people will see the benefit and rally behind implementing change. By holding up your phone over a derelict building it will show how the building and area could look once developed.

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1 vote