Geovation Water Challenge


How can we better manage water use in Britain, sustainably?

This Challenge is now closed. The challenge ran from 1 December 2015 to 27 January 2016 (12noon). The winners of this challenge were:

Refillable Cities
Sustainable Catchments (Natural Flood Mitigation)
Fix our water

Geovation Camp was held at Ordnance Survey, Southampton 4-6 March.

The best ideas won support to research, develop and launch their product or service

The problems were grouped into 5 main themes:

Theme 1: Too little water
Theme 2: Too much water
Theme 3: Poor water quality
Theme 4: Ageing water infrastructure
Theme 5: Water use behaviour

The best ideas were invited into 12 month funded Geovation Programme to include financial, developer, and business support.

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Submitted by (@colinmoull)

Carlisle and UK Flood Protection, a new all inclusive approach

The flood protection schemes considered for Carlisle (and virtually every other UK site) only considered the cost of the scheme against the benefit. No allowance was made for other benefits such as release of city centre land for building, hydro electric power, drinking water which may have funded a much more effective scheme.

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Submitted by (@grantofthehobb)

The Whole World of Water - plotted on the blue planet app. 4 all

There is one solution. There are many challenges. 5 themes. Our idea HAS to include all five. Our first job is to make the geopositioning of each challenge fun for contributors in such a transparent and open way that the water data collected and plotted is useful for those who care and for those charged with the responsibility of caring. The technical side of connecting the waterscape with people through geopositioning ...more »

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Submitted by (@sandyelsworth)

1st world Smartphonetechnology application to 3rd world issues

Monitoring water levels, flows, water quality, irrigation needs, etc is critical to water supply and management. Smartphones are now everywhere. I want to develop and apply appropriate Apps for water monitoring in Africa and other countries. Especially levels, flows and quality, using the Smartphone which is now available, cheap and everywhere.

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Submitted by (@jc0000)

Theme 4: Ageing Infrastructure - Problem 4.1 Map My Poo

Select a defined geographical area within the geographical boundaries of responsibility of Southern Water or United Utilities with the following characteristics apparent over a 5 year period: A number of rivers and canals with a high quality Environment Agency data set and where incidences of pollution have occurred Notable growth in population numbers and densities Notable change in land use, in particular the conduct ...more »

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Submitted by (@fiona.thomas)

Mapping Plastic Flotsam and Jetsam

Develop an app to allow citizen scientists and beachcombers to record instances of plastics being washed up on-shore, and place them on a map.

 

People are already forming Facebook groups for their local area to share finds and ask for help in identifying objects being washed up. Adding a spatial element, and allowing the data to be downloaded, would allow a more detailed picture of the problem to emerge.

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Submitted by (@fiona.thomas)

Education about Catchments

Recent flooding in Cumbria and Yorkshire have shown that many areas are at risk of flooding. Yet many people will not understand the impact of the catchment in flooding. In the US, there are several sites which educate the public about catchments, letting people know what they are, mapping their location and detailing their importance. They also aim to foster a sense of shared purpose and responsibility between communities ...more »

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Submitted by (@fiona.thomas)

A Portal for Flooding Information

With the recent increase in floods across the UK, it would be ideal to have a portal that professionals and citizens could log relevant information. From the professional perspective there are lots of surveys, models and associated data being collected at different levels of government, at different geographies (e.g. detailed flooding studies in particular catchments or to support particular development plans) and by ...more »

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Submitted by (@dragontail.co.uk)

Using Lidar for flood analysis

Extensive flooding has hit the headlines recently, affecting area that were previously seen as safe. The likely cause is the continued rise in global temperatures, resulting in the possibility of further extreme weather patterns. In the past the solution has been to use risk analysis to predict potential floods and provide flood defenses in vulnerable areas based on probability of severity. However with the continued ...more »

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