Innovation and change£1.5 million geospatial competition launched

£1.5 million geospatial competition launched

The Geospatial Commission has partnered with Innovate UK to launch a new government competition that it hopes will improve public services - Geospatial Commission will fund projects that use data linked to a location to improve public services.

The Geospatial Commission and Innovate UK have launched a new competition inviting public sector organisations to apply for a share of £1.5 million to fund projects which use data linked to a location. Between £50,000 to £750,000 could be granted to eligible organisations.

The aim of the competition is to explore the benefits and challenges of crowdsourcing data. It will encourage different organisations to work together to identify innovative new ways for crowdsourced data, to either:

  • improve the delivery of public services
  • support the third sector
  • enhance the quality of open public datasets

Ian Campbell, interim Executive Chair of Innovate UK, said: “Working in partnership with the Geospatial Commission, this competition seeks to harness the power of crowdsourcing, so that location data and geospatial technology can help transform services in the UK. This will bring together the public sector, SMEs and research organisations, to fully exploit datasets, creating new economic and societal benefits.”

This new competition is a further boost to the UK’s status as a world leader in digital innovation, and an example of how advances in technology can be used to foster economic growth, deliver outstanding public services and generate savings for the public.

By using location data, geospatial technology is transforming services across the public and private sectors, and is contributing to the #SmarterGov government campaign, which is helping to deliver wider economic growth and productivity.

Competition details

  • the competition opened on 26 November 2018 and the deadline for applications is midday on 30 January 2019
  • the competition is open to UK-based organisations from a business of any size, academic organisation or higher education institute, charity, public sector organisation or local authority, public sector research establishment, research council institute or a research and technology organisation
  • there will be a briefing event in London on Monday 3 December
  • successful applicants will be contacted by end of March 2019
  • projects should last for no more than 12 months and be completed by the end of March 2020

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