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Funding announced for ventures to get people active

By , 28 March, 2014 8:00 am

If you’ve been following the GeoVation blog you’ll be aware that we recently announced the successful finalists from our GeoVation Challenge aimed at finding ideas to encourage people to lead active lifestyles.

Following on from this the Judging Panel met on Wednesday to confirm the winning ventures to get people active and decide how to award the funding.

The £101,000 awarded by Ordnance Survey will be split as follows:

Ramblers Scotland will receive £28,000 in funding to develop Medal Routes App. Rob Burns and Jeannie Cranfield submitted Photo of medal routes team with certificatethe idea to develop a mobile app to add to the existing Medal Routes website. Medal Routes identifies and maps short circular, bronze, silver and gold level walk from walking hubs.  These walking challenges encourage people throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. They can progress from short 15 minute walks to walking for up to an hour.  The development of the app, using Ordnance Survey data, will enable more widespread engagement and breakdown some of the barriers to participation. Wherever people are they will have hundreds of walks at their fingertips and, through games and challenges, incentives to walk and map their own routes.

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Turning good ideas into great innovations

By , 24 March, 2014 8:15 am

During GeoVation camps, finalists develop their ideas into prototype ventures. To support the teams in this, the camp process is facilitated by service designers who employ design thinking, techniques and processes. In addition to this we are fortunate to be able to draw on the expertise of the MDes Service Design Innovation students from the London College of Communication, University of the Arts.  Boris Divjak, one of the design students from the course helped at our recent Active Lifestyles GeoVation Camp and writes about his experience in today’s guest blog below:


One of the first things one might notice when visiting the Ordnance Survey headquarters in Southampton is the remarkable size of its logo placed in front of the entrance. The building you are about to enter makes you feel confident that you are there to do some serious business. For the 10 teams competing at the GeoVation Challenge this was perhaps a sign of hope that they might gain an important business partner. For us, students of a service design masters course participating as helpers, it was an opportunity to observe how new, innovative service solutions were being born in the real world.Photo of Service design students at GeoVation Camp

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Challenging our finalists to build exciting ideas to get active

By , 12 March, 2014 8:00 am

We recently announced the successful finalists in our GeoVation Challenge to encourage people in Britain to get active outdoors. We asked for innovative ideas to encourage active lifestyles in the open; using geography, particularly Ordnance Survey products and services, technology and good design.

Photo of Service Design students at GeoVation CampThe finalists from the GeoVation Challenge participated in an energetic weekend of no nonsense innovation at GeoVation Camp. The GeoVators focussed on the formula that Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution to help them to develop their ideas. They also practiced their presentations so they would be ‘match fit to pitch’ to the judging panel. Participants were impressed by the level of support, which included help with service design, business models, geography and engaging with Ordnance Survey data.  The teams commented on how well their ideas progressed over the weekend.  At the end of the weekend successful finalists were selected to receive funding to develop their ideas to help people get active. The judging panel meet again on 26 March 2014 to confirm this.

Some comments from some of the invited teams:

‘We found things, people and ways of working that we’d not been exposed to before’ Tony Davis, OWLS

‘Probably one of the best experiences I’ve ever had’ Alex Davies-Moore, Tagd

Watch the Active Lifestyles GeoVation Camp video below to find out more:

GeoVation winners to help encourage active lifestyles

By , 4 March, 2014 8:00 am

Well done to all the finalists who took part in the GeoVation Camp held at Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton over the weekend. The finalists had been selected as the best ideas entered to our GeoVation Challenge to help encourage people lead more active lifestyles.

It was a truly inspiring weekend, and to help the 10 invited teams develop a prototype venture and become ‘match fit to pitch’, we offered the support from service designers, geography students and information on Ordnance Survey products and services.

At the end of an exciting and energetic weekend, the teams were visited by the judging panel to discuss how their ideas were progressing; they then  pitched to the judges and audience for a slice £100,000 in innovation funding.

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10 finalists confirmed to encourage active lifestyles

By , 18 February, 2014 8:00 am

It’s less than 2 weeks to go until GeoVation Camp and we can now announce the finalists who have confirmed their attendance.  The ideas were submitted to our GeoVation Challenge asking for ways to encourage active lifestyles using Ordnance Survey products or services in the solution.

Unfortunately one of the teams we invited is unable to make the weekend of 28 February to 2 March,  so we’ve been able to invite one of the teams from our reserve list.  Places at camp have been limited to 10 teams so that there is time to help develop ideas to into prototyped ventures and to work on pitches for funding.

The confirmed finalists are listed below – or you can find out more about the ideas coming to camp by clicking on the links in our OS OpenSpace map.


OS OpenSpace Finalist map

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Winners explain what GeoVation funding has meant

By , 10 February, 2014 8:00 am

The finalists for our latest GeoVation Challenge to get Britain active in the open are busy getting their teams together and preparing for GeoVation Camp. So we thought it would be interesting to look back at one of the previous winners of GeoVation funding and see what GeoVation has meant to them.

Sisters, Helen and Nicola Steer were winners  in our Wales Coast Path GeoVation Challenge in 2012 and launched their iPhone app, Real Food Wales last year.  The easy to use app, maps over 150 of the best food businesses in Pembrokeshire, helping users access sustainable and delicious food.

In the video below, Helen and Nicola, explain how the GeoVation process helped them.  From the openness of GeoVation Camp through to winning GeoVation funding,  and then forming their team Mapkin who have worked together to develop this app.

Active lifestyles – 10 finalists invited to camp

By , 23 January, 2014 8:00 am

 Click to see the Active Lifestyles GeoVation ChallengeOur GeoVation judging panel were delighted at the quality and scope of the 74 ideas submitted to our GeoVation Challenge to find ways to encourage active lifestyles in Britain using  Ordnance Survey products or services in the solution.

The judging panel have now selected a short-list of 10 finalists who have been invited to develop their ideas further at GeoVation Camp,  held over the weekend of 28 February to 2 March at Ordnance Survey in Southampton.

The finalists who have been invited to GeoVation Camp are:

Active lifestyles ideas on the map

By , 17 January, 2014 8:00 am
Thank you for the 74 great ideas  you entered in our GeoVation Challenge to encourage active lifestyles in Britain  and which have ‘now been sent to our judging panel to select the finalists for GeoVation Camp
Take a look at our OS OpenSpace map below to find our where the ideas are from.  You can use the links within the markers to find out more about the ideas.  Even though the GeoVation Challenge is closed you can still comment on the ideas .


Active lifestyles, time for the judging to begin

By , 16 January, 2014 8:00 am

Thank you all for your great ideas in the GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain? ’.  We asked for your ideas to encourage people to lead active lifestyles in the open; whatever their age. There were 74 fantastic ideas posted between 7 November 2013 and 15 January 2014 and a whopping 655 people registered on the GeoVation Community during that time!

The next stage is for the judging panel to start reading all of your ideas and select which of these offer the best solution to the active lifestyles challenge theme and are innovative, use technology, good design and of course, use Ordnance Survey geographical information,  including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data in the solution.  The judges will be meeting on 21 January and soon after we’ll announce the finalists to be invited to GeoVation Camp in Southampton over the weekend 28 February to 2 March 2014.

Ordnance Survey will be offering a slice of £100,000 to help develop the best ideas.

You can find out who the judging panel are below:

The Judging Panel Chair is:

Andy MiddletonAndy Middleton - a social entrepreneur, designer and facilitator who helps leaders in business,  government and community build resilience for sustainability. He uses ecology, psychology and experiential learning to help people see the possibilities for radical change where previously they only sensed problems. He is a Board Member of Natural Resources Wales and Founder Director of TYF, a leading and innovative adventure, education and outdoor retail business based in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. His imagination is fired by city and country-scale sustainability projects and by surfing waves of change with clients, friends and family.

Andy will be joined by:

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One day to enter the challenge to encourage active lifestyles

By , 14 January, 2014 8:00 am

With only one day left to enter our latest GeoVation Challenge, I thought it would be a good time to remind you of why we launched a challenge calling for innovative ideas which encourage people to lead active lifestyles in the open.Photo of woman gardening

An All-Party Commission on Physical Activity state on their website “The human body was designed to move. But in a very short period of time, we have become dangerously inactive as a population. We are witnessing a physical  inactivity epidemic”.

The estimated direct cost of this physical inactivity to the NHS across the UK is £1.06 billion and by 2050 the estimated total annual cost to the NHS of overweight and obesity is projected to be £9.7 billion, with wider societal cost estimated at £49.9 billion (at 2007 prices)

Regular physical activity is a key contributor to energy balance, helping to prevent obesity and excess weight. It also reduces the risk of many chronic conditions, including coronary heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer, mental health problems and musculoskeletal conditions. In the UK, if all inactive people were to become active, 10.5% of Cardiac Heart Disease cases could potentially be prevented

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