Last weekend saw our GeoVation Camp finalists make their final pitches How to encourage active lifestyles in Britain. We had three successful finalists from the GeoVation Challenge, winning a share of £100,000 in innovation funding to develop their ideas. A £1,000 community prize fund, voted by the camp participants was also awarded. They are:
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By now you should have received our winter edition of OS innovation newsletter, with of exciting news for the GeoVation and developer community – including our current GeoVation Challenge
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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.
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
Some of the members of our judging panel who will be choosing the finalists to Continue reading 'One day to enter the challenge to encourage active lifestyles'»
With only five days left till the GeoVation Challenge closes for entries, your ideas have been pouring in! As with our previous GeoVation Challenges we’re looking for great ideas that address problems using geography, technology and good design. Ordnance Survey will be offering a share of £100,000 to help develop ventures that encourage active lifestyles in Britain and make best use of our data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, together with other open data.
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“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.
If solutions to real problems are to be successfully launched and sustained, they need to be carefully designed. That means not just designing the solution but also the venture model that will sustain the solution and allow it to scale. This is why design thinking plays such an important part of our GeoVation camps. The objective of GeoVation camps is to enable finalists to be “match-fit to pitch” for GeoVation funding. Continue reading 'GeoVation camp – designing sustainable solutions to real problems'»
In the guest post below, Gwenda Owen, a member of our GeoVation judging panel for the latest GeoVation Challenge, who has worked for various organisations promoting outdoor activity explains her passion to encourage active lifestyles in Britain.
So why do so many of us struggle to lead a lifestyle that’s active enough for our health and well being? The 6 themes and associated insights identified in the Powwow show that the reasons are many and varied and as such invite solutions to match.
Living without a car and working across Wales means that, for me, an active lifestyle is often a necessity but it is a lifestyle that I’ve chosen. I need to be outdoors; to be getting places under my own steam, earning the views by cycling up that 1 in 4, scrabbling up a scree slope or just walking to work the long way through the parks of Cardiff. It makes me feel alive, helps keep things in perspective and I have my parents to thank.
Gwenda Owen (centre) with group of children on Bikeability scheme.
Whilst I often protested, as teenagers are wont to do: I also liked to tell people we’d ridden the mountain road to Aberystwyth some 40 miles away to see our cousins at the weekend or cycle camped to Amsterdam in our summer holidays, to tell the stories behind the well-earned scars.
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