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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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Innovation Newsletter – winter edition launched

By , 22 January, 2014 8:15 am

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

Preview of Developer Challenge email

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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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Only five days left to submit your GeoVation Challenge ideas to encourage active lifestyles in Britain

By , 10 January, 2014 8:20 am

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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GeoVation camp – designing sustainable solutions to real problems

By , 9 January, 2014 8:25 am

We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them”.
– Einstein

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'»

Sharing the passion for an active life

By , 8 January, 2014 8:00 am
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.

Photo of Gwenda with group of children on cycling scheme

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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Wow! Winning the GeoVation Challenge

By , 6 January, 2014 8:00 am

As the closing date for the  current GeoVation Challenge to encourage active lifestyles approaches, I thought you’d enjoy this guest post from Gary Downie of  Streetkleen Bio, winners of our Business Environment Challenge.   In his post Gary explains some of the benefits of entering the challenge and what it can lead to.

“It’s  been 6 months  since Streetkleen Bio were announced as a winner of the GeoVation Environmental Challenge.”

“Wow” is the general consensus in the office when I make others aware of this fact….

….But what a 6 months it has been!

Let’s start by looking back….

1. understanding of a situation or event only after it has happened or developed.

As Founder and Managing Director of Streetkleen Bio Ltd I can honestly say that entering the GeoVation Challenge was one of, if not the single best decision I/we have made as an organisation.

Photo of Gary Downie at Smarta Awards Ceremony

Dr John Walsh and Gary Downie attending the Smarta Awards ceremony at Cafe De Paris in London.

Six months ago we had been developing our ideas from a small garage in North Wales. Our idea of generating renewable energy from municipally collected dog waste was seen by many as a novelty, almost comical to some. However, we had Continue reading 'Wow! Winning the GeoVation Challenge'»

Green Space Mapper

By , 3 January, 2014 8:00 am

In our latest GeoVation Challenge we’re calling for innovative ideas to encourage active lifestyles in Britain and we’re offering a share of £100,000 in to help the best of these ideas get started.  We’re particularly looking for ideas that encourage people, whatever their age, to get outside and be active, whether this be taking a walk or a run, working on an allotment or clearing up litter.

One of the problems of getting outside to be active for people living in areas of disadvantage is that they have five times  less access to green space than their more affluent neighbours. Creatively used and well managed open spaces on people’s doorsteps encourage an active lifestyle by providing a place for people and children to meet, play and take part in activity outside.

One of our previous GeoVation winners, Groundwork London, developed an online consultation and surveying tool, the Green Space Mapper, which is used by residents and professionals to capture information about their green spaces, and is geolocated using Ordnance Survey data, so areas can be better developed and utilised.

Find out more about Green Space Mapper and the tool they developed by watching the video below:

Find out  more and download the case study

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