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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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.
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'»
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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