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Posts tagged: GeoVation winners

GeoVation Opening Doors

By , 29 July, 2014 8:10 am

Today’s guest blog is from one of our finalists who took part in the recent Active Lifestyle challenge Jackie Roby.

One evening, in the depths of darkest January, I logged on to Facebook to find a message from a friend that read ‘Are you going to do it?’ with a link to the GeoVation Active Lifestyles Challenge. I’d never heard of GeoVation and with the challenge closing in less than a week I thought it was unlikely. At the same time I had an idea that had been floating around in my mind that fitted the challenge criteria well and before I knew it, it was the early hours of the morning and I’d entered the competition.

The week passed and a few days after the deadline I received and email congratulating me on becoming a GeoVation finalist. Oh. My. Goodness. This was happening!

Go WildMy idea to encourage more active lifestyles was ‘Outdoor Discovery Backpacks’, rucksacks stuffed with fun games, ideas and tools to help children and their families explore nature and the great outdoors. I wanted to create a fun and exciting resource that was available from local libraries that, using OS maps, would help families to discover and enjoy their local green spaces.

The GeoVation Camp weekend at the end of February, passed in a complete blur; meeting lots of innovative people with great ideas, learning all sorts of interesting things I’d never heard of such as paper prototyping, hearing from past winners and getting to pick the brains of inspiring people such as Andy Middleton. My teammate Dave and I bounced our way around Ordnance Survey head office, becoming known for our smiles and enthusiasm. I think a bit of delirium crept in too! Continue reading 'GeoVation Opening Doors'»

Using open data to engage government and communities

By , 8 July, 2014 8:15 am

City Farmers is a community interest company, set up by Helen Steer and Pete Boyce in 2011 after receiving GeoVation funding in the GeoVation Challenge to help Britain feed itself. City Farmers helps local government and communities engage with sustainability issues through data, mapping and activism. They particularly focus on issues that involve food, micro enterprise and local economies.

City Farmers map image

The project began by researching existing growing provisions, communities, projects and challenges within Lambeth. The team specialises in using open data to create multi-layer maps, which have proved incredibly valuable at visualising and framing the problems, enabling conversations between individuals, communities, charities and government. It has developed a range of maps showing food growing, crime, education and various other types of ‘data topography’. City Farmers also support and create grassroots projects, run workshops and organize collaborations.

They started with a geographical focus on Lambeth, including specific areas such as Vassall Ward, one of the most deprived areas in Britain. Now more established, they have worked across South London, in Hackney, and even as far afield as Wales.

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Finding great food along the Wales Coast Path

By , 4 July, 2014 8:15 am

GeoVation winners, Helen and Nicola Steer’s idea for a mobile app to help visitors to the Wales Coast Path to find the best local, sustainable and delicious food was awarded funding in the 2012 Wales Coast Path GeoVation Challenge.  They wanted to connect them to local businesses and communities, benefiting those who live and work along the route and showcasing local food. However, the ‘solution’ came with its own problem: working around the poor mobile reception along the route, particularly in West Wales.

After receiving funding the sisters formed Mapkin, a small company based in South Wales and London, which uses mapping and technology to create and support social change. Mapkin’s team of five worked to develop the app; collecting data, coding, mapping and designing the user interface. The iPhone® app, Real Food Wales, was released as a pilot in Pembrokeshire in time for summer 2013.

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New GeoVation booklet published!

By , 17 June, 2014 8:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the latest version of the GeoVation Booklet has now been published!  The booklet includes information on GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas!

The booklet has some intereImage of the GeoVation booklet cover and hyperlink to downloadsting facts about GeoVation which was launched in October 2009. In that time:

2511 participants have registered

630 ideas have been submitted

77 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and

28 winners have been awarded a share of over £637,000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

There’s information on all our GeoVation  challenges from our first GeoVation Awards Programme in 2009  through our problem focussed challenges aimed at building local resilience. In 2010 we launched 2 challenges focussed on how we could feed ourselves in Britain and reduce the environmental impact of transport in a sustainable way. In 2012 we ran a challenge focussed on resolving neighbourhood problems and building a sense of community, and a further challenge themed around connecting communities and visitors along the new Wales Coast Path to tie in with its launch.  In 2013 the GeoVation Challenge focussed on improving environmental performance, set against the context that UK companies could save £6 billion a year if they used resources more efficiently. Our latest  challenge aimed at encouraging active lifestyles  was focussed on the £8bn cost to the UK economy as a result of our inactivity.

We’ve made the booklet available online, so you can find out how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey, about the 28 winners Ordnance Survey has funded  and the ideas they have launched or which are in development.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

Individual case studies are also available on our website

If you would like a copy of the GeoVation booklet sent to you, please email us at champions@geovation.org.uk

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals. They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

 

 

We’re really excited! For many months now we have been working on Click here to download booklet creating a GeoVation booklet to include information on  GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas – and now its published!

The booklet  has some interesting facts about GeoVation which has been running since October 2009.  In that time:

  • 1448 participants have registered
  • 509 ideas have been submitted
  • 57 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and
  • 20 winners have been awarded a share of over £435, 000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals.  They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

We’ve made the booklet available online,  so you can find out more about how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey,  the ideas we have funded so far and the people who make GeoVation happen.  We’ve also made the case studies available individually on line – see our case study map.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

- See more at: http://www.geovation.org.uk/?s=booklet&x=0&y=0#sthash.jKzEvtIB.dpuf

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.

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….

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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'»

So you’re a GeoVation winner, now what?

By , 21 November, 2013 8:00 am

If you’re thinking of entering the latest GeoVation Challenge to encourage active lifestyles, the guest blog post below from Richard Page, one of the winners of the Environment GeoVation Challenge,  may help answer your questions about what happens if you’re lucky enough to be a GeoVation winner.

Winning the GeoVation Challenge is a fantastic feeling.  I should know, as I was oPhoto of Carbon Prophet winners of Environment Challenge ne of the winners of the Environment Challenge earlier this year. To be honest when this was announced at the end of GeoVation Camp, I thought that’s it, I’ve won, now give me the money! The truth is that what goes on after the announcement of your success is as important, and in some respects more important, than what went on before, only nobody tells you that;  well, until now that is.

So what happens after the announcement at GeoVation Camp has been made?

You know you’re a winner and that you are going to get some money, but how much, when and what do you have to do access it? The answer is that this is just the start of your journey. There is a venture plan to write, and more, before you receive your funding. That can take around 12 weeks in all and you really need this time to get yourself organised.

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GeoVation winner develops new app to report hate crime

By , 3 April, 2013 8:00 am

Shout  crime home screenLast year we ran a GeoVation Challenge asking how we could transform neighbourhoods in Britain.  One of the GeoVation winners was Shout Crime – an idea for app to make it easier to report hate crime.   Below David Williamson of Development Keys tells us how this is progressing.

Hate crime is one area of the criminal justice system that, evidence shows, often goes unreported. Recognising the negative impact that hate crime can have on individuals and communities,  Ideal for All (IFA), an Independent Living Centre in Sandwell, decided to use its experience and resources to make a real difference. Drawing on the passion of one of its User Groups, a project was conceived to develop a new, flexible and accessible reporting system for hate crime. an application that would provide  a crime reporting mechanism for individuals and a visual analysis tool for communities and agencies alike. Recognising the strength of commitment and the technical integrity of the project, Ordnance Survey decided to back the concept and awarded IFA  £25,000 to develop the first application for both desktop and mobile technologies.

Building on the excitement of receiving the award, Ideal for All  set about the detailed definition of the project that is ‘Shout Crime’. Our newly formed Steering Team, including experts in the field of Information Technology, crime reporting and community engagement, was supplemented with specific skill sets around project management and the delivery of successful web enabled applications. An Invitation To Tender was issued toward the end of 2012 with an aggressive set of requirements for delivery of the Shout Crime application by the end of March 2013. The New Year saw the development contract awarded to BoilerHouse Media, Birmingham and the project was up and running.

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Innovate with GeoVation – the book!

By , 5 March, 2013 8:00 am

We’re really excited! For many months now we have been working on Click here to download booklet creating a GeoVation booklet to include information on  GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas – and now its published!

The booklet  has some interesting facts about GeoVation which has been running since October 2009.  In that time:

  • 1448 participants have registered
  • 509 ideas have been submitted
  • 57 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and
  • 20 winners have been awarded a share of over £435, 000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals.  They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

We’ve made the booklet available online,  so you can find out more about how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey,  the ideas we have funded so far and the people who make GeoVation happen.  We’ve also made the case studies available individually on line – see our case study map.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

 

Identifying business opportunities along the Wales Coast Path

By , 30 January, 2013 8:00 am

In the guest blog below, Richard Fairhurst, one of our GeoVation Challenge winners explains how he’s been progressing with development of a website which will help businesses identify opportunities along the Wales Coast Path

Growing Routes is designed to help people identify business opportunities along the Wales Coast Path. By bringing together many sources of data, and presenting them in a simple, appealing way, it helps the would-be business owner the work out where their venture might have the greatest chance of success.

For example, Growing Routes might highlight areas along the path with a paucity of Bed & Bs and campsites, or areas with good wildlife (shown by Sites of Special Scientific Interest) that could attract visitors. By identifying the ‘sweet spots’ where all the favourable data comes together, it encourages successful businesses to start up along the Wales Coast Path.

That’s the theory. So what about the practice?

The core of the site will be a heatmap, draggable and zoomable like any modern webmap, but with a colour layer superimposed to show the best areas. The initial stages of work have been to build this heatmap, test the design, and feed sample data sources into it.

An image showing the growing routes screenshot

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