Active lifestyles – 10 finalists invited to camp

 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:

  • OWLS – Outdoor Walk Learn Study.  Combining  walking and children’s attraction to technology this idea has potential for a learning experience outdoors which could link and enrich communities, through information points,  which incorporate QR code with embedded information along major trails and long distance paths across the UK.
  • Rock Operator…discovery is like a walk in the park. Rock Operator is an interactive app which enhances engagement with the outdoors using portable devices. It’s fun and easy and suitable for all the family. It offers a choice of routes within Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh offering games and activities at points of interest along each journey.
  • OpenPlay – Find and book sports facilities & Activities online. OpenPlay takes the park noticeboard and brings it online.  You can find out what is going on in your local park in real time and book facilities and activities online. As well as pitches and organised activities, informal groups could use this to look for people to join with their activities.
  • Run This Town – a territory-control MMO running game. A mobile gaming tool aimed at encouraging physical activity. Run this Town is a smart phone application that transforms every local environment into an arena for play. To take part, players activate the app whilst beginning their run, so it can record their location. The objective is to possess as much territory as possible the space is captured by running around them. The game will use GPS with Ordnance Survey data to record the paths players take. The land captured in each run could be any size or shape.
  • Weekend Walks in the Wilderness. Using Ordnance Survey data on public footpaths and walking routes to create 2-3 day walks that link (a) local railway/bus stations with (b) affiliated campsites/“glampsites”.   The walks will enable anyone to experience the wilderness without the need for private transport, extensive route planning, camping equipment and navigation skills.
  • BusStart – using local stops to start healthy stories. It’s an app to use QR code and Near Field Communication Bus Stops on to enable people to imagine new journeys as pedestrians.  It’s about adding small, regular amounts of exercise in the places people are already to make it easy and cheap to enhance personal fitness.
  • Invisible Footpaths. A map using Ordnance Survey data will display all footpath/bridleway data in a bold colour. If the paths aren’t walked their colour starts to fade and die. “Players” can keep footpaths alive by walking a path which restores its health/colour. They get badges for paths saved and win bonuses for reporting problems on the path.
  • Medal Routes Mobile App. Medal Routes already uses Ordnance Survey data to map 3 short (15, 30 and 60 minute) circular walks from identified walking hubs to encourage people of all ages and backgrounds throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life. Printed tear off maps and A5 leaflets are available at each hub and also online. The proposal is to expand this to introduce a mobile app to make all the routes easily accessible and increase the reach and sustainability of the project. They would also introduce walking challenges.
  • Tagd – for explorers. Tagd can turn everyone into an explorer. It’s primarily a mobile phone app that allows parents to lay treasure trails for their children; running clubs to create their Hare and Hounds trails;  and local community groups to help residents rediscover parks and outdoor spaces. It allows users to create virtual trails but also allows them to lay a physical trail of unique barcodes and get a ‘reward’ every time they scan a barcode. It is designed to get people walking more and driving less.
  • Outdoor Discovery Backpacks – a resource, which would be available from local libraries for a small cost enable parents to turn their local green space into an exciting and engaging environment by including scavenger hunts, den building, outdoor art, bug hunts, blindfold walks, sensory trails, mud pies or storytelling?

We have limited the number of ideas that are invited to camp so that there will be more time to work with teams and help them to develop their ideas into prototyped ventures and work on their pitches for funding. Because places at camp are limited we are operating a reserve list and have notified the teams that are on this list.

At the end of the fun and intense weekend, the teams will pitch their idea to the judging panel and assembled audience and successful finalists will be selected to receive a slice of £100,000 innovation funding to develop and launch their ideas.  Participants at camp will also be able to vote for their favourite idea to receive the £1,000 Community Award prize.

If you feel you can help teams develop their ideas at the Active Lifestyles GeoVation Camp then please register for helper tickets here and let us know what skills you can offer.

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