After a day of pitching their ideas to the GeoVation judging panel at Cardiff’s SWALEC stadium last week, five groups of entrepreneurs have been given the funding to turn their visions for the Wales Coast Path into a reality.
As corporate members of the British Cartographic Society, we always take part in the Annual Symposium – and this year it was in Hook, near Basingstoke, easy to get to from our Southampton head office. My colleague Charley Glynn gives an update on the event.
As well as our own stand (Olympic-themed this year) we were also involved in talks and workshops at the event. The first day had themes of ‘Changing Times’ and ‘Transport Mapping’. Adrian Fox from the British Antarctic Survey got things under way with a fascinating journey through the history of place names on theAntarctic Peninsulaand the shaping of these names through early explorations to political disagreements. This set the tone for an interesting morning of talks which were rounded off by the President’s Address from Peter Jolly.
The afternoon workshops included ‘Emergency helicopter relief’ by Map Action and ‘Mapping a practical transit map’ run by Mark Ovenden, Transport Design Historian.
The afternoon talks included an interesting presentation from Clare Seldon of Steer Davies Gleave who showcased some of the maps that she produced for the England 2018–22 World Cup bid book, a mammoth publication of 1,752 pages. Richard Goodman from Intergraph (UK) Ltd brought the afternoon to a close with a presentation which included many examples of our products being used by a plethora of different organisations from various industries.
Community Payback Visibility, an idea for a mobile app which would help the public to nominate sites for offenders to work on, has triumphed in our GeoVation Challenge. Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust’s idea also allows the public to keep tabs on how work on these chosen areas is progressing. With the £40,000 it was awarded the app can start to be developed. People will be able to to take a geo-tagged photo of a area and nominate it as an area for Community Payback – unpaid work carried out by offenders on community sentences.
Watch the GeoVation winners in our video:
As part of the GeoVation Challenge, entrepreneurs from the across the country were tasked with coming up with ideas, using Ordnance Survey mapping information, on how to improve neighbourhoods in Britain for the better. The best ideas were whittled down to just 10 finalists who competed against each other in a Dragon’s Den style Showcase Event at our head office last month.
Last weekend saw 13 teams gather at our Cardiff GeoVation Camp to pitch their ideas for our GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path?’
The GeoVators were working on our formula, Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution and at the end of the weekend the judging panel selected 8 finalists to go forward to the GeoVation Showcase on 18 July.
We’re pleased to announce our finalists are:
Last month we told you about our latest GeoVation finalists taking their ideas forward to the ‘How can we transform neighbourhoods in Britain together?’ GeoVation Showcase. Today, we’re featuring Community Payback visibility, to find out more about their idea. All of the finalists are being featured on the GeoVation blog over the next couple of weeks, visit now to find out more. And if you’d like to see all of the ideas pitch for a share of £115,000 in funding at Ordnance Survey on 20 June – sign up for your free ticket.
Jason Davies from Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Trust tells us about the Community Payback Visibility idea:
The Staffordshire & West Midlands Probation Trust arrange and supervise Community Payback projects. This is the unpaid work carried out by offenders on community sentences. It must be challenging, constructive and benefit local neighbourhoods. Projects might range from cleaning graffiti or fly-tipping to clearing dense undergrowth or canals.
Our idea is a free mobile app that makes it easier for the public to nominate sites for Community Payback and track the progress on a website.
Last month saw Ordnance Survey exhibiting at Fraud and Error 2012, discussing how organisations and public sector groups can reduce the impact of fraud on the economy, through better use of location information.
The public sector team at Ordnance Survey are promoting a smarter approach to fraud and prevention through improved data sharing capabilities and enhanced data analysis using geography. Currently the team are working in close partnership with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).
They aim to help the government reduce this significant cost; by providing the expertise and to demonstrate how Ordnance Survey products, particularly AddressBase and OS MasterMap Topography Layer can support a range of organisations to help them deal more efficiently with this challenge.
Fast fraud facts
- Government figures estimate fraud will cost the UK economy £73 billion during 2012
- Public sector fraud is estimated to cost £21 billion in 2012
- Individuals (you and me) will lose £6.1 billion due to fraudulent sales and identity theft
- 3 pence of every pound spent by government goes to people who shouldn’t have it
We were delighted at the scope and quality of ideas that were entered into the Wales Coast Path Challenge. A shortlist of 13 ideas have been chosen by the GeoVation judging panel and teams have been invited to develop their ideas at the GeoVation Camp, 22-24 June which is being held at the Novotel Central City, Cardiff.
- Growing Routes A web based app designed to engineer business opportunities along the 870 mile long route. It will seek to encourage businesses to expand thereby bringing jobs and opportunities and to local residents.
- The Perfect Visitor Companion An idea to engage with visitors to the Wales Coast Path through a smartphone app. The platform will connect with visitors by creating new, exciting cultural and historical themed visitor experiences. These experiences will enrich the local community and businesses.
- Keep The Coastal Path Tidy The idea is an app that would encourage coastal path users to report and supply photographs of issues that affect the enjoyment of the coastal path e.g. fly-tipping, graffiti or damage. The app would be designed so path users can easily and quickly report a problem on the path. As the app is geo aware it could link immediately to local authorities.
Last week we held a conference aimed at growing the use of geographic information in mainstream business – Location 2012. It was incredibly well attended by over 200 delegates and supported by 25 partner organisations who were able to use the opportunity to showcase their latest products and services.
Given the title ’Profit from mapping and location data’, the event focused on how businesses could benefit from location data in making more streamlined business decisions and how making changes linked to geographic information could improve efficiency.
James Brayshaw, Director of Sales and Market Development at Ordnance Survey kicked off by explaining a little about Ordnance Survey and how our data underpins so much in the economy (estimated to be a £100 billion) and how our database contains 460 million features and is updated 5000 times a day. Given everything happens somewhere, there’s a good chance we know where it is!
We started the day with a bit of future gazing courtesy of Ian Pearson (Twitter’s @timeguide) who had some interesting views on the role of technology. He predicted that augmented reality will become big business and explained how in the future we’ll all be wearing contact lenses which allow us to see whatever we like, might have tattoos bearing QR codes and will be wearing jewellery with hidden electronic devices as technology continues to reduce in size!
Other speakers included Paul Thomas from Experian who explained how their business uses geographic information and how in the retail and online shopping environment, location information influences advertising and marketing methods used to target customers, drive the buying decision and influence where marketing spend was targeted. His example showing the many ways in which they influence a customer buying shoes will forever be my excuse as to just why I have so many pairs!!
Chris Pendleton, the senior programme manager lead for Bing Maps explained how they created the Bing Maps Geospatial platform and were ramping up activity. He predicted that increasing numbers of digital touchpoints would allow companies to target special offers and deals direct to where you are at any specific moment depending on your locations and your spending patterns!
Overall the day provided an interesting introduction to the possibilities of geographic information and provided lots of ideas as to how companies could make use of the technologies available through our partners.
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We had some great ideas submitted on the GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path? ’ – so thank you if you submitted an idea or voted or commented on one. There were 62 ideas posted between 14 March and 2 May and 732 people registered on the GeoVation Community during that time – which is fantastic!
The next stage is for the judges to start reading all of the ideas and select a shortlist of the best of these which will be announced on 29 May. The shortlisted ideas teams will be invited to a GeoVation Camp in Cardiff over the weekend of 22-24 June.
You can find out who the judging panel are below:
The Judging Panel Chair is:
Andy Middleton – a social entrepreneur,designer and facilitator who helps leaders and teams in business, government and community build resilience for sustainability. He uses ecology, psychology and action learning to help people connect what they see, know and feel to ways of doing things that are lighter on, and inspired by nature. He is Founder Director of the TYF Group, a well-established and innovative adventure, education and leadership business based in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. His imagination is caught by working on city and country-scale sustainability projects and by the creative retreat centre he’s building that overlooks islands and ocean on the western edge of Wales.
Andy will be joined by:
Budding GeoVators only have 24 hours to submit their innovative ideas for our latest GeoVation Challenge – ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path’.
The exciting challenge has seen a steady flow of ideas being submitted all aiming to better connect communities, businesses and visitors through the application of geography, mapping, innovation and expertise. However, it is not too late for some last minute ideas and a chance for creative thinkers, developers and entrepreneurs to win a share of a £125,000 funding prize.
We’ve even mapped out where the ideas are coming from on the GeoVation blog. Some interesting ideas which have already been submitted include:
This idea looks at providing distressed visitors along the coastal path with instant support and assistance. It involves creating a smart phone App, with an associated website, to provide real-time solutions to people requiring assistance along the path, for example first aiders, first aid support from volunteer networks or help guiding people to the nearest medical support centre.
This idea aims to create a new endurance challenge along the Wales Coast Path. The intention is to have the challenge regarded with the same respect as the Trans-Alpine, Tour de Geants, Marathon de Sables (MDS) etc. The race will attract an international audience, can be split into sections and can have ‘spin-off’ shorter distances to make it accessible to a wider audience. By having the race in sections like the Trans-Alpine and the MDS it will engage coastal communities and bring in external revenue.
Another fun idea to attract new visitors to the coastal path is to develop a mobile application, linked to a central web interface, allowing partners to create challenges and learning games. The games would follow the format of Treasure hunts and orienteering exercises targeting young people.
So if you have an idea of how people who live and work along, or visit the Wales Coast Path can use digital technology to benefit from this ‘world first’ for Wales then please visit https://challenge.geovation.org.uk/