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.
Three other groups of entrepreneurs were also awarded a £25,000 slice of the total pot of £116,000:
Sustaination – food enterprise mapping & communication: By Ed Dowding from Salisbury. It involves networking food enterprises to work more effectively together and promote themselves to their communities. OS OpenData platform helps citizens map food webs, highlighting opportunities for innovation and re-localisation.
Hate Crime Reporting App: By Matthew Green from Birmingham. An idea for a smartphone app designed to help individuals report instances of hate crime. Using OS OpenData, individuals can locate hotspots on Ordnance Survey maps and submit reports of crime to local police and community organisations.
Residents’ Green Space Mapper: By Paul Hodgson of Groundwork London. An idea to develop a new and innovative approach to mapping the green spaces within an urban environment.