An app which maps out your emotions; an educational tool which helps school children learn more about their local environment; and a device that reports a crime straight to your local police.
These are among the ten finalists who are now in line to win a share of £115,000 as part of Ordnance Survey’s GeoVation Challenge aiming to improve local neighbourhoods in Britain.
A special three-day GeoVation camp took place at Ordnance Survey on the weekend to select the final 10 finalists from a total of 17, and proved to be a huge success. Our staff provided support, alongside design students from the University Of Arts London College Of Communications.
Dr Chris Parker, a GeoVation facilitator, said: “What impressed me most was to see 17 strong ideas being developed collaboratively and openly with other teams, into prototyped ventures pitched competently to the judging panel in just two minutes! Each looked to address problems associated with transforming neighbourhoods in Britain in new ways using Ordnance Survey’s products and services. There was a huge level of engagement and a real buzz as all participants worked to develop their ideas”.
The GeoVation Challenge finalists are:
Community Animation Mapping Strengths and Assets - Nick Gardham of RE:Generate with an idea from to unearth the latest skills, strengths and talents of local people and map these digitally using Ordnance Survey maps.
Charting the Coldspot- an idea by Keely Mills of Peterborough CIC to reinvigorate the empty and underutilised shops and properties, and build environmental assets within the Peterborough City Centre high street.
The Place Station – Steve Clare of Locality with an idea is to introduce land and building owners across the UK, to social entrepreneurs, with a view to improving and transforming their local area with their ideas.
Sustaination – food enterprise mapping & communication – This idea posted by Ed Dowding is to network food enterprises to work more effectively together and promote themselves to their communities. The OS Open-Data platform helps citizens map food webs, highlighting opportunities for innovation and re-localisation.
Hate Crime Reporting App– from Matthew Green. An idea for a smartphone app designed to help individuals report instances of Hate Crime. Using OS Open-Data, individuals can locate hotspots on OS maps and submit reports of crime to local police and community organisations.
Schools in Transition: an idea posted by Nicola Hilary of the Transition Network to help connect young people to their local place by mapping the watershed or ecosystem in which the schools sits, and then overlaying those maps with networks of social and community resources. This watershed mapping Transition approach can be disseminated for use in any school.
Where next from Kay Steven of Age UK, Newcastle. This idea is to pilot the use of community maps to facilitate person-centred planning with vulnerable, older and isolated people as a way to enable them to engage and integrate into their local community.
Community Payback Visibility: Jason Davies of Staffordshire and West Midlands Probation Trust with an idea in which members of the public will nominate locations for Community Payback work and track their progress using a smartphone App.
Residents’ Green Space Mapper: This idea from Paul Hodgson of Groundwork is to develop a new and innovative approach to mapping the green spaces within an urban environment.
Come To Your Senses is a collaborative mapping project run by Laura Sorvala and Emily Wilkinson, whose background is in visual facilitation. The idea is to run an online prototype website to show how emotions generate a sense of place and well-being within a community.
The finalists will now be invited to Ordnance Survey on 20 June to take part in a ‘Dragons Den’ style GeoVation Showcase where they will pitch for a share of £115,000 to fund their idea.
The list of finalists will be available on the GeoVation website.
Many of the competition’s entrants are making use of free data, made available through Ordnance Survey to encourage commercial reuse and to promote transparency and accountability.