18th February 2014

10 finalists confirmed to encourage active lifestyles


It’s less than 2 weeks to go until GeoVation Camp and we can now announce the finalists who have confirmed their attendance.  The ideas were submitted to our GeoVation Challenge asking for ways to encourage active lifestyles using Ordnance Survey products or services in the solution.

Unfortunately one of the teams we invited is unable to make the weekend of 28 February to 2 March,  so we’ve been able to invite one of the teams from our reserve list.  Places at camp have been limited to 10 teams so that there is time to help develop ideas to into prototyped ventures and to work on pitches for funding.

The confirmed finalists are listed below – or you can find out more about the ideas coming to camp by clicking on the links in our OS OpenSpace map.


OS OpenSpace Finalist map

  • OWLS – Outdoor Walk Learn Study.  A learning experience outdoors.  Linking and enriching communities, through information points incorporating QR codes with embedded information along major trails and long distance paths.
  • Rock Operator…discovery is like a walk in the park. An interactive app enhancing engagement with the outdoors. It offers a choice of routes within Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh offering games and activities at points of interest.
  • OpenPlay – Find and book sports facilities & Activities online. Brings the park noticeboard online.  Find out what is going on in your local park and book pitches and organised activities online. Informal groups can look for people to join their activities.
  • Run This Town. A smart phone application using GPS with Ordnance Survey data to record paths players take. The objective is to possess as much territory as possible by running around areas.
  • 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”.
  • Invisible Footpaths. A map using Ordnance Survey data displaying footpaths/bridleways in a bold colour which fade if they aren’t walked. “Players” keep footpaths alive by walking a path restoring its health/colour.
  • Medal Routes Mobile App. A mobile app and walking challenges to a project using Ordnance Survey data to map short circular walks from walking hubs to encourage people throughout Scotland to integrate walking into their daily life.
  • Tagd – for explorers. A mobile phone app to lay treasure trails, create Hare and Hounds trails, and help residents rediscover outdoor spaces. Users create virtual trails and lay a trail of unique barcodes, to earn ‘rewards’.
  • Outdoor Discovery Backpacks A resource, available from local libraries for a small cost to enable parents to turn green space into an exciting and engaging environment by including scavenger hunts, den building, bug hunts, etc.
  • Rediscover what is on your doorstep An app and website using open data to allow parents to record where they go with their families including the type of activities, the route, age appropriateness, entry fees, etc  and share this

At the end of the GeoVation Camp weekend, the teams will pitch their ideas and successful finalists will be selected to receive a slice of £100,000 innovation funding to develop and launch their ideas to help people lead more active lifestyles.  Participants at camp will also be able to vote for their favourite idea to receive the £1,000 Community Award prize.
Watch this video to find out more about GeoVation Camp