3rd January 2014

Green Space Mapper

Viv Alexander

In our latest GeoVation Challenge we’re calling for innovative ideas to encourage active lifestyles in Britain and we’re offering a share of £100,000 in to help the best of these ideas get started.  We’re particularly looking for ideas that encourage people, whatever their age, to get outside and be active, whether this be taking a walk or a run, working on an allotment or clearing up litter.

One of the problems of getting outside to be active for people living in areas of disadvantage is that they have five times  less access to green space than their more affluent neighbours. Creatively used and well managed open spaces on people’s doorsteps encourage an active lifestyle by providing a place for people and children to meet, play and take part in activity outside.

One of our previous GeoVation winners, Groundwork London, developed an online consultation and surveying tool, the Green Space Mapper, which is used by residents and professionals to capture information about their green spaces, and is geolocated using Ordnance Survey data, so areas can be better developed and utilised.

Find out more about Green Space Mapper and the tool they developed by watching the video below:

Find out  more and download the case study

If this inspires you to enter an idea that could encourage people to get active, enter the GeoVation Challenge online  The Challenge runs to 15 January 2014 and the best of the ideas submitted will be invited to a weekend GeoVation Camp from 28 February to 2 March 2014 where you can work on building your idea into a prototype venture. You will also identify how to overcome problems in implementing your idea and learn to pitch your idea ‘pecha kucha’ style to the independent judging panel. Following camp successful ideas will be selected to receive a share of £100, 000 funding, subject to completing and submitting their venture plans. Winners funding amounts will be confirmed by 26 March 2014.

Paul Hodgson, Head of GIS at Groundwork  London  said

We learnt a huge amount from attending the GeoVation Camp weekend and have applied the Innovation = Problem x Solution x Execution formula to a number of other projects. The weekend allowed us to spend time concentrating on the idea, something we couldn’t factor in during our normal working environment. The iterative process, with feedback given at every stage of the application, helped us to build a successful venture plan and writing this also helped us to clarify our idea.

Image used in Green Space Mapper video