23rd May 2012

Neighbourhood Finalists invited to Showcase

Viv Alexander

Well done to the 17 teams that took part in the GeoVation Camp last weekend at Ordnance Survey. Edward Herath who is currently working with the GeoVation Team had this to say about the weekend

Having finished University on Thursday, I was thrown in at the deep end on Friday, with my first official day of work experience with the GeoVation team at Ordnance Survey. Having researched the previous GeoVation challenges and camps I knew it would be, in the words of Chris Parker, “fun, intense and completely bonkers.”

Throughout Friday the anticipation built up, and by the evening the waiting was over and the time was finally here as the GeoVation “How Can We Transform Neighbourhoods In Britain Together” Challenge kicked off. Holding the event at Ordnance Survey proved to be a great success, with plenty of space for the seventeen teams to work on building on their ideas and pitches.

After a “completely bonkers” weekend, the teams were whittled down to ten finalists who were selected to go forward to the GeoVation Showcase on 20 June.

GeoVation Camp Group

We are pleased to announce that the 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. 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.

Thank you to everyone that attended the camp, it really was a fun, friendly and intense weekend, and all the ideas teams have received feedback from the judging panel.

The finalists are now 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!  We’ll post further details of this event soon!