South Devon is littered with a myriad of footpaths and green lanes. For many local people (lack of transport) and visitors (lack of knowledge) access to South Devon's diverse countryside and villages can be difficult - yet there are often stunning views, a wide range of beautiful walks and networks of lanes and paths to get you there. Building on the South Devon AONB fantastic app 'Rate my View' (http://www.ratemyview.co.uk/) ...more »
How can we encourage active lifestyles in Britain?
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What are the barriers to people participating in physical activity in open spaces?
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The best ideas can win a slice of £100 000 in funding to develop innovative ventures that make best use of Ordnance Survey data, including OS OpenData and OS OpenSpace, technology and good design to address the problems
The problems are grouped into 6 main themes:
Theme 1: First hurdles
Theme 2: Knowledge and communication
Theme 3: Enabling new behaviours
Theme 4: Planning and measuring
Theme 5: Financial barriers
Theme 6: Infrastructure, Assets and Resources
Please state which theme your ideas addresses.
The challenge runs from 7 November 2013 to the new extended deadline of 15 January 2014 (12noon).
Volunteers use ordinance survey maps to navigate water bodies whilst filling out river surveys which detail sources of pollution and potential pollution.
A Chi Break is a 1 - 3 minute 'Integration' of playful/mindful exercise that gets you moving and gives you the energy or relaxation or refreshment that you need at that moment. The program will be delivered by App. You tell your App how you’re feeling (tired, down, wound up, lazy, creativity tank out of juice etc) and then follow through to a simple, guided exercise that helps you towards feeling better. Although ...more »
The Millipede Press Association, a crack team of animated journalist ‘bugs’, brings you Disgusting Discoveries, your opportunity to unearth everything that is goo, gross and eugh in nature near you. Millipede Press have discovered the locations of fascinating wildlife. Follow our discovery maps by mobile phone or ipad to make you own Disgusting Discoveries of nature’s secrets, and learn all about them from our bite-sized ...more »
A website that people can use to find information about walks from UK railway station. A searchable online map- and list-based tool that enables people to find linear or circular walking routes from a given train station. The site will display nicely on both tablets and PCs, and we may seek to develop a mobile app at a later date.
A web based interactive map that visually shows all bus routes, the bus number and where the bus stops are, within an area. Being interactive each bus route can be clicked on to highlight it. This makes it is easy to visually see the exact route each bus takes, and therefore makes route planning, finding interchanges with other buses, or train stations and how convenient the route is, easy. Often lack of awareness of ...more »
Our school for the visually impaired is setting up an education and enterprise village - real and virtual. We want all our villagers to be healthy and happy and will provide ways for us all to work together. Come and join us
Create a game-based smart phone application targeted at young people in the area which measures performance against a set of challenges designed to promote active lifestyles. Enable competition between application users to encourage participation. The game uses the GPS in the device, together with some pre-defined data based on Ordnance Survey data, to identify when the application user visits specific locations associated ...more »
Speaking from personal experience I have my lunch break 'Al-Desko' far too often, and I don't think I am alone based on discussions with my friends and colleagues. I do this despite knowing about the stress, health, productivity and exercise benefits of walking on a regular basis (I am a travel behaviour change specialist!) and that there are high quality urban walking routes on traffic-free canals just minutes from ...more »
The idea is to develop a mobile App that tracks and records users walking activity when undertaking walks through any health based 'Physical Activity Referral Service'. Recording levels of activity helps health professionals to understand the relationship between health outcomes and activity, and the user is motivated to participate through the potential to unlock 'rewards' and through the setting and attainment of targets. ...more »
A searchable online map- and list-based tool that enables disabled people to find local all-ability sports groups in their area. The website will leverage information on the AccessAdvisr Community Pages (www.accessadvisrcommunity.net); which our team has already brokered for Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Lowestoft; and display it on OS Open Layers maps. The site will display nicely on both tablets and PCs, and we may ...more »
More people will get outdoors if the barriers are removed.
Current barriers are: lack of access to outdoor leadership training; lack of access to outdoor clothing/equipment; lack of minibus transport and tarined drivers.
Many urban dwellers have no idea of how to access the countryside (e.g. cannot read OS maps); haver no specialist clothing to keep themselves warm and dry
To support individuals, groups and communities to connect to one another and their local environment through facilitation of walks and a participant led mapping project. Participants will create a mapping tool enabling people to actively explore and enjoy their local area. Locations, journeys and stories are mapped as points of interest for an online or smart phone accessible programme which can be updated by users ...more »
Walks.IO is an outdoor activity planning service for discovering the beautiful open spaces and heritage sites which are located within easy reach from the location of user. It uses artificial intelligence (ant colony simulation) and open data for generating circular walks of a given length that attempt to go within the most scenic paths. A web based demo can already be found at http://www.walks.io
It's obvious that Walking is one of the most participatory outdoor activities in the UK. It is also true that children today are immersed in the attractions of Technology. If these could be combined with a potential for a learning experience which was outdoors and additionally link and enrich the communities we all pass through as Walkers. There are 15 major trails across the UK (Cotswold Way, Pennine Way etc) totalling ...more »