Most parents nowadays know that they should take their kids outdoors more. For many, this consists of a stroll around the local park and a quick go on the swings. But what if the trip to the park involved scavenger hunts, den building, outdoor art, bug hunts, blindfold walks, sensory trails, mud pies or storytelling? What if there were a way of enabling parents to turn their local green space into an exciting and engaging ...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).
FitSift is an exercise search engine designed to encourage users into exercise and then maintain their interest. All to often we raise our own personal barriers to exercise based upon the weather, our location, or the time that we currently have available to exercise. Equally it is often hard to find the motivation to exercise as the rewards can seem so intangible. FitSift provides the motivation that we need and breaks ...more »
A map made up from OS data displays all footpath/bridleway data in a bold colour. If no one walks the paths the colour starts to fade and die. Conversely, walking a path restores its health/colour. it is your job as a "player" to keep footpaths alive. Get badges for paths saved. Win bonuses for reporting problems with fences/stiles etc.
Remember Choose Your Own Adventure books? Where the fate of the hero lies in your hands? Will you choose to go through the woods, back to the boat or fight the double-headed dragon? Well, now you get to do it all again. But this time you’re the hero, and it’s in real life.
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 »
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
Woof Woof Walkies - dog walkers take the lead in combatting inactivity and loneliness. Many people want to start walking, or get out, to meet others but they need a push or pull - Woof Woof Walkies, we believe provides an answer. Dogs attract people and are an easy passport to talking to strangers / others Recruit volunteer dog owners / walkers to tag their dog lead to map their regular dog walking routes so that others ...more »
As a parent and a dog owner I'm constantly looking for new places to explore with my family. We have a range of needs: somewhere safe for my three year old to run around; a site which is buggy friendly for my 5 month old; a place that is dog friendly; and most importantly a coffee shop nearby for my wife and I. Being a busy working parent who has little time to exercise I value my time out exploring and playing with ...more »
Rock Operator is an interactive app which enhances engagement with the outdoors using portable devices. It’s fun and easy and suitable for all the family.
It offers a choice of routes within Holyrood Park and Arthurs Seat in Edinburgh offering games and activities at points of interest along each journey.
Bus Stops are being upgraded by both bus companies and advertisers to include QR code and Near Field Communication tags BusStart is an app to use these geo-located tags to enable people to imagine new journeys as pedestrians. We can gamify collecting tags or use them as local tours. It's about adding small, regular amounts of exercise in the places people are already to make it easy and cheap to enhance personal fitness. ...more »
To use OS 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”.
The walks will enable anyone to experience the wilderness without the need for private transport, extensive route planning, camping equipment and navigation skills.