Use a mobile phone app to automatically register outdoor activity and upload it to an on-line OS map of the UK so that hotspots develop where more activity is occurring. The app will have additional manual features to engage with the user and try to gain a little more information about the nature of the activity. As a result, the hot spots can be used to further promote local activity, help get better statistical information, ...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).
This is screaming for a mobile phone app... The idea being that people can create areas or zones on a map and add their challenge or exercise based on the phones GPS (for example selecting the road where they live and recording the best time for speed pushchair walking) Similar to the Strava app, this would allow users to add normal everyday activities such as walking, playing frisbee, carrying the baby and turn them ...more »
Individuals can best manage what is measured. It is very cumbersome to record all physical activity during the day so to have a monitoring device that does that automatically will help and motivate individuals to build up their activity levels, even where it is only standing up and walking round their work and home In addition, the monitor will provide health data (heart rate, blood pressure and temperature) and also ...more »
Are you fed up of trying to work out if there's going to be Snow on them thar hills?
This idea is to plot a live map of the UK (and beyond) snow line from crowdsourced information. e.g. it would use digital elevation models to estimate the contour line / height to which snow has fallen in that area.
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 »
The idea is to have a mobile navigation software that lets you exercise according to the time you have available
To supply, maintain, repair and build all terrain vehles for the use of the disabled community to access areas from which they are currently excluded, such as forrestry commision pathways, beaches, grassed areas, and other non tarmac or paved areas.
The idea is quite simply to create an enormous mega-park, the size of our Bay, from the host of smaller, constituent parks and urban greenspaces that comprise the fragmented public realm of the Sandown Bay hinterland. This is a 7 km arc of greenspace that mirrors the 8km arc of the bay – the two fit together – a 15km ring of freespace that can catch and captivate residents & visitors in a way that is uniquely the Bay’s. ...more »
Mark out off the beaten track pathways, byways and places and pointsof interest which disabled persons would not otherwise be able to access. It may be to see monuments, places of historic interest or seeing native animals
Urban finger posts
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.
Richard Fortey, award winning popular science writer takes his readers on a journey through 13 different time spans making up Britain’s 3 billion year history in his book ‘The Hidden Landscape-A journey into the Geological Past’. Our idea is to encourage more people to take healthy outdoor exercise by following in his footsteps carrying a virtual guide to the Open Spaces and National Trails across Britain where this ...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
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
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.