Go Jauntly <3 Shmapbot

Our sister team at Furthermore, a digital product and service design studio recently collaborated with the Universities of Derby and Sheffield as well as the Sheffield Wildlife Trust to create a brand new cross platform smartphone app that enables Sheffield’s residents to track how natural and built spaces affect their health and wellbeing. The research is set to reveal the types of natural and built spaces urban residents encounter and what type of spaces benefit their wellbeing most through the app as it prompts people to notice good things about their surroundings.

There have been numerous studies that have looked at how urban public spaces affect people’s health and wellbeing, but what is different about our project is that we have produced a smartphone app which allows people to respond instantly to their surroundings, and enables us to identify precisely which places in our city, and which characteristics of those places, are making a positive difference to people’s health, wellbeing and overall quality of life.
— Dr Anna Jorgensen, leading the project from the University of Sheffield’s Department of Landscape Architecture

Our CEO, Hana Sutch said: "There is a growing body of evidence that the design of built areas and green spaces in cities has a direct impact on residents’ wellbeing. With population growth in cities ever-increasing, it's really important that cities are better designed for humans and wildlife alike. The Shmapped app and its Shmapbot, helps to start this conversation and make it easier for participants to capture the good things that they notice about Sheffield - and beyond."

We have no doubt that the data captured and new insights it produces will go on to influence products like Go Jauntly as well as other future cities products, services, buildings and spaces and in turn have a positive impact on the overall health and wellbeing of the general public.  The free app is available on Android and iOS. For more information on the study and to download the app, visit IWUN's website.

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