St Albans Unlocked

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St Albans Unlocked

St Albans Unlocked

Hyperlocal Cities Limited By Hyperlocal Cities Limited

We want unlock the experience of St Albans for the visually impaired using 3D audio. Our community-led project is supported by Guide Dogs and Microsoft to localise the experience of the Soundscape app

St Albans Fundraising stage

pledged of £20,660
days left

Pledges will only be charged if the project hits its funding goal of £20,660 by 04 Nov 2018

Imagine a day out in St Albans - experiencing our 21st century vibrant city steeped in history – the sights, the smells and the sounds. There are many people living with sight loss in St Albans, Hertfordshire and beyond, for which taking a trip to shops or to visit a nearby tourist attraction can be stressful and often has to be a pre-planned activity. What if we could help to make this experience more one of independent discovery? Guide Dogs have partnered with Microsoft on the release of an iOS app, Soundscape. This app uses 3D audio clues to enrich ambient awareness and provide a new way to relate to your city. The experience relies on crowd-sourced information available on Open Street Map – however, often this data can be out-of-date or doesn’t give the detail you would like. St Albans Unlocked is a community-led project that aims to localise the Soundscape experience in 3 steps – plan, curate and launch – to get you to know your city like a local.

What we'll deliver:

  • Organise a ‘Mapathon’ to train community volunteers to curate data in Open Street Map
  • Engage volunteers in user testing the curated information
  • Launch St Albans Unlocked to raise awareness and drive adoption
  • Recruit and train volunteers to maintain and update the local data

Why it's a great idea:

Through curating St Albans Unlocked, we can demonstrate a more inclusive city that comes together and welcomes those with sight loss to come and discover, explore, visit independently and know it like a local. For those with sight loss it encourages more independent exploration; for retailers and business owners it focusses on updating their 'digital doorstep' and for the rest of us we can engage with our city as a ‘heads-up’ experience, discover places we didn’t know existed letting us look around and enjoy our audio overlay.

Steps to get it done:

  • Mapathon and User Testing
  • Launch Event

Financially: the purple pound is worth £265bn (DWP) annually and £12bn in tourism in the UK alone. Government strategies on Smart Cities, Inclusive Transport Strategy and the UK Industrial Strategy all recommend putting inclusivity and accessibility at the heart of business, community and mobility – this is not a nice to have, it is an essential to have. Given the lack of local authority budgets, communities will need to support the wellbeing of their citizens to lower the need for health and social care interaction and strain on services.

Location St Albans

St Albans has 5 other projects and £345,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

St Albans


St Albans City and District Council

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How will the money be spent?Total £20,660

Orientation and mobility resources - £4,000 (19%)
Access to Soundscape resources and materials - £3,000 (15%)
Project Management - £2,400 (12%)
Communications - £2,400 (12%)
Stakeholder Engagement - £2,400 (12%)
Workshop and IP development - £2,400 (12%)
External event venues incl wifi - £2,000 (10%)
Event/meeting venues - £800 (4%)
Other - £1,260 (6%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Orientation and mobility resources
Access to Soundscape resources and materials
Project Management
Stakeholder Engagement
Workshop and IP development
External event venues incl wifi
Event/meeting venues
  • Spacehive fees
  • Transaction Fees
  • VAT


This project is enabled for overfunding. If the project hits its funding goal before the end of the campaign period, any extra funds raised will be spent (in order of priority) on: The next stage for the project is to create a toolkit from the St Albans project to empower any community to 'Unlock' their own towns and cities in the same way. Overfunding will allow us to begin to create this toolkit.

Total £20,660

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