The City of Dehradun is the first city in India, which has the city centre environment rated. Dehradun is the capital of Uttarrakhand, the most populous state in India.
Winner of the University of Turku Pentti Malaska Futures Award 2017
“Envirate – a visionary, boundary-crossing, research-based innovation with strong scientific foundation, while utilising the latest information and communications technology. Global market opportunity potential for building a sustainable planetary future.”
The Award Panel, 12 June 2017
From now on, ratings will be given on a scale from 0 (very bad, red colour) to 5 (excellent, green colour). Scores between 2 and 3 indicate neutral ratings. Extensive user feedback has shown that this change will lead to more intuitive and easy rating experience for you.
The map above shows ratings of the city environment in Copenhagen by Look scores.
In the map above you see ratings of the city environment in Budapest by Look scores. The beautiful city centre received naturally highest ratings. Also some areas in Buda received excellent Look -ratings. However, traffic poses major challenges in many areas nearby. This can be well seen in the below Breathe map of the city.
The first Pentti Malaska Futures Award is awarded to the Finnish startup Envirate which is developing a mobile application for assessing the state of the environment. The goal is to develop an application that enables people to evaluate their surrounding environment in the same way as, for example, hotels are evaluated by customers. The data that is collected this way creates almost real-time map of the state of our planet, as perceived by people.
The world is facing huge environmental challenges. We need new solutions.
Envirate smartphone app will allow anybody anytime anywhere give ratings on the environment around them – anywhere you go!
You can become a watchdog for the state of the earth.
Imagine the day when millions of people with their smartphones have become watchdogs for the earth, creating a real-time worldmap of the state of the local environment.
A powerful new early warning system to man-made environmental degradations and catastrophes. A tool to promote globally sustainable business and responsible political decisions.
Based on tested science
Our team member Harju-Autti based his PhD thesis (2016) on the subject of perceived state of the environment globally. At the outset in 2011, academic peers were not convinced it would be possible to gather data from even 20 countries. With verified data quality, this use of people’s subjective perceptions worked very well, resulting to a unique global comparison map with 57 countries. The idea was therefore born that each individual could contribute to expert opinion, and crowd-source environmental information.
Now every individual anywhere can be an ‘expert’ and thus start rating the environment via a mobile app Envirate. This is so-called citizen science approach.
Citizen science projects are activities where non-scientists can meaningfully contribute to scientific research. Even though numerous citizen science projects are today dealing with the environment, none have an idea of rating perceived states of the global environment with a smartphone.
This citizen science approach is well tested and has previously yielded practical and concrete results: Wikipedia lists globally currently 190 active citizen science projects, and SciStarter lists thousands more.
This research provided the key stimulus for the idea of Envirate, where the proposed solution relies on existing methodology and provable science. Now we are at a turning point with an existing technology that is increasingly an everyday item for each person – the smartphone – that can be harnessed to overcome global environmental challenges.
How it works
We are used to rating hotels, food, travel and so forth; why not do the same for the environment? Envirate allows anyone with access to a smartphone to give ratings on the environment around them: simply using the three senses LOOK, HEAR and BREATHE. With the collected data, it creates a universal scale to measure people’s perceptions of the quality of the environment.
Envirate creates a platform for completely new environmental big data. Envirate is built on well-established, existing technologies: cloud computing for application hosting and handling large quantities of data, and the smartphone app. The quality of the data itself generated with will be checked for consistency algorithmically and compared and weighted with more experienced users, making sure that the data is statistically internally and externally valid worldwide.
How to start:
Go to Envirate Mobile -page and register your account.
if you already have an account you can sign in.
After you have confirmed your username continue signing in with your username and password.
Start rating ! See also quick guide for rating .
If you are using iphone and your location is not found? Check your settings from —Settings -> Privacy -> Location services -> Safari.
Who will use it?
Our team member Mika Vanhanen has himself built a unique network of 10 000 schools worldwide that have planted over 20 million trees in the last 15 years. This network will be utilized in the early stages to create an initial user base for Envirate as a natural progression. So, we got a ready-to-go userbase of over 100 000 people to start with.
Locals have a natural, vested interest to monitor changes nearby their homes. Tourists will get added benefit from Envirate and show beautiful areas.
When you enter a new city, just click one button to see what environmental activities are around – join the activities, feel the fun and social empowerment! Your tourist trips will never be the same! Many NGOs will benefit from the use of Envirate. However, environmental activities are not only for environmentalists – this is a tool for everybody; for all of humanity.
The applications are limitless. Envirate can help cities, communities, and activists refocus appropriate resources, help corporations and businesses take local responsibility, inform realtors of prime locations, be an early warning system for environmental abuse…or simply tell you the best place to go for a walk. It has the potential to immediately change people’s quality of life for the better, as well as to monitor long-term environmental factors, to stimulate clean-up projects – in general, to promote local environmental activities. With even a small fraction of the global population as watchdogs, this becomes a CHANGE.
Pekka has a general responsibility of Envirate as a CEO.
Petri takes care of Envirate app design and visual output.
Janne handles application platform development and cloud computing.
Aleksi focuses on the data analysis and local participation & networking.
Mika is creating an extensive global userbase in 150+ countries.