Improving Wellbeing through Urban Nature


Friday, May 5th, 2017

IWUN App Progress and Testing

Dr Kirsten McEwan

The development of a free app to connect people with urban nature and improve wellbeing is progressing well. The app is called ‘Shmapped’ as in ‘Sheffield mapped’ and will prompt users to notice the good things about their surroundings. The app will also record the users location giving us a new insight into the types of urban and green spaces people encounter in their day to day life and how these spaces might affect their wellbeing.

We recently had the first of two end-user testing sessions of Shmapped with 8 Sheffield residents. It was great to share ideas with residents who are passionate about Sheffield’s great outdoor green and built spaces and they gave us some excellent feedback and suggestions for the app design. Further field testing of Shmapped will take place in May and we hope to launch Shmapped on the 15th June, ready for residents to begin using it to notice the good things about Sheffield.

We are planning a launch event for Shmapped on the 20th July where you can find out more about Shmapped and have a go at joining us on a guided walk to try it out.  We’ll be advertising further guided walks to try out Shmapped all around Sheffield throughout June. If anyone would like to find out more or help us publicise Shmapped, please let us know.

If you would like to join us at our launch event at the Showroom cinema on 20th July, please register HERE.