Hannah is an entrepreneur and digital designer with 4 years experience working with global brands and emerging startups. Well-versed in the digital landscape covering products and services, involved in idea conception, brand strategy and launch phase.
A graduate from University of Leeds with an international degree in Design and Communication, also studied abroad for a year in Canada. Tenacious, ambitious and driven, I am constantly seeking new challenges and avenues for development. As a good communicator, I am able to build strong relationships and create lasting connections.
She is largely involved in the social enterprise sector and the opportunities this presents for business formation and tackling social challenges. My own business, Get Out! Explorers is a digital platform that encourages children to be more active outdoors through gamification and social elements. The business is supported by Barclays, National Trust, O2, RSPB, UnLtd, Woodland Trust and most recently, DEFRA.
Who inspires you?
People with a vision and a drive to make change happen, someone that doesn’t follow the crowd and keeps pushing forward. If I had to name a person, it’s an obvious one, Steve Jobs. He’s changed the way we communicate and view our world. It’s unlikely we’ll witness his kind of brilliance again in our lifetime.
How did you come up with the idea for ‘Get Out! Explorers’?
The idea stemmed from extensive research into this new “digital world” we find ourselves in and I became interested in the knock-on effect of this, especially to vulnerable users - young people. I saw a growing trend for increased screentime, digital natives and a lack of time outdoors and disconnect with the natural world.
What’s the next step for Get Out Explorers?
We are launching the app in spring, it’s been 18 months of hard work to raise the funding, generate interest and source the development team. But, I’m happy to say, it’s finally happening! We’re inviting people to trial the app first off too, shameless plug, but request one at www.getoutexplorers.com
What does sustainability mean to you?
In simple terms i think it can be defined as something that can be maintained indefinitely.The use of innovation for developing a new world where we don´t waste and shrink our resources.
Do you think more should be done to get children outdoors and in-touch with nature?
Of course. BBC reported, “Children are losing contact with nature at a "dramatic" rate, and their health and education are suffering”. Research proves the importancee of time spent outdoors to a child’s health, physical and mental well-being. Richard Louv coined the term ‘Nature Deficit Disorder’ to describe a growing dislocation between children and nature. I’ve read many studies that show benefits of outdoor activity in children; they learn more and behave better when lessons are conducted outdoors. It has been discovered that there is a diminished use of the senses, attention difficulties and higher rates of physical and emotional illnesses when children are less exposed to the outdoors