What is Geophonica

What Is Geophonica

Geophonica™ is a framework for building custom location-based apps. Geophonica apps use the phones we carry everyday to create enhanced experiences of our natural and built environments.

Geophonica ties audio, images and text to real-world locations. When a user gets close to a location, content is activated and displayed.

It is currently available on Android, with plans for iOS in the future.

How It Works

How It Works

Custom maps are plotted with available locations, which can be scripted to be hidden or revealed as the experience unfolds. Maps can be whimsical or representative, and content can be rooted in fact or crafted from fiction. Destinations can be strung together to tell a story, form a puzzle, act as virtual information kiosks, be standalone experiences... and more!

Geophonica offers several features to create an immersive experience for the user, including sound locators (think "warmer-colder" but with sounds that grow louder as you get closer), narration or ambient sounds played while moving between destinations, and more.

Geophonica is designed with accessibility and inclusivity in mind, and we work to remove barriers to participation. Locations can be activated remotely (physical access is not required), mobile data service is not required, older model phones are supported, and Geophonica apps are compatible with accessibility tools, such as screenreaders. Geophonica is also able to support multiple languages.



Maker's Dozen™ offers multiple options for clients wishing to use Geophonica™ to create custom experiences. From simple font and colour changes, to complete custom development, we can tailor Geophonica to meet your needs.

Sample applications of Geophonica include:

  • walking tours (urban and rural)
  • puzzles + scavenger hunts
  • sound + visual art installations
  • outdoor and nature-based education
  • enhancing digital main streets
  • festivals and special events
  • historical and cultural outreach
  • interactive tourism maps
  • ...whatever you can imagine!

Don't see what you're looking for? Have a great idea we haven't mentioned? Since we build your app custom for you, anything is possible. Contact us to discuss how we can make your vision come to life.

Privacy Policy

Geophonica™ is designed to be respectful of users' privacy. Our full privacy policy is posted here.



Geophonica™ is developed by Maker's Dozen™, an independent Canadian maker studio and app developer, located in Quinte West, Ontario. Our team has over 25 years experience in software development, design and content creation.

Maker’s Dozen “makes” in many ways and builds bridges between ideas that are often treated as separate. Urban and rural, technology and art, expert and novice, reason and wonder. Our motto is Try. Learn. Share. Repeat.

To find out more, visit makersdozen.ca or email us. Have an idea we haven't mentioned? Just ask! We specialize in custom development work.