GeoVation winner, Richard Fairhurst, has launched a website aimed at promoting opportunities for business along the Wales Coast Path.
The new website ‘Growing Routes’, was one of five ideas which was selected to receive funding from Ordnance Survey in the 2012 ‘Wales Coast Path’ GeoVation Challenge.
If you’re planning on visiting Pembrokeshire over the half-term holiday and want to explore the area and enjoy some great food – then we know the app for you! Real Food Wales is a new iPhone app from one of our GeoVation Challenge winners, and it can help you discover local, sustainable and delicious food along the Welsh Coast Path in Pembrokeshire.
Helen and Nicola Steer, sisters from South Wales, were one of five successful ventures in last year’s GeoVation Challenge, which asked entrepreneurs across Great Britain to use innovation and geography to come up with ideas to help connect communities and visitors along the new Welsh Coast Path.
The Real Food Wales team used their unique network of local knowledge to displaying a large selection of food businesses on an offline interactive map of Pembrokeshire. Real Food Wales maps over 150 of the best food businesses in Pembrokeshire, helping you access sustainable and delicious food. It’s the ideal app if you’re looking for a special meal at a restaurant, a bite to eat in a quirky café, the best sausage in town for your campfire or a food experience you’ll never forget.
The core feature of Real Food Wales is the interactive map, consisting of five zoom levels, which allow users to find the best places to eat out, buy food or have a foodie experience. The map of Pembrokeshire is stored onto your device, so you can access the information even when there is no mobile signal.
To celebrate the official launch of the Wales Coast Path on 5 May 2012, Ordnance Survey has created a new map showing the entire country of Wales including the coastline at 1:25 000 scale. Nothing exciting in that, you might think, except that this one is pretty huge!
In fact, it’s massive!
At 10 metres by 8 metres, this isn’t one you’ll be talking out with you on a walk. This is one that you can walk on.
And people have been walking on it in their hundreds. Initially, shown to the public at the Cardiff launch event for the Wales Coast Path, hundreds of people can now say they have walked all over Wales.
Over the last week, it’s been on display in the Ordnance Survey head office in Southampton for staff to see and it’s proved very popular with staff sharing their favourite walks and recommending holiday destinations. We also let our older nursery children have a look and you can see how much fun they had!
We had some great ideas submitted on the GeoVation Challenge ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path? ’ – so thank you if you submitted an idea or voted or commented on one. There were 62 ideas posted between 14 March and 2 May and 732 people registered on the GeoVation Community during that time – which is fantastic!
The next stage is for the judges to start reading all of the ideas and select a shortlist of the best of these which will be announced on 29 May. The shortlisted ideas teams will be invited to a GeoVation Camp in Cardiff over the weekend of 22-24 June.
You can find out who the judging panel are below:
The Judging Panel Chair is:
Andy Middleton – a social entrepreneur,designer and facilitator who helps leaders and teams in business, government and community build resilience for sustainability. He uses ecology, psychology and action learning to help people connect what they see, know and feel to ways of doing things that are lighter on, and inspired by nature. He is Founder Director of the TYF Group, a well-established and innovative adventure, education and leadership business based in St Davids, Pembrokeshire. His imagination is caught by working on city and country-scale sustainability projects and by the creative retreat centre he’s building that overlooks islands and ocean on the western edge of Wales.
Andy will be joined by:
Ahead of the official opening of the Wales Coast Path on Saturday, we have a guest post from Jane Davidson, President of Ramblers Cymru, explaining how the Wales Coast Path came into being…
Dylan Thomas’ most famous poem, ‘Under Milk Wood’, starts, ‘To begin at the beginning’. Somehow, it’s a lot easier to say than do. I have been asked many times about when I first had the idea for a Welsh coast path. It would be great to be able to trace it back to one moment, but life isn’t like that; like many ideas, it took years in gestation, although it was helped by two critical events on the way – first, at the age of 16, walking the Pembrokeshire Coast Path with schoolfriends and seeing my first dolphins; the second was the brilliant decision of two Cardiff youth clubs to walk around Wales for International Youth Year in 1985.
Budding GeoVators only have 24 hours to submit their innovative ideas for our latest GeoVation Challenge – ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path’.
The exciting challenge has seen a steady flow of ideas being submitted all aiming to better connect communities, businesses and visitors through the application of geography, mapping, innovation and expertise. However, it is not too late for some last minute ideas and a chance for creative thinkers, developers and entrepreneurs to win a share of a £125,000 funding prize.
We’ve even mapped out where the ideas are coming from on the GeoVation blog. Some interesting ideas which have already been submitted include:
This idea looks at providing distressed visitors along the coastal path with instant support and assistance. It involves creating a smart phone App, with an associated website, to provide real-time solutions to people requiring assistance along the path, for example first aiders, first aid support from volunteer networks or help guiding people to the nearest medical support centre.
This idea aims to create a new endurance challenge along the Wales Coast Path. The intention is to have the challenge regarded with the same respect as the Trans-Alpine, Tour de Geants, Marathon de Sables (MDS) etc. The race will attract an international audience, can be split into sections and can have ‘spin-off’ shorter distances to make it accessible to a wider audience. By having the race in sections like the Trans-Alpine and the MDS it will engage coastal communities and bring in external revenue.
Another fun idea to attract new visitors to the coastal path is to develop a mobile application, linked to a central web interface, allowing partners to create challenges and learning games. The games would follow the format of Treasure hunts and orienteering exercises targeting young people.
So if you have an idea of how people who live and work along, or visit the Wales Coast Path can use digital technology to benefit from this ‘world first’ for Wales then please visit https://challenge.geovation.org.uk/
There’s been much excitement here at Ordnance Survey about the new Wales Coast Path which will be officially opened this Saturday. Welsh Environment Minister John Griffiths will officially open the 870 mile route which runs from the Welsh border near Chester in the North to Chepstow in the South. It features some amazing coastline and takes you the entire length of the stunning coastline. It looks ideal for walkers and holidays and seems destined to become a big tourist attraction. As the World’s first continuous coastal path around a country, it deserves no less!
Members of the public are invited to come along to the opening of this landmark project and take part in a community event which will see local businesses, community groups and children’s entertainers as well as a team from Ordnance Survey who will be running a fun competition to win a fantastic Memory-Map Adventurer 3500 GPS.