As the first ever ‘total’ coastal path nears completion and gets ready for the official opening in May, the GeoVation Challenge has crossed the Seven Bridge to encourage the public, businesses, charities, groups, schools and universities to submit innovative ideas of how Wales can make the most of it.
Working with Ramblers Cymru, the Welsh Government, Technology Strategy Board, Visit Wales and the Inventorium, the latest GeoVation Challenge, ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path’, aims to look at how people who live and work along, or visit the 870 mile (1,400 km) coastal path can utilise innovative digital technology to benefit from this ‘world first’ opportunity. The competition is being run under Welsh Government Digital Tourism programme and the Technology Strategy Board’s SBRI programme.
See yesterday’s guest post from Andy Middleton, Chair of the Judging panel for this Challenge, about the pleasures of coastal exploring and the opportunities to develop resources that it creates.
Some of the areas which the challenge is looking to tackle include:
- How can we stimulate local business growth off the back of genuine problems that need solving?
- How can more be done for local communities to support and use the path?
- How can we engage and empower children and young people to use, take more interest in, and become proud of the Wales Coast Path?
- How do we provide accessible information to help people to plan their walks based on their needs, abilities and expectations?
- How can we provide a joined-up public transport system across the Wales Coast Path?
But there are lots of other problems that have been identified. See the Pow Wow output below (there will be a Welsh version of this available very soon) to get you thinking and if you have ideas enter the Challenge – you could win a share of the £125 000 funding to get started!
Challenge closes: 12 noon on 2 May 2012.