22nd August 2014

GeoVation at the RGS International Conference

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We’re pleased to announce that Chris Parker from our GeoVation team, along with past GeoVation Challenge judges, will be taking part in the Royal Geographical Society’s Annual International Conference next week.

Chris is chairing a session on Wednesday 27 August on Innovation and coastal tourism (1) The Wales Coast Path: Promoting health and economic wellbeing. Our GeoVation Challenge in early 2012 looked at how people who lived and worked along, or visited the 870 mile (1,400 km) coastal path could use innovative digital technology to  benefit from the ‘world first’ opportunity. Wales was the first country in the world to launch a complete perimeter coastal path on 5th May 2012. The Wales Coast Path has already generated an additional £32 million in revenue (BBC News, 26 November 2013).

Chris’ session has an excellent set of speakers discussing the Wales Coast Path, including Jane Davidson (former Minister of Environment and Sustainability), Gwenda Owen (formerly Ramblers Cymru and a GeoVation judge) and Andy Middleton (Chair of the GeoVation Wales Coast Path and Active Lifestyles challenges). The three will be telling a compelling story, as well as setting the context of Ordnance Survey’s involvement through the GeoVation challenge.

Chris is also on the panel for the second session on Wednesday, discussing Innovation and coastal tourism (2) Being at the coast: Implications for wellbeing, health and tourism. This session is chaired by Andrew Adams of Bournemouth University and a GeoVation judge for the Active lifestyles challenge.