In March 2012, we launched our Wales Coast Path Challenge ‘How can we connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coat Path?’ – GeoVation partnered with the Technology Strategy Board’s Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) programme, and the Welsh Government. The Challenge was supported by Ramblers Cymru and by the Inventorium programme.
Out of the 8 finalists, 5 winners were chosen and the winners received a share of £125,000 in innovation funding:
Snout Wales (from Oli – formerly Perfect Visitor Companion) – £40,000
Real Food Wales – £30,000, plus £1,000 community award
Ap ogam – £30,000
Living Paths – £17,500
Growing Routes – £7,500
We caught up with the winners and partners last year and made the video below which gives a great insight to what they got out of the GeoVation Camp and what has been happening since the Camp.
Gareth Browning, Research & Development projects Senior Adviser, Welsh Government and Gwenda Owen, Community Engagement Ramblers Cymru, explain the benefits the Challenge will (and has) brought to the Welsh Coast Path community so far.
Helen and Nicola Steer, Real Food Wales, not only praise the GeoVation process on how open it is but also explain how they have managed to launch their product and the initial response/feedback they have had. While Richard Fairhurst, Growing Routes, explains how having access to the complete OS OpenData sets gave his idea a much broader target audience to his original concept. Robin Owain, Llwybrau Bywu (living Paths), is thrilled with the new role he has. Thanks to the GeoVation Challenge panel choosing his idea, Robin is now an employee of Wikipedia as the Welsh manager – congratulations Robin!