We were delighted at the scope and quality of ideas that were entered into the Wales Coast Path Challenge. A shortlist of 11 ideas have been chosen by the GeoVation judging panel and teams have been invited to develop their ideas at the GeoVation Camp, 22-24 June which is being held at the Novotel Central City, Cardiff.
- Growing Routes A web based app designed to engineer business opportunities along the 870 mile long route. It will seek to encourage businesses to expand thereby bringing jobs and opportunities and to local residents.
- The Perfect Visitor Companion An idea to engage with visitors to the Wales Coast Path through a smartphone app. The platform will connect with visitors by creating new, exciting cultural and historical themed visitor experiences. These experiences will enrich the local community and businesses.
- Keep The Coastal Path Tidy The idea is an app that would encourage coastal path users to report and supply photographs of issues that affect the enjoyment of the coastal path e.g. fly-tipping, graffiti or damage. The app would be designed so path users can easily and quickly report a problem on the path. As the app is geo aware it could link immediately to local authorities.
- Living Paths The idea is to nurture the communities on the Wales Coast Path to create a Wikipedia page and post articles about their community which will then be geo-tagged. Local visitors and tourists will be able to access this information via their smartphones thereby providing them with a rich cultural and historical experience. They will be able to gain access to information on the nearest toilet to a history of an unusual building.
- The Coastal mAPP The idea is to create an app which will enable users to find out information about a very specific area on the coastal path. The app will enable a unique appreciation of place and an innovative way of building local business capacity and community relationships with the Wales Coastal path.
- Grid To Easily Plan The creation of tailor-made walking routes via the use of a smartphone app. The idea is to incorporate the whole coastal area for walking by creating a grid of walking routes. Each route would be numbered so a user, via their smartphone, can create unique routes. Specific points of interests such as cafes and accommodation can be added.
- Augmented Reality Oral History GPS based smartphone app. Welsh place names, rock formations or bays when viewed through the camera of a smartphone will be translated automatically into English, and the correct pronunciation in Welsh will also be relayed to the user. Text will follow, explaining the origin of the name. The aim is to incorporate local voices into the audio recordings, thereby creating a culturally authentic feel.
- Wonderful Welsh Walks The idea is to provide visitors with the ability to access information about walks, local businesses, cafes, as they walk the path. This would be triggered by using QR codes on footpath posts. The relevant information will be downloaded to the user’s smartphone prior to the walk.
- Experience Wales A web and smartphone based application which will enhance young people’s holidaying experiences. Through social media and crowdsourcing, it will allow young people to build and custom design their holiday through the system. Once their route is planned they will be able to instantly book volunteering opportunities and accommodation. It will enhance and benefit the local communities alongside the Wales Coast Path.
- Food Finder The idea is to create a map which will highlight local food businesses, farms, wild food hotspots, food activities and places to eat. Additionally the app, which will be accessed via a smartphone and the web, will provide details of seasonal wild food for the whole year and ask local communities to ensure the sustainable growth of the same.
- Near Field Comms (NFC) Information/Advertising to smartphones The idea is to attach colour coded NFC tags to sign posts at regular intervals along the path. When a user moves a NFC capable smartphone over the tag, information about local accommodation and food will be displayed. A map interface will be also displayed with directions to local hotspots.
We’ve also invited a number of other ideas to form three groups to attend the Camp. We’ll post more about these when we’ve heard back from them.
Congratulations to those who have been short-listed and thanks to everyone who registered, posted ideas, voted and commented.
At the end of the weekend Camp the most exciting of the shortlisted ideas will be chosen to go forward to pitch for a slice of £125,000 innovation funding at the GeoVation Showcase in the SWALEC Stadium in Cardiff on 18 July!