UK: Ordnance Survey (OS) launched GeoVation Challenge which is aimed at supporting new geography and mapping based business ventures that have an economic, social or environmental benefit for the country. As part of its GeoVation Challenge, OS has challenged entrepreneurs across Great Britain to use innovation and geography to come up with ideas for ventures, products and applications, which will help connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path. The recently opened Wales Coast Path is the first coastal network in the world to cover an entire country.
With the path now officially open, the GeoVation Challenge, Wales’ first Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI), funded in partnership with Ramblers Cymru; the Welsh Government and the Technology Strategy Board (TSB), aims to look at how people who live and work near the path can benefit from this ‘world first’ opportunity.
Chris Parker, one of the GeoVation organisers at OS, said, “GeoVation is pleased to be part of this world first for Wales. We are genuinely excited about the potential of the ideas to solve real problems for the benefit of communities and visitors along the path, through the use of geography and innovation.”
Andy Middleton, Judging Panel Chair, said, “I’ve been struck by the quality of ideas that has emerged. Bringing together people from different technology backgrounds who are connected by a heartfelt love of the outdoors has created potentially game-changing ideas. It’s so clear that nature and geographic information need each other.”
Jane Davidson, President of Ramblers Cymru said, “The Wales Coast Path is a triumph for walkers and local economies and it is wonderful to see how these digital ideas can improve the experience of walkers and connect communities along the path. As both a Rambler and a resident of a Coast Path community, I await with interest the winners of the GeoVation challenge.”