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Category: Challenge 2011-12

Growing Routes for business

By , 22 July, 2014 8:15 am

‘The Wales Coast Path should be an engine for regeneration and prosperity – encouraging businesses to launch and expand along its 870 miles, bringing jobs and opportunities to local residents.’ Richard Fairhurst.

Richard’s idea, ‘Growing Routes’, a website with online heat map to help business identify areas of opportunity along the Wales Coast Path and aid economic growth, received funding in the 2012 ‘Wales Coast Path’ GeoVation Challenge.

Wales attracted 890,000 international visitors spending £333 million during 2010, but this information is either not widely understood or contextualised for local businesses to exploit. Richard wanted to help business to take advantage of opportunities created along the Wales Coast Path and identify the ‘sweet spots’ to start or grow their business.

After receiving funding, Richard set about building the website and heatmap engine and pulled in data from the back-end database, displaying it attractively. The Growing Routes website was launched in October 2013 and the core of the site is an easily accessible, draggable and zoomable heatmap of Wales. It integrates open datasets from different sources; including OS OpenData, Meridian2, and several Natural Resources Wales datasets such as Landmap.

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Finding great food along the Wales Coast Path

By , 4 July, 2014 8:15 am

GeoVation winners, Helen and Nicola Steer’s idea for a mobile app to help visitors to the Wales Coast Path to find the best local, sustainable and delicious food was awarded funding in the 2012 Wales Coast Path GeoVation Challenge.  They wanted to connect them to local businesses and communities, benefiting those who live and work along the route and showcasing local food. However, the ‘solution’ came with its own problem: working around the poor mobile reception along the route, particularly in West Wales.

After receiving funding the sisters formed Mapkin, a small company based in South Wales and London, which uses mapping and technology to create and support social change. Mapkin’s team of five worked to develop the app; collecting data, coding, mapping and designing the user interface. The iPhone® app, Real Food Wales, was released as a pilot in Pembrokeshire in time for summer 2013.

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Wales Coast Path GeoVation Winners

By , 20 June, 2014 8:10 am

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) – £40,000Wales coast path challenge logo

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!

 

 

If you would like to find out more about GeoVation or our winner then read our booklet or visit our website.

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New GeoVation booklet published!

By , 17 June, 2014 8:00 am

We’re pleased to announce the latest version of the GeoVation Booklet has now been published!  The booklet includes information on GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas!

The booklet has some intereImage of the GeoVation booklet cover and hyperlink to downloadsting facts about GeoVation which was launched in October 2009. In that time:

2511 participants have registered

630 ideas have been submitted

77 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and

28 winners have been awarded a share of over £637,000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

There’s information on all our GeoVation  challenges from our first GeoVation Awards Programme in 2009  through our problem focussed challenges aimed at building local resilience. In 2010 we launched 2 challenges focussed on how we could feed ourselves in Britain and reduce the environmental impact of transport in a sustainable way. In 2012 we ran a challenge focussed on resolving neighbourhood problems and building a sense of community, and a further challenge themed around connecting communities and visitors along the new Wales Coast Path to tie in with its launch.  In 2013 the GeoVation Challenge focussed on improving environmental performance, set against the context that UK companies could save £6 billion a year if they used resources more efficiently. Our latest  challenge aimed at encouraging active lifestyles  was focussed on the £8bn cost to the UK economy as a result of our inactivity.

We’ve made the booklet available online, so you can find out how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey, about the 28 winners Ordnance Survey has funded  and the ideas they have launched or which are in development.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

Individual case studies are also available on our website

If you would like a copy of the GeoVation booklet sent to you, please email us at champions@geovation.org.uk

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals. They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

 

 

We’re really excited! For many months now we have been working on Click here to download booklet creating a GeoVation booklet to include information on  GeoVation Challenges and case studies on winning ideas – and now its published!

The booklet  has some interesting facts about GeoVation which has been running since October 2009.  In that time:

  • 1448 participants have registered
  • 509 ideas have been submitted
  • 57 teams have participated in GeoVation Camps and
  • 20 winners have been awarded a share of over £435, 000 in innovation funding to develop their ventures.

GeoVation Challenges are open to entrepreneurs, developers, community groups, government and individuals.  They are focussed on finding innovative and useful ways of using geographical information, including open data and tools, to build new ventures that will generate social, economic and/ or environmental value.

We’ve made the booklet available online,  so you can find out more about how you can innovate with GeoVation, the GeoVation journey,  the ideas we have funded so far and the people who make GeoVation happen.  We’ve also made the case studies available individually on line – see our case study map.

Download your copy of the GeoVation booklet and find out more!

- See more at: http://www.geovation.org.uk/?s=booklet&x=0&y=0#sthash.jKzEvtIB.dpuf

AccessAdvisr – 18 months on from our Geovation Challenge

By , 3 April, 2014 8:00 am

Today’s guest blog is by Neil Taylor from AccessAdvisr, winners of the How can we improve transport in Britain Challenge. Access Advisr is a website that helps you find out, and rate, how accessible different places, and transport networks are. Unlike other sites, Access Advisr doesn’t rely solely upon static audited information, or the ‘official’ information made available by transport system operators. Uniquely, the site enables people to share their advice and experiences (good or bad) on how accessible they find different places and transport networks in the UK.

Since we participated in the GeoVation Challenge focused on ‘How can we improve transport in Britain’, we have continued developing the BETA version of the AccessAdvisr website through a series of projects in Lowestoft, Milton Keynes and Nottingham.

GooglePlay – AccessAdvisr App

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Winners explain what GeoVation funding has meant

By , 10 February, 2014 8:00 am

The finalists for our latest GeoVation Challenge to get Britain active in the open are busy getting their teams together and preparing for GeoVation Camp. So we thought it would be interesting to look back at one of the previous winners of GeoVation funding and see what GeoVation has meant to them.

Sisters, Helen and Nicola Steer were winners  in our Wales Coast Path GeoVation Challenge in 2012 and launched their iPhone app, Real Food Wales last year.  The easy to use app, maps over 150 of the best food businesses in Pembrokeshire, helping users access sustainable and delicious food.

In the video below, Helen and Nicola, explain how the GeoVation process helped them.  From the openness of GeoVation Camp through to winning GeoVation funding,  and then forming their team Mapkin who have worked together to develop this app.

GeoVation winner launches app to help get Community Payback

By , 15 October, 2013 8:00 am

GeoVation winner, Staffordshire and West Midlands (SWM) Probation Trust, have launched a new app to help the public choose what Community Payback work offenders do.

The new app called ‘Get Community Payback’ was one of four winners in the 2012 GeoVation Challenge to transform Britain’s neighbourhoods and was awarded £41,000 from Ordnance Survey to develop the idea.

Probation Trusts across England and Wales run the successful and popular Community Payback scheme. Across Staffordshire and the West Midlands, over 612,000 hours of Community Payback were completed last year by over 4,500 offenders on a community sentence. This equates to over three and a half million pounds’ worth of free labour provided to local communities as offenders payback for the crimes they have committed.

The free app works on all Android phones and allows users to take a photo of a “grotspot” in their local area for offenders to work on. The image, which is automatically geo-tagged giving it an exact geographic reference, is then sent directly to their local Probation Trust to accurately pinpoint the location.

Community Payback projects include litter picking, clearing dense undergrowth, repairing and redecorating community centres and removing graffiti. If the work is suitable for offenders to do*, Probation will arrange for them to go out and do it.

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GeoVation winner growing routes to new business

By , 9 October, 2013 8:00 am

GeoVation winner, Richard Fairhurst, has launched a website aimed at promoting opportunities for business along the Wales Coast Path.

The new website ‘Growing Routes’ was one of five ideas which was selected to receive funding from Ordnance Survey in the 2012 ‘Wales Coast Path’ GeoVation Challenge.

Image showing heat map of areas with campsites

Heat map showing areas with campsites

The initiative has the potential to generate new jobs and business and help bring about economic growth along the Path. Using the online heat map business can identify areas of opportunity for their new ventures.  Through aggregating different sources of open data the website identifies numbers and types of business along the Path and includes other important information in decision making, such as access to road networks.

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GeoVation winner mapping to improve local green space

By , 1 July, 2013 8:00 am

Earlier this year, Groundwork London, GeoVation winner in our challenge to transform neighbourhoods launched Green Space Mapper, a tool for local residents to have a say in the future of open spaces in their area.

The Green Space Mapper is an online consultation and surveying tool which allows users to build versatile questionnaire which users can associated with locations which have been mapped onto an interactive web map. Developed for use with desktop, tablet and mobile platforms in mind Green Space mapper is a flexible solution for use on site or as part of a desktop survey.

How it works:

The user either taps on link or app icon and they are shown a map showing the extent of the survey area. Using the devices inbuilt GPS/phone triangulation device the Green Space Mapper locates them and zooms to their location. Alternatively if they wish to survey another site or don’t have a location enabled device they can pan and zoom using their touch device to their location. Once a site is selected the survey will start. The user will be asked questions, using a wide variety of response types as well as the option to upload an image. At the end of the survey the user can be sent to a submission page and their survey is safely stored in the Green Space Mapper database.Image showing Green Space Mapper user flow

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GeoVation winner launches Real Food Wales app

By , 21 May, 2013 8:00 am

Wales Coast Path GeoVation Challenge winners, Helen and Nicola Steer, have just launched their new iPhone app, Real Screen picture of Real Food WalesFood Wales, which will help visitors to the area discover  local, sustainable and delicious food.

Last year’s GeoVation Challenge  called for innovative ideas using geography and technology which would help connect communities and visitors along the Wales Coast Path, benefiting those who live and work along the route, and beyond and Real Food Wales was one of the 5 ideas we funded.  They were awarded a £30,000 of innovation funding to develop their idea.  They are part of Mapkin: a team of five people who have worked together to develop this app.

Real Food Wales is an easy to use app, which maps over 150 of the best food businesses in Pembrokeshire, helping users access sustainable and delicious food.

Helen from Real Food Wales, said: “Real Food Wales is an ideal app for anyone looking for a special meal at a restaurant, a bite to eat in a quirky café, the best sausage in town for your campfire or a food experience you’ll never forget. The app utilises our unique network of local knowledge by displaying a large selection of food businesses on an offline interactive map of Pembrokeshire. The map really highlights what an exceptional range of local food businesses are operating in this area.”

The core feature of Real Food Wales is the interactive map, consisting of five zoom levels, which allow users to find the best places to eat out, buy food or have a foodie experience. A unique feature of the app is that it stores an offline map of Pembrokeshire onto the device, meaning that users can still access all of the information even when there is no mobile signal.

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