Schedule: General sessions

Focused, expert-led sessions will offer both analysis and practical advice on a wide variety of subject matters.

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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Sean Gorman (FortiusOne)
The U.S. Government has always been an early adopter of geospatial technologies—from GPS to satellite imagery. Even the first application of the GeoWeb, Keyhole/Google Earth, received the bulk of its early support from government investment and customers. New geospatial innovations continue to be driven by government investment and will be a key resource driving the success of the GeoWeb. Read more.
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Sam Altman (Loopt )
LBS popularity and the advancement of GPS/cell tower triangulation are allowing services to expand and perfect their offerings in regards to features, advertising, consumer control, and most importantly privacy. This session will answer the question of what LBS should focus on and complete to successfully protect a users location while enhancing their day-to-day activities and interactions. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Geoff Zeiss (Autodesk, Inc.)
The convergence of architectural and engineering design, location, and 3D simulation technologies is being driven by productivity and efficiency in the construction industry. But convergence will also enable governments to create a simulated urban environment that will have important implications for citizen involvement, urban planning, emergency planning, and first response. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
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Denis Browne (SAP Labs, LLC)
Come and see what SAP is doing to leverage sensor networks, enterprise applications & virtual environments to save lives and money. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Peter Semmelhack (Bug Labs)
Bug is releasing a set of open-source hardware modules. These gadgets can be connected together in any fashion and coded to interact as desired. Two of the first modules were a GPS and an accelerometer. What do you think you would do with access to a fully open device with those capabilities? Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Johan Peeters (Geotate)
Geotagging is the labelling of things with their location. It is a powerful and increasingly popular means of looking at, sorting, finding, and sharing user-generated content. “Capture and Process” is a new Geotagging GPS technology that can instantly capture locations because of its immediate response. This new technology is low cost and ultra low power and can be integrated in any CE device. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Tom Churchill (Earthscape)
Maps aren't just useful on the ground: see how a helicopter-mounted IMU helps the Denver PD catch the bad guys and respond to emergencies faster using "Google Earth" like 3D graphics and digital maps. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Vincent Tao (Microsoft Corporation)
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Of the drivers that impacted the emergence of the Web as a computing and social platform, location technology is the least expected. From on-line mapping to social media, location-based services to virtual commerce, from local search to location-targeted advertising, location became key in the Web evolution. Vincent Tao will present his insights about how "where" is impacting our next Web. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
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W. James Au (The Making of Second Life)
Is the best way to learn about our world through a virtual one? Have a look at the latest uses of MMOs like Second Life to model real world weather, air traffic, and server data in immersive 3D. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
John Ristevski (earthmine inc), Anthony Fassero (earthmine, inc)
What if we had an accessible and accurate replica of the world? This talk examines the potential of an entirely new base layer of street level 3D information that enables users to not just annotate maps but create entirely new maps, models, and representations of our world. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Jeffrey Johnson (Open Solutions Group), David Riallant (Pict'Earth)
Pict'Earth presents a new method in virtual globe data acquisition. We have developed software and services that provide processed imagery to Virtual Globe applications as Google Earth and Microsoft Virtual Earth. The technology delivers high-resolution images for maps in near real time. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Mok Oh (Where Inc.)
There are a plethora of technology to digitally capture, display, and share the outdoor content. Yet, technology for the indoors is still very limited. In this talk, we ask a simple question, "What about the inside?" The objective is to provide a general framework in which to better discuss the capturing, displaying, and sharing of the interior content. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Most online mashups are about combining maps with interesting geospatial content - distribution of crime, wild fire locations, and even emergency planning. Bringing this data together and using it effectively for decision making requires geospatial analysis. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Michael Ferrari (Computer Sciences Corporation)
This is not your dad’s weather forecast. New weather visualizations are available which give users the ability to see what next year’s weather will be, anywhere in the world. Once the forecast is available, a global array of sensors and stations, from hundreds of miles above the Earth’s surface down to the ocean floor, allow us to monitor global the dynamic patterns in real time. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Chris Anderson (3D Robotics)
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are becoming the new frontier of amateur robotics. Learn how anyone can build fully autonomous flying drones with open source hardware and software. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
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Jesse Robbins (OnBeep, Inc.), Mikel Maron (OpenStreetMap)
Twitter and Google Maps are being used in mainstream emergency management, and projects like InSTEDD will push them even farther. This session shows you what is working, what isn't, and what's next in Disaster Tech. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Jef Holove (Eye-Fi, Inc.)
Jef Holove, CEO of Eye-Fi (creators of the world's first wireless SD memory card for your digital camera) will talk about the future of wirelessly sharing your photos, and unveil Eye-Fi's plan to make it even easier. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Jennifer Kilian (frog design inc.)
Presented by frog design, Merian Scout Navigator is a next-generation travel device that leverages GPS technology to offer in-context tourist information and recommendations. By offering up information about a city as the user moves through it, the Merian Scout Navigator frees travelers from the restraints of a fixed to-do list. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Justin Bronn (Django Software Foundation)
GeoDjango is an add-on module for the popular open source Django web application framework that automates tedious aspects of geographic web application development. Integrating with popular spatial databases, GeoDjango allows the developer to seamlessly harness the implicit spatial relationships within their application models. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Chris Butler (Dash Navigation)
Dash Express is a next-generation, connected navigation platform and service that delivers timely and relevant information that drivers need in the car on a daily basis. This includes real-time traffic information, current gas prices and local search capabilities powered by Yahoo. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Expert
George Filley (NAVTEQ)
Everyone's Saying Yes to LBS—what does that mean for the current state of the mobile industry? NAVTEQ, a leading global provider of digital map data for location-based solutions, offers its perspective on how those in the value chain are being impacted by advancements in technology and the increasing demand that is driving LBS growth. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Dan Catt (The Great Outdoors)
Dan Catt, senior engineer of popular photo-sharing community Flickr and one of the pioneers of geotagging, will discuss the significance of geographical information in photos and the trends in this area moving forward. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Ryan Sarver (Twitter)
As the growth of location-based services continues on the web, access to real-time device geolocation information becomes more instrumental. The goal of the LocationAware Working Group is to work with browser vendors to define a standard for making a user’s geolocation data available through a simple web API. This session will discuss the proposed API and what it means from LBS web developers. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Jeremy Irish (Groundspeak)
In the real world there is no extra man and you can't restore a previous save game if you say the wrong thing. Creating real-world games with GPS can have many unusual, sometimes amusing, pitfalls when using this new medium. Let's explore some real world examples from the Geocaching.com community and unscientific results when using location as a gaming platform. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Lior Ron (Google, Inc. )
Google Maps is evolving from a driving directions and business search tool, to a comprehensive representation of all the world's information, on a map. Join Lior Ron, Product Manager for Google Maps & Earth as he explores new ways for users and content publishers to create and discover this new world. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
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Dev Khare (Venrock)
Location-based services and the geoweb, in confluence with social media, are hot areas of interest for venture investors. This session will cover specific sub-sectors of the geoweb and highlight areas of opportunity. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
David Troy (410Labs)
Openlocation.org provides simple and open methods to add location to web applications and to share location-based assets. The site has been a year in the making and aggregates location data from across the social web to provide a unified, open, standards-based location service that is geared specifically to the needs of web application and social media developers. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Lisa Parks (University of California-Santa Barbara)
In this talk, I provide a brief overview of ways satellite images have been used to represent global events, discuss the properties of satellite images from a cultural perspective, and offer some suggestions for the integration of satellite images in location-based applications. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Scott Hotes (WaveMarket, Inc.)
WaveMarket has launched Veriplace, an open platform for acquiring and sharing consumer location. Working closely with the wireless operator, Veriplace exposes location via a comprehensive set of technologies, all in a manner that respects the privacy and security requirements of the underlying operator. Read more.
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Robert Kirkpatrick (InSTEDD), Eduardo Jezierski (InSTEDD)
InSTEDD is currently developing a free, open source software and services platform for early detection and more effective response to emerging infectious diseases and humanitarian crises. We are approaching public health challenges as problems in human interaction, Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Adel Youssef (Wireless Stars Inc.)
My Location is a new beta technology from Google that uses cell tower identification to provide the user with approximate location information, so it will work on phones without GPS. If you do have a GPS-enabled device, My Location can actually complement it. It works reliably indoors (unlike GPS) and doesn't drain your phone battery at the rate that GPS does. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Novice
Jonathan Lowe (Giswebsite LLP)
Want a mashup that delivers correct, complete and relevant answers to each user's specific questions? Want repeat visits to your site? Geospatial mashups that pull data from collaborative, open, semantically structured data stores such as Metaweb's Freebase enable individual users to adjust both data and analysis rules to return more relevant results and to notify them when conditions change. Read more.
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Location: Salon A-F Level: Intermediate
Erik Hersman (Ushahidi)
Inaccurate data on a consumer-focused mapping site is bad. Inaccurate data on an activist mapping site is fodder for your enemies, and potentially lethal for both your cause and the issue you are working on. A talk about data, accuracy, and lessons learned from developing and managing Ushahidi—a web site used to track reports of violence in post-election Kenya this year. Read more.
  • Autodesk
  • Google
  • ESRI
  • Nokia
  • DigitalGlobe
  • Earthscape
  • EveryScape.com
  • LightPole
  • MapJack
  • MapQuest
  • MetaCarta
  • Microsoft
  • Poly9
  • Skyhook Wireless
  • TeleAtlas
  • Yahoo! Inc.
  • Zvents
  • BNet

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