"A who's who of location-aware players." Michael Calore, Wired.com webmonkey

"Where 2.0 did a superb job of gathering the major parties to the table to discuss mobile-social-mapping." Joe Francica, Directions Magazine

"I would say Where 2.0 trumps SXSW and deserves some much needed contemplation." Ian Stinson, Geo Local Road Map

"So this year's Where 2.0 in a sentence: location technology can help people have fun, and it can also just plain help people. Good news all around." Paul Ramsey, OpenGeo

"Where 2.0 is THE event for location based services and with the evolution of Maps, the perfect place to talk about what's new and exciting." JBC, Nokia Conversations

"A hotspot of creative thinking and investigation into what's possible in terms of location-based services today, and what's just around the corner." Mike Cooper, Nokia

"The presentations from the Where 2.0 conference always blow me away." Andrew Crook, GIS and Agent-based Modeling

"Where 2.0 was tremendous." Gregory Dicum, freelance journalist

"[Where 2.0 2008] was a great conference, an excellent set of speakers and a wonderful opportunity to learn and network." Frank San Miguel, Founder, Concharto.org

"Where 2.0 was the most interesting and provocative conference I have ever attended" —John Frank, Founder and CTO, MetaCarta, Inc.

"The Where 2.0 conference is probably one of the most important meetings of the year for developers of new Web 2.0 mapping technologies." Frank Taylor, Google Earth Blog

"I can't remember a conference I have attended in the past few years where there was just so much to take-in. [The next] Where 2.0…will be a show not to miss." Ed Parsons, edparsons.com

"Many companies are trying to position themselves as leaders in the geolocation field this week, which makes sense since the sure-to-be-fascinating Where 2.0 conference kicks off next week." Rafe Needleman, CNET News.com

"[Where 2.0] presentations provided a stimulating combination of cartographic history, bleeding-edge technologies (many of them still under construction), and debate over how businesses can tap into the new excitement over consumer access to geo-referenced data on the Web." Wade Roush

"The Where 2.0 Conference is an excellent forum for the mapping community to discuss the future of mapping for businesses and consumers." Stephen Lawler, Microsoft MapPoint GM

"If you are in the web 2.0 mapping business, and the virtual globe business, I think this is probably one of the best conferences, if not the best, to attend." Frank Taylor, Google Earth Blog

Networking Tips for Where 2.0

Here are a few tips to help you get the most out of your time at Where 2.0. If any Where 2.0 veterans have additional suggestions, please leave a comment below.

  • Join and use the Attendee Directory. The online attendee was created to help connect attendees with one another. Make sure you create your profile (including your bio) and put a picture up so others can recognize you in-person. Then you can search through the list of attendees and create a list of people you would like to meet. The attendee directory will open approximately 2-3 weeks before the conference.
  • Participate in the hallway track. One of the best parts of Where 2.0 is the groups of people in the hallways having conversations with one another—think of them as informal networking sessions. You will get a lot more out of the conference if you start conversations with people outside of the session rooms. Don't be shy! Take advantage of the opportunity to find out what others are doing, what challenges they face, and what successes they've had in their organizations. Introduce yourself whenever possible and make it a point to chat with others.
  • Bring plenty of business cards. You'll be meeting a lot of people and handing out your business cards is an easy way for others to get your contact information.
  • Attend all the networking events. They give you the opportunity to mingle in a more informal setting. See the list of Where 2.0 events »
  • Chat with others at your lunch table. Ask them which sessions they plan to go to or which sessions they've liked the best so far. If you missed one of the sessions everyone seemed to like, leave a comment on that session's page on the Where 2.0 website and ask the speaker to please post their slides/presentation files.
  • Go to a Birds of a Feather session or two. These are more intimate, smaller groups of people, and are great way to chat with other people interested in the same topics as you. Birds of a Feather Information »
  • Talk to the speakers after their presentations. Our speakers put a lot of time and energy into their presentations so any kind of feedback you have for them is always appreciated. And as influencers in this industry, they are a valuable source of information too. You can either give feedback in person at the session or online by leaving a comment on the speaker's session detail page. Speakers are notified via email when someone makes an online comment about their sessions and will often respond.
  • Visit the booths in the Exhibit Hall. The Where 2.0 exhibitors are an important part of the location ecosystem. They’re not only showing off the latest and greatest products and services, they’re also good resources of information and they’re often great at connecting people.

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Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Yvonne Romaine at yromaine@oreilly.com

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