Where Week 2009

Where Week, five days when geohackers across the world descend on Silicon Valley, is coming up. WhereCamp, the unconference put on by Where 2.0 attendees has been scheduled. This year it will happen at SocialText in Palo Alto on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd 2009. There will be unconference sessions during the day and a hackfest in the evening. Here’s how the organizers describe it:

WhereCamp2009 is the unconference for hackers, mappers, thinkers, artists and anybody who wants to know their place. Hot on the heels of Where 2.0 we bring together up to 300 enthusiasts for two days of in depth discussion and hacking. Last year we did this at Google – thanks Google! And the year before at Yahoo – thanks Yahoo! This year we’re doing it at SocialText in Palo Alto on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd 2009.

We are self-organized in true bar-camp style. Bring your projects, work and ideas to get feedback from a group of the worlds most passionate social cartographers. Topics are whatever you want them to be. Over the last two years we’ve seen presentations ranging from emergency crisis response such as the work Ushahidi is doing, to local food such as Serve Your Country Food to psycho-geography to visualization, to mobile mapping to re-factoring urban landscapes.

The expectation is simply that you participate. It’s your event and we’ll all get out of it what you put into it.

It’s free to attend, but you can reserve a spot early (and help fund Wherecamp) by buying a ticket. I’ll be there with a purchased pass in hand.

The three days right before Where Camp is Where 2.0. The two events work really well together. There’s always a buzz happening after the conference and WhereCamp provides us the opportunity to dissect the news and tech. Radar readers can get a 20% discount if they register with whr09rdr.

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