May 22

Brady Forrest

Brady Forrest

Ignite Where Speakers

ignite where

Where 2.0 is next week and as mentioned before we are going to have Where
Ignite and Launchpad. It's in San Jose and is open to the public. In the Launchpad Demos we have launches from FatDoor, GeoCommons, Dopplr, Swivel, and UpNext.

The Ignite speakers include:

  1. Christopher Prezeau (Tele Atlas, ) - The Amazing Adventures of (Mobile) Mapping the World
  2. Ever wonder how your car’s navigation system knows you’re in the wrong lane at a toll booth? Or, how the information about where the nearest Chinese restaurant can appear with a few clicks of a mouse on your Internet map? And, how does the ambulance know where the emergency it needs to get to is? I know. I work for a leading digital map company and I don’t just know how we build these maps - I know what it means when we say we’re “mapping the world” because that’s what I do.
  3. Bernt Wahl (U.C Berkeley) - Neighborhood Maps
  4. Factle Maps: Mapping Out the Nation’s Neighborhoods CET Technology Breakthrough Competition - IT Category As Internet and demographic information becomes more localized, there is an increased need for data that defines these regions. Through developing and applying 15-step process, Factle Maps generates high-quality datasets of neighborhood names and their corresponding boundaries .
  5. Amber Bieg (Friends of the Urban Forest, OSGEO) - San Francisco Tree Map
  6. San Francisco Tree Map When Green gets Geeky, trees get mapped. How Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit tree group dives into osgeo and the difference it makes.
  7. Luistxo Fernandez (Tagzania, CodeSyntax) - Tagzania: There's No Place Called Nowhere
  8. Tagzania is a social mapping application, very tied to tagging, folksonomy. If Europe is some sort of periphery as seen from the SF Bay area, we're in the periphery of the periphery, a small Basque company pushing a global website, from somewhere in Northern Spain. But geography is not constrained to a central point, specially since there's Internet, and this European and 'fringe' viewpoint might be interesting: Europe's multilingual, multi-national, full of governments not very friendly with the idea of opening public cartography...
  9. Perry Samson (University of Michigan, Weather Underground) - Flying Tornado Paths
  10. Fresh from his 2007 tornado chasing expedition Prof. Samson demonstrates a new system for displaying (and flying!) tornado paths and for providing a mechanism for users to add their own stories, pictures and video geocoded to specific tornadic events.
  11. David Troy (Twittervision, Popvox) - Twittervision: Location, Entertainment and Presence
  12. Twittervision was launched as an experiment to help visualize traffic on the emerging service Twitter. But as it has evolved, it's become clear that it sits at the intersection of blogging, presence, location-based services, and entertainment. A grammar to support Twittervision location updates was introduced, and now it's become clear that other extensions to the platform can be made to support additional capabilities. Twitter and Twittervision point the way towards horizontal, federated approaches of providing rich presence and location based services, and we'll explore what's happened so far and spark some ideas about what might be ahead.
  13. Jesse Evans (30proof Media, LLC, Wild Sanctuary, Inc.) - Creative KML Development for Environmental Institutions
  14. What else can be done with Google's KML files? Recent exciting developments following the conflict in Darfur, expedition tracking for the Jane Goodall Institute and our development in sound for Google Earth are all new ways of using the KML language. Technology is opening up many new doors with exciting implications for environmental organizations and businesses. We at 30proof, in addition to helping Wild Sanctuary, Inc, with their upcoming KML layer release at this conference, are developing new and creative uses combining GeoTagged data and social concerns.
  15. Bruce Daniel (Cartifact, Cartifact Labs) - Cartographic Anesthesia
  16. What’s the look of geo-technology today? It appears we’re suffering from Cartographic Anesthesia…and it’s time to wake up! A long history of beautiful maps is being thrown by the wayside in the name of technology. What are the dynamics of merging cartography and data? Where might we find inspiration and negotiate a look and feel that will bring back an aesthetic balance?
  17. Anselm Hook (Meadan,) - WhereCamp
  18. We're going to briefly introduce WhereCamp and encourage participation. WhereCamp is an unconference format gathering of geo-enthusiasts, web 2.0 and mobile developers, social place hackers, artists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to 'know their place'. WhereCamp is June 2/3 at the Yahoo Campus - see the website at http://wherecamp.org for details. We're getting together to share ideas, hack on projects, have high bandwidth real time discussion among an extended network of friends and peers. Topics may end up including social cartography, software and hardware, context awareness, mobile development, 'geeks with conscience' kinds of discussion, humanitarian mapping efforts, food webs and local food transparency, psychogeography, geo games and place hacking.

These events will be mingled together. There will be 16 total talks each lasting only 5 minutes. The Ignite speakers will each get 20 slides that automatically advance every 15 seconds. The Launchpad participants will each get 5 minutes of demo (with a max of one slide). The Ignite and LaunchPad are open to the public (just as the Ignite Expo was). It will be held at the San Jose Fairmont Hotel on the evening of May 28th. Doors will open at 6:45 and the first company will go onstage at 7:00PM. The audience will vote on the best talks with Mozes. Two talks (whether demos or presentations) will do a reprise on the mainstage during the conference. RSVP.

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  Julian Bond [05.23.07 12:25 AM]

If you're going (I wish I was), please have a good rant at any system that is US only. Mapping and geocoding is one area that really should be inherently worldwide.

Which points up one area which is currently very poorly served which is a reliable worldwide geocoding service.

  emad [05.23.07 08:28 AM]

@Brady: Hey Brady! Long time no see! Good luck with Where 2.0.

@Julian: Julian, there is a serious lack of data and data providers in most of the world. Most often, it is a very large (and expensive) undertaking to do the samllest of things (get business listings, geocode, etc) outside of the US. Many developers, myself included) would be glad to have worldwide coverage...if it was something that I could do with reasonable cost. You can always build out a way for users to add information (Web 2.0 style) but location-based information is always difficult to build a critical mass since it requires people to submit info from many different distinct locations.

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