If you are interested in all things to do with geographic and location-based technology trends, you'd want to be in Sydney 25-27 February, where no fewer than five key events are converging on the city: the SSSI "Remote Sensing and Earth Observation" Seminar on the 25th, the NGIS Google Maps User Forum and Bootcamp also on the 25th, the third annual "why location matters" GeoNext conference on the 26th, and finally the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network's e-Research workshop on the 27th.
All events are either free or very affordable, and better still, with minimal overlap timewise, the truly committed could attend four out of five of these. Geo-overload at your own risk!
The highlight is undoubtedly the 3rd annual GeoNext conference, with a better program than ever, covering a myriad of applications of location data, including innovative transport solutions, hyperlocal wearable technologies, indoor positioning (where you can try out a pair of Google Glass!), the future of retail, and much more.
And don't forget the GoGet Hackfest prize winners, and GeoRabble drinks to conclude the day!
NGIS Google Maps for Business User Forum
25th February – 8:00am to 12:00pm
Google Geo technology experts from Google and NGIS will provide insights into the latest from Google Maps for Business. Listen to how Google technology is being used within Australian industry and government. See demonstrations from high profile organisations. Share your ideas with other Google Users. Network with the industry’s leading developers.
25th February – 1:00pm to 5:00pm
Google Tech Boot camps are dynamic and collaborative technical experiences. Google Tech Boot camps are not your usual workshop as they encourage innovative and thought provoking discussion specific to YOUR applications and spatial systems. Google Tech Boot Camp will include hands on live demos using Google Maps Engine and Google Maps API applications where attendees will learn how to publish their own data in real time.
SSSI "Remote Sensing and Earth Observation" Seminar
25th February – 1:30pm to 5:00pm
This seminar brings together people who are working in the remote sensing and earth observation fields to hear how these professionals are using earth observation data for their applications, as well as some of the latest developments in processing of earth observation data. Our theme for this seminar is “What’s new in 2014?”
Presentations will be made on a range of topics on the processing and derivation of information from earth observation data derived from satellite and aircraft. Time will be available for discussions and networking.
This seminar will be followed by Networking Drinks at Café Lounge Sydney.
GeoNext "Location Matters"
26th February – 8:30am to 5:00pm
GeoNext brings together experts from all walks of life. What they have in common is an interest in the value and power of location, finding out the latest trends in location-based technology and business, and the opportunities they bring.
Join the conversation with leading and like-minded developers, users and entrepreneurs, and learn what’s Next in the world of Geographic Information technology, the latest start-ups, gadgets and much more.
AURIN e-Research Workshop
27th February – 9:00am to 12:00pm
More details here.
AURIN facilitates urban researchers to rapidly access a multitude of Australian datasets that can be downloaded, interrogated, visualised and analysed through a suite of open source components.
This workshop introduces participants to the AURIN Portal and offers them the chance to explore the open data services and spatial tools currently available on the system. Participants will be able to explore different states and cities across Australia, and zoom into suburbs to discover information on an area’s demographics, socio-economics, politics, health and more.