April Meetup: Mapping the Environment

For April's meetup we're highlighting innovative ways maps can help us build a more sustainable, understandable, and livable world.  The line-up is amazing, inspiring, awesome.  You'll leave wanting to hug a tree, or a whale, or each other.  Promise.

We'll start at 7pm with socializing etc with (10 minute) talks starting promptly at 7:30pm.  More to come, but current speakers include:

Wendy Brawer is the Founder and Director of Green Map System, an award-winning sustainability mapping movement. Thomas Turnbull is the nonprofit's former Lead Tech, and as Board VP, he continues to provide leadership in the development of GreenMap.org. With 850 locally-led projects in 65 countries, hundreds of printed, interactive and multimedia Green Maps are connecting community members and visitors to local green living, ecological, cultural and social justice resources. Wendy and Thomas will introduce their versatile social mapping platform and the process currently underway to redesign this vital information infrastructure.

A representative from NYC Parks & Recreation will present a “Tree Canopy Prioritization” framework for analyze tree data. The framework was used to develop planting surveys for the MillionTreesNYC street tree planting program.

Leonardo Bonanni is the Founder and CEO of Sourcemap, the company that answers the question: "Where do things come from?" through innovative crowd-mapping software. Contributors from every link in a supply chain collaborate to trace products from raw materials to the end consumer. The result is a vast social network that connects consumers and producers towards the goal of more sustainable supply chains.  Leo will talk about the role of mapping and collaboration in helping advance supply chain visibility, including applications for companies, NGO's, and the public sector, and talk about opportunities for integration with the new Sourcemap API.

Ilya Rosenfeld is a Solutions Architect at OpenGeo, a world leader in developing and supporting enterprise open source geospatial software.  A vocal advocate of open architecture and open source, Ilya has led development and consulting projects with numerous commercial companies as well as federal, state and municipal agencies.  Ilya will demonstrate how to do advanced spatial processing of NREL data with the new open source library GeoScript.

Aaron Ogle is a software developer at OpenPlans designing applications to make cities more livable, Prior to OpenPlans, he was a fellow at Code for America where he partnered with the City of Philadelphia to build solutions to help foster civic engagement. Aaron specializes in JavaScript and GIS development and will present on some of his latest work with Leaflet for mapping better cities.

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