New Location! 11/15 Meetup: Lightning Talks, Raffle (Amazon Kindle) and ....

  • November 15, 2011 · 7:00 PM

Hey Folks: Last minute location/room change. 

Please use this map to find our spot. 

Crittendon Campus
Room: Maxwell Tech Talk
1300 Crittendon Lane, Building CL3
Mountain View, CA

We've got six great lightning talks lined up for November.
A nice spread of topics and presenters:  Social & Geo, individuals and folks in big organizations. Don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity to talk with the speakers before, during, and after the talks.  Along with their enthusiasm, your enthusiasm counts, too!  Dinner and beverages generously provided by Google.


The Open World

Today, 2 billion people are online creating e-content like the world’s never seen before. Within a decade this will possibly grow to over 6 billion, and today’s e-world will morph into a “communal well of creation”. A “watering hole” dominated by unstructured content and informal collaborative human networks. In this Open World, it won’t be the data producers, but the social networks and the information analytics that will dominate how the e-domain creates, secures, warehouses, and distributes ubiquitous data and creates value for mankind. Analytical tools to convert data to information will need to be interdisciplinary, contextual, and scalable from local to global scales. This will require new approaches for the science of analytics, intellectual property, community participation, and equitable data-sharing constructs.  Are the communities that currently participate, create, and develop in this Open World thinking of the potential and the challenges when our planet is online?  Will the future e-world be an evolutionary or revolutionary outcome for humanity?

Presented by:

Sujata Millick

Sujata Millick is a Visiting Researcher at Hewlett-Packard Labs in Palo Alto, CA, where she is examining public-private approaches to cyber security and sustainable IT. She is on assignment from the Department of Navy’s Office of Naval Research, where she recently served as the Deputy Director of Research.


Volunteerism is a Connecting Edge
in the WebMap Social.Graph 

This introduction to The Marine Mammal Center maps its 35-year tenure as a volunteer-centric humanitarian and scientific organization up to its current place in the social.Net!

Presented by:

Timothy Vogel
Founder, heur-e-ka, LLC;
Volunteer educator at The Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, CA.

Timothy has a B.S. in Genetics from the University of Illinois and an M.S. in Statistics from Florida State University. heur-e-ka, LLC deploys predictive algorithms in social-graph mathematics, automated taxonomies, serendipitous discovery, stochastic behavioral clustering, and human decision-making in online situations.  Tim lives and works in San Mateo, CA.


Pick-up Route Optimizing for a Recyclable Pickup Company

This talk is about a planned GIS system that will be used to calculate pickup routes for a Southern California-based recyclable pick-up company. This GIS system include the usage of ArcMap's Network and MS Access.  Ms. Kam's goal for this project is to increase her technical grasp of Network Analyst, while assisting a friend with his growing recyclable pick-up company.

Presented by:

Kristen Kam

Kristen is a Bay Area native that has professional work experience in the field of urban planning. While working as a planner at a small consultancy in Los Angeles, she became interested in GIS and its application to planning and other fields.


Virtual Field Trips with Google Earth:
Transforming education one world at a time

"The China Files" is a collection of 16 videos, questions and transcripts created on a field trip to the Forbidden City in Beijing, China. Unlike other virtual field trips, this project was created by students and for students, as part of an international project to connect classroom and transform education world wide. The focus of the presentation will be the transformation of teaching and learning with high-technology.

Presented by:

Stuart Ralston
Education Technology Consultant

Stuart's passion is transforming the way we teach and learn with technology. He has worked in education for seven years and is known for his innovative instructional design.


Cool and Fun Ideas on Maps  

How maps enhance any application:

  • GeoRent - shows craigslist rentals on a map on a mobile device.
  • Social Sample - maps various things you can sample around you.
  • TimeMap - maps Google Calendar on Google Map on Android.

Presented by:


Ash [Siamak Ashrafi] is a researcher at a biotech working on finding new cancer bio-markers, drug targets and contributing to publications in scientific journals. He has produced elegant solutions to complex problems which resulted in several issued patents. He competes (and sometimes wins) in coding competitions using iOS5, Android 4.0, HTML5 and web technologies. He enjoys presenting this work at various events. In his spare time he attends UCSF medical and Stanford surgical seminars. He is very happy with all this, but what he would really like is to get a major [H2O] surf & snow sponsor.


Why humans are not geo-databases:
Assumptions (true and false) that
LBS designers make about human
spatial cognition

Designers of location-based services (LBS) have a habit of making assumptions about their users' spatial knowledge (a.k.a. "cognitive maps") and their mental, spatial processes. In this crash course on human spatial cognition (a deep, but not well-publicized field of research), I'll run through which of these assumptions are true and which are false.

Presented by:

Drew Dara-Abrams

Drew Dara-Abrams, Ph.D. is CEO and co-founder of Strategic Spatial Solutions, Inc., a software and consulting company developing innovative tools for the architecture and planning industries ( Drew studied cognitive science and geographic information science at the University of California, Santa Barbara.


As if you need any extra incentive to come down and hang out, we will be raffling off an Amazon Kindle (saweet!) generously donated by Dice!  An excellent source for jobs in tech.  


This Meetup is generously sponsored by Google, Serve by American Express, and DICE is the leading career website for technology and engineering professionals, and the companies that seek to employ them, in the United States. Our mission is to help our customers source and hire the most qualified technology and engineering professionals and to provide those professionals with the best job opportunities in their respective fields. With a 20-year track record in meeting the ever-changing needs of companies and recruiters, our specialty focus and exposure to highly-skilled technology and engineering professionals enable employers to reach hard-to-find, experienced candidates. 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I thought it was great. The bulb that blew up on one of the two projectors could hardly have been prevented or foreseen and really didn't change how the MeetUp went.

    November 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Excellent location. Good technology setup for presenters. Wonderful people. If you weren't able to attend, or wish you could go again, you can watch my presentation on Virtual Field Trips here:

    November 16, 2011

  • William W

    It was great watching all of the talks. It would be great to see even shorter presentations, five minutes, with timed Q&A, 3 minutes total, and two minutes for a positive and a constructive critique. It would be great to see folks both present and also grow from this experience.

    November 16, 2011

  • Art S

    Excellent location. Google Maps successfully located this venue.

    November 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member


    November 16, 2011

  • Titania

    Perfect place!

    November 16, 2011

  • Tom V.

    Great event. Met a few interesting people. Also won an Amazon Kindle in the Raffle.

    The presentations were good too. And the food!

    November 16, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you for this meetup, I enjoyed it even though it was not what I was expecting of it.. :)

    November 15, 2011

  • A former member
    A former member

    this evidently started before 7pm. :-(

    November 15, 2011

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