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GeoDev Meetup Group - Northeast Message Board › October 20-21: Geospatial Summit 2016, Brooklyn

October 20-21: Geospatial Summit 2016, Brooklyn

Noreen W.
New York, NY
Post #: 9
Please register to attend the New York State GIS Association’s 2016 NYS Geospatial Summit to be held on October 21st in beautiful Brooklyn!

This year’s engaging speakers include:

Reception Speaker - Dr. Jack Eichenbaum (GISMO Founder & The Geography of NYC) - Dr. Eichenbaum could be one of the most interesting people you will ever meet. He was at the genesis of GIS in NYC and founder of GISMO. Retired from a career at the NYC Dept. of Finance, he currently guides geography-focused walking tours of NYC, teaches at Hunter College, and is the Queens Borough Historian. He will be presenting: Ground Proofing: Detecting the Transformations of NYC Neighborhoods. Visit Dr. Eichenbaum's website at

Laura Bliss (Staff Writer, CityLab) - Ms. Bliss writes about the environment, infrastructure, and cartography for CityLab, a webmagazine hosted by the magazine The Atlantic. Her talk will highlight The Hidden Histories of Maps Made By Women: Reading mainstream history books, you'd hardly suspect that women have had much of a role in mapmaking. In fact, they’ve been involved about as long as any man has. I’ll present a selection of maps, mapmakers, and stories that testify to the past and present of women in cartography. Women have made maps to chart territories, educate students, sell propaganda, convey data, argue policy, and make art. And they continue to, as this century’s geospatial revolution turns. Read Laura's other interesting articles here:

Alyssa Wright (Vice President, Partnerships & Business Development, Mapzen) - Ms. Wright is the vice president at Mapzen ( an open, sustainable, and accessible mapping platform, and president of OpenStreetMap US. She was formerly with Boundless Spatial (OpenGeo). (Co-presenting with Laura Bliss.)

Mike Flowers (Chief Analytics Officer, Enigma) - As former Chief Analytics Officer of NYC, Mike leveraged open data with analytics, and was recognized by the White House as a "Champion of Change." In his role at Enigma, he leads development of an enterprise-focused analytics platform. Learn more about Enigma at

Dr. Chris Tucker (Chair-Elect, American Geographical Society; Founder, MapStory Foundation) - Dr. Tucker manages Yale House Ventures, a portfolio of technology companies, social ventures, and public entrepreneurship initiatives. He also serves on the boards of both the Open Geospatial Consortium and the US Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. Chris is founder of MapStory, an atlas of change that everyone can edit. MapStories are varied, titles include a wide range of topics from the West African Ebola Outbreak, to the History of Elvis Presley Concerts. Dr. Tucker’s presentation topic will be: Robots Telling Stories with Maps - The Future of Humanity and the Role of Space-Time Technologies: Tucker will gaze in to his crystal ball and explore plausible futures that geospatial technologies will be instrumental in shaping. As geospatial narrative and the internet of things become woven in to the very fabric of our future society, amazing opportunities will abound while peril lurks around every corner. It will be the geospatial expert that plays a pivotal role in striking the balance needed for prosperity, peace, security, and wellbeing. Visit MapStory at

Kevin Webb (Entrepreneur-in-Residence, Sidewalk Labs) - Sidewalk Labs works with cities to build projects addressing urban problems. They are owned by Alphabet, Inc., the parent company of Google, and are their "urban innovation organization." Before he was with Sidewalk Labs, Kevin was principal at Conveyal, a transportation technology firm. Sidewalk Labs has partnered with the US DOT to create a monitoring and management system for public transportation called Flow. They have also created LinkNYC smart kiosks that are replacing NYC's pay phones with free public WiFi hubs. Read more about Flow and LinkNYC


Evening Reception (immediately follows the Annual NYS GIS Association Meeting from 4-5:30pm)

October 20th from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Reception Early Registration Fee (until October 7th): $25

Reception Registration Fee (after October 7th): $35

2016 NYS Geospatial Summit

October 21st from 8 am to 5 pm

At the New York University Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology in Brooklyn

Summit Early Registration Fee (until October 7th): $125

Summit Registration Fee (after October 7th): $175

Albany to Brooklyn round-trip (Thurs-Fri): $60
IMPORTANT: We must get 40 people to register to take the bus by September 1st. If too few people register, the bus will be cancelled and the bus registration fee will be returned to those who registered. So, if you'd like to ride the bus, sign up soon!

Visit the Summit website to register and for more information (lodging, sponsorship opportunities, speaker bios, etc.):

Hope to see you there!


Noreen Whysel
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