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2016 Geo Open Source Meetup presented by LocationTech & GeoPhilly

Philadelphia's 4th annual LocationTech event is an evening speaker series featuring technical talks on the convergence of open source and geospatial technologies.

You don't want to miss this line-up of so many influential names in the open source mapping / geospatial industry!

This event is part of the the Eclipse Foundation's LocationTech tour featuring events in numerous cities world wide.

Pizza and drinks (including beer) will be provided.

*** Please arrive between 6:00 - 6:30 to enjoy some food and drinks before talks start promptly at 6:30! ***

Speakers and Schedule:

What is processing geospatial data at scale?: Lessons from a non-developer
Ross Bernet, Azavea / GeoTrellis
Ross Bernet started as the project manager of Azavea's GeoTrellis project in August. He has a background in GIS, map algebra, and an introductory computer science course under his belt. He will be sharing his insights as he gets up to speed on the complex world of GIS, big data, and open source software development.

Intro to WebSDK
Tom Ingold, Boundless

This talk will walk through Boundless’ new open source framework for easily authoring interactive geospatial web applications. Tom will cover the technologies involved, as well as working demos, code samples and how to contribute. This talk is great for anyone who loves OpenLayers...but wants to make it easier.

Geospatial Analysis Dashboards on the Web with CARTO Builder
Andrew Thompson, CARTO

The geospatial community has long known CartoDB Editor as the best tool to quickly upload geodata into a cloud PostGIS database and make cartographically compelling, interactive web maps. With a new name and a new open source product, CARTO Builder seeks to bring this ease of use and power to a new class of geospatial apps and dashboards that allow users to filter data and build models to analyze it right from a web browser!

NORAD Tracks Santa with open-source geospatial software
Hannah Pinkos, Cesium
For over 60 years, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) has been tracking Santa’s whereabouts as he travels around the globe Christmas Eve, giving updates to children eagerly awaiting his arrival. This talk highlights how open-source software and open standards are used to bring a 3D experience to millions of people with NORAD Tracks Santa.

Koop: an open-source ETL tool
Patrick Hammons, Esri
Esri is working to make it easier to map all kinds of web services with an open-source ETL tool called Koop. Koop provides a flexible server for dynamically transforming 3rd party data sources (APIs) into Feature Services as well as standard geographic data formats (e.g. GeoJSON and Shapefiles). We’ll introduce the stack and do a quick demo of how Koop can help you bring all kinds of data into your spatial projects.

GeoMesa: Making Big Geo-Data Easy
Jim Hughes, CCRiGeoMesa
GeoMesa is a open-source, distributed, spatio-temporal database which can handle hundreds of millions to billions of records.  In this talk, Jim will describe how the system works and how it makes ingest, analysis, and visualization easy.  The talk will end with a discussion of ongoing work the Jupyter and Zeppelin web notebooks.

Looking into traffic data with the new Mapbox Cities
Dave Cole, MapBox
Dave Cole will introduce the new Mapbox Cities project and show an example of how maps can help tell the story of traffic fatalities in the US.

Geocoding in the Open
Julian Simioni, 
Mapzen Search Team
Mapzen is building an open-source geocoding engine using nothing but open data. The team will cover some of the challenges inherent to this work and take a peek under the hood to see how the geocoding sausage is made. You'll never search for an address the same way again! 


Please visit: http://tour.locationtech.org/2016/ to learn more about other LocationTech Tour events.


Sponsors for this event include:

LocationTech is a vendor neutral community for individuals and organizations who wish to collaborate on commercially-friendly open source software that is location aware. LocationTech hosts technology projects and helps cultivate both an open source community and an ecosystem of complementary products and services. 


Azavea is a B Corporation that creates civic geospatial software and data analytics for the web. The team's mission is to apply geospatial technology for positive civic, social, and environmental impact while advancing the state-of-the-art through research.


Please note: We expect all attendees to abide by the GeoPhilly Code of Conduct.

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  • Dan F.

    Hi All! Thanks to our generous sponsors, food and drinks (including beer) will be provided!

    *** Please try to arrive between 6:00 - 6:30 to enjoy food and drinks before talks start promptly at 6:30! ***

    October 3

  • Stan

    If I'm interpreting this right, this event is free to participants due to the sponsors?

    August 13

    • Dan F.

      Yes, this event is free! We hope to see you in October!

      August 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    So, this is not a full-day event like last year, just an evening?

    August 29

    • Dan F.

      Hey Bruce, last year the event lined up with JSgeo, but this year it's an even event only.

      August 29

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