About the event:
OpenStreetMap is a collaborative project to create a free, editable map of the world. It was started in 2004 with the grand intention of mapping the world from scratch, free from copyright encumbrances. Today, many of the maps are more detailed than government maps, and are even helping to crowdsource important mapping data in disaster and crisis zones.
Learn about the journey the small OSM team and larger global community have taken to make real humanitarian impact using open source maps!
About the Speaker:
David Earl is a freelance designer, photographer, web programmer, cartographer and cyclist. After completing a PhD in Computer Graphics in 1982, for 25 years he worked as software engineer and latterly CTO, at two of Silicon Fen's babies: Shape Data (now part of EDS) and Harlequin (Global Graphics), providing technology for solid modelling and the print industry.
A broken arm at 12,000 feet up in the Rocky Mountains in 2001 made him think about the future, and in 2002 he switched paths to do a degree course in Photography and Graphic Design, and since graduating in 2005 has indulged his interests in the junction of technology and graphics. Making maps brings all five of his main interests together.
Net2Camb is a free monthly event for people in and around the Cambridge area interested in using web or mobile technology for social good. Whether you are a nonprofit organization in the traditional sense, a venture capitalist, a programmer, an individual with a great idea, or a social changemaker, Net2Camb is here to help you make connections and create a community around innovating for good in Cambridge. These events are great opportunities to learn what others are trying, see successful projects and platforms, hear about developing technologies, make new friends and collaborate on new projects.
This event is free and open to anyone interested in learning about using web and mobile technology for social benefit.