Past Meetup

Digital: Map Vectors, Citizen Disaster Reports, Cities

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Google Headquarters

1600 Amphitheatre Pkwy · Mountain View, CA

How to find us

Google's Main Campus in Mt View - 6:30 PM Check-in & Badging (Bld 43 Lobby), Pick up to-go dinner at Charlies (Bld 40), 7:00 PM Presentations & dining in Seville Conf Room (2F, Bld 40)

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Three great presentations: one technical and two civic.

We'll be in a new (for us) conference room at Google's Main Campus in Mt View (carto-avatar & map Building 43 Lobby (,+Amphitheatre+Parkway&hl=en&ll=37.42188,-122.084394&spn=0.000792,0.003833&sll=37.421307,-122.084799&sspn=0.006996,0.015332&oq=Google&hq=Google+Building+43+Lobby,+Amphitheatre+Parkway&t=m&z=19&layer=c&cbll=37.421881,-122.084393&panoid=ek1Gkc4zJqM-NpnXVp2DKA&cbp=11,255.07,,0,3.15) - beware faulty building labels on this map).

If you'd like to dine, arrive around 6:30 PM. Please check-in & badge with Google Security in Building 43 Lobby (,+Mountain+View,+CA&ll=37.42188,-122.084394&spn=0.001757,0.003833&hnear=1600+Amphitheatre+Pkwy,+Mountain+View,+California+94043&t=m&layer=c&cbll=37.421918,-122.084231&panoid=f2qafmgTH3HJpxALtHavVA&cbp=12,251.43,,1,1.01&z=19), follow Security's direction and pick up dinner at Charlies Cafe north across the courtyard in Building 40 (,+Mountain+View,+CA&ll=37.421951,-122.084096&spn=0.003515,0.007666&hnear=1600+Amphitheatre+Pkwy,+Mountain+View,+California+94043&t=m&z=18&layer=c&cbll=37.422024,-122.084016&panoid=VXL-WudH3Sj8PREvWHfvpw&cbp=12,359.62,,0,-3.16). Again, following Security's direction, bring your tray or to-go box upstairs to the Seville Conference Room also in Building 40.

Presentations will begin in the Seville Conference Room a little after 7 PM. We also ask your cooperation in returning your trays to an appropriate area at the end of the evening. The cafe opens at 6:30 PM so if you're early you can wait in Building 43 Lobby.

Hope to see you there!

Vector Map Visualizations

New advances in browser technology have opened up new kinds of interactions. Mano will demonstrate some cutting edge vector mapping experiments that overlay millions of points on top of Google Maps.

Presented by:

Mano Marks, Maps Developer Advocate, Google

Offline and mesh mapping during disasters: Android in action!

Discover how smart phones are being used during disasters to save lives. Citizen 911 is an Android app that helps people be more prepared before disasters, and then helps professional and volunteer rescue workers during a disaster. The application works when the cell phone system and Internet are down, and is used to generate field reports using maps and the persons location. Reports can then be summarized and visualized in the field and displayed on any computer with Wifi and a web browser.

Presented by:

Mike Prince, Founder of Citizen 911 (

Mike Prince has been developing server solutions for 20 years with a focus on mobile for the last 10 years. He has developed real-estate database synchronization services back in the 90's, voice web servers with Nuance in 2000, a mobile content market place with Buongiorno, social cooking with Yum-Yum Labs, and now a smartphone app to save lives during disasters.

Building and Enabling the Digital City

Within the IT department of the City of Palo Alto, managing technology is a byproduct of trying to change the world. We have a vision to think about and implement technology-enabled solutions in entirely new ways for the city. And while we can learn a lot from the amazing work being done by other cities and states across the US, we hope that we can also be a guiding light on what’s possible in this brave new world. In this short presentation, Dr. Reichental will introduce the concept of the digital city, and in particular he will discuss how some of the principles were applied recently to a GIS-based application.

Presented by:

Dr. Jonathan Reichental (,
Chief Information Officer, City of Palo Alto