Twittering from disasters, wearable geotechnologies and real-time publishing of public transport information: these are key topics at this year’s GeoNext event in Sydney 26 February 2014.
After three successful previous seminars at the Australian Technology Park (ATP), the GeoNext event seems to be solidifying as the first regular gathering on the annual calendar of Australia’s geospatial industry (see footnote).
Organisers Interpoint Events (with media partners Position and Spatial Source) are highlighting wireless-monitored car and bus fleets, the geospatial systems to improve experiences in retail and aged care centres, and the globally applauded Australian Locata technology for high-performance positioning inside buildings.
Speakers include Nick Lowe (GoGet), Kolt Luty (Pitney Bowes), James Moody (TUShare, ex CSIRO), Simon Hope (Geoplex), and Rohan Fernando (HERE, ex Google). Academic presenters include Chris Rizos and Hamish Robertson (University of New South Wales), Billy Haworth and Kurt Iveson (University of Sydney) and Elliott Duff (CSIRO).
This year includes a pre-event (25 February) forum and bootcamp for business users of Google mapping programs. There’s also a three week hackathon competition to make useful applications of vehicle-driving datasets provided by GoGet, and a ‘State of Cartography’ poster exhibition. And on 28 February, Dr Jack Barton of the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network will lead a morning seminar explaining how to use the AURIN portal to access urban environmental datasets.
Note: The spatial@gov conference, held in Canberra during the past three Novembers with support from the Commonwealth Office of Spatial Policy, is not continuing. OSP has persuaded some spatial industry organisations to focus on one new event, Locate 14, starting April in Brisbane. Another notable umbrella event, the Virtual Australia and New Zealand conference launched last year, is expected to be held at the ATP again during June, combined with a new conference for the BuildingSMART building software standards group.