Started in 2008, #geomob is a regular event for location based service developers organised by Lokku. We meet every two months.
We provide a forum to discuss geo innovation, whether for fun or profit, by hosting talks from start-ups, academics, hobbyists, and large corporates. After the talks we retire to a nearby pub to discuss.
We hope to see you at the next #geomob.
Big news geomobsters,I’m delighted to announce Pusher has joined us a sponsor.The generous funding from our sponsors pays for the drinks at the pub following the speakers, and in many ways it is the post-talk mixing and mingling that’s the most important part of #geomob. Please make sure you say a hearty thanks to OpenCage Data, KnowWhere Consulting, SplashMaps, Pusher and the BCS at the next #geomob on 4th of November.If your organisation is interested in becoming a sponsor, please get in touch.
Lineup and details for the Nov 4th #geomob
The details are now clear for the next #geomob which will take place at 18:30 on Tuesday the 4th of November. We’ll once again be at the BCS at 5 Southampton Street near Covent Garden, many thanks to them for their continued support. Please sign up on Lanyrd so we have a sense of the numbers to expect.
The format will be the same as ever - each speaker will have 10-15 minutes to share their material followed then by 5 minutes of audience questions. At the end of the evening those who wish can keep the discussion going at a nearby pub over #geobeers generously funded by our sponsors (Thank you!).
On the 4th of November we’ll be hearing from:
- Robin Hawkes will make his second #geomob appearance talking about his app to automatically determine building height.
and finally …
As always, at the end of the evening attendees will vote by show of hands for the best speaker who will be awarded with a free SplashMap. The non-winners will have to console themselves with free beer.
We hope you agree it has all the makings of a great evening and look forward to seeing you at 18:30 on the 4th.
Many thanks to everyone who attended our event this past week. Richard Fairhurst took home the SplashMaps best speaker prize for his presentation about cycle routing on cycle.travel. Congratulations to him, but also to all of the other speakers for their well received presentations.
We’re always on the hunt for more speakers, and still have a few slots for our first #geomob of 2015 which will take place on the evening of Tuesday the 13th of January (please sign-up).
See you in November!
September 16th #geomob details
I’m pleased to announce a fantastic lineup for our next #geomob
to be held at 18:30 on Tuesday the 16th of September at the facilities of the BCS at 5 Southampton Street near Covent Garden. We’ve had occasional #geomobs at the BCS in the past, they are generous hosts, and I am pleased to announce they are now our formal location sponsor! We will continue to have events elsewhere but will now be spending more time at the BCS. Many thanks to them for their generosity. If you are not yet a member of the BCS I encourage you to have a look at their offering.
Their facilities (and food) have been excellent, but in the past we’ve had the unfortunate situation that people have been turned away because our room was too full. I’ve been assured that we will have more than adequate space on the 16th, but to help us get a better gauge of the numbers and plan appropriately please be sure to sign up on the Lanyrd page for the evening (where you will also find a map to the venue).
Our speakers for the evening will be:
- Richard Fairhurst (cycle.travel)
- Angharad Stone (Open EA)
- Robin Houston (kiln.it)
- Jo Cook (Portable GIS)
- Derick Rethans (MongoDB)
- Tim Fernando (esplor.io)
I hope you agree it looks like a great lineup. Attendees will have the chance to crown the evening’s best speaker, awarding him or her with a free SplashMap and geo bragging rights.
As always the formal portion of the evening will be followed by drinks
at a nearby pub, generously paid for by our sponsors: OpenCage, knowwhere consulting and SplashMaps, and I strongly encourage all to attend. Very often the informal discussions are as fruitful and informative as the talks.
If you can’t make it on the 16th please join us at the following #geomob which will be Tuesday, November 4th (we’ll be back at the BCS), and for those who really like to get a jump on things you can already sign up for Tuesday, January 13th which will be the first #geomob of 2015. For both of those events we’re still (at the time of writing) on the hunt for speakers, please volunteer if you’re doing anything of interest in the location space. There’s one other point worth noting: to date the #geomob speaker list has reflected the unfortunate lack of gender diversity in the neogeo community, and we strongly encourage speaker applications from female speakers to help address this imbalance.
Enjoy your summer, and I look forward to seeing you all on the 16th of September
July 17th #geomob lineup
We’ve now nailed down the lineup of the July 17th #geomob. I’m pleased to report the evening (as per tradition we will kick off at 18:30, please do your best to be on time) will feature:
- George Coltart of Mapbrush
- Ian Holt of Ordnance Survey
- Kass Schmitt, Mapping the wind
- Gareth Wood of Fuller Maps
- James Siddle telling us about Stories in Travel Data
- Ed Manley of CASA
As always a diverse mix of topics from across the spectrum of geo-innovation. We’ll be back at Google’s Campus near Old Street, a map can be found on the lanyrd page for the evening, where you should also please sign up. In terms of format, there will be no deviation from tried and true tradition. Each speaker will share his or her material for 10-15 minutes, there will be questions from the audience, and at the end of the evening we will will vote by show of hands on the best speaker who will receive a custom SplashMap. Afterwards we will all head to the pub.
And on that note, congratulation to Andrew Brown (in photo below) of Toursome who won the best speaker prize at last week’s #geomob.
(photo credit: Alex Balhatchet)
On a final note - for all who like to get a jump on things, the signup page for the 16th September #geomob has opened, and the lineup is looking particularly strong.
I look forward to seeing all of you on the 17th of July.
yours in geo-innovation,
May 13th #geomob - back at UCL
Nice work everyone, this week’s #geomob at Campus was our biggest yet, this shot captures only about half the audience.
My thanks to all six of our speakers. Benjamin Hennig has posted an overview of his talk. As the other speakers make their slides public we will tweet the URLs from the geomob account (which you all no doubt follow).
The quality of the talks over the course of the evening was a testament to the wide variety of geo-innovation happening in and around London. Against tough competition Jason Davies was able to win the crowd over with his talk about D3 and thus became the first winner of the coveted best speaker prize: a custom SplashMap. Well done Jason! We look forward to carrying on the best speaker SplashMap tradition at all future #geomobs. Here’s a picture of SplashMaps CEO (and former two-time #geomob speaker!) David Overton congratulating Jason on his victory.
I am pleased that we’re already able to announce a great lineup for our next event. On Tuesday the 13th of May at 18:30 we’ll return to Pearson Lecture Theatre at UCL. Exact details, including a map, can be found on the Lanyrd page for the evening, where we ask you to sign up so we can estimate the audience size.
The agenda for the evening will feature 10-15 minute talks from:
- Andrew Brown of Toursome
- Manuel Timita of illustreets
- Jimmy Tidey of Heresay
- Oliver Roick of UCL’s Citizen Extreme Science Research Group
- Chris Sheldrick of what3words
- James Siddle will speak about his visualisation of Boris Bike network use
After the talks we will vote for the evening’s best speaker and then adjourn to a nearby pub to carry on the conversation. It’s all made possible by the generosity of our hosts, the UCL Dept of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, and our sponsors knowwhere consulting, OpenCage Data, and SplashMaps. Thank you!
For those of you who like to plan ahead the next #geomob after the 13th of May will take place on Thursday the 17th of July, the signup page is already available. A few speakers are already committed, please let us know if you’d like to volunteer.
We look forward to seeing you all on the 13th of May
yours in geo-innovation,
March 18th #geomob near Old Street
Hail fellow geomobsters!
In just over a month, on Tuesday the 18th of March, we’ll be gathering once again to celebrate geoinnovation in any and all forms. We return to Campus, Google’s co-working/events space near Old Street. A map and all details can be found over on the Lanyrd page for the evening, where we also ask that you sign up so we can get an idea of numbers.
The evening will kick off at 18:30, please be on time as we are fortunate to have a great lineup of speakers to get through before the obligatory post-event geobeers. As always, each speaker will have 10-15 minutes to share their work and then there will be a few minutes for questions from the audience.
Our lineup on the 18th:
- In what will no doubt be a feast for the eyes, Jason Davies has finally been persuaded to show off some of his D3 geo magic.
- Emil of CityMapper will update us on their progress as they help the world get from A to B.
- Tubefreaks will get their fix as Peter Lloyd will tell us about the evolution of the New York City subway map.
- Start-up LEMON will talk us through their spin on location based services.
- Andy Ashburner will tell us about his app Pin Drop.
- Finally, Benjamin Hennig of Oxford’s School of Geography and Environment will share with us one of his many interesting projects around spatial data analysis and data-visualization
Many thanks to all of the speakers for their time and volunteering to speak. As ever, we’re every thankful to our sponsors - KnowWhere Consulting, OpenCage Data, and SplashMaps for making the post talk geobeers happen. In the start of a new tradition, the audience will vote on best speaker and the winner will receive a personalised SplashMap.
If you unfortunately can’t make it on the 18th, or even if you can - please put our 13th of May event in the diary. The Lanyrd page is here, we will be back at UCL and the evening has the makings of a great one as we already have several intriguing speakers. Please send suggestions if you know of anyone who should speak at a future event.
Please stay tuned for updates by following @geomob on twitter.
We look forward to seeing you on the 18th of March!
- Ed Freyfogle (@freyfogle)
What Happened When GeoMob Went To Bangalore
On Thursday January 30th, Ed and myself arrived in Bangalore for the third and final city of our sprint around India. We were tired, footsore and moving slowly towards home. But before we did this we had something important to do. The following day GeoMob was to meet up with GeoBLR and hopefully some of the Bangalore maps and geo community. There was much to do, including a frantic finishing of slide decks for the talks we’d been invited to give. Friday dawned and the sun shone down on Bangalore as Sajjad and Sumandro from GeoBLR met with Ed and myself for a spot of planning over breakfast.
That’s Sumandro on the far left and Sajjad on the right, with Ed and myself sandwiched inbetween.
Decks finished and talks polished, we headed around the edges of Ulsoor Lake to the Cooke Town suburb of the city and were greeted by Sajjad, Sumandro as well as by Kaustubh, the trio who make GeoBLR happen. Cold beer and fresh hot samosas were dispensed as a great turnout of the Bangalore georati assembled.
Under a canopy in the garden, surely a #geomob first, Ed started the proceedings with a talk about the challenges behind Geocoding India. In true Indian fashion, the power gave out and the backup generator kicked in but unfazed Ed forged forward and finished his talk without even pausing. Ed’s slide deck is now up on SlideShare.
After pausing for more refreshments, I rounded off the evening with a reworking of my talk on How To Make A Map Go Viral, about the Vaguely Rude Places Map. More refreshments, accompanied by some serious questions and answers rounded off the evening. My write up of my talk, plus my personal recollections of how geo and India come together are already online.
Geobeers already having been consumed the GeoMob and GeoBLR teams adjourned to the Mangalore Pearl in nearby Frazer Town for possibly the best Indian food I’ve had and then all too soon the evening was over and we wended our way back to our hotel with the aid of a passing Bajaj.
Massive thanks are due to Sajjad, Sumandro and Kaustubh for making us feel so at home and to everyone who attended, took the time to chat to us and expanded our horizons. Hopefully GeoBLR will come to London sometime soon; there’s some major hospitality to be returned.
For those of you in London feeling a bit left out, don’t worry, we’ll be back on March 13th for the next round of interesting, cutting edge, stimulating and frankly way out there talks followed by the time honoured tradition of retiring to a nearby pub for some London geobeers. The speaker list for May is coming together, if you want to take part get in touch.
When London and Bangalore meet; #geomob at GeoBLR
The love and language of maps is truly an international thing that spans countries, nationalities, cultures and language. To underpin this, Ed and myself are taking the #geomob London experience to Bangalore in India, where we’ll be hosted by fellow map lovers GeoBLR.
If you’re in Bangalore next week, we’ll be at 7 High Street, Cooke Town at 6.00 PM on January 31st. If you’ve been to a GeoBLR meetup before, we’re looking forwards to meeting you; if you haven’t, then what are you waiting for?
Written and posted from #geomob HQ, Clerkenwell Road, London (51.522558, -0.102563). Bangalore map courtesy of OpenStreetMap, © OpenStreetMap contributors.
A strong start to the year
Many thanks to everyone who joined us on Tuesday for the first #geomob of the year. It was a night of diverse talks from across the spectrum of start-ups, government, and, by coincidence, two national libraries. Vuk does a good job summarising things over on his blog. As ever, good talks was followed by lively discussion over #geobeers. Thank you to the speakers, to our hosts at the BCS for making the space available, and to the sponsors for making it all possible.
As we mentioned, as we’ve been contacted by more and more people doing interesting things around geo we’ll be increasing the frequency of #geomob and aiming to have one every two months or so. Let’s see how it goes. We’re fortunate that Google Campus will be having us back on Tuesday the 18th of March. There will be a detailed post with the line-up well before then, but for now please sign up on Lanyrd. Similarly, we are starting to put together our May 13th event. If there is someone you think is doing something particularly innovative in geo, please have them get in touch about speaking.
yours in geo-innovation,
New #geomob sponsor SplashMaps kicks off #mapmas season
Friends, I have great news. SplashMaps will be joining us as a new #geomob sponsor!
Regular attendees will know Splashmaps, their founder David Overton is one of the very select group of two time #geomob speakers. More generally they are a great story of geo innovation: taking their concept of fabric maps from idea, to one of the UK’s first successfully funded kickstarter projects, to growing business over the last year. The geomob community played a role in helping them build their initial momentum, and as such we’re delighted to welcome them to the sponsors list along with OpenCage Data and knowwhere Consulting.
To celebrate the new relationship, but also to kick off #mapmas - that time-honoured annual season of geoinnovation! - Splashmaps have agreed to offer a 10% discount on all orders from their online shop. This is fitting as it is difficult to imagine a better geo gift. To receive the discount code please send a direct message to the geomob twitter account.
Splashmaps coming on board is also good news because, as those of you who attended the most recent events have noticed, the geomob crowd has slowly but steadily grown. The number of people doing cool things in geo in and around London seems to be exploding and we’re proud to be a forum for those on the cutting edge. As such in 2014 we will be moving to a more frequent event schedule, aiming for six geomobs a year rather as opposed to the quarterly schedule of the last few years.
The details of the first geomob of 2014, taking place on 14th of January, are all here, and you can also already sign up for the March 18th event as well. In both cases we are fortunate to have an excellent roster of speakers assembled - a great mix of geo innovators from across the full spectrum of start-ups, academia and hobbyists. As a further part of the SplashMap sponsorship package, speakers will be offered a substantial discount on SplashMap’s new Make-a-Map service. All the more reason to volunteer the next time you’re doing something geo related worth talking about.
SplashMaps - maps made for the real outdoors.
And with that I close by wishing all geomobsters a delightful holiday season. Many thanks for our sponsors (old and new), our speakers, our hosts (UCL, Google Campus, and the BCS) and most of all the geomob community for making 2013 a great year.
I look forward to seeing you all on the 14th of January.- Ed Freyfogle (@freyfogle)