The full program for the Locate22 conference has been announced today, and it features a host of expert speakers from around Australia and across the globe.
Headlining the list are:
- Jack Dangermond, Founder and President of Esri
- Professor Lisa Harvey-Smith, astrophysicist, the Australian Government’s Women in STEM Ambassador and a Professor of Practice in Science Communication at UNSW
- Adrian Turner, Chief Executive Officer of the Minderoo Foundation Fire & Flood Resilience Initiative
- Melissa Harris, Chief Executive of Land Use Victoria, and Chair of the Australia And New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC)
- Dr James Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Geoscience Australia
- Thalia Baldwin, Director of the UK Geospatial Commission
- Dr David Gruen, Australian Statistician and CEO of the Australian Bureau of Statistics
- Rebecca De Cicco, Principal, Digital Operations at Aurecon, Director Digital Node and Global Chair of Women in BIM
- Dr Stefan Hrabar, CEO and co-founder of Emesent
- Dr Monica Wachowicz, Associate Dean of Geospatial at RMIT University and Cisco Innovation Chair in Big Data
- Tom Hamilton, Director of the Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation
- Dr Fiona McKenzie, Director of Orange Compass
Dangermond is the final plenary speaker to be announced. Securing him to present in the closing session on Thursday afternoon, 26 May, is a major coup for the Locate organisers. He is recognised world over as a pioneer of the spatial technologies industry. For more than 50 years, he has been a constant and dominant driving force within the global spatial community, focused on the advancement of GIS technology.
Dangermond is the recipient of numerous fellowships, honorary degrees and awards, and has authored hundreds of papers on GIS in such diverse fields as photogrammetry, computer science, planning, environmental science and cartography. His current work is focused on nation-building information sharing platforms for realising smart cities, smart utilities, smart government, smart organisations, and sustainable futures.
You can learn more about all of the speakers, their presentations and the full speaker and activity program on the Locate22 website.
Master of Ceremonies for Locate22 will be Associate Professor Catherine Ball. Dr Ball is a scientific futurist, speaker, advisor, author, business founder and company director working across global projects where emerging technologies meet humanitarian, education, and environmental needs.
The four-day event will encompass not only speaker sessions, but also a wide range of other hands-on activities and interactive and networking opportunities:
- Exhibition with vendor displays and demonstrations
- Workshops and tech talks
- The Locate Hub
- Social networking and Georabble
- Young professional, student and early career researcher workshop
- The Locate Symposium
- Tours, both guided and self-guided
The event will also play host to the presentation of the Asia-Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards for Australia and New Zealand.
It’s not an exaggeration to say that Locate22 is an eagerly awaited and highly anticipated event. The COVID disruptions of the past two years have meant that most face-to-face meetings and conferences had to be cancelled, so this will be the first time in roughly three years that industry members will have been able to meet their colleagues from across the region and catch up on all the latest developments and announcements.
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