When the team at Interpoint Events were approached with the idea for GeoNext – that is to create a ‘fresh’ geo event that would look toward the next wave of spatial technologies – it seemed like something that the changing field of geoinformation could really use.
With digital cartography now as simple to use – and as widespread – as webpages, and with location-aware devices now sitting in the pockets of millions of Australians, it seemed like the perfect time to start an event that: examines the way that internet technologies and the now-blurred lines between map users and creators have changed the spatial field; and embraces the innovations that such changes will bring.
However, none of the webmaps, location-based-services, or crowd-sourced maps would be possible without the spatial gurus that create the software, maintain the data, and keep the show going behind the scenes.
Isaac Newton, one of the greatest minds the world has ever seen, was heard to utter the phrase “standing on the shoulders of giants” in recognition of the existing work of his forebears, which he simply built upon. With this in mind, the GeoNext committee decided to bring together the greatest minds of the traditional spatial practices, and introduce them to the next wave of spatial innovators, to help their vision reach the distant horizon.
To our joy, it worked.
150 delegates from around Australia and New Zealand braved the end-of-summer downpour, coming together to make the day a success.
The feedback from the inaugural GeoNext conference was unanimously positive – despite the wet weather and phantom taxis – with delegates and exhibitors both showing keen interest to return in 2013.
Attendees praised the fact that the subject matter was “refreshingly different” and “opened up a lot of possibilities”, and that the speakers were “thought provoking”.
GeoNext 2013 will take place on 27 February 2013, at the same venue, the Australian Technology Park.
If you would like to be informed of when early bird registration for GeoNext 2013 opens, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope to see you there.
A video overview of the event is available to watch at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkTI9W2wDNY