Glenn Latham reports on his experiences and observations at Where 2.0, including some of his favorite job titles.read more
Where 2.0 happened May 12-14 at the San Francisco Airport Marriot just south of the city. This annual event, now in its 4th year, is a strange mix of grassroots geo-enthusiasts and entrepreneurial geo-hackers. Where 2.0 is primarily a developer’s conference, so the majority of time and certainly the focus was on tools and how they function and less on how these tools are being used. (Or not being used. For the most part, location apps are in beta.) There was definitely the Field of Dream feeling “build it and they will come.” The exceptions were the tools and apps in the social activism thread.
Michael Bauer provides a thoughtful and detailed summary on this year’s conference:
A number of other notable presentations included Sam Altman at Loopt, the provider of a mobile location client for different devices and carriers noted their growth, focus on privacy, and the move towards subscription models for mobile location. Sean Gorman from FortiusOne provided an update on the GeoCommons and how its interacting with FreeBase, OpenLocation, and MapMixer. Mak Oh from Everyscape presented looking at the inside of spaces like malls as well using different anonymous individual tracking techniques.read more
Don Jewell contributes these posts on his experience at Where 2.0, noting the unique and effective format that this conference follows:
It does not matter whether you are the president of Microsoft, the CEO of ESRI, or the president of a two man start-up, you only get 15 minutes and indeed this year some have only 10 and some as little as five minutes to tell their story. But you know it works, because it cuts out all the fluff. In the Marketing Business, one of the first things you learn is that you have to have your elevator speech or your five-minute spiel down pat and that is what we are hearing at Where 2.0 and it is refreshing. None of the fluff, just the Joe Friday facts, ma’am.
Great coverage from Frank Taylor at Google Earth Blog:
We’re looking forward to the Frank Taylor’s coverage at Where this year, he posts this on Seero:
Seero is a new service which offers geo-spatially aware video content in either Google Maps or Google Earth. You can even watch the position of a video broadcast change during the playback of the content, or you can do your own broadcasts.
BURLINGAME, CA, MAY 12, 2008: Cell Bridge Communications Corp. and Poly9 Group Inc. have joined forces to launch GeoAlert® 2.0, the most advanced emergency broadcasting and mapping technology available today, at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference.
Emergency Alert 3D Technology Calls in Minutes, Saves Lives
Geographical Accuracy, Instant Notification, Decreases Emergency Response Times
BURLINGAME, CA, MAY 12, 2008: Cell Bridge Communications Corp. and Poly9 Group Inc. have joined forces to launch GeoAlert® 2.0, the most advanced emergency broadcasting and mapping technology available today, at the O’Reilly Where 2.0 Conference. GeoAlert® 2.0 now uses Adobe AIR software to enable users to monitor real-time risk activity and receive instantaneous alerts on all emergency situations, directly from their desktops. Communicating quickly is the key to saving lives. With GeoAlert® 2.0, the right information finds the right users so that corrective action can be taken in minimal time.
Read the full release.read more
“We’ve covered Whrrl, and several of its competitors, already on Webware,” writes Rafe Needleman, “but with the Where 2.0 conference coming up next week, I thought it’d be interesting to dive into this product just a bit more, since it represents some very interesting trends that are central to the creation of location-aware apps.”read more
Cooper Aerial Surveys Co. recently announced the completion of an imagery calibration, the first the company has completed of its kind. Customers can now view these images online through Cooper’s interactive web service.
I am very excited to be able to provide these imagery samples to our clients,” said Jeff Cooper, President and CEO of Cooper Aerial. “This will enable them to better understand the range of options available through aerial mapping and to ultimately receive the product that best meets their needs.” Jeff plans to showcase the sample imagery at the Where 2.0 Conference in Burlingame, California later this month.
In this blog, marketed to leaders in National Yellow Pages Advertising and Internet Marketing, the issue of mapping:
At a recent Where 2.0 conference in San Jose, California, the subject of 3D Mapping was the hot topic of discussion, specifically the so-called “3D Data arms race” between Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and others Web companies spending fortunes vying to have developers use their platforms for cityscapes.
This is a good article on the future of location-based technology and how it featured at this past Where 2.0 Conference:
Another nice “mark your calendar” style post:
People are already talking about the next Where 2.0 conference:
Where 2.0 2008 will happen May 12-14, 2008 at the San
Francisco Airport Marriott in Burlingame, California. Where 2.0 is being
extended to three full days to include in depth workshops on the first
Artur writes about some follow up information concerning Garmin:
We’ve just extended the early registration discount for one more week, so you now have March 31 to save up to $300 on conference fees for Where 2.0 2008 and take part in thought-provoking sessions like:
Program chair Brady Forrest still has a few more intriguing ideas in the hopper for the agenda, so stay tuned.read more
If you’re thinking of coming to the 2008 edition of Where 2.0 in May, now’s the time to sign up. Early registration–your chance to save up to $300–ends this week. Program chair Brady Forrest has once again put together a stimulating, wide-ranging program, bringing in speakers from all over the world to discuss location issues and applications in gaming, activism, green efforts, search engines, history, crowd behavior, and much more. New this year also is a full day of tutorials.read more
Program chair Brady Forrest has confirmed the preliminary agenda for this May’s Where 2.0 Conference. Once again, lots of food for thought: GeoDjango, map-based advertising, gaming, OpenLayers, mobile apps, and much more.
New to Where 2.0 this year is a full day of tutorials for folks who want to go more in-depth with location technologies.
The early registration discount will be available until March 23.read more
News from Dash Express, a follow up from products seen at last year’s Where 2.0 Conference:
Last year at the Where 2.0 conference, I first saw the Dash Express, a location-aware device that connects to the Internet to get information in real-time from your car. I just got e-mail from Dash that the testing phase is nearing an end and they’re about to release a limited number of these handy devices in the first quarter of 2008.
Just a reminder for all those proposals for Where 2.0, the time is now!
A nice piece in the location based market about the CFP for Where 2.0:
What are the hot new technologies that will change the way we think about mapping information? The data mashups that will change the way we travel? The innovations that drive local search and shopping? The ultra-local killer app that’s about to take off?
Here is the official press release announcing the Call for Participation for Where 2.0:
Conference chair Brady Forrest had this to say about the Where 2.0 2008 CFP:
Buzz continues on for the 2007 Where conference: