Ignite Where & Launch Pad

Location: Salon E

The geo space is too big to fit into two days of stage time. So returning for the second year is Ignite Where and Launchpad. We’re going to give startups 5 minutes to show their new products — no slides, demoes only. We’re also going to have a series of fast-paced Ignite talks. Each will be 20 slides that advance automatically after 15 seconds.

Ignite Where Talks





Andrew Turner (Mapufacture Inc.)


User-generated geospatial content has become plentiful as the tools of the GeoStack have become nearly ubiquitous. We’re becoming awash in masses of geospatial data and the next question will be how to manage it. This presentation will discuss solutions that have been developed to enable users to find personalized interesting localized content from the GeoWeb.



Steven Hammond (PatientsLikeMe)


By opening a geospatial window on patient-entered medical information, PatientsLikeMe is changing the way patients and researchers look at diseases and treatments in long-term illnesses like ALS, MS, and HIV.



Bernt Wahl (U.C. Berkeley)


As Internet search and mobile mapping become more granular, location-based services based on neighborhood data can now tailor to communities’ needs and demographics more effectively.

Launch Pad Talks



Nguyen Le (Focation.com)


Focation.com is a map project based on Google map in Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh City. In the next two months they will have "crowd source mapping" available for aread that lack GIS data, including Ho Chi Minh city.



John Barrus (Ricoh Innovations, Inc.)


GeoFi, a new approach to geo-positioning based on WiFi networks, will be presented. This low-power, low-cost solution requires no new hardware and works on most laptops. It is effective indoors and can be used for a variety of location-based services, from resource discovery to tracking. Attendees will learn how to set up a GeoFi network and can even try it out on their own machines.



Frank San Miguel (Concharto)


Wikipedia has transformed how people think about collaboration and challenged long-standing traditions about creation and distribution of knowledge. Yet the wiki form has hardly changed in the past 10 years. The next logical step is to enable Wikipedia-style mass collaboration on a map. This presentation discusses the necessary components to make it happen.



Blake Scholl (Pelago, Inc. )


At the nexus of social networking, local discovery and user-generated content, Whrrl combines mapping and micro-blogging technology into a unique social discovery experience. Whether accessed via the Web or mobile device, Whrrl provides users with an entirely new discovery pathway for finding and sharing local knowledge with friends and communities. "Whrrl":http://www.whrrl.com




Ipoki.com is a GPS-based social network that allows people to share geolocation data using a small application installed in their mobile devices. Ipoki integrates this data with other social web sites like Facebook, Flickr, Netvibes, or IGoogle. Open Social and Android are the future integrations for Ipoki. Social networks, mobile devices, and geodata are joined in this project.



Josh Knauer (Rhiza Labs)


Communities generate lots of maps, but they’re not effectively shared for better decision making. Rhiza Labs introduces Community Insight as a platform for sharing complex map data, creating data analysis online, and networking with experts. It is designed to be accessible and usable by policy wonks, concerned citizens, and academic researchers alike. The product is being used in conservation science on databasin.org to connect policy advocates with science data, where issues of trust, provenance, and accuracy abound.



Steve Coast (OpenStreetMap), Ian Holt (Ordnance Survey)


Ordnance Survey – Britain’s National Mapping Agency – has launched OpenSpace, a mapping API pushing OS’s unique cartography in to the hands of geohackers everywhere. Based on OpenLayers and the Ordnance Survey’s hundreds of years experience in top-rate data collection and maps, OpenSpace is perhaps the best API for use in the UK.



Georg Broxtermann (Orbster GmbH), Jörn Rehse (Orbster GmbH)


The presentation shows how easy it will be to upload and play a LB Game and how item purchasing works.



Jaron Waldman (Placebase)


The free mapping platforms have evolved in relation to a simple set of consumer requirements like getting driving directions, finding coffee shops, and viewing aerials.




TurfTag is a Social Utility to assist its users in rediscovering the world around them. TurfTag will connect users to their friends in real space, allow location based searching, connect users to events happening around them, and also give a new look at the objects and locations that surround us. TurfTag is about seeing what you are missing . . .



Nick Black (Cloud Made)


Cloud Made provides products and services on top of OpenStreetMap.



Eric Rodenbeck (Stamen)


Maps are never pefect representations of reality, and increasingly they’re out of date before they’re finished. Complicating matters, mapping of live phenomena (geospatial or otherwise) is becoming more and more prevelant, and even expected. Looking back to earlier representations of movement can help us figure out how to represent the fluid spaces that mapping is moving in to.

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