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Schedule: Plenary sessions

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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 5 ratings)
When mapping first arrived on the web, it was all about driving directions. In the era of the mashup, we saw map tiles being used as canvas for a variety of websites devoted to data visualization and interaction. At Bing, we've been evolving to meet and accelerate the trajectory of these shifts, in the process enabling a broad sweep of new applications written by anyone, using data from anywhere. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Chris Vein (City and County of San Francisco), Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.)
Average rating: **...
(2.33, 6 ratings)
San Francisco has led the way in releasing public data sets and working with citizens to generate more. Under CIO Chris Vein the city launched DataSF. Working with Stamen Design, SF has also started collecting data from its citizens via programs like Cycle Tracks. Chris and Tim will discuss how cities and application developers will benefit from open data and the future of programs like these. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Michael Jones (Google)
Average rating: ***..
(3.80, 5 ratings)
Online maps, location-based services, local advertising, GPS technology, web mashups, personal navigation devices, and mobile telephones have extended the meaning of the word 'map' in new and important ways. Further changes now underway promise to eclipse even today's maps in impact. Michael will offer Google's view on both the surprises and opportunities that await us all. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Tim O'Reilly (O'Reilly Media, Inc.), Michael Arrington (TechCrunch)
Average rating: *....
(1.83, 6 ratings)
The mobile and location industry is being flooded with new players and technologies. Mike and Tim will debate who should win and why they will. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Othman Laraki (Twitter)
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
Twitter recently added location to its platform. Now users can update their locations with their tweets creating a new class of geodata for Twitter API developers. Othman will discuss the geo aspects of the platform. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Average rating: ***..
(3.14, 7 ratings)
In this session, Michael Halbherr, Vice President, Social Location at Nokia, will discuss bridging the virtual and real world into a seamless and user-centric matrix of people, places, and live services. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Dennis Crowley (foursquare)
Average rating: ***..
(3.78, 9 ratings)
Location-based services mashed-up with social networks are nothing new - we've been checking-in and finding our friends across a variety of services since 2005. What is new is what users expect to get in return. This talk will review some of the things we've learned through a year's worth of foursquare.com and our efforts to turn life into a game. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Kati London (Area/Code)
Average rating: ***..
(3.40, 5 ratings)
It’s been ten years since the first geo-cache was placed. Since then, locative games have continued to change how we play, where we go, and what we think when we get there. As locative games mature and evolve, they are creating increasingly complex and engaging imaginary spaces in the real world. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Walter Scott (DigitalGlobe)
Average rating: ****.
(4.40, 5 ratings)
In today’s always-on environment, speed and accuracy of information are more critical than ever before. DigitalGlobe’s founder and CTO, Dr. Walter Scott, will demonstrate how the current state-of-the-art in satellite imagery technology are filling that need, and changing the way we live and work by helping people create meaning out of what has proven to be so much more than mere pixels. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Mark L. DeMulder (United States Geological Survey)
Average rating: ***..
(3.43, 7 ratings)
The National Map, one of the cornerstones of the United States Geological Survey’s National Geospatial Program, is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Geological Survey and other federal, state, and local partners to improve and deliver geospatial information for the nation. This presentation will describe its current status and provide an overview of the National Map products and services. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Ted Morgan (Skyhook Wireless)
Average rating: ****.
(4.17, 6 ratings)
As the first generation of location-based apps are maturing, we are witnessing new uses of location from new categories of apps. Music, book, and news apps are beginning to include location features to bring social networks into their user experience and to increase the lifetime of their users. We will review some of these examples and discuss what this growth means. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Josh Williams (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.62, 8 ratings)
Visions of virtual goods, digital collectibles and pixelated tchotchkes are inspiring people to check in with their phone, sharing not only their location, but also their souvenirs, with friends. This discussion will explore the incentives, social bragging rights, collectibility and other gamelike rewards that are motivating the masses to go out and discover the world around them. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Average rating: ***..
(3.20, 5 ratings)
Content is at the core of any location-based service. But the challenge is capturing the data, much of which is either unstructured or doesn't exist online-yet. For the past 5 years Yelp has been growing its base of reviews to a massive repository of more than 8M reviews about local businesses. Its recent mobile app launches suggest that the company is in the sweet spot for LBS on mobile devices. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Average rating: ****.
(4.00, 9 ratings)
GIS helps businesses and organizations leverage authoritative data and easily deliver it to decision makers in ways that are intuitive and fit into their existing decision making processes. GIS is used for asset/data management, planning and analysis, business operations, and situational awareness. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Deborah Estrin (Cornell NYC Tech)
Average rating: ***..
(3.88, 8 ratings)
Mobile smartphones can be easily programmed to automatically record GPS coordinates and accelerometer readings, creating geocoded, time-stamped, activity logs of our every day lives. In this talk Deborah will describe promising applications and suggest that it’s time to consider the technical and legal structures needed for individuals to retain control over their telling traces. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Dave Fetterman (Facebook)
Average rating: ***..
(3.25, 8 ratings)
Until recently there was a delta between the Web experience and content available to users based how they accessed the Web, from their desktop or a mobile device. n combination with the explosion of innovative mobile devices and operating systems, the social graph provides a platform that meets this need and delivers new ways for individuals to stay connected to their network. Read more.
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Location: Ballroom III - VI
Jeffrey Johnson (Open Solutions Group), John Crowley (Harvard Humanitarian Initiative and STAR-TIDES), Schuyler Erle (SimpleGeo)
Average rating: ****.
(4.29, 7 ratings)
After the earthquake in Haiti, a community of crisis mappers started to prove what can be done when gifted minds channel their energies into a collective effort. This session will highlight the efforts of many individuals and will testify to the lessons derived from their efforts. Read more.