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"A who's who of location-aware players." Michael Calore, Wired.com webmonkey

"Where 2.0 did a superb job of gathering the major parties to the table to discuss mobile-social-mapping." Joe Francica, Directions Magazine

"The sixth edition of O'Reilly Media's annual Where 2.0 conference wrapped yesterday, possibly the most exciting and definitely the most widely attended edition to date. The premise was consistent with that of previous years: citizen map-making democratizes our world, location is pervasive, and we can be assured of the financial value of geographic data and location-aware advertising. But there was something else going on, too, something new, complex and big: the realization that we need to build services that let people manipulate their world, not just learn about it." Di-Ann Eisnor, GigaOM

"Where 2.0 is a unique gathering that mixes together the usual geo-suspects with a potent mix of Silicon Valley strivers and curious IT folks. This year attendance is back up to just shy of 1000 and the venue is packed full. There is nothing like the psychology of a full room to get people buzzing." Paul Ramsey, OpenGeo

"I would say Where 2.0 trumps SXSW and deserves some much needed contemplation." Ian Stinson, Geo Local Road Map

"Three days of packed presentations by amazingly smart, passionate people. They are here to share their ideas with others and build upon their successes to make new applications and new ways of doing things. It is really interesting to see the supportive and sharing atmosphere working to drive the technology." Stephanie Tamar Ayanian, Geospatial Revolution Project

"So this year's Where 2.0 in a sentence: location technology can help people have fun, and it can also just plain help people. Good news all around." Paul Ramsey, OpenGeo

"Nokia…at the Where 2.0 Conference in San Jose, CA, the world's biggest event focused on exploring location based services." —Carlos Silva, The S60 blog

"Where 2.0, now in its fifth year, is the tech industry's biggest showcase for the latest geo-enabled hardware and software—an area that's hit a new level of saturation as location-based tech rapidly moves into our smartphones, our laptops and, consequently, into our experience on the web." Michael Calore, Wired.com webmonkey

"Where 2.0 is THE event for location based services and with the evolution of Maps, the perfect place to talk about what's new and exciting." JBC, Nokia Conversations

"Many thanks indeed for an excellent conference. I was dead-impressed with the welcoming congeniality of the staff, the quality of the presentations, and smooth running of it all. Thanks for making Yahoo! a part." Tyler Bell, Yahoo! Inc.

"A hotspot of creative thinking and investigation into what's possible in terms of location-based services today, and what's just around the corner." Mike Cooper, Nokia

"I spent Wednesday listening to presentations about how the evolution of location-based mobile services and the geo-coding of information on the Web were changing the way we experience the Internet. It was geeky, exciting stuff." —Chris O'Brien, Mercury News Columnist

"Where 2.0 was tremendous." Gregory Dicum, freelance journalist

"[Where 2.0 2008] was a great conference, an excellent set of speakers and a wonderful opportunity to learn and network." Frank San Miguel, Founder, Concharto.org

"Back to the office after a great week at #where20 and #wherecamp—looking forward to following up with lots of the great folks we met." Sarah Manley via Twitter

"Where 2.0 was the most interesting and provocative conference I have ever attended" —John Frank, Founder and CTO, MetaCarta, Inc.

"The Where 2.0 conference is probably one of the most important meetings of the year for developers of new Web 2.0 mapping technologies." Frank Taylor, Google Earth Blog

"I can't remember a conference I have attended in the past few years where there was just so much to take-in. [The next] Where 2.0…will be a show not to miss." Ed Parsons, edparsons.com

"Where 2.0 was a terrific event that showcased cutting-edge technology, geo-spatial tools and advanced thinking about place and participation. It's like a sneak preview of tomorrow's consumer and enterprise applications." —Greg Sterling, Sterling Market Intelligence

"Many companies are trying to position themselves as leaders in the geolocation field this week, which makes sense since the sure-to-be-fascinating Where 2.0 conference kicks off next week." —Rafe Needleman, CNET News.com

"[Where 2.0] presentations provided a stimulating combination of cartographic history, bleeding-edge technologies (many of them still under construction), and debate over how businesses can tap into the new excitement over consumer access to geo-referenced data on the Web." Wade Roush

"The Where 2.0 Conference is an excellent forum for the mapping community to discuss the future of mapping for businesses and consumers." Stephen Lawler, Microsoft MapPoint GM

"If you are in the web 2.0 mapping business, and the virtual globe business, I think this is probably one of the best conferences, if not the best, to attend." Frank Taylor, Google Earth Blog

"Great conference! Met some smart people, learned about some great companies and had a blast!" Justin Kifer

"The content was nonstop, forward thinking awesome." @schneidermike

"The presentations from the Where 2.0 conference always blow me away." Andrew Crook, GIS and Agent-based Modeling

"The Valley’s preeminent conference for Location-based services." William Gill, Will's Blog

Where 2012 Onsite Information

We're looking forward to another great Where Conference. Below is information to help you get the most out of your time at Where 2012.

Conference Location

San Francisco Marriott Marquis
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
(415) 896-1600
Marriott.com/SanFrancisco
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Registration / Check-in Hours

Stop by Where Registration to pick up your badge and other materials. Registration is located on the Yerba Buena Level.

  • Monday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Speaker Lounge Hours

If you are speaking at Where, please check-in and pick up your badge at the Speaker Lounge, located in Nob Hill C-D on the Yerba Buena Level.

  • Monday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Hours

Make sure to stop by the Exhibit Hall to check out the exhibitors displaying the latest in location tools and technologies. See who will be exhibiting.

Tuesday, April 3

  • 10:15 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • 5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exhibit Hall Reception

Wednesday, April 4

  • 10:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Events

Make sure to join us at one (or all) of the events planned at Where, including Ignite, Exhibit Hall Reception, Startup Showcase, and Mini Maker Faire.

Where Office Hours

Where Office Hours give you a chance to meet face-to-face with some of our speakers! No sign-ups necessary. Just stop by the Office Hours area in the Exhibit Hall to discuss the speaker's area of expertise, give feedback about their sessions, or ask questions. See the current list of participating speakers.

Where Mobile App

Want Where info to go? Download our mobile event app packed with schedule and other essential data.

Wireless Internet Access

Wireless Internet will be available throughout the conference area. There is no password required to access the Where wireless network. Keep in mind that you're sharing the network with your fellow Where attendees, so please refrain from downloading large files while on the conference network. If you need assistance getting online, please visit the customer service desk in Registration or send a message to @whereconf.

Live Streaming, Speaker Slides, and Video Recordings

Live Streaming

We'll be live streaming all of the keynote presentations (view the live stream schedule.)

Speaker Slides

We'll be posting speaker slides as we get them, however keep in mind not all speakers choose to make their slides available for download.

Video Recordings

All workshops, sessions, and keynotes at Where are being recorded. This video compilation will be available for purchase about three weeks after the conference ends. Please note: If you have an All-Access Pass, the complete video compilation is already included with your pass. There is no need to purchase it separately.

Online Attendee Directory

The Online Attendee Directory for Where is now open. See who else will be at Where this year, set up your personal profile, message other attendees, and manage your contacts. You must be registered for the event and have opted-in to the Attendee Directory in order to begin using it.

Set Up Your Personal Schedule

Create your own Where agenda using the personal scheduler function. Mark the presentations and events you want to attend by clicking on the calendar icon next to each listing on the website. You can then access it by clicking on the "personal schedule" link in the Schedule View page.

Printed versions of the daily schedule will also be available throughout the conference area.

Rate or Comment on the Workshops and Sessions You Attend

Have a question or comment for a speaker? Post them in the "Add New Comment" field found at the bottom of any session detail page. Please keep in mind that your comments will be public.

You can also rate any of the sessions you attend on the Where mobile app. Just click on the set of stars on the session description page to submit your rating.

Stay Connected with Hashtag - #whereconf

Stop by the O'Reilly Booth

Author book-signing on Tuesday, April 3. The first 25 people get a complimentary autographed copy for each book:

You can also enter for a chance to win these prizes:

  • $500 in O'Reilly products
  • 6 month subscription to Safari Books Online

Questions / Feedback

If you have a question about Where or feedback you want to share, let us know:

  1. Message us on Twitter @whereconf
  2. Stop by our customer service desk in Registration on the Yerba Buena Level
  3. Send us an email at conf-admin@oreilly.com
  • Esri
  • AT&T Interactive
  • Google
  • Nokia, Location & Commerce
  • Facebook
  • Bing
  • Control Group
  • Localeze
  • MyCityWay
  • Socrata
  • Urban Airship
  • MapQuest

Sponsorship Opportunities

For information on exhibition and sponsorship opportunities at the conference, contact Gloria Lombardo at glombardo@oreilly.com

Media Partner Opportunities

For media partnerships, contact mediapartners@ oreilly.com

Press and Media

For media-related inquiries, contact Maureen Jennings at maureen@oreilly.com

Contact Us

View a complete list of Where Conference contacts