Monday, May 28, 2007

Where 2.0 kicks off an exciting week for the geospatial web

The third annual Where 2.0 Conference kicks off Monday evening with the Ignite and Launchpad sessions. These events are described from the Where site: "..This high-energy, fast-paced event will feature up to 20 Ignite presentations and will also include Launch Pad, a platform for start-ups to make their debut." Giving talks at the Ignite session this evening are Google Maps geo-developers (and enablers) Luistxo Fernandez of Tagzania and David Troy of Twittervision and Flickrvision.

For those of you not familiar with Where 2.0, here is an excerpt from conference website:
"At Where 2.0, you'll find source mapping tools, open standards for data and location web services, and sensors for obtaining location data. We'll learn how the established geo industry is reacting to the first businesses making money from their grassroots geospatial projects. There's no better place to meet the people behind the mash-ups, the people behind the platforms, and the people looking ahead to the future of geospatial. Join us at Where 2.0 to debate and discuss what's viable now, and what's lurking just below the radar."

The 2007 Where 2.0 Conference promises to be full of interesting events and exciting product announcements from companies in the geospatial industry. I have already been contacted by FortiusOne who plans to use Where 2.0 as the venue to announce "GeoCommons". Take a look at this pre-brief for more details of what the concept is. O'Reilly has also covered this pre-announcement on the O'Reilly Radar in a very interesting post that should get you excited for FortiusOne's official announcement. While I won't be attending Where 2.0 directly I will be paying attention to and passing on anything relevant to the world of Google Maps and Google Maps mashups. For a comprehensive account of what is taking place at the conference, I recommend tuning into Frank Taylor at the Google Earth Blog who will be posting live from the conference floor. Where 2.0 wraps up with the Google Developer Day held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California on Thursday May 31st. Check out this ZDNet blog post for a sneak peek of this event.

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