There’s more to Where 2.0 than keynotes, plenary sessions, and the chance to see the latest innovations in geospatial technology. Special events at Where 2.0 are designed to create networking opportunities and provide a glimpse of mapping technologies on the horizon.

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Google Geo Developer Day
Time: 11:00AM - 7:00PM
Location: Googleplex
The day before Where 2.0 kicks off (Monday, June 12), Google will be hosting a Geo Developer Day exclusively for a limited number of Where 2.0 attendees at the Googleplex (Google headquarters). They’ll be providing the transportation, the food and the opportunity to chat up the Google Geo development team. Having problems with the Google Maps toolset? Frustrated by the lack of a geocoder? KML keeping you up at night? This is your big chance to personally meet the people responsible for your most vexing development problems. They’ll feed you well, hopefully teach you a trick or two, and definitely give you a behind the scenes peek at where Google is headed. This special event is for registered Where 2.0 conference attendees only and space is limited – only 100 seats are available.

Please note: this event is now at capacity, however Google is considering expanding the size. Please sign-up to be put on the standby list. Google will let you know by June 1st if you can be accommodated.

Pixie Hunt: Cameraphone Scavenger Hunt
Time: 7:30PM - 10:00PM

Microsoft and Cingular Wireless are co-sponsoring an evening of play to kick off Where 2.0. Pixie Hunt is a mash-up of a Microsoft prototype that creates a mobile, connected scavenger hunt. Combining the app, a Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone or PocketPC cameraphone, Flickr, and a group text messaging service, tasks are set for teams to accomplish. Each time a photo is snapped recording a completed task, it's automatically uploaded to Flickr and tagged. Photos can be viewed by all teams in real time and teams can "smack talk" via the integrated group SMS service. Because the photos are geotagged, some tasks are created around specific locations for photos be taken and players can see the location of other teams on a Virtual Earth map. More details about the game

The Pixie Hunt game is for registered Where 2.0 attendees only and space is limited to 60 players. If you want to play, please sign-up on the conference Wiki.

Tuesday, June 13th, 2006

Reception Sponsored by Microsoft, Google and Autodesk
Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM
Location: Regency Ballroom
Where 2.0's exhibit hall will showcase state-of-the-art systems, apps, and services in the location space. Mingle with fellow conference participants at the Exhibit Hall Reception and see from exhibitors and sponsors what location-aware technologies have to offer. Refreshments will be served.

Where Fair
Time: 7:30PM - 9:30PM
Location: Regency Ballroom
The Where Fair is back! This hands-on, demo-licious evening event showcases the most exciting location-aware tools, apps, and hardware that are emerging from garages and university labs. Fair-goers can discuss the ideas behind the demos with the creators, and learn how these unconventional new technologies can be adapted into existing business strategies. Where Fair projects will be selected from research, academia, and yet-to-be-discovered entrepreneurs. The Where Fair complements the conference's exhibit hall, which will showcase state-of-the-art systems, apps, and services in the location space.

Loki/Skyhook Funk Band & Beer Bash
Time: 9:30PM - 11:55PM
The Loki/Skyhook team invites you to enjoy some cold beer, California wines, fancy cocktails, fine food and the funky sounds the Valley's own Vicious Groove at the Loft Bar & Bistro right around the corner from the Fairmont. Whether you want to network and mingle on the outdoor patio or get funkalicious with the Groove, its the place to be after a hard day of conference'ing.


Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Yahoo! Happy Hour
Time: 5:30PM - 7:30PM

Wind up Where 2.0 with a happy hour sponsored by Yahoo! Enjoy cocktails and hors d'oeuvres immediately following the conference and meet the folks behind Yahoo! Local, Yahoo! Maps, Flickr and more.

Wednesday, June 14th, 2006

Gordon Biersch
33 East San Fernando Street
San Jose, CA 95113

Please bring your Where 2.0 badge.

Directions from the Fairmont Hotel:
Turn right out of the hotel onto Market Street. Make another right on San Fernando Street. Gordon Biersch is approximately a block and half down San Fernando Street and is located on your left-hand side. Gordon Biersch is less than a five minute walk from the Fairmont Hotel.