Ignite Where and Launch Pad will take place the night before Where 2.0 officially starts, on Monday, May 28 at 7:00pm. If you had five minutes on stage what would you say? What if you only got 20 slides and they rotated automatically after 15 seconds? Would you pitch a project? Launch a web site? Teach a hack? 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. Below are just a few of the Ignite Where talks.
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The Amazing Adventures of (Mobile) Mapping the World
Christopher Prezeau, Tele Atlas
Ever wonder how your car’s navigation system knows you’re in the wrong lane at a toll booth? Or, how the information about where the nearest Chinese restaurant can appear within a few clicks of a mouse on your Internet map? Learn how we map the world with our van.
Factle Maps: Mapping Out the Nation’s Neighborhoods
Bernt Wahl, U.C Berkeley, CET Technology Breakthrough Competition—IT Category
As Internet and demographic information becomes more localized, there is an increased need for data that defines these regions. Through developing and applying a 15-step process, Factle Maps generates high-quality datasets of neighborhood names and their corresponding boundaries.
Tagzania: There's No Place Called Nowhere
Luistxo Fernandez, Tagzania, CodeSyntax
Tagzania is a social mapping application, very tied to tagging, folksonomy. If Europe is some sort of periphery as seen from the SF Bay area, we’re in the periphery of the periphery—a small Basque company pushing a global web site, from somewhere in Northern Spain. But geography is not constrained to a central point, especially since there’s the Internet. And this European “fringe” viewpoint might be interesting: Europe is multilingual and multinational, full of governments not very happy with the idea of opening public cartography.
Twittervision: Location, Entertainment, and Presence
David Troy, Twittervision, Popvox
Twittervision was launched as an experiment to help visualize traffic on the emerging service Twitter. But as it has evolved it sits at the intersection of blogging, presence, location-based services, and entertainment. A grammar to support Twittervision location updates was introduced and now other extensions to the platform can be made to support additional capabilities. Twitter and Twittervision point the way toward horizontal, federated approaches of providing rich presence and location-based services. We’ll explore what’s happened so far and spark some ideas about what might be ahead.
San Francisco Tree Map
Amber Bieg, Friends of the Urban Forest, OSGeo
When green gets geeky, trees get mapped. Learn how Friends of the Urban Forest, a non-profit tree group, dives into OSGeo and the difference it makes.
Bruce Daniel (Cartifact, Cartifact Labs)
What’s the look of geo-technology today? It appears we’re suffering from Cartographic Anesthesia…and it’s time to wake up! A long history of beautiful maps is being thrown by the wayside in the name of technology. What are the dynamics of merging cartography and data? Where might we find inspiration and negotiate a look and feel that will bring back an aesthetic balance?
One of the strengths of Web 2.0 is the start-up—a new company that bursts onto the scene with an innovative and promising new technology or business model. The following companies will debut their product for the first time onstage during the Launch Pad portion of Ignite Where:
Dopplr is a calendar and location focused social network. It helps you answer the question: "Who do I know in *this* city right now?"
Fatdoor is a neighborhood-based community social network. It aims to help you find out more about your neighbors.
GeoCommons is a community that enables the collective creation of intelligent maps. With access to a huge new world of geographic data and infinite ways to combine it, GeoCommons empowers you with the tools to gain and share insight across your neighborhood or across the globe.
National Geographic Meta Lens is the premier geospatial solution for geo-referencing, management, retrieval, and real-time delivery of digital media. Meta Lens is Web-based, platform-flexible, collaborative, and secure.
Swivel is a place for data. Now there will be support for geodata.
UpNext is a 3D virtual cityscape where users can explore and discover their city. UpNext empowers users to search visually, straight from their web browser, to find what’s UpNext in their city.