Speaker Announcement for Round 1 of #PetGeoPeeves VS #PetGeoLoves

We have our first round of speakers and its…..

Postcodes are evil vs The Rise of Real Time mapping

Register here for your tickets so we can order enough Pizza for everyone.

We are still accepting speaker ideas so if you have a #PetGeoPeeves or #PetGeoLoves that you’d like to share in a 10 min presentation send your ideas to sydney@georabble.org.

The GeoRabble Crew

Georabble Perth #14 Rises for the Machines

Spring in Perth brought a record local crowd of 120 Georabblers together to talk about “The Rise of the Machines”. For the first time we were joined by a few more via a (more or less) live telecast on Periscope.

The always original David Brady dusted-off his MC hat for the night to introduce the speaker line-up to talk about life in a post Lake Maid drone world, and the reality of training computer algorithms as well as humans. The Georabble Perth team give a call out to NGIS Australia and LandgateWALIS for feeding and watering a hungry group of Rabblers.

We kicked-off with Matt Barrett with a “Game of Drones” – covering a lot of ground as you can with drones for utilities. That got the Rabblers and friends talking about everything drone –from piloting to farming.

Piers Higgs, resplendent in a (way too) clean and crisp Maps WA uniform talked about the Good, the Bad and the Ugly drone pilots. Piers had plenty of material to work with on why mixing amateur model plane pilots, drones and fires are such a bad idea. The Georabble Perth team give a second call out to get involved in the Maps WA volunteer team – ping mapswa@dfes.wa.gov.au to get in touch.

Fedja Hadzic, the guy with the best job title in the room – Inventor – walked us through about how he’s training computer algorithms to explore big data, including coming-up with the right questions to ask so we don’t wait centuries to get “42”.

Robert Lednor picked-up the Drones thread again – attempting to explore “not just the cool stuff”. Lucky for our Rabblers it’s hard to make geo un-cool – so Robert just kept exploring.

We wrapped up Georabble #14 with Mark Taylor on the Certainty of Uncertainty – kicking off with a visual geo-quiz on some pretty ancient hardware and challenging us to think about who uses what we create and what they really need.

A couple of newbies discovered us via Twitter on #georabbleper. We hope see you all again, with your friends at Georabble Perth #15 on GIS Day – Wednesday, November 18, 2015. Stay tuned via #georabbleper for more info soon.

GeoRabble Tas #5, October 29th

GeoRabble Tas #5

GeoRabble Tas #5 is booked in for the 29th of October, and as usual, is at the Republic Bar in North Hobart from 5 pm until around 7 pm. We’ve got the support of Pelican Corp for this event (thanks guys!).

There’s room for more presenters, but currently we’ve got the following folks locked in:

  • Dom James, talking about something from his past (he’s new to Tassie!)
  • Steve Harwin, with a presentation titled ‘Drones for mapping natural landforms – how accurate can we get?’
  • Colin Mazengarb, talking about ‘Working with Point Clouds in the Geoscience Arena – opportunities and challenges’
  • You?!

See you there!
Eventbrite - GeoRabble Tas #5

Registrations open for #PetGeoPeeves & #PetGeoLoves

The #PetGeoPeeves & #PetGeoLoves  are coming through thick and fast with a great range of ideas and discussions points worthy of beer and pizza at the next GeoRabble Sydney on Oct the 1st – register for free here

From the rise of maps as fashion, thank you Open Street Map, to tracking pick-ups on Uber to spleen venting on KMZ’s as the new PDF’s and let’s not forget the frustrating inconsistencies in data.

If you have a pet geo peeve or love, big or small, send through your ideas to sydney@georabble.org and share your burden or pleasure with a great crew of like minded GeoRabblers.

Also keep the twitter conversation going by using the #PetGeoPeeves & #PetGeoLoves tags.

Pizza’s are kindly supplied courtesy of Pitney Bowes and Mercury Project Solutions, who are sponsoring this event.

The GeoRabble crew

Sponsored by Mercury Project Solutions


Call for Speakers – GeoRabble Sydney

#GeoPetPeeves vs #GeoPetLoves

GeoRabble has always been about personal stories and having fun. So at the next GeoRabble on October the 1st at the Occidental Hotel starting at 6pm, we want to hear humorous outpourings on geo pet peeves and loves.

If you bemoan the mass adoptions of hexabins, the misuse of projections or love the way maps online have evolved to become the must have visualisation everywhere, this GeoRabble is for you.peeves_vs_loves

We want spleen venting, expression of adoration, letters of complaints and contented purring on any topic big or small. For balance we are aiming for 3 presenters on each side of the spectrum.

Send through your ideas to sydney@georabble.org.

Oh… and for an extra bit of fun for this GeoRabble we have added an extra rule to the standard rules, you have to start your presentation with a geo related joke!

Here is a one of our favourites

How do geographers meet their husband or wife?




They Datum!

Keep an eye out on twitter as we start the stream of ideas using the hashtags #PetGeoPeeves & #PetGeoLoves and join in the conversation. The best ones we will share at GeoRabble on the big screen.

Looking forward to sharing your stories, beers, pizzas and geo jokes.

Register here to attend.

Remember: GeoRabble is free to attend, as is the Pizza, courtesy of Pitney Bowes, who are sponsoring this event!

The GeoRabble crewpb-logo-TM-web

GeoRabble Perth #14 – Rise of the Machines


  • Matt Barrett – Machines and utilities
  • Fedja Hadzic – Inventor @ SkryData
  • Piers Higgs – Drones – the good, the bad, and the ugly – an all hazards perspective
  • Robert Lednor – Applications of drones (not just the cool stuff)
  • Mark Taylor – Certainty of uncertainty

Date: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge 6003
Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Proudly sponsored by  Landgate – WALIS and NGIS Australia

Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity!

Please contact us if you’d like to be a part of sponsoring a future event.


GeoRabble Tas #4 – PostEventWriteup

GeoRabble Tas #4 was another success, though it was pretty cold and in the middle of winter. The crowd was down a little, but there were a nice group of around fifty there, enjoying the presentations that had been extricated from the bowels of the federal agencies (CSIRO, ACE CRC and UTAS). ACE CRC sponsored, which was awesome.

I enjoyed Guy’s talk about Robots in the air and sea. Certainly some good info there, and another light update about the very real issue of climate change, as well as the near impossibility of inferring sea ice thickness from the surface! Brett Muir then introduced us to the fancy big ship. The problem of working out a relationship between a moving boat, some GNSS antennas and a bit of sensor sticking out the bottom of the ship, or being towed 2 km under the sea is a good one. Iain spoke of wine, while waving wine around and talking about the difficulty of calibrating an infra-red sensor. And finally, Bec spoke about the Argo program, and the fancy autonomous floats journeying around the ocean.

There’s not much more to say. The reports coming back indicate it was a roiling success, so there will be another, I just don’t know when.



Iain Clarke talking about wine, while drinking wine.

Iain Clarke talking about wine, while drinking wine.

What a great audience!

What a great audience!

Guy Williams talking about the usual suspects.

Guy Williams talking about the usual suspects.



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