GeoRabble Sydney – Next week!

With GeoRabble Sydney fast approaching, we’re excited to announce our lineup of speakers for the evening. Tickets are limited, so register now to guarantee your spot – there are only 20 left!


Nick Evershed, the data and interactives editor for Guardian Australia, will be talking about visualising COVID-19 data for the public.

Mary-Ellen Feeny will be tackling the ‘allied industries’, discussing spatial and the converging environments of data science, engineering, automation, predictive analytics.

Alex Allchin will be presenting on treasure hunting with old maps, detailing his adventures in using modern tech to find survey marks from the 1800s.

Brittany Dahl will be sharing her experience mentoring the next generation of GeoGeeks.

Wilson Yung will be speaking about using mobility data analysis to understand post-lockdown business recovery.

We look forward to seeing you there!

GeoRabble Sydney – Goodbye 2021!

After a long hiatus GeoRabble is finally returning to Sydney for one last hurrah before we say goodbye to 2021.

That’s right, you read correctly folks: a real life face-to-face event on Wednesday 15th December, where all backgrounds will be real and no one will be on mute. (Apart from when our wonderful speakers will be presenting, of course – more on that soon!)

Thanks to our generous sponsors at Mercury Project Solutions, there will even be some food provided on the night. 

Register now to reserve your spot at *THE* GeoGeek event of the season. Places are limited!

For those new to GeoRabble, our event is a chance to catch up with other GIS folks and make new friends. There will also be a few presentations strictly adhering to the following rules:

  • Presentations no longer than 10 minutes.
  • Celebrate each others’ triumphs.
  • Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry.
  • No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.
  • No company logos or ‘about us’ slides.

We look forward to seeing you in person at:

Location: The Occidental Hotel, 43 York St, Sydney NSW 

(Or 33°52’00.1″S 151°12’20.5″E for the elite GeoGeeks amongst us)

Date: Wednesday 15th December

Time: 6-9pm

Thanks again to our sponsor:


Good evening Georabblers of Brisbane!

Can you sense the excitement in the air…24 hours to go…until the long-awaited return of Georabble!

It’s been a long time between ‘rabbles – we’ve been cancelled twice due to COVID, but it looks like nothing can stop us now. 

We will see you tomorrow night from 5:30 at the Charming Squire.  Formalities to kick off around 6pm.

We have three fabulous speakers lined up – Jessica Watson, Marcus Toyne and Wayne Lee-Archer – who have some interesting stories to tell.   

There is still some capacity for the event – so make sure you invite your BGF (Best-Geo-Friend), or anyone that likes maps, beer or hot chips, and register at the following link:

Please be aware that a new registration is required for this event (the cancelled event tickets do not carry over).  But I’ve made sure that the tickets are free 😊

Georabble is run by volunteers – so our event is made possible through this event’s sponsor Pointerra – they will be serving up a massive cloud of hot chips to keep us happy.

GeoRabble Sydney: Speakers Announced!

GeoRabble Sydney is this week, and we’re excited to announce the lineup of speakers who have kindly volunteered to enlighten us for the evening. Tickets are limited so get in quick!

#1 Peita Blythe:

Peita is a map illustrator & designer who has drawn locations all over the world. She will be sharing insight into her design process, including her recent Inner West Ale Trail project.

#2 Ken Tsang:

Ken is a developer and brains behind many cool mapping applications. He will be speaking about the trials and tribulations of building his most recent ‘viral’ project COVID-19 Near Me.

#3 Claire Daniel:

Claire is an urban planner, programmer and spatial data person currently undertaking a PhD. They will be speaking about the challenges of data for good urban planning, particularly focusing on business location data in the hope that the audience might have some ideas.

#4: Matt Williams & Nate Henry:

Spotto is a Sydney startup turning assets into location data. Their technology is enabling all sorts of useful indoor mapping, such as helping hospitals find critical equipment. They’ll be talking about their journey and the challenges of finding things.

GeoRabble Sydney

Calling all GeoGeeks in the Sydney region, we are excited to announce that Georabble is officially back on the map!

Our first post-COVID event will be held on Thursday 15th April at Hotel Harrys in Surry Hills, starting at 6pm with speakers kicking off shortly after.

Due to capacity restrictions tickets are limited, so get in quick! Attendees will receive a drink voucher on arrival.

Speakers to be announced shortly, but for those about to experience their first ever GeoRabble the details are simple:

– Presentations no longer than 10 minutes

– Celebrate each others’ triumphs

– Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry

– No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.

– No company logos or ‘about us’ slides

So grab yourself a ticket, get off Zoom, and come catch up F2F with old friends and make some new ones while you’re at it.

See you there!

COVID Lockdown

Well I think we can all agree that we will be happy to see the back of the COVID-19 global pandemic. Whilst 3 days of lockdown is not that bad, if only the lockdown started from Wednesday morning!

So as you will all have likely realised by now, the news from the State Government regarding the COVID lockdown in Brisbane means we are unable to hold the Georabble event tomorrow. We are obviously disappointed, we were all very excited to get out and see everyone again.

So, to provide some good news, we are not cancelling, we are merely delaying the event for a month. Same venue, same speakers, same excitement and fun will now be had on a new date.

Provisionally we are scheduled for 21st April, but we are just finalising rearrangements. But pencil that date in your diary. 

And trust me, the wait will be worth it, its going to be a lot of fun!

I hope everyone enjoys the virtual Locate, and Happy Easter!  See you in a month

Georabble Brisbane Update

Wow, you lot are keen for a night out! The response has been great with over 100 already registered and many more confirming every day. Its going to be a great night at the Charming Squire. Don’t leave it to the last minute to book, we will have to cut off the registrations when we hit 180. So sign up here

We have confirmed our first three speakers and at least one more to join the list.

The amazing Jess Watson from the Dept of Resources is doing some incredible work Using AI to Accurately Position Queensland’s Property Boundaries. A hugely important project that just happens to also save money, save time, and improve data that underpins pretty much everything else.

Marcus Toyne describes himself as “self-confessed geek with a love of all things spatial” which is kind of the perfect description if you want to speak at a future Georabble. Marcus is going to talk about some of the work done across Queensland Gov on bushfire severity mapping

Wayne Lee-Archer goes one step further in his profile, describing himself as follows: “Describing myself as a ‘zealot’ would severely understate the level of passion I have for GIS, location intelligence and the rise of the developer

Wayne has a fascinating topic – Mapping with Integrity

Many will understand the the responsibility we have as geospatial scientists to accurately represent the truth – like representing borders and not publishing images of Australia looking like the whole country is on fire and letting celebrity Instagram accounts spread the map as fact.

We will be arranging some food thanks to the very kind people from


And if you want to start early after a long day at the Locate Conference Live site, the SSSI APSEA-Q Drinks will be holding a happy hour at 5pm downstairs at Charming Squire (no registration required). Some of the award winners and nominees will be attendance, please go and say hello.

Georabble RETURNS!

Wow, what a year its been, and a LONG time between a real life, live Georabble. So imagine our excitement when restrictions eased, vaccines started appearing and we are able to hold an actual, in person Georabble!

First things, first, the amazing Charming Squire are the ones who have made this possible by making a venue available in these challenging times for all areas of hospitality.

We will be holding the event on Tuesday the 30th March from 5:30ish, with the usual proceedings kicking off at about 6 depending on how distracted our MC gets by catching up with old friends.

The event is on the evening of the first proper day of the Locate Conference being held both online and in person at the Brisbane Convention Centre. If you haven’t registered already, please do, its expected to be the second biggest geospatial event of the year

For those who haven’t been lucky enough to attend a Georabble event before, the details are very simple:

  1. Celebrate each others’ triumphs
  2. Respect each others’ choice – no technology bigotry
  3. No sales pitches – this includes services, software, data etc.
  4. No company logos or ‘about us’ slides

Or more simply, its a night of fun, with a little bit of education, but an opportunity to network, meet new friends and catch up with old friends. And to look forward to the rest of 2021 with positivity and confidence that COVID isn’t going to stop us all doing amazing things and helping each other reach new heights.

So get yourself a ticket, sadly COVID means no ticket, no getting in, but dont worry tickets are free and come with a guarantee of no spam or junk, just an invite to a great night out.

MC for the night is the awesome Alex Geer, back by popular demand, and ready to chair the evenings festivities

And the very lovely team from Pointerra have agreed to sponsor the evening and hopefully, if COVID allows provide some food.

See you there!!

Georabble Sydney Online: AI & Machine Learning

Georabble is going virtual!!

Take a break from all the news and learn more about the fast-paced world of AI & Machine Learning with Georabble Sydney on 2nd April

Connection details available after registering:

Register via the link before the night (there is a 100 person limit).

Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning have quickly become some of the biggest buzzwords in the industry in recent times, join us as our speakers share how they apply AI & Machine Learning to GIS.


Aditya Swami is a marketing executive by day and a deep learning enthusiast by night. Adi will provide a brief introduction to deep learning and its application to GIS

Victor Chernetsky is a VP of mobile development and a deep learning enthusiast. Victor will provide a brief introduction to A.I. based image segmentation and its application to GIS

Look forward to seeing you.

This event brought to you by the Sydney GeoRabble team

8,295 Machine Learning Stock Vector Illustration And Royalty Free
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Reminder – GeoRabble Brisbane #10 – Cancelled

Hello GeoRabble Brisbane community!

We sadly regret to inform you that this event is unfortunately to be cancelled, due to unforeseen changes in the availability of the GeoRabble Brisbane volunteer organising crew in the lead up to the date and on the date itself.

In light of this though, we are migrating the theme and hopefully as many of the speakers as possible to the next planned GeoRabble event which is due to take place in the week of the Locate 2020 conference, pencilled in for the 28th April in the same location (Charming Squire).

We thank you for your support and sincerely apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope that you can attend the next event in April.

With warm regards,

GeoRabble Brisbane Crew

An open and inclusive forum for GeoGeeks to share, inspire and have fun.