GeoRabble Sydney: Xmas drinks & Open Mike

“What Geo-Gift I want Santa to bring me this year”

Join us for GeoRabble Christmas Drinks on Thursday 6 December, at the Occidental Hotel in Sydney. (5:30 for a 6PM start, please RSVP so we can plan catering)

Co-hosts for the evening are the NSW Government 2.0 Community of Practice, and with them, we are proud to introduce our first ever international speaker Julian Carver from New Zealand, who will talk on: “A City to Rebuild – how spatial data sharing is supporting the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery”.

Julian is one of New Zealand’s most respected OpenGov and Opendata specialists. In 2011, Julian worked with the Data and Information Reuse Secretariat to design the Open and Transparent Government Declaration. He is a spokesperson to government for Open NZ (an organisation representing the open data community) and has chaired conferences including Open Government (June 2010), Smart Government (March 2011), and Web Oriented Government (October 2011).

From April 2011 – June 2012 Julian led the establishment of information services at the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority (CERA), as acting Chief Information Officer. He then went on to lead GIS, data, and digital communications for the Christchurch Central Development Unit, for the launch of the Christchurch Central Recovery Plan.

Other than Julian’s, there will be no formal presentations this time. Instead we will have an open mike, and invite Rabblers to talk for 2 minutes about what Geo-Gift they’d like Santa to bring them this year. Other than that, it will be the usual mix of celebrating all things geo, networking and having a good time!

And in another GeoRabble first, we have a parallel event run the same evening by our friends from GeoRabble Perth

As usual, this is a free event, including free pizza (courtesy of OMNILINK). Places are limited, so do register here, or join our MeetUp Group to avoid missing out!

Sponsored by Omnilink

GeoRabble Perth & Sydney! – Have we started a GeoRiot or is it just GeoAwesomeness?

December 6 is the date you need to keep free, make sure the kids have a babysitter and be sure you have your Geo-wish list ready as it marks the 4th installment of GeoRabble in Perth. Why is this such an important event, well firstly:

1. It is Christmas time and I’m sure everyone wants to celebrate a little; and

2. GeoRabble goes national with consecutive GeoRabble Events to be held in Sydney (with Melbourne and Brisbane in the wings?).

The 4th installment is a celebration of all things spatial and what we want to achieve is to open the conversation to all participants (yep…an open mike night) to really get under the covers of what makes this industry tick. With consecutive Georabble events to be held around the country the tweet walls will be up so everyone can join in the conversation, link up with interesting ideas and sharing stories.

So, start thinking about what drives you to do what you do, how the world can embrace spatial better an importantly, what special Geo-present you want Father Christmas you bring you this year.

So, save the date, 6th of December 2012 as the GeoRabble is coming for you.