GeoRabble Perth #19 – Student Edition – It’s A Wrap!

Suzy Urbaniak set the scene for the night with her infectious enthusiasm for science and education! Suzy shared her hands-on approach with real world and field based learning. She introduced her Centre of Resources Excellence Program, designed with STEAM front of mind – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.


Next up was repeat speaker Dhan Prabhu, who introduced us to “get into resources”, a unique 3 day event in WA which showcases the resources industry to secondary school students.  Small groups of students get to participate in hands-on interactive activities as presented by volunteer industry professionals from a wide range of resource related disciplines.

Get Into Resources

Mark Williams spoke on his experiences with Participatory Mapping from Central Australia to Cambodia, in helping local inhabitants transcribe their expert knowledge of local environments in a geographical framework. Mark shared results of his masters study aimed at using community based adaptation and participatory mapping to explore how communities living in flood-prone river basins in Cambodia perceive and adapt to changes in flood regimes under the influence of climate change and other risk factors.


Participatory GIS and community based adaptation to climate change and other hazards – Mark Williams, M.Env,Sc (GIS and Environmental Management specialisation UWA)

Next up were Tristan Reed and Jeremy Siao Him Fa, sharing their GeoApp Development in the remote Ngalangangpum School in Warmun, 200km south of Kununurra. As part of the “Two-way Learning” model, combination of traditional indigenous methods and new economy skills, Tristan and Jeremy helped teach the students how to build a basic iPad app that functioned as a geo-diary, allowing students to catalog their excursions as well as important places around the town.


And our very own Darren Mottolini finished up with some guidance in mentoring – helping others think outside the box by sharing our geo experience and perspective on the world. Getting to the root of problems, identifying gaps and co-designing for unique solutions.

Thanks again to Damian Shepherd for MCing on the night and to our friends at Spookfish for sponsoring the Student Edition!

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Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our next event coming up soon.

Georabble Melbourne #10 | 23 Nov

GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Thursday 23rd November 2017 at the Imperial Hotel, 2 Bourke St, Melbourne (Corner Bourke & Spring Sts). Networking drinks start 5:30pm. Presentations commence: 6:00pm followed by more networking.

Grab yourself a free ticket and enjoy the night with friends sharing geospatial ideas, free of sales pitches and hidden agendas!  Each presentation is light, relevant to geo-something and only 10minutes long.


Melinda Clarke – Putting Melbourne on the Map – Experiences of illustrated map making from the first edition of the Melbourne Map, published 1990, and the second, due early next year.
Anton Thomas – Drawing a continent by hand – a search for harmony between the creative freedoms of art and the geographic truth of cartography
Alex Webster – Unlocking 3D opportunities – Cost effective ways to access VR and develop an organisation awareness.
Tom Hollands – Data obfuscation in China – The art of confusing travellers and keeping data private.
Verity Miles – How is Dwelling density shaping our city?  – A look at Melbourne’s dwelling density from a number of different angles.
Adam Mattinson (@mappinson) Mapping alternate universes and geofictionalised versions of Melbourne.

Rescheduled for a future event:

Simon O’Keefe – Government web services – A look into WMS/WFS (Web Mapping Services / Web Feature Services)


More speakers to follow…

If you have a great geo-spatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like minded people, we want you! Contact the GeoRabble committee asap to express your interesting topic in 20words or less, or email your idea to

A very special thanks to our Sponsor Spatial Vision without whom we couldn’t run this event and provide food to everyone …

Spatial Vision