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NASA International Space Apps Challenge 2012

GeoRabble is excited to be associated with this year’s NASA International Space Apps Challenge, a perfect opportunity for geo-geeks to meet, and work with like-minded developers, scientists and other space experts from all over the world.

The NASA International Space Apps Challenge is an international codeathon-style event that will take place over a 48 hour period in cities on all seven continents – and in space – on the weekend of 21-22 April, 2012. The event embraces collaborative problem solving with a goal of producing solutions to global challenges.

With under a month to go, the hype of the event is gaining momentum around the world. The Space Apps Challenge in Australia now welcomes two new satellite events to the programme, one being in Adelaide at the Centre for Science Education in the 21st Century at Flinders University. The other will be hosted at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. This will now open up the opportunity for more participants from other cities in Australia to get involved.

You can be part of this great event as a participant, subject expert or volunteer. If you’re interested, there’s more information on the website, you can register as participant or volunteer, or follow the challenge on  Twitter.

Hope to see you there!

Speakers at GeoRabble Sydney #4

We’re building an excellent lineup for GeoRabble Sydney #4!

Here’s the list of confirmed speakers so far to whet your geo-appetite (bios and abstracts to follow next week):

Jack Zhao (Small Multiples) : Are casino operators targeting vulnerable community groups?

Andrew Cook : 10 Good Reasons to Share Data

Kathryn Howard (Bookcrossing) : Books Just Wanna Be Free!

Paul Wither : Set your data free from the typing pool

GeoRabble Sydney #4 is on Thursday March 29 at the Shelbourne Hotel (doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm). Get your free tickets at

Woot! GeoRabble rolls into Brisbane

GeoRabble #1 arrives in Brisbane on Tuesday April 17 (doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm). Then grab yourself a free ticket!

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GeoRabble Arrives in Brisbane! (Photo by Cyron Ray Macey)

Hungry for a tasty serve of Brisbane geospatial goodness, free of agendas and sales pitches, amongst your friends and colleagues?  Want to find out about some of the great unsung work being done by passionate people working with location? We’re lining up some great speakers and topics and there are a few speaking slots available – if you’ve got something new and exciting from the world of geo, please email us at

GeoRabble #2 – Perth

Following hot on the heels of the successful inaugural Perth GeoRabble, we’re getting ourselves geared up for the second evening to share geo-ideas, full of fun, and free of sales-pitches.

What is GeoRabble?

GeoRabble is about celebrating the everyday challenges and triumphs of working with location. Everything from the mundane to the glamorous, unfiltered by professional bodies, government and private company agendas and industry politics.

Who is GeoRabble for?

Anyone who has anything to do with GeoTech, GeoDev, GeoBusiness, GeoTrends, GeoFutures, GeoPasts – you name it, as long as you’re passionate and want to share your challenges, triumphs, frustrations and pride in the work that you do.

Date: 21 February, 2012
Time: Doors open 5.30pm, talks from 6.30pm
The Oxford Hotel
368 Oxford Street
Leederville, 6007

Continue reading GeoRabble #2 – Perth

Map-making with a balloon

Here is a very cool project which combines high-tech (digital cameras and online georeferencing software) with low-tech (a helium balloon) to create grass-roots maps.

Balloon mapping is sending a camera up on a balloon, snapping photos, and stitching them into a map. Over the past 18 months, we’ve build a global community of mappers who use balloons and kites to take aerial photos, and our browser application MapKnitter to stitch them together.

Thank You!

What a year!

What amazing gatherings of geo minded people and rabble rousing across the country.

  • 29 Presentations
  • 4 Sydney GeoRabbles
  • 1 Perth GeoRabble
  • 1 Melbourne GeoRabble
  • Over 420 people have come along and connected

When GeoRabble started it was a simple idea that more could be done to give voice to everyday users and uses of geo, to inspire, connect, share and have fun.

Little did we know so many of you felt the same.

It has been so much fun meeting so many new geo folks and reconnecting with friends in the community.

So, before the year is out we just wanted to send out a massive thank you to everyone of our presenters, attendees and sponsors for making GeoRabble what it has become, the fastest growing, community lead, geo event in Australia.

We hope you all have great Christmas celebrations with friends and family and may the New Year be better and bigger for all your geo endeavours.

Watch out for more GeoRabble events across the country in the New Year and hopefully a new City or two.

Here’s to more rabble rousing in the New Year.

The GeoRabble Crew