That’s a wrap! Fantastic GeoRabble Melbourne event last night, thanks to our speakers, Mina, Phil, Steve and our sponsor, Spatial Vision.
If you are interested in speaking or what to sponsor, get in touch, until next time Rabblers…
So its been a long time between talks, between drinks it’s been a long time full stop.
The crew is bringing you a GeoRabble Melbourne event for Thursday 24th March at the Clyde Hotel. Head over to Eventbrite to get tickets:
We have four great speakers in the wings and are looking for two more.
So if interested, please email or drop us a line on the social feeds. Special mention to our Sponsor Spatial Vision!
It would be great to see you all and as we get more information we will be sharing it.
Speaker line up
Let’s talk slope analysis and why it’s flawed
Months ago a front-page ABC article detailed how differences in a GIS slope analysis created variances on the map and had material impacts on logging areas. As spatial professionals, we should be able to fully understand and defend the geo-processes we use and more importantly what we don’t use.
Place naming and Traditional Owner languages
Learn about the importance of place naming, connections to Sustainable Development Goals, gender equality and initiatives planned for the United Nations Decade of Indigenous Languages.
Mapping Banh Mi
Banh mi are probably one of the most popular lunch meals in Australia. I set out to map the over 300 shops in Melbourne that sell them, including data on the cost. This can reveal some interesting spatial insights!
In 2008, the xkcd webcomic published a formula that generates a random, unpredictable location every day within each 1 degree graticule. Thus was born the sport of “geohashing”, which has since seen more than 15,000 expeditions around the world, as serendipity-seekers set out through sun, snow and suburbia to stand…nowhere special. Steve showcases the highs and lows of this literally random caper, through a purpose-built data visualisation tool, geohashing.win.
Christmas is almost here, borders are opening, restrictions are easing. So grab your Christmas cheer and join us for some fun and networking!
OK, this is a little last minute, as is often the case at Christmas, but we are all keen to get out and have some fun and network before Xmas holidays, so spread the word far and wide and get as many people as we can down to the usual venue, and leave 2021 in the rear view mirror.
We will be holding the event on Tuesday the 7th December from 5:30ish, with the usual proceedings kicking off at about 6 depending on how distracted our MC gets by catching up with all of you lovely people!
For those who haven’t been lucky enough to attend a Georabble event before, the details are very simple:
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
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.
So get yourself a ticket, sadly COVID means no ticket, no getting in, but don’t worry tickets are free and come with a guarantee of no spam or junk, just an invite to a great night out.
A big thank you to the very lovely team from NGIS who have agreed to sponsor the evening.
So go get a ticket, tell your friends and we will see you there!
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!)
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.
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
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.
An open and inclusive forum for GeoGeeks to share, inspire and have fun.