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GeoRabble Sydney is back for 2023!

GeoRabble on Digital Twins – Revolutionary, Overhyped, or Underwhelming?

GeoRabble Sydney is back on Thursday the 20th of April and we have an exciting theme! It will ask the question … Digital Twins – are they overhyped, underwhelming or revolutionary?

The term Digital Twin has become unavoidable in our professional lives. It is worthwhile to examine what it means for us, for the industry and the broader community.  

To get this discussion going join us at the Occidential Hotel Wynard where we will have two knowledgeable and entertaining speakers present their respective views of Digital Twins, so you can make up your own mind!

  • Andra Christie, Solutions Architect from Amazon and Member of the emerging Digital Twin Partnership has a deep technology skill set that is being focused on the challenges and benefits of digital twins across a broad range of industries.
  • Ben Somerville, Group Manager – GIS & Geospatial at John Holland. A well know member of the GeoRabble community who daily works with major infrastructure projects across Australia and their need for geospatial data and capabilities.

The speakers will present their views on Digital Twins, followed by a Q&A session. Rabblers will engage in a lively and open discussion with the speakers and afterwards over drinks and pizza.

GeoRabble Sydney: Xmas event


As it’s getting to the end of 2019, we look forward to seeing you, reflect back on the year, plan for your next move and of course have fun!

We’ll be waiting for you at Harpoon Harry on the 28/11 at 6pm for a night of networking!

As a Xmas tradition, we’ll hear from the founders about what this meetup was for them and what it brought them.

We’re also lucky to get a snapshot of the GIS job market thanks to Peter Landis from 360HR: what the skills on demand and where the jobs are.

Finally, we’ll have an open mic session for job offers and job hunt.

Ticket registration:

Drinks and the delicious pub food can be purchased at the bar.

Speakers Announcement for GeoRabble Sydney

Bring your brain in curious mode, and gather together with your fellow GeoRablers  from all parts of the community this Thursday for some good times, brain food and friends.

This week we have a couple of new presenters and some familiar ones as well, followed by a panel session where you control the action just like a day at Jamberoo.

Joshua Soo – Stepping into the Future with Design Thinking

Design Thinking is a creative and human-centered problem solving methodology that is fast becoming the way start-ups and established organisations innovate and tackle challenges.

Maryse Fantin – Global Trends and what it means for future tech

Technology reflects ourselves: our needs and wants; our mindset and culture. Based on the NIC Global Trends, this is a summary with my view on what’s to come.

Luke Metcalfe – Does a Data Scientist Belong on your Geo Team? 

What Data Scientists do, pitfalls of working with them and how they can help in the geospatial world.

Francisco Urbina – VR, AR and MR and the Location Community

VR, AR and MR, what is the difference? Why should we care? We take a look at the trends and hopefully inspire you to grasp the potential.

Panel Session moderated by Elise Mckenna.

Our MC for the evening will see the welcome return of Tim Leigh

Thanks to all our volunteer speakers who give up their time and knowledge for the benefit of the community and hope you also appreciate the great line up of topics and speakers for this week’s GeoRabble, so hurry up and get your tickets.

Tickets are now available for GeoRabble Sydney!

It’s time to get your rabble on via

Don’t forget if you have a talk you’d love to present on your own personal GeoAdventure let us know by sending in your talk idea to

We looking for a story that can fit in a 10 min presentation, no sales pitches and if you have a future tech idea for Geo that would be awesome as well.

Details of the event:

Attendance is free, as always. Please get in touch if you’re interested in sponsoring our community-run event.

Sydney GeoRabble Call for Speakers

The future is already here — it’s just not very evenly distributed.

William Gibson

On Thursday August the 10th at the Occidental hotel we are going to distribute the future to our community

Think blockchain is going to underpin spatial transactions or that AR is the new UI for mapping? Sick of hearing that an emerging trend will revolutionise the way we work when it already has?

Then we want to hear your vision for our community.

You don’t have to be an expert, you just need to be excited about the impacts of new patterns and trends in tech, on all things geo and inspire others to learn and embrace new ideas.

Send through you speaker ideas with a short description to

Remember the rules for presentations and save the date as we share ideas to build and grow the GeoRabble community.

Announcing & Call for Speakers: GeoRabble @ Locate17/ISDE, Sydney April 4th

locate-logoThe next GeoRabble Sydney will be on April 4th, in collaboration with the Locate17/ISDE 

In a number of GeoRabble firsts, there will be:

  • A conference exhibition ‘treasure hunt’, with great prizes;
  • A ‘Hard Chat‘ session, in which geo-CEO’s answer awkward questions; and
  • Following the success of last November’s Women in GeoRabble, we will use a ‘blind submission’ process to select the talks, so we can get speakers from all walks of life!

isde-logoWe are indeed looking for speakers, so if you have an idea for a 10-minute talk (in line with the GeoRabble rules), please send a title and short description to

Details of the event:

Before 4PM, the Rabble will also have free entry to the exhibition area during the ‘Market Day’. You can visit the exhibitors, and hunt for treasure!

Let us know if you have an idea for a talk!

Attendance is free (thanks to our sponsors: Permuto and Mercury Project Solutions) as always, but we do need you to register here, or here.


Sponsored by Permuto and Mercury Project Solutions

See you on the 4th of April!

Carl Steinitz GeoDesign Lecture, Sydney 30 November

All are welcome to attend a public lecture on Geodesign by Carl Steinitz on November 30th, 5:30-7:30, at the EY Building (Level 34), 200 George St, Sydney CBD.

The Geodesign process supports a systems-thinking approach to Sustainable Urban Development decision-making. Supported by GIS applications and visualisation tools, it is driven by information sharing and interaction between stakeholder groups.

Geodesign workshops facilitate stakeholders’ recognition of existing and potential information gaps, as well as the social, environmental, and political complexities of a given study area.

Carl Steinitz is Wiley Professor of Landscape Architecture and Planning at Harvard Graduate School of Design. He will be sharing his insights and experience in pioneering the Geodesign process and holding workshops in different parts of the world.

Click here to view the event page and register, and here to view a previous lecture on Geodesign.

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Final speakers announced for Women in Georabble

We’re pleased and excited to announce our final line up of speakers for the next georabble – women in georabble on 10 November!

If you haven’t already registered, please head to eventbrite or meetup to let us know you’re coming!

Although we’re only having women take the stage, obviously all are welcome to attend for an awesome night of great talks, networking, free nibbles (courtesy of our sponsor – Jacobs) and beers!


Alex Young ( 

  • 360 photos and videos are the web tiles of tomorrow

Claudia Nguyen  (AAM group)

  • Urban Design – a Spatial Perspective. A collaborative effort to building Smart Neighbourhoods. 

Presentation: 20161110_CNguyen_georabble

Janelle Wallace (Soft landing) 

  • a call for help – using geo in a national take-back scheme for end of life mattresses

Presentation: SLPSS GeoRabble presentation 2016-11-10

Narelle Underwood (Surveyor General NSW)

  • Topic to be confirmed

Ana Ouriques (Ruppells Griffon)

  • The role and importance of citizens in crowdsourcing geographic information

Leah Figueroa (University of the Philippines in Diliman)

  • Analyzing a map of school facilities to help the government understand how to improve academic achievement

PresentationGeoRabble Figueroa 2016_11_21

GeoRabble is a free event put on by volunteers who are passionate about the Spatial scene. We’re assisted by kind support from Jacobs.



Georabble Sydney – call for women speakers

The next Sydney georabble has also been set for Thursday 10th November and we have a super special theme for you all to support!

This time around we’re putting the call out for women speakers to showcase the wonderful women we have in our industry.

If you want to present, send us the topic with a short description to

This GeoRabble is going to be an all women lineup, but don’t worry if you are not female – everybody is more then welcome to attend!

Looking forward to sharing your stories, beers, nibbles and geochat on the 10/11!

Last but not least – GeoRabble is free to attend!

First Speakers Announced for GeoRabble Sydney, 7 July

We are happy to announce our first speakers for GeoRabble Sydney, 7 July 2016 at the King Street Brewhouse– 22 The Promenade, Darling Harbour.

On the topic of finding your way, where traditional addressing may not be good enough we have:

  • Oliver Slezak ( propositions Georabble that a “Front Door” is the reference point at any location. He proposes to invite all digital mappers to co-operate to map “Front Doors” as its reference point, starting with allowing volunteered input.
  • Brian Nicholls (AAM, will present a “fully 3D enabled GIS based property booking system”.

We’re still taking speaker and panelist submissions, so if you would like to share an idea on this theme, get yourself out there and contribute to the rabble email us at

If you just want to listen, enjoy the free food (courtesy of Pitney Bowes), and have a drink and a chat, please join us on the night!

As always, GeoRabble is a free event, but we need you to register for catering purposes. So please register here.

Our sponsor for the night: Pitney Bowes