When a group of friends got together and wanted to create a simple forum to allow their community of fellow GeoGeeks to share the joys, frustrations and triumphs of all things Geo, little did they know they would still be at 5 years later and that it has spawned events across 6 Australian Cities and two other countries, New Zealand and South Africa.
Over the last five years we have had many laughs, have been inspired and learnt so much from a huge spectrum of users of location information from the novice to the professional and beyond. Thank you to all of you that have stepped up and shared your stories.
We are not stopping now!
Our next GeoRabble to celebrate our 5th Anniversary will be held on April the 7th and as always these events are fuelled by your stories.
So come and join the celebrations and send us your topics for this community milestone.
You can submit your topics using the following form and look forward to seeing all our fellow friends in Geo on the 7th of April at a new venue.
We are proud to have secured an awesome program for the evening. A mix of Ozzie and International speakers, a return by popular demand of our Geo-Trivia, and of course the opportunity to mingle and network over drinks, free pizza (thanks to Jacobs‘ generous sponsoring) at an iconic Aussie venue.
Scott Simmons, the Executive Director of the Standards Program for the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), will share his experience on leading a consensus process to develop location-related standards.
Dr Carl Reed, recently retired as the Chief Technology Officer and an Executive Director of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), he will tell us “How to speak fair dinkum Spatial”, sharing with us an American’s first introduction to speaking Strayan that will go into serious thanks to Aussie contributions to spatial technology and the spatial industry.
RogerLott, Chairman of the IOGP (International Association of Oil and Gas Producers) Geodesy Subcommittee will talk about the importance of the new version of well-known text (WKT) for describing coordinate reference system definitions that has recently been developed jointly by OGC and ISO.
Tim Leigh, GeoRabble co-founder and Principal Consultant at Scalable Solutions, will tell us about “The internet of things, why should I care”.
Richard Lemon, the Spatial Section Manager & Practice Leader for Imagery & Aerial Survey from Jacobs, will talk about using flying ambulances, aerial images and addressee databases to help saving lives in Australia.
David Turner, a GIS engineer responsible for a sustainable transport at the City of Sydney, will talk about “Making numbers flow using Gephi”. David will show and inspire how to make nice looking maps using an open source visualisation platform.
Rhys Bittner, Hexagon Geospatial Business Development Manager, will present an open platform based on open data and OGC web services. He will also announce a “new developer competition” with 1st prize US$100,000 2nd prize US$50,000 and many other prizes!
Jacqui Kennedy has spent the last two years on the road visiting and photographing “Big Things of Australia” and will share with us photos and places that you have never seen!!
Don’t forget to register. It is always a free event, but we need to know numbers for catering purposes.
To celebrate this event, GeoRabble is joining forces with the OGC, to bring you a special ‘OGC-o-Rabble’ session on Monday 30 November, from 5:30 PM at the Swanson Hotel.
As always GeoRabble will be free for everyone including OGC attendees, GeoRabblers and anyone else interested in spatial technology.
This will be a unique opportunity for the international OGC community and the Sydney geo-community to get to know each other, mingle and network over drinks, free pizza (thanks to Jacobs‘ generous sponsoring) at an iconic Aussie venue.
We want to hear your stories of international and Australian uses of spatial technology, so we are calling for speakers who can hold a short (up to 10 minute) talk about their international geo-experience, or about something typically Australian that would enlighten our foreign visitors (Croc-tracking anyone?)
GeoRabble has always been about personal stories and having fun. So at the next GeoRabble on October the 1st at the Occidental Hotel starting at 6pm, we want to hear humorous outpourings on geo pet peeves and loves.
If you bemoan the mass adoptions of hexabins, the misuse of projections or love the way maps online have evolved to become the must have visualisation everywhere, this GeoRabble is for you.
We want spleen venting, expression of adoration, letters of complaints and contented purring on any topic big or small. For balance we are aiming for 3 presenters on each side of the spectrum.
Our first GeoRabble Sydney for 2015 is all systems go with registration coming in fast.
It is a great sign that the topic of Open GeoSpatial Data is something that resonates with many of us and impacts the work that we do.
Which why it is great that we have Krissie Auld from the Office of Environment and Heritage talking about ‘Open OEH’ and with OEH being such a huge generator and custodian of spatial data it will be great to hear about their efforts.
We are confirming more speakers but still have room for a few more, so if you have a story on the success, uses, failure, frustrations or just want to highlight your dramas with trying to get access to open geospatial data, this is the forum for you.
Submit your short description to firstname.lastname@example.org and remember that your presentation is limited to 10 minutes to make sure the heart of your message is delivered
Don’t forget to register here, or join our Meetup group!
If you just want to share your story on the use of geo in your day to day experience feel free to submit as well as we are always looking for fun, interesting and surprising geo related presentations
Looking forward to sharing a great night with you all.
We are happy to announce that our 1st GeoRabble Sydney event for the year 2015, will be held at the Occidental Hotel, on the 30th of April, at 6:00pm! We are very excited to see you again, to hear your new stories and new experiences and share the knowledge in a relaxed and pleasant environment, full of Geo-enthusiasts!
There is always a call for speakers and for this event we would like to explore: “Uses and Users of Open Geo-Spatial Data”.
So, do you use open geo-spatial data? What are you using it for? Where can you find it? Do you have any tricks or tips?
Submit your short description to email@example.com. Talks are limited to 10 minutes.
Registrations are now open: register here, or join our Meetup group!
GeoRabble Sydney is back, and we are happy to announce our first set of speakers!
Join us Wednesday 10 December at the Paragon Hotel (Velvet Lounge) in Sydney’s CBD from 5:30 PM for Classic GeoRabble talks, a Jobseeker Pitchfest (more about that below), and of course our famous free Pizza (courtesy of Hexagon Geospatial)! GeoRabble is free, to be there, join our Meetup group, or register here.
The final Speaker Line-up is:
Daniel Kruimel – “Every Cloud has a Spatial Lining”
Jayson Ward – “Oz Spotting: Media Arts and Mobile”
Alex Cowdery – “Spatial marketing, which company am I”, an interactive Game for all.
James Shepherd – “Needle in a Hakea stack: locating Aboriginal rock shelter sites in dense vegetation”
Rebecca Paget & David James – “Reinventing Neighbourhoods through Hyperlocal Technology & Babysitting”
Maria Xygkaki – “Santa uses GIS: Spatial Analysis for the gift distribution”
New to this event is our Jobseeker Pitchfest: where people looking for (new) opportunities have 3 minutes to get on stage and tell the Rabble why they’d be foolish to hire anyone else!
As always: GeoRabble is a free event, for GeoGeeks to celebrate, share and network. However, for catering purposes, we do need you to Register. You can join our Meetup group, or register here.
To all you Sydney Rabblers: we are coming back with an awesome Christmas party event in early December.
Stay tuned for the exact date & location, to be announced shortly. In the meantime: if you have any 2014 (success) stories to share, or have a great idea for 2015 or beyond, drop us a line now on firstname.lastname@example.org.
More news to follow: watch this space!
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