We’ve lined up interesting talks for you! And of course, there will be a chance for networking.
Time flies when you’re having fun at work! It’s time to get together and hear about the amazing discoveries and achievements you’ve accomplished since we last saw you.
Your speakers for the night will be:
Mike Bewley: “AI Systems: More than Models”. Mike will discuss the challenges (and rewards!) of doing petabyte scale deep learning on geospatial imagery – from building quick and dirty prototype models, to the robust, scalable infrastructure of an AI system.
Michael Chang: The “Missing Link in Spatial Career Pathways”. Michael will share his experience on Professional And Community Engagement (PACE) activities at Macquarie University. This talk aims to bring up for discussion how spatial community/tertiary education may attract and train more skilful and employable young professions into the discipline.
Ken Tsang “Trials and tribulations of real-time transit data” Ken will discuss some of the challenges he faced building his own map-based, cross-jurisdiction real-time transport app and some observations about creating open standards.
GeoRabble is about you!
Don’t forget, you’re the GeoRebels! We’re keen to hear your suggestions to make the event to your liking. Help us to shape it your way!
As always we’ll organise nibbles in a laid back atmosphere to network and discover a few things.
It will be a fun night in Sydney on the 22nd of August at Harpoon Harry!
We’re still calling out for sponsors for our next few events!
As always we’ll organise pizza in a laid back atmosphere to network and discover a few things. This night is planned for topics coexisting around the geoworld!
We’re more than maps guys/gals, we know it, but what about the rest of the world? This event is the first one which will touch upon the other skills we developed throughout our careers.
Join us to hear from the presentation and communication wizards, the camaleons of our world who transitioned between various roles in the past, crossing the bridges between technical, business or sales! They’ll share their journey and insights on what it took them to get where they are today.
It will be a fun night in Sydney about More than Spatial on the 30th of May at the Occidental! And Vivid Sydney makes it the perfect occasion to come and stay for a bit in the city!
John Civijovski will share with us his experience dealing with thousands of app users over the last 7 years.
Chris Kondowill tell his journey as an accidental geospatial software engineer, cruising the bridge from a pure non-geo software engineer, what he’s learnt and how it is influencing his future projects.
Stella Blake-Kelly will share her experience nagivating a spatial nomad career, quitting her job to become a freelancer!
Kerry Harknesswill share her consultant insights on the art of selling yourself! Whether it’s via a CV or to convince a company or client, it’s an essential skill for all of us.
Contact us on email@example.com to add your title and abstract of your presentation around the other non-technical skills or knowledge essential to succeed in our trade.
Perth ‘rabblers kicked off the first GeoRabble of 2019 in style, with one of the biggest turnouts we’ve had in a long long time.
MC’d by the ever talented Damian Shepherd, who helped keep our speakers (and audience!) in check.
The evening started off with Ben Jones on ‘Cartography for the Colour Blind’. Colourblindness affects about 1 in 12 men and 1 in 200 women; a statistic was was represented within our own audience that night. Maps as a fundamentally visual tool rely critically on colour & shapes to communicate information. Ben talked us through some useful methods and tools to assist in selecting colouring schemes that help make reading maps inclusive and accessible to colour-reading abilities. His key tips were to spend time experimenting with palettes & textures (through use of tools such as colour brewer2 & kuler) and then to test your selections with emulators such as Colour Oracle or Visolve.
Next up we had Sarah James speaking on ‘Convergence of Industry 4.0, Smart Cities & Spatial’.
Industry 4.0 refers to latest wave of ‘industrial revolution’, where digital networks form a vast array of networks of cyber-physical systems (connected assets, customers and supply chains). Location intelligence plays a key part in this – and is the ‘golden thread’ – particularly in the context of ‘smart cities’, digital twins, BIM & virtual/augmented reality systems.
Following on we had John Bryant speak about his journey in organising the first Oceania FOSS4G in Melbourne last year, and on building open geospatial community in the regions. Through collaborative efforts and shared vision with people met through other channels (Slack/user groups/mailing lists etc) a team of passionate individuals pulled together an amazing conference with keynote speakers, 45 presentations & 14 lightening talks, 14 workshops, a community day & social events. An incredible 250+ attendees from 14 countries attended. And not only that, but the community succeeded in raising enough money through Good Mojo crowdfunding campaign to enable 6 people to attend through the Travel Grant Program.
Up next, with the title to steal the night, we had Cameron McArtney talking on ‘Making GIS accessible for a generation that searches for ‘Google’ in Google to get to Google’. An inspiring talk on the technological challenges of making digital maps for those in our community who are not of the ‘Google generation’. The choice of visualisation and interaction technique (‘scroll’/’flick’ etc) is just as key as the mapping itself to make spatial data accessible and insightful.
Lastly we had Dr Liz Dillimore on making WA the destination for data science, with the new WA Data Science Innovation Hub. The vision is to enable the development of data science capability and make WA a self-growing data science community with data science organisations that flourish; ultimately leading to job creation and economic growth (echoing Sarah’s Industry 4.0 predictions). And no, this does not take form of hackathons to solve any tech problem, but strategic partnerships, investment and collaboration between industry, academia and data science organisations.
Thank you to all our speakers for investing their time and to all the geospatial community who could come along for the event, and of course, last but not least to our generous sponsors Talis, without whom this event would not have taken place.
Let us know if you’ve got a question you’d like the wisdom of GeoRabble to answer via firstname.lastname@example.org or #georabbleper.
And stay tuned for news about our 23rd GeoRabble Perth – coming later this year around July.
In the meantime, if you’d like to get involved in GeoRabble organising, or would like to speak or sponsor, drop us a line through email@example.com, or through twitter @georabble or #georabbleper.
We now have 120 people registered for our GeoRabble Brisbane event on Tuesday 19th March! This is a great response and will make sure the evening is a LOT of fun and a great opportunity to meet new friends and old friends and hopefully learn something from our awesome line-up of presenters.
Something tasty will be available thanks to the very generous sponsor Aerometrex, food will be out early, before the talks, so get there early if you are hungry.
IF trying to find the food, it will be appropriately located here w3w.co/thank.snack.dishes
Doors open from 5pm with Presentations starting from approximately 6:30pm
In line with the World Science Fair that starts here in Brisbane next week, our presentations come from some very smart minds on a range of the latest technical trends
First up we are delighted to have Regional Director of Maxar Digital Globe, the worlds leading Space Technology Company. Peter Kinne, a man who knows more than almost anyone in Australia about the space industry, and a good friend of the spatial industry all over Australia, but we are proud that he calls Brisbane home!
Next up, we are excited to have our first GeoRabble Brisbane presentation from Esri Australia. The worlds leading GIS company who we are proud to say have their Australian headquarters here in Brisbane. Fresh off a trip to the US to the Esri Dev Summit, and always a very enteraining and popular presenter at conferences, Marty Sutcliffe will be providing an overview of topics ranging from 3D/VR/AR and the Importance of the User Experience (UX) for web applications.
Next up will be Jamie Holyoak who will combine cute pictures of Koala’s and the hot topic of UAV/Drones to entertain us. He has promised clips of Predator style movies tracking their thermal signatures!
Last, but definitey not least, we are pleased to have Alison Oost, Alison has been cruising about the industry for more than a couple of decades now and will be presenting some thoughts about Data in the industry with her unique style in “What’s Up Data?”
We can’t wait to see you there and share a drink or two!
GeoRabble returns to Melbourne on Monday 8 April 2019 at Melbourne Convention Centre. Networking drinks start at 5:30pm. Presentations commence shortly there after followed by more networking.
Grab yourself a 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 10 minutes long.
Alistair Hart: On What Grounds? Complex terrain mapping in croc country When a digital terrain model was requested in a complex and partially vegetated terrain at very short notice, a creative solution was called for. The team acquired and merged both airborne photogrammetric and terrestrial GNSS point clouds to develop a dataset that mitigated the worst impacts of the vegetation – at the expense of the paintwork on the company 4WD.
Alex Woods: Back to the future Australia is in the process of datum modernisation. This includes the time-dependent Australian Terrestrial Reference Frame which enables representation of spatial data at any time, and associated Geocentric Datum of Australia 2020 which supports the combination of spatial data at a common point in time. The relatively stable and consistent motion of the Australian tectonic plate makes Australia ideally suited to the adoption of a plate motion model in delivering a time-dependent reference frame. Just like the flux capacitor in the DeLorean of Back to the future, the Australian plate motion model is what makes time travel possible.
Mary-Ellen: Women Leaders’ STEM Expedition to Antarctica A month ago Mary-Ellen Feeney returned from a month-long expedition to Antarctica to promote Women Leaders in STEM. An expedition of 80 female leaders in different disciplines and from 28 different countries set sail for Antarctica on 31 December 2018 to welcome the New Year with a message to the world about the urgency of strengthening female participation in the decisions defining the planet’s future. Mary-Ellen will discuss some of the key learning initiatives of the expedition, the role for spatial as well as the amazing environmental context of completing this year long collaboration in Antarctica.
Martin Tomko: Mapping Country. 21st century surveying of ancient landscapes The principles of surveying have not changed since its emergence on the floodplains of Ancient Egypt. The realisation of these principles in technology has changed dramatically even, within this speaker’s lifetime. Our research and practices must shift with it. I will speak of our recent efforts in mapping ancient cultural and engineering landscapes in Western Victoria using drone and robotic mapping. Cute yellow boxes on wheels shooting Lasers will be moving on screen.
Steve Bennett: Exposed – the inner workings of a modern web map app Industry insider Steve Bennett reveals the secrets that Big Geospatial doesn’t want you to know. He breaks down a high-profile, high-performance web app built using open source tools, vector tiles for live point-in-polygon lookups – and not a database in sight.
More to be announced.
If you have a great geospatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like-minded people, we want you for our next GeoRabble! Contact the GeoRabble committee to express your interesting topic in 20 words or less, or email your idea to firstname.lastname@example.org
2019 will see the return of GeoRabble to Brisbane!
We are excited to have a new venue for this years meet up with the very lovely Charming Squire allowing us to use their upstairs Zinc bar. This great venue serves awesome beer, great food, and as can be seen from the image above, is right next door to South Brisbane Train Station so an easy way to get there and importantly, safely home after a great night of networking with like minded spatial geeks.
For those that have attended one of our GeoRabble evenings before, the agenda remains much the same, with a handful of short, fun and informative presentations on something related to spatial, mixed in with a lot of networking, making new friends and catching up with old friends.
Food will be provided by our very generous sponsors. For this event we are lucky to have a new sponsor in the form of Aerometrex, Australia’s finest producer of LiDAR, aerial imagery and high resolution 3D Models. We thank them for their sponsorship.
Presenters are being finalised and will be announced soon, but there is still space for anyone to put their hand up to present. Talks are no more than 10 mins, fun yet informative, and under no circumstance will we allow any sales pitches of any kind. get in touch now though if you are keen, its a great way to get your name out there and present to a very friendly crowd, full of support and will likely buy you a drink afterwards.
Doors open from 5pm with Presentations starting from approximately 6:30pm
Tickets are available here, free of charge of course, but by putting your name down on the tickets, we know how much food to arrange, so please help us by signing up asap.
GeoRabble Perth made a long-awaited return on the 28th November at our favourite haunt, the Universal Bar.
MC Nic Flett@mapguy83 served-up some spatial tapas with a full line-up of six speakers on everything from mapping ants to a Silicon Valley experience.
Chris Roach kicked-off by exploring what a geospatial team does in their spare time. The answer? More work! With the assistance of the actual internet (in a black box on the table), Chris took the plunge by sharing a live-demo of his handy-work mapping habitat threats for endangered marsupials. Respect for that bravery – you set the bar high!
From possums to ants, Ross Lewin shared some experience in using artificial intelligence to find Fire Ant nests. Better AI finds them before you step on them. Some pretty brutal images of what happens when you do. It turns-out that ants outweigh humans on the planet; however, that doesn’t make giant ant nests easy to distinguish from other objects in an image.
Ikrom Nishanbaev took a deep dive on exploring Australian cultural heritage sites with the Geospatial Semantic Web – giving us a master class in the code and tools behind making that look easy. That’s quite a task as it takes some real skill to make something so complex look simple.
The heritage theme continued with Damien Hassan -on finding Perth’s first BBQ. His team have been busy working on an exciting project that will soon make some incredible maps of lost Perth available to the public for the first time. There’s an amazing amount of detail in these maps – enough to be able to track down what maybe WA’s first BBQ, amongst hundreds of other gems (like subterranean loos). Stay tuned!
Kurt Adams took us on another journey through Perth over time, with a very impressive set of maps about property. Kurt covered everything from location, price and block-size, to access to transport and sewerage – with a map in an appropriate shade of brown. Did someone say Vindaloo?
And finally, Sophie Richards shared a few stories from an adventure this year at Stanford University through the Silicon Valley Innovation Academy – an amazing opportunity to learn about data science from the brightest in Silicon Valley. It’s not rocket science, but there are some clever math tricks behind the biggest brands … RabbleRabble.
Thanks again to our generous sponsors for the event – Hexagon Geospatial. Stoked to have you involved.
If you would like to help grow our Geocommunity, with brain expanding ideas or sustenance at upcoming events, please share with us at email@example.com. We can’t hold these events without you!
Finally, we can’t bear the thought of wrapping-up 2018 just yet – so here’s a shout-out to the WA Geo-geek community for some Christmas drinks together on Wednesday 12th December at 5pm at The Globe 495/497 Wellington Street. Hope to see you there!
Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our first event for 2019.