GeoRabble Perth #19 – Student Edition – It’s A Wrap!

Suzy Urbaniak set the scene for the night with her infectious enthusiasm for science and education! Suzy shared her hands-on approach with real world and field based learning. She introduced her Centre of Resources Excellence Program, designed with STEAM front of mind – Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths.

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Next up was repeat speaker Dhan Prabhu, who introduced us to “get into resources”, a unique 3 day event in WA which showcases the resources industry to secondary school students.  Small groups of students get to participate in hands-on interactive activities as presented by volunteer industry professionals from a wide range of resource related disciplines.

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Get Into Resources
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Mark Williams spoke on his experiences with Participatory Mapping from Central Australia to Cambodia, in helping local inhabitants transcribe their expert knowledge of local environments in a geographical framework. Mark shared results of his masters study aimed at using community based adaptation and participatory mapping to explore how communities living in flood-prone river basins in Cambodia perceive and adapt to changes in flood regimes under the influence of climate change and other risk factors.

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Participatory GIS and community based adaptation to climate change and other hazards – Mark Williams, M.Env,Sc (GIS and Environmental Management specialisation UWA)

Next up were Tristan Reed and Jeremy Siao Him Fa, sharing their GeoApp Development in the remote Ngalangangpum School in Warmun, 200km south of Kununurra. As part of the “Two-way Learning” model, combination of traditional indigenous methods and new economy skills, Tristan and Jeremy helped teach the students how to build a basic iPad app that functioned as a geo-diary, allowing students to catalog their excursions as well as important places around the town.

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And our very own Darren Mottolini finished up with some guidance in mentoring – helping others think outside the box by sharing our geo experience and perspective on the world. Getting to the root of problems, identifying gaps and co-designing for unique solutions.

Thanks again to Damian Shepherd for MCing on the night and to our friends at Spookfish for sponsoring the Student Edition!

If you would like to help grow our Geocommunity, with brain expanding ideas or sustenance at upcoming events, please share with us at perth@georabble.org. We can’t hold these events without you!

Stay tuned via #georabbleper for news about our next event coming up soon.

GeoRabble Brisbane #1 speakers are warming up …

Bronze(d) Speakers by mgjefferies
Bronze(d) Speakers, a photo by mgjefferies on Flickr.

We’re lining up the awesome speakers for GeoRabble Brisbane #1 (5.30 pm Tuesday April 17th at the Pig N Whistle! Order your free tickets )

Speakers lineup….

GeoRabble Welcome from Stewart Hay, OneSphere

Dr Ben Guy, UrbanCircus 3D
Damon Oehlman, Sidelab
Simon Elvery, Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre
Bryan Reeves
Megan Cope, Artist

Dr Ben Guy – Insights into virtual 3d planning

Dr Ben Guy,  founder of Brisbane-based infrastructure visualisation company Urban Circus 3D, has demonstrated the power of 3D visuals  to express the narrative of design and data in a clear and compelling manner, to expidites process and “sell the story”. Ben is an  urbanist and environmental psychologist who has worked in the design industry for over 10 years.  Ben’s doctorate is from the UK in place-based urbanism and regenerative planning.


” The problem with planning and managing precincts – from projects to places like cities – can be the fundamental difficulty in common understanding of what everyone is talking about quickly and easily. This is the cause of so many misunderstandings, errors, reworks, redesigns, disappointments, anxieties and construction errors! One of the main reasons is the limitations is using words and line drawings to describe an organic, complex spatial world. When we change that by using tools to help people understand through seeing projects and results move thrice as fast.”

Megan Cope –  Maps, aboriginal art & place names

Megan Cope’s work explores notions of environment, identity, geomorphology and mapping; decolonizing methodologies and toponymy are a primary aspect of her practice. A descendant from the Quandamooka region (North Stradbroke Island) in South East QLD, Megan is a member of proppaNOW, the Queensland collective of urban Aboriginal Artists who are making waves in Australia and internationally with their intelligent brash art. Megan has exhibited her works at Australian Embassy in Washington DC, the Koori Heritage Trust in Melbourne, City Gallery in Wellington NZ, Cairns regional art gallery and the 2009 ARC Biennial in Brisbane.

Megan Cope

Megan will take us to an unusual place, melding cartography, toponomy, aboriginal art & place names.
“Toponyms – Place names are an important aspect of culture and identity as they provide location where history, events, landscapes and people are remembered, celebrated and continued. The use of language and basic cartographic symbology reveal a multilayered fluid landscape with dual histories & dual identities.

Simon Elvery – Web Developer, Left, Right & Centre

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The use of personal geographic data on the social web has excited Simon since the day he discovered he could geotag his photos on Flickr. Entranced by the possibilities exposed by attaching geographic data to online content, Simon strapped a GPS to himself for a year (see more at “All the places I go” ). He provides a fun, different look at the idea of geospatial and a window into the Brisbane Web Design community.

Damon Oehlman

Damon Oehlman

Damon founded a company called Sidelab which offers solutions and services in the area of location based web applications. Damon is a very well known and vocal member of the Brisbane open source and mobile web development community. He has a number of very interesting projects and is a very engaging speaker. He adds a passion and experience for mobile web applications and experience in diverse communities.
@damonoehlman