GeoRabble Perth #14 – Rise of the Machines

Speakers:

  • Matt Barrett – Machines and utilities
  • Fedja Hadzic – Inventor @ SkryData
  • Piers Higgs – Drones – the good, the bad, and the ugly – an all hazards perspective
  • Robert Lednor – Applications of drones (not just the cool stuff)
  • Mark Taylor – Certainty of uncertainty

Date: Wednesday, 9th September, 2015
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Location: Universal Bar, 221 William St, Northbridge 6003
Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.
Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

Proudly sponsored by  Landgate – WALIS and NGIS Australia

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The Winter Rabble that Was

GeoRabble once again proved that interesting stories can come from anywhere and it isn’t all about maps and GIS. The 13th instalment of GeoRabble came on a cold, wet night yet for the over 80 strong crowd they were entertained and amazed by a handful of interesting speakers. The gender balance was certainly in favour of the women speakers with 5 out of the 6 showing that this certainly isn’t a boys club. Maya Dominice kicked off proceedings as our MC for the night and a special thanks to Ajilon for sponsoring the event.

First up, Helen Ensikat (a now pro on the Georabble talking circuit) provided an interesting insight into the http://thelostfestival.org/, a view Perth through the ages. This is a cultural history of Perth lands hacked up during the recent Festival of Perth events and a smart use of mapping for interactive with our historical past.

Grace Yun proved that Health Services are fundamentally linked to location and people and provided the audience with an insight into the detail and complex nature of health mapping. I certainly feel much better for hearing this talk, knowing that so much goes into ensuring that the health of the state has so much rich data supporting the activities of our dedicated health staff. Cecilia from Curtin University took a look into how we travel from day to day and apply this to our surroundings showing mobility and walkability. How to build a walk-able community based on knowing landmarks and people, an interesting research project, one that I’m sure will be used for planning in years to come.

Eun-Jung from UWA delved into our own backyard (literally) and talked about how automation in mineral detection (let’s face it, WA is a resources state) is now starting to break through by combining smart people and smart technology saving $$ in the meantime. I know that a number of resource companies would be well placed if they engaged with EJ’s work!

Elizabeth-Kate was next up and talked about how we are data rich but discovery poor and how her work can change how we search for data in the future. Taking common language queries into the spatial data searching world is almost a mythical legend although EK is forging a path here and by the looks of her talk it is being well researched and will make data searching much easier in the future.

Finally – last but certainly not least was Andrew (in support with Petra) oversaw the team at Curtin University whom recently surveyed (in amazing high detail) the HMAS Sydney and HSK Kormoran and treated us with a world first view into the data and imagery captured. An innovative use of surveying and imaging technology, preserving our history and a tribute to the lives lost in that fateful encounter. Read more about this fascinating survey here: http://museum.wa.gov.au/explore/sydney/videos/hmas-sydney-ii-and-hsk-kormoran-survey-expedition-4-may-2015

And

http://news.curtin.edu.au/rdnow/stories/simulated-salvage/

With some added footage now available on You Tube: http://youtu.be/ym-xcpaZy-E

And with that, we are pleased to announce the next Georabble for Perth will be on the 9th of September and this is the only hint I will give to the event “Rise of the machines”. We hope to see you there. Event details will be on-line soon so please keep an eye on this space.

GeoRabble Perth 12 – The Mix Bag Wrap

GeoRabble 12 was an eye-opening extravaganza of topics we’d all love to get involved in and many being accessible and happening right here in Perth.

Volunteering a weekend to join a similarly willing and dedicated team in problem solving and programming was a timely showcase from Zane Prickett and an invitation to join Unearthed. Now in its second year, Unearthed was held in Perth in late March and is being expanded to 4 events across Australia in 2015. The Unearthed hackathon was set up to promote start-up companies and entrepreneurial ideas in the mining sector solving technical problems with innovative new ideas.

Dr Ori Gudes showed some incredible (sometimes frightening) tales of health stories told through maps. His journey in mapping diseases, nutrition, health tracking and getting all the health facts onto maps to help inform patients, planners and health professionals alike.

Erik Champion talked about the incredible 3D theatre HIVE at Curtin University and the work he and his students are doing by creating fully-immersive digital version of places around the world from long-ago. Virtual reality, open source tools and data including LIDAR, 360° photography and a little archaeological knowledge are used to share history as it’s never been taught before.

This type of interactive game play and learning is now allowing us to take part and interact with historical ritual in original settings and gain a better understanding of our heritage.

Mathieu Savard, all the way from Canada, demonstrated the wonderful world of motion capture for gaming with a live demo with a motion sensor input device  hooked up to a PC! His presentation showed us what can be done with a 3D model created in freely available software; and just what an engrossing and new experience we can create.

In the final presentation Steve Weiser showed us some of the drivers behind the Just Start IT program and how their 18 week high school program across some 30 schools in Perth is helping to instil business, life and technology skills in high school students. Steve demonstrated why it is so vitally important that we help to make this a generation of kids the new job creators in markets we haven’t seen or realised yet.

Big thanks to our Sponsors NGIS and all the speakers for the work they put in. Follow @georabble on twitter or use the hashtag #georabbleper to join the conversation.

Georabble 13 promises even more for hungry Perth audiences with tickets for the June event becoming available soon.

The mix bag that is Perth’s 12th Georabble

Calling all “sandgropers”, Georabble returns to Perth in 2015 starting with a mix bag of the interesting, the fascinating and the informative. Come join us on the 4th of March 2015 at Universal Bar (221 William Street) in Northbridge, kicking off at 5:30pm with networking. Talks start at 6pm. Register and grab yourself a free ticket while mixing with friends and geospatial peers, sharing stories and laughs free from the vendor rhetoric. Each presentation is light, relevant to geo-something and only 10 minutes long. More speakers to be announced soon although already on the line up are:

  • Dr Ori Gudes: I tell health stories with maps
  • Lainey Weiser: Taking technology and entrepreneurship into high schools
  • Erik Champion: 3D platforms can help preserve our Australian heritage

Registrations now open go to Eventbrite to grab your ticket! We are calling for more guest speakers – if you have a spatial idea that you would like to share with a group of like minded people, we want you! Contact the GeoRabble committee asap to express your interesting topic in 20words or less, or email your idea to perth@georabble.org A very special thanks to our local GIS experts NGIS who is sponsoring this event which we couldn’t run nor provide food to everyone without.  NGIS

Geo”Retro” Rabble – Perth 11

Taking a look at the past for this rabble! 

Speakers:
  • Lise Summers
  • Val McDuff
  • Nicholas Flett
  • plus more to be announced soon!

Date: 15th October, 2014
Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Location: Universal Bar, William St, Northbridge

Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.

Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register!

 

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We can’t hold these events without the help of the greater Geocommunity!

This event brought to you by the Perth GeoRabble team and sponsored by Hexagon Geospatial

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GeoRabble Perth #10 Wrap

GeoRabble #10 – It’s a wrap!

Happy 10th Birthday to GeoRabble Perth!

The evening kicked off with mirth to the sounds of a downpour or two as wet GeoRabblers braved the weather and trundled into the warmth and a welcome drink to celebrate all that is geo goodness.

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Captivated ‘rabblers at GeoRabble #10 in Perth

MC Nic Flett for GeoRabble #10 Perth

MC Nic Flett for GeoRabble #10 Perth

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Announcing GeoRabble Perth 10!

Happy Birthday to Us, Perth is now 10 georabble’s old.  For our 10th Rabble, we want a rabble of epic proportions!

Speakers:
  • Ross Currie
  • Paul Lucey
  • Rob Freeth
  • Kellie Ireland
  • plus more to be announced soon!

Date: 26th June, 2014

Time: Doors open 5:30pm, Presentations from 6:00 pm
Location: Universal Bar, William St, Northbridge

Format: A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules.

Registration: Attendance is free, but for catering purposes we need you to register here!

Huge thanks to our Sponsors at the Department of Planning

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GeoRabble Perth #9 Review

Over the four long, hot months since the WALIS forum in November, Perth geo-geeks built up a Rabble-sized thirst, with only one way to quench it… cue GeoRabble Perth #9! Held at the Universal Bar in Northbridge, this iteration of Perth’s favourite geo-outing drew a big crowd, including some of the usual suspects and many new faces.

As usual, we had a great array of thought provoking speakers bringing their perspective on what makes our field of endeavour fascinating. It’s not easy to stand up in front of your peers and talk about yourself for 10 minutes, particularly given GeoRabble’s strict rules on sales pitches, ‘about us’ slides, etc… but these folks really delivered the goods.

Ably hosted by Chelsea Samuel, GR#9 was kicked off by Grahame Bowland, who dazzled us with some pretty serious SQL queries, but promised that his open source geodata analysis framework would save us from having to write them ourselves.

Emil Vulin was up next, and shared his perspective on the exciting area of mobile mapping, including some interesting observations on the arrival of low-cost tablets in the developing world.

Sophie Richards’ talk on her experiences in crisis mapping with the UN, and particularly the use of crowdsourced information, was a fascinating look into how mapping and spatial data can make a real impact in the lives of people.

For something completely different, Chris Toovey treated us with some eye candy, talking about his experiences in the business of making 3d animated scenes, as said scenes flashed by on the screen. Cool!

Finally, Dan Goldberg, visiting from the University of Texas, dropped in to tell a few jokes and talk up his students.

And with the presentation portion of the evening at its end, the GeoRabble settled in for beers & some spirited conversation.

Thanks to all our speakers for entertaining us and providing food for thought, and to everyone who came and made GeoRabble #9 a great night! We’ll look forward to seeing you at the next one, and if you have a geo-story to tell, we want to hear from you…  Also thanks to our sponsors Talis Consultants

Perth Georabble #8 Review

Around 170 people were a part of Perth’s biggest rabbling ever, with MC John Bryant leading the evening.  The event was held at Crown Burswood as a part of the WALIS Forum. Thanks to our sponsors SIBA (Spatial Industries Business Association) and WALIS Forum for having us there.

Brett Madsen was the first speaker, and it was a privilege to have a founding GeoRabble kick-starter from the East join us. His tale of where he has come from kept the audience captivated. Rules of GeoRabble may have almost been broken when services and business were hinted at –come on @DARKspatialLORD you should know better!

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Darren gives Brett the slide clicker in return for a beer

Perth’s own GeoRabble committee member Darren Mottolini took over the microphone to let us in on distorting maps and how to get a message communicated through map distortions. Ending with zombie maps, what was not to enjoy in Darren’s talk?

A further founding GeoRabble kick-starter, Maurits van der Vlugt travelled a long way just to join Perth GeoRabblers for the evening (well, we would like to think it was just for us!). He delved into the fascinating topic of gerrymandering, and the influence that electoral boundaries have on election outcomes.

Lise Summers gave us a fascinating look into how maps are carefully taken out of archives, off the printed and hand drawn pages and captured into formats able to come alive on our computer screens. Lise’s description of her experiences with the digital capture process was an eye opener, to say the least. The amount of work and care taken to not destroy these precious pages in the capture process was remarkable.

Ever built a computer chair out of a car seat and a massage chair so that you can fully experience the bumps in the road in a game? Well, Erik Champion was involved in doing so. Making computer games come alive and really getting to experience the simulation world made for a fantastic talk.

Helen Ensikat has created Beaufort Street Maps capturing Beaufort Street in a stunning way. Various aspects of this street have been captured from Helen’s view point. From the coffee shop where she drank great coffee, to the stars, the food ratings of the restaurants, tagging on the walls, to the little black poodle which has a fluffy tail have been captured for all to see.

Please come along to the final gathering for 2013. This month we’ll be joining forces with the Perth GeoSpatial Network to celebrate the end of year with some casual drinks at Bob’s Bar (http://www.printhall.com.au/bobs-bar/ ). We look forward to seeing you there 🙂
When: Wednesday, 4th Dec, 5:30pm
Where: Bob’s Bar (Rooftop bar of the Print Hall)

If we don’t see you there, we hope you have a great festive season and we’ll see you in the new year – for GeoRabble #9!

GeoRabble Perth #8 – Dates, Speakers…. Tickets!

7th November 2013, doors open at 5:30pm

The next highly anticipated edition of GeoRabble hits Perth on the 7th of November 2013, coinciding with the WALIS Forum, Australia’s largest spatial conference! GeoRabble #8 will be the highlight networking event on the Thursday evening of WALIS Forum to be held at the Crown Convention Centre at Burswood.

Speakers:

  • Lise Summers
  • Erik Champion
  • Maurits van der Vlugt
  • Darren Mottolini
  • Brett Madsen
  • Helen Ensikat

If you’ve not attended a GeoRabble before, it’s a fantastic casual night, filled with short, pithy presentations from like-minded geo-types that are free from sales pitches.  We have released a whole lot more tickets to this event but don’t let that fool you with GeoRabble constantly being oversubscribed, get your ticket fast!

To secure your ticket to GeoRabble #8 visit: http://georabble-per8.eventbrite.com.au/

We’re pleased that SIBA (Spatial Industries Business Association) have come on board to sponsor the next Perth GeoRabble, and the WALIS Forum have agreed to host this rowdy mob. Our thanks to them, we promise they wont regret it. 🙂

Hope to see you there!

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