The next occurrence of Australia’s favourite casual geo-event, Georabble, will occur on 20 June at the Leederville Hotel in Leederville, Perth.
Speakers so far include:
In addition to this line up, the night will feature a mystery speaker, who will remain shrouded in secrecy, wrapped in a riddle, and enclosed in an enigma until a grand revelation on the night. Or something like that.
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. With 85 tickets snapped up the remaining 65 FREE tickets have 6 days until the event to find owners. Click Here to get your ticket!
We’re pleased that AAMGroup have come on board to sponsor the next Perth Georabble, and expect this event with its pizza, beer and awesome will be just as great as all the others.
A Return to Yesteryear – Thunder and Lightning and Storms, Oh My!
14th March 2013, Leederville Hotel
The evening kicked off to the tune of a slightly tempestuous weather machination and some sixty-odd slightly damp GeoRabblers bunked down to listen, drinks in hand, as the yarns of geospatial speakers unravelled to the sound of rain against the Leedy’s tin roof.
Or something akin to that!
The master of ceremonies Damian Shepherd led the keen GeoRabblers through the dark and stormy night, and kicked off the presentations by introducing Mike Bradford, CEO of Landgate. Onwards on a journey through time and space, Mike explored the evolutionary steps of spatial technology and glimpsed at the possibilities and trends for the future of the industry. From quasi prehistoric GPS receivers approaching the size of the MARS Curiosity Rover, to preparing for the influence of a predicted 1200 satellites going up in the next 10 years, the emphasis was on the fact that the future of GIS is coming at us harder and faster than ever before – and adaptation is the key to surviving and thriving in this (r)evolutionary world of all things spatial.
Next up, Roman Trubka and Cole from Curtin University flew us through some 3D urban planning scenario models, illustrating the inherent potential of spatial tools to explore, analyse and communicate the viability of development proposals and plans. Emphasis was on the intrinsic spatial nature of planning and how spatial tools of today can better inform and progress location-appropriate development.
Leading us into the fray of what it means to be a professional in the geospatial industry, Jen Hogan of Spatial Solutions started with the question that bubbles up at so many a social gathering and yet so frequently stumps many a geospatial professional: “So, what do you do?”. Between the blank look you get on saying something like ‘GIS’ to mumbling the ‘yes, something like Google Maps’ answer, the truth more often than not gets stuck in translation. Cue ‘Captain GIS’ to the rescue! Jen encouraged us speak out about all the things we love about spatial and not to hide away behind answers that make the awkward question go away. And, that when it comes down to it, emphasise that what we do is solve problems in a way that no one else can.
Tom Gardiner from ESRI took to the stage from there and further searched, queried and unravelled the meaning of what geospatial means in the context of world today. Leading us through an analysis done by high-school students at Hale School on finding the best location(s) for a sustainable community in Western Australia (as part of Spatial Technology in Schools Competition), on to consuming BoM data of cyclonic pathways in the context of the student’s analysis, Tom highlighted the ever expanding kaleidoscopic nature of spatial questions, data, technology and analytical approaches that sit at our fingertips.
With the tantalizing smell of hot pizza starting to waft through the air, the last speaker of the evening Charlie Gunningham from REIWA took to the stage and enraptured GeoRabblers with a tale of success, entrepreneurship and geospatial history. From mad Saturday morning rushes navigating the cityscape streets with nothing more than a street map-book and a handwritten trajectory in hand, was born the idea of placing real-estate sale advertisements onto an online map. It was an idea that then set the stage for real-estate websites across the world today. For some GeoRabblers the tale was a fond trip down memory lane, for others a unique chance to hear the history first-hand of the technology that is standard of the day. (Charlie reviews his first GeoRabble here)
And onwards into the stormy night did the GeoRabblers talk, eat and enjoy many a conversation.
Many thanks to the speakers of the night, to WaterCorp for supplying the projector and to the sponsors SSSI WA Region.
GeoRabble happens in various locations around Australia, is free and open to anyone, but frequently sells out. If you would like to talk at a future Perth GeoRabble event, please send an email with the title and a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Exciting news! The Perth GeoRabble crew are busy preparing to host two GeoRabble events in the next two months. “WHAT?? They’re Crazy!” I hear you exclaim…. Challenge Accepted.
The first GeoRabble for 2013 kicks off on the 14th of March and the second is organised to coincide with Big Data Week (www.bigdataweek.com) on the 23rd of April. The formats for these GeoRabble events takes us back to a more traditional base with interesting speakers talking about what they find passionate in the Geo / Data world.
Announcing GeoRabble Perth #5 – Return to Yesteryear –
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Venue: Upstairs at the Leederville Hotel Time: Door @ 5:30pm for a 6:00pm start of presentations
Someone from the Curtin University’s Sustainable Policy Unit
We’ve been holding back some excellent speakers from previous rabbles, as we’ve had a sojourn through a Panel, and an Open Mic night, but GeoRabble #5 is returning to the Rabble Roots of yesteryear. A handful speakers, 10 mins each, usual rules. If you’d like to speak (or sponsor at future events), and you’ll be in Perth for that evening, please contact email@example.com or one of the organisers (See the Perth contact page) and we’d love to hear from you.
rab·ble /ˈrabəl/ (n) A mob, the masses, the common people
ri·ot /ˈrīət/ (n) A disorderly crowd, a public disturbance, disorder, rebellion
We come to the final GeoRabble of 2012 or as we like to call it, the first Australian Rabble Riot. For the first time 3 GeoRabble events were held in the same week with Brisbane, Sydney and finally Perth leaving their best shows for the festive season.
In just over a year of rabbling, Western Australia has managed 4 successful rabbles with in excess of 300 attendees. More than 90 tickets were booked for GeoRabble 4 and those who attended were far from disappointed.
The upstairs bar at the Leederville Hotel was the home of GeoRabble for December 6th and an open floor brought the best out of the Rabble. Free flowing commentary on data, software, open-source, employment, data silos and hardware saw Santa’s wish-list grow ever longer. Chants of “Free the Data!” and “Open source is the only way!” could be heard in between support for an unnamed GIS software and a certain state government data initiative (oh, and lots of “Rabble, Rabble!”).
We’d like to thank this event’s sponsor Geoimage for the support, venue and pizza. The best organisers can’t predict where an unscripted open microphone event will head, but this one stayed interesting to the end. Beers finished, wine swilled, pizza demolished, GeoRabble 4 was a 5 star success.
Santa, I’d like more GeoRabble Perth in 2013 please, I’ve been really good boy/girl.
GeoRabble www.georabble.org happens in various locations around Australia, is free and open to anyone, but frequently sells out. If you would like to talk at a future Perth GeoRabble event, please send and email with the title and a short description to firstname.lastname@example.org.