This year at FOSS4G in Nottingham (that’s in the UK Sept 17-21) the team has planned a GeoHack event and has put out a call to geek, hacks, and developers to participate. From the org. team: We are putting the shout out to software and hardware hackers, graphic designers, innovative thinkers, story tellers, translators, well anyone really who would like to contribute. GeoHack runs 17th and 18th June within the ‘geo-tent’ being erected at the conference venue. It’s FREE, but spaces will be limited, so sign up early at http://2013.foss4g.org/geohack/ to register your interest. The geohack is free to attend, to help us gauge numbers and to register your interest, visit our eventbrite page.
Archives for June 2013
There’s no doubt that the Colorado Geek and hacking community is second to none! The recent Hack4Colorado event that took place May 31, 2013 is a great example for anyone interested in hacking or planning a similar hackathon or hackfest… checkout this video from Hack4Colorado and if this doesn’t get you inspired to hack then I’m not sure what will… great stuff from Colorado! Oh, and FYI, over 100 developers and hackers took part and there was more than $17K up fro grabs in cash and prizes! Check out more info at http://www.hack4colorado.com/ and congrats to everyone involved!
Dang I just wish I coulda been there!!
Hack4Colorado Event 5/30-6/02 from Great Sandini Films on Vimeo.
Recall that recently, Seattle-based LizardTech put out a call to the community for submissions of images that they captured or created of funky little lizard creatures, this part of their annual contest that takes place during ESRIUC week. After an initial call for image submissions via their facebook page the competition has now moved to the public voting stage. This is your chance to cast a vote for your favorite creative Lizard and also help reward one lucky contestant with a nice iPad!
Through July 10 everyone is encouraged to visit the voting page and place their vote for their favorite shot. Voting will also be available during the first day of the Esri conference in LizardTech’s booth (#1704). The person whose lizard photo receives the most votes will win a brand new Apple iPad Mini. The winner will be announced in LizardTech’s booth number 1704 at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.
Some interesting goodies coming to ESRIUC this year from the folks at Laser Technology (LTI). Be among the first to see the newest additions to the TruPulse laser rangefinder family at booth number 2517. Another new product to be showcased will be an LTI exclusive FotoMapr L100 GPS unit that integrates with the TruPulse and stores remote offset data. This is low-cost alternative to other GPS handheld devices. LTI will also be demonstrating other mobile mapping solutions that delivers efficiency to field work, such as LaserGIS® for ArcPad®, ArcGIS® for Mobile, a new LaserSoft™ Measure app for the iPhone and MapSmart® that is packages with a new lower-cost BAP data collector.
UC attendees can learn how to map with smartphones, tablets and lasers by attending a lunch and learn session Wednesday, July 10 from 12:00– 1:00 p.m., in Room 28C. LTI will be co-hosting the session with GeoSpatial Experts, the leader in photo mapping software.
The Esri EDN team along with Digitalglobe have partnered up to offer a fun hackathon for GeoGeeks prior to ESRIUC. Andy Gup from Esri’s EDN team reminds us that this will be a great chance to try out the new ArcGIS Developer’s site features! So if hacking is your thing and your up to maybe winning some cool prizes too then get to San Diego a couple of days early and take part in the week-end hackathon.
Some details… The Esri UC Hackathon will bring data experts, programmers, designers, business development professionals, and technology enthusiasts together to share perspectives and build software solutions designed to improve the San Diego community. Esri will provide APIs/SDKs and DigitalGlobe will provide awesome new imagery so teams can identify opportunities to collaborate and design with ArcGIS using publicly released San Diego data to create location-based projects aimed at solving civic challenges faced San Diego citizens. – See more
- Register for the hackathon HERE and you can also ping @agup on Twitter for more info
- See Also this dedicated resource for developers attending the ESRIUC
- See also 7 Awesome things to do at ESRIUC
Get Your GeoGeek On!
You may have heard or read recently that Canada has announced new/enhanced efforts in their position on Open government. This came in the form of a newly revised position and policy on OpenGov (see details) and an enhanced open government portal. The Open Data Portal is a one-stop shop for federal government data that can be downloaded free of charge by citizens, researchers, voluntary organizations, and the private sector.
Here’s a tip off about a webinar coming up in the near future on a relatively hot topic – Locaton Based Marketing for small business. Details… The U.S. Small Business Administration and the W20 Group, a cluster of digital communications companies, will present Getting Started with Mobile and Location-based Marketing, the final topic in the five-topic social media webinar series. The webinar will help small business owners learn how to engage social media savvy customers on the go through mobile marketing.
Today, Instagram adds the ability for users to create and share a 15 second (max) length clip, even cooler, the user can create a 15 second long video clip collage (think stitch together several videos). Big deal you might think! Well, what’s cool about this is that Instagram videos provide video filters (13 of them!) that allow the users to create beautiful video clips (with Instagram stabilization) to share. The usability is awesome, additionally, edits can be made easily and the app is fast and simple to use – sorry but Vine fails at this!
Key components of Instagram video are simplicity of use, beauty, and community – the key here is community! Instagram will win this battle against others (like vine) because of the community and their engagement… plain and simple! See more about the new Instagram + video in this video recording from the press conference held by facebook
Some Instagram facts:
- 16 billion photos shared
- More than a billion likes every day (high engagement)
- 130 million users
- It’s about coming together and staying connected…
Recall, Instagram was born out of the idea of a location sharing app (Bourbon) that was designed to quickly, and simply share photos and videos in a beautiful way. This new functionality of video on Instagram completes the vision that was in Bourbon
Instagram with video is available today for iOS and Android! You can see my first Instagram video HERE
You may have already seen this infographic making the rounds on various social media channels. The visual is a stunning look at all of the hydrographic features in America and indeed it is quite impressive. But what you may not have seen is what’s behind the scenes and how to make this webmap for yourself! The map was produced by Nelson Minar (@nelson) and he’s documented his experience in details on his blog, furthermore, the entire project and everything you need to know to create it for yourself is on Github
About the project… “This project contains everything you need from start to finish to make a vector based web map of American rivers in the contiguous 48 states. This demonstration map is neither particularly beautiful nor complex, but it is a complete example of how to build a web map using tiled vector data into a web map. The source code is open source you are encouraged to read and tinker with. There are three parts to the project: data preparation, HTTP serving of vector tiles, and clients that render maps”
OpenCage Data http://www.opencagedata.com/ – a new effort that guarantees to make using OSM data easy for organizations and to help users get OpenStreetMap data in the format they want it! Born out of London-based Lokku (a 15 person team), the team, best known for running Nestoria (see http://www.nestoria.com) has sponsored numerous State of the Map conferences, mapping parties, and made major donations to HOT-OSM and OSMF’s server drives. To kick off this effort OpenCage Data has gathered together a who’s-who in the Geospatial World to head up their board of advisors, these include Andy Allan (OSM developer), Gari Araolaza, Gary Gale (Nokia HERE), Marc Prolieau, Marc Tobias Metten, Sajjad Anwar, Steven Feldman, and Tyler Bell (Factual). – See more