Denver Beer Company GPS tags special cans of beer – Win by taking a beer selfie at a secret location!

As a GeoGeek who’s also craft beer crazy this one is right up my alley – and likely yours too! The Denver Beer Co. is GPS tagging special cans of beer with secret locations for a beer photo challenge!

Denver Beer Co. marks cans of Incredible Pedal and Graham Cracker Porter with 24 distinct GPS coords

Denver Beer Co. marks cans of Incredible Pedal and Graham Cracker Porter with 24 distinct GPS coords

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Esri and Technology Leaders Commit to Climate Data Initiative and Challenge Developers

Yesterday was all about climate and climate change! A high profile event took place in D.C. yesterday to formally launch the Climate Data Initiative, an ambitious new effort bringing together extensive open government data and design competitions with commitments from the private and philanthropic sectors to develop data-driven planning and resilience tools for local communities. Tech leaders from Esri, Google, Intel, NOAA, NASA and other orgs were on hand to offer their commitment to the effort.

Jack Dangermond speaking at the Climate Data Initiative in D.C

Jack Dangermond speaking at the Climate Data Initiative in D.C

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The FOSS4G GeoHack – Call for Map Hacks, Hackers, and story tellers

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 to register your interest. The geohack is free to attend,  to help us gauge numbers and to register your interest, visit our eventbrite page.

See also more HERE

Hack4Colorado Sets the Bar High For Hackathons – Congrats @Hack4CO

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  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.


LizardTech Looks to the Community to Vote for their Favorite Lizard in #esriuc Contest

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.

To cast your vote, click here


Develop apps and get your Geek on at Esri UC Hackathon

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

Get Your GeoGeek On!

Save the Rain App Calculates Your Saved Water with #opendata #apps4ottawa challenge

Find out how much water you could capture in a year– An innovative app from a fellow B.C GeoGeek, Mark Laudon @mapsRus can be found entered in the Apps4Ottawa OpenData Challenge competition. Simply put, the app uses a clever map UI (and some opendata) enabling users to calculate the amount of rain water that can be saved by some clever recycling methods. The Save the Rain app facilitates the rainwater harvesting design process by calculating annually how much rain can be captured from any rooftop. The  app also displays the Ottawa communal well locations and associated water quality reports, using drinking water data along with well water data records to calculate a score for an area defined by the user.

See the save the rain App HERE and if you feel so inclined, please feel free to drop a Vote for the app  to help Mark along with his efforts in the  Apps4Ottawa competition!

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Nominations Ending for Open Source for America Awards

Nominations for the Open Source for America Awards closes on Friday, March 22 so you better get your nominations in people! Each year, Open Source for America recognizes individuals, projects, and deployments that support its mission to encourage free and open source software adoption in the U.S. government.

1. Individual Award: a contributor who has made significant contributions in the promotion and use of open source solutions in the U.S. government during the past year. Past winners include Brian Behlendorf and David A. Wheeler.
2. Open Source Project: an open source project that has shown promise and benefit for U.S. government use. Past winners include the Open Source Digital Voting Foundation’s TrustTheVote Project and the Open Source Geospatial Foundation’s OpenLayers Project.
3. Open Source Deployment in Government: a U.S. government agency or body that has shown commitment to the use of open source, through policy and/or adoption. Past winners include, for its Drupal platform migration and the Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Open Security Technology (HOST) program.
4. OSFA Contributor award: an individual who has made significant contributions to the organization. Past winners include Ean Schuessler of Brainfood and Melanie Chernoff of Red Hat.

Nominations will be accepted via the Open Source for America website through March 22, 2013. For more info on the nomination and judging process see the Official Rules.

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