UnGrounded: a hack at 30,000 feet via Chris Pirillo (@ChrisPirillo) — Now here’s something geeky and dam cool from British airways – imagine a hackathon while you jet over the Atlantic on a flight from San Fran to London! Yes indeed, according to the Verge, On a transatlantic flight from San Francisco to London, the airline plans to invite 100 innovators to an 11-hour “UnGrounded” hackathon. A number of high-profile founders, CEOs, and venture capitalists will all participate, with the aim of collaborating to create some solutions to global problems. The plane departs on June 12th when the developers and innovators will collaborate and dream up some clever apps and services, then upon landing in the UK the results will be presented to a group of delegates from the UN… freakin awesome! Hey, B.A, ping me @gletham if you have a seat with my name on it!
Check out the Ungrounded Hackathon HERE
No huge surprise here, however, the numbers seem to qualify what may be the obvious… smartphone end users are becoming more savvy and less likely to be man-handled by leading mobile brands and the carriers! Research from Phoenix Marketing shows that while the Mobile Phone Market has Grown to Near Saturation Level, Customer Loyalty has Shrunk. Interesting to see that over 1/3 of current wireless customers intend on switching service providers in the next year and nearly 2/3 plan on replacing their current mobile device with one from a different manufacturer. A startling 25% of so called service provider “promoters” plan on switching providers in the next year.
The numbers show the following trends:
- About 70% of users are likely to change handset makers – so long to brand loyalty (think Nokia here!)
- Folks are easily persuaded to ditch their carrier with T-Mobile customers the most likely to bail out (over 55% say so)
- Users of devices by Motorola, HTC, and LG are most likely to switch (all over 75%) whereas Apple device users appear to be the most loyal to their brand
See more details on the Research HERE – While the Mobile Phone Market has Grown to Near Saturation Level, Customer Loyalty has Shrunk
Recently, the USGS invited developers, information scientists, biologists/ecologists, and scientific data visualization specialists to create applications for selected USGS datasets, presenting them in innovative and informative new ways – see App-lifying USGS Earth Science Data. The winner for Best Overall App is “TaxaViewer” by the rOpenSci group based out of California.
about the app – TaxaViewer is a Web interface to a mashup of data from the USGS-sponsored Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), the Phylotastic taxonomic Name service, the Global Invasive Species Database, Phylomatic, and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility. TaxaViewer allows the user to view species-specific taxonomic data, invasive status, phylogenetic relationships, and species occurrence records.
The Challenge was open for submissions from January 9, 2013, to April 1, 2013. Utilizing the Challege.gov platform, the general public chose the winner of the Popular Choice App award.
Yet another cool sounding event for the D.C crowd… GIS for Government will bring together 20 speakers to address the latest government challenges, strategies and initiatives in GIS, as well as the state of science in Big Data employments and technologies. Hear from GIS leaders on these developments to learn what’s actually happening on the ground.
Join us at GIS for Government 2013 taking place June 24-26, 2013 in the Washington, DC Metro Area to find out everything you need to know about GIS.
GIS for Government Event, D.C.
This is awesome.. at the U of Waterloo (that’s in Ontario Canada) they have an open API and have recently come out with a pretty awesome map service that enables students to quickly create a map that routes you between buildings in a way that avoids goose droppings! The map service was developed in a matter of hours and does a fine job at routing students and faculty around goose “hot spots” and get to class safely!
See details HERE or jump directly to the WMS here
Something quite awesome from Google on the horizon, in particular, a great opportunity for educators and those involved in Geo at the higher education level – enter Geo for Higher Education Summit. Taking place July at the Googleplex in MountainView, CA, the Summit will bring together instructors and researchers in GIS and remote sensing technologies from higher education institutions. This workshop is designed for mapping and technology specialists, instructors, faculty, and advisers in higher education research and teaching, who are actively working on projects or teaching courses related to mapping. The event is free to attend for those lucky enough to be selected (Deadline is May 1) take note that travel related expenses etc… are not provided. See more – An exciting opportunity is coming up in July: the first annual Geo for Higher Ed Summit
A news map from Esri provides the latest flood data and information related to recent floods via the National weather service. the map is also complemented by social media updates from the public which includes flood related photos, videos, and tweets.
See the map Here
Transit data is co cool and there’s no doubt that the transit app (on mobile) is now the defacto go-to example for coolness when it comes to mobile app development rather than the previous favorite pizza finder or coffee house locator examples. Thanks to James for tipping me off to this interesting article on TNW that explained the very cool SanFran LiveBus service showing real-time(almost) bus movements – yes they are actually all moving in real-time in front of your eyes. Indeed Google transit data is awesome and WAY useful to any local bus service so it’s so awesome to see more clever apps and services being built by the clever developers. Note, the LiveBus app is available to iOS users from iTunes and was inspired by a similar service from the UK showing a live Underground map
Note: code used for the LiveBus app has been made available on Github
Here’s an opportunity for you to learn about the easy-to-use mapping software designed with field crews in mind thanks to Juniper Systems. Juniper Aspect is a mapping software specifically designed with field crews in mind, allowing you to:
- Cut costs by improving worker efficiency
- Save time with accurate field asset documentation
- Improve communication between field personnel and customers
- Make faster repairs with GPS guidance to hard-to-find components
- Keep cleaner maintenance, repair, and upgrade documentation
- Improve accuracy of billing using GPS-verifiable documentation
- Integrate with your existing Esri GIS
Register for one of two sessions:
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Thu, Apr 25, 2013 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MDT
Are you Creating Location Aware Apps and Mapping Apps for Apple iOS 6 and the iPhone 5? Here’s 10 Must have documents for developers looking to migrate to iOS 6 or those looking to get started creating location-aware apps and services for the iPhone 5 or iPad. The Apple Dev Center is a great starting point and there’s a wealth of material there. Of particular use to developers and those wishing to get started with iOS 6 are the following 10 documents and developer resources: