AGI’s flagship annual conference – GeoCom: Resilient Futures - took place at Chesford Grange near Warwick from 23rd to 25th November 2015 and featured key presenters, guests, sponsoring exhibitors and innovation workshops. The event attracted 300 delegates over the two days from both the public and private sectors.
The keynote speakers over the two days included: Professor Paul Longley, Professor of Geographic Information Science, University College London; Dr Helen Reeves, Science Director for Engineering Geology at the British Geological Survey; Peter Gibbs, former forecaster with British Antarctic Survey, then with the Met Office and BBC where he appears regularly on BBC News and also known to host BBC Gardeners' Question Time; Mark Ovenden, author, broadcaster and consultant; Charlie Davies, Co-founder, Product & Technology Director, iGeolise; David Overton, MD at Splashmaps and dybhundred Ltd.
In addition, 60 papers were presented on the theme of Resilience, both in terms of the environment and society and the role which geo has to play. Debates and discussions also focussed on how the GI industry responds to the constant disruptions of new technologies and the resulting changes which affect the markets, business models and competitor landscapes. The contents on Day 1 featured the ingredients ie. the technologies and issues, then on Day 2 the focus was more on some of the applications and outcomes in ‘smart’ environments, citizens and cities.
The online event guide can be viewed here.
The night before the conference opened, on 23rd November 2015, Dr Anne Kemp, Atkins Fellow
and Director (BIM Strategy and Development) hosted the launch of the AGI Foresight Report 2020, with Nigel Clifford, CEO of Ordnance Survey. The Report provides insight into the key issues which AGI considers will significantly impact on the economy, environment and society – providing both challenges and opportunities – over the next five years to 2020.The purpose of the Report is to both observe and challenge the current role of Geographic Information (GI) in relation to these issues.
On the evening of 25th November, the AGI Awards for Geospatial Excellence ceremony took place, with Professor Iain Stewart hosting the event once again. Twelve awards were presented, showcasing and celebrating the very high standards of GI and innovation across the geospatial industry in the UK. A list of the winners can be found here.