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At #GeoCom16 you’ll find us exploring two aspects of this critical question: People: the work of our fellow geospatial professionals, their challenges and ambitions – and Progress: the influence of location data on our emerging digital economy. You'll find out more info about the day here.

#GeoCom16 is structured as a series of keynote presentations, given in the famous RGS Ondaatje Theatre. The day's programme is as follows below, or you can see the full event programme here.

09.00      Registration Opens

09.45      Conference proceedings begin with Session 1:

Timandra Harkness, BBC4 Radio 4 Presenter, author and comedienne
Big Data – Does Size Matter?
A rapid-fire introduction to Big Data and the reasons why location matters so very much in data analytics…

Dr Catherine Mulligan, Associate Director Imperial College, Centre for Cryptocurrency Research
Blockchain – the solution to Society 2.0?
An introduction to distributed ledger technology – what is Blockchain, why is it having such a big impact, and what roles will accuracy and currency play for society if it ‘cashes in’ on using synchronised data in multiple locations

Arancha Munoz-Criado, Landscape architect, working on the USA Green Infrastructure Framework
Building a green infrastructure for Great Britain…
Let us dream that the most valuable landscapes will be connected, and preserved, at all scales for future generations! The time is now, as we have the technology and data to make this happen.

11.25      Coffee

12.00      Session 2

Ed Leon Klinger, CEO & Co-Founder of Flock
Big-Data driven risk analysis leads to safer drone flights. Here’s how...
Drones mean Big Data on the fly, literally. Ed explains how Flock’s real time location data and analytics can make drones safer and smarter in cities.

Dr Katherine Royse, Science Director, BGS. Member of NERC Science Innovation Advisory Board
Is there a role for geological data in the Smart Cities agenda?
Gaps in subsurface data cost Britain £5.5bn every year, so why do so many Smart Cities ignore the data in their analytics, and how can we make it easier for them not to?

Andy Hamflett, former CEO of Youth Parliament, Co-Founder AAM and Independent Ministerial Advisor
Data science – how it’s helping charities fight hunger in the UK
We’re still learning how to fully utilise the new sources of data and tools to manipulate it, yet it’s clear location is a vital key to unlocking potential in wide range of social applications.

13.15       Lunch and time for networking and visiting event supporters on their stands

14.30       Afternoon proceedings, Session 3, Lightning presentations:

Patrick Bell, Information Systems Leader at BGS.
Taking the pulse of the UK's underground
In the 2014 Autumn Statement £31 million has been allocated to BGS through NERC to establish the Energy Security and Innovation Observing System for the Subsurface (ESIOS). At its heart, ESIOS will be a group of science research facilities where new subsurface activities such as fracking for shale gas can be tested and monitored under controlled conditions. This research will address many of the environmental issues that need to be answered for the development of home-grown, secure energy solutions. The scientific data will be published freely online to encourage transparency in the industry, and to provide underpinning science for regulation.
This talk will discuss the systems we are developing to deliver real-time environmental baseline monitoring.

Doug Specht, Researcher & lecturer in Communication Geography at the Communication & Media  Research Institute, University of Westminster.
Ugly Untruths of Data
An examination of how Geo data can serve ideological agendas explored through a recontextualization of impressionist art. And how data obfuscations often show more than the data itself.

Crispin Hoult, with a Geomatics PhD from the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, he founded Linknode.
Mapping for Spatial Data - The End is Nigh!
For hundreds of years, cartographic mapping has been the communication method for representing the real world.  Digital maps, CAD, GIS, the web and services have not disrupted that - until now, and AR.

James Milner, is a developer working with startups at the Ordnance Survey's Geovation Hub.
Lessons from Geo Startups
Increasingly geospatial data, processing and visualization is a major aspect of tech startups, as its utility is becoming better understood in a wider context. We see companies like Uber, Zoopla, CityMapper, Deliveroo, and Laundrapp leveraging geo in their consumer apps. Although this is the case, these types of companies rarely delve into the traditional world of geospatial software. This talk will examine how the GIS industry can learn from the world of startups and vice versa.

15.15       Session 4:

Dr Alberto Arribas, Director of Labs, Met Office
“Met Office Informatics Lab: Making environmental data and science useful”
An introduction to the Met Office’s location data curation and analysis work – and how relevant meteorological data is reaching the end-users who need it most.

Professor Jacqui Taylor, CEO Flying Binary, and Independent Ministerial Advisor in Cabinet Office as an Open Data domain expert and web scientist
Mapping the Future towards the Internet of Things
The global “mega trends” will affect individuals, organisations and nations alike. As we move to a future where 80% of the world’s population is connected, Big Data and the Internet of Things take us beyond Web2.0 and require us to understand new ways of communicating with customers and citizens.

15.55        Announcement and Presentation to AGI Award winners

16.40        Close of event

17.30        Geo-Beers

You can view details here of our announced speakers.

The AGI Annual General Meeting for Members will be held on 22nd November (the afternoon before the conference).


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