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The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is delighted to confirm the headline speakers who’ll be providing insights at this year’s annual conference, #GeoCom17, putting the focus firmly on the role of location intelligence in today’s fast-paced world.

GeoCom will be held on 26th October 2017 at the RGS-IBG, 1 Kensington Gore, London, SW7 2AR. 

‘Smart Geospatial’ is the theme for this year’s event, which will be a highlight for members (and non-members) of the AGI. It brings together thought leaders, forward-thinking individuals and geospatial businesses to explore the impact of our work on the emerging digital economy – and we expect to be adding more names to this impressive line-up in the coming weeks:

Javier de la Torre, CEO, Carto

Many of our members will recognise Javier de la Torre. Javier founded Carto in 2012, and is a pioneer and keen advocate for the democratisation of data analysis and visualization: a strong speaker on all things geospatial. We expect to hear his insights on turning location data into valuable business intelligence, and the need for not only new data streams, but new analysis methods too – plus a cohesive, shared commitment from the geospatial intelligence community to help governments ‘cross the geospatial bridge’ … and ways for us all to collaborate with private partners and non-profits to help with these new analyses.

Dr Helen Ferrier, Head of Policy Services, NFU 

Geospatial is an essential tool in agriculture and the insurance sector. At the NFU – the National Farmers’ Union – these disciplines intersect. Dr Ferrier has collected geospatial insights from cross-sector policy experts who work on behalf of the NFU’s 55,000 members; visitors to GeoCom can expect to hear insights touching on the organisation's policy work on agricultural science and research, biotechnology, and many sectors of farming.  

Philip Graham, CEO, National Infrastructure Commission

Philip is responsible for leading the National Infrastructure Commission’s overall work programme, including the development of the National Infrastructure Assessment and the delivery of the Commission’s programme of targeted studies on key infrastructure challenges. As well as heading the Commission’s management, the chief executive also leads its ongoing engagement with government departments and key stakeholders in the public and private sectors.

Tom Smith, MD, Office for National Statistics (ONS) Data Campus

Tom is Managing Director at the UK government's ONS Data Science Campus – and will be providing the ONS’s insights into earth observation data, as it’s already being used to better understand Britain’s economy and society. A keen, hands-on practitioner, Tom is a data addict with 20 years’ experience using data and analysis to improve public services, and originally trained as a physicist with a PhD in training neural networks for robot control. 

Charlotte Jee, Editor, Techworld

Techno-libertarians get a frisson of excitement at the idea of computers becoming integral to the human experience, but those in the know understand the importance of starting with the basics. Good data, good systems: smart technology that delivers benefits for all – when and where they need it. As the editor of Techworld, Charlotte Jee covers the development of this technology in government, politics and the public sector, and will be bringing unique insights to this event.  

Professor Kate Jeffery, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL  

Kate Jeffery is Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience at UCL and also a Fellow of the Royal Institute of Navigation. She understands the need to structure data in great detail: originally a medical graduate, her PhD in neuroscience took her to UCL's Division of Psychology and Language Sciences in 1999. Her research focuses in particular on how a sense of direction and sense of place is determined. 

An overview of the programme for the #GeoCom17 event is available here.


About the Association for Geographic Information

The Association for Geographic Information (AGI) is the membership organisation for the UK geospatial industry. The AGI exists to promote the knowledge and use of Geographic Information for the betterment of governance, commerce and the citizen.

The AGI represents the interests of the UK's Geographic Information industry; a wide-ranging group of public and private sector organisations, suppliers of Geographic Information/ geospatial software, hardware, data and services, consultants, academics and interested individuals. The AGI, by way of its unique membership forum, brings together this previously disparate community to share ideas on best practice, experience and innovation, and offers access to unparalleled networking opportunities with significant business benefits.

But the AGI also wants to facilitate exposure outside of this community, to the challenges and opportunities which are being or need to be met, which could benefit from a collaborative effort from the industry.  As such the AGI acts on behalf of the community as whole. Since its formal inception in 1989, it has built up a significant membership base and established itself as the respected voice in geospatial and is the membership body for everyone with an interest or involvement with geospatial.    

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