2017 GeoRodeo | Austin, Texas

Annual Texas GeoDeveloper Round-Up, May 22nd, Austin, Texas
May 19, 2017 * Commons Learning Center * Austin, TX

Code, Code on the Range

TNRIS invites you to Austin on May 19th, 2017, for the 5th annual GeoRodeo - a roundup of geodevelopers, coders and any professional from across the state of Texas who is looking to incorporate new ideas and creative solutions into their work.

This free, interactive, technical conference, held at the Commons Learning Center of the JJ Pickle Research Campus, is geared towards the Texas GIS/geospatial developer community.

Join us to learn about tips and techniques for open data, open source, and commercial GIS applications. Browse the agenda to see what great topics to expect.

Head shot of Todd Mostak from MapDKeynote Speaker
Todd Mostak
Founder & CEO at MapD

Recognizing the possibilities behind the mechanics of Xbox and PlayStation, Todd rethought the standard for traditional data analytics. Replacing his CPU for a GPU, he was one of the first to discover the untapped potential of GPUs to analyze, visualize and explore data in ways never done. Now? He reduces query times from hours to milliseconds for Verizon, Amazon and Simulmedia, enabling them to spend significantly less time crunching data and more time analyzing to make key business decisions.

Head shot of Sara Safavi from BoundlessKeynote Speaker
Sara Safavi
Software Engineer at Boundless

Sara Safavi is a software engineer at Boundless who writes free & open source software that helps other people do cool geo-stuff. She is a core contributor to the open source GeoNode project, and currently spends much of her time working on the nonprofit MapStory Foundation's GeoNode-based web mapping platform. Outside of work, Sara is an organizer for MaptimeATX and frequent speaker in the Python & geospatial tech communities.

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Sponsors

Esri logo and link to home page Boundless logo and link to home page MapD Logo and Link to home page Geospatial Training Services Logo and Link to home page Appgeo Logo and Link to home page Lenovo Logo and Link to home page

Agenda Overview

8:00AM to 8:45AM Breakfast - Social
8:45AM to 9:00AM

Opening Remarks - Richard Wade

9:00AM to 10:00AM

Keynote Address

Todd Mostak, Founder & CEO at MapD
10:00AM to 10:15AM Break
10:15AM to 11:45AM
11:45AM to 1:15PM Lunch on your own
1:15PM to 2:15PM

Keynote Address

Sara Safavi, Boundless
2:15PM to 2:45PM
2:45PM to 3:00PM Break
3:00PM to 4:00PM
4:00PM to 4:30PM

Lightning Talks

4:30PM to 4:45PM

Closing Remarks

5:00PM

Social at 4th Tap Brewery

I am new to programming. Will I benefit from this?

Yes, this event is designed to help you make connections and provide some guidance for accomplishing your geospatial goals. There will be an emphasis on coding and breaking down the process for modern geospatial solutions.

Should I bring my own Laptop?

Yes, we encourage you to bring your own laptop loaded with whatever tools and code that you may want or need. There will be wireless internet connections available. Note: Make sure you have a fully charged battery to avoid power outlet ‘range wars’!

Code of Conduct

Attendees and participating organizations at the GeoRodeo are required to agree to a Code of Conduct

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Agenda

Note: Agenda times subject to change.

8:00AM to 8:45AM

Breakfast – Social

Sponsored by ESRI logo and link to website


8:45AM to 9:00AM

Opening Remarks


9:00AM to 10:00AM

Head shot of Todd Mostak from MapDKeynote Speaker
Todd Mostak, Founder & CEO at MapD

About Todd

Recognizing the possibilities behind the mechanics of Xbox and PlayStation, Todd rethought the standard for traditional data analytics. Replacing his CPU for a GPU, he was one of the first to discover the untapped potential of GPUs to analyze, visualize and explore data in ways never done. Now? He reduces query times from hours to milliseconds for Verizon, Amazon and Simulmedia, enabling them to spend significantly less time crunching data and more time analyzing to make key business decisions.


10:00AM to 10:15AM

Break

Sponsored by Boundless logo and link to website


10:15AM to 11:45AM

10:15AM to 10:45AM
Diana Turner, Brian Smith, Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows, City of Austin

Head shot of Brian SmithHead shot of Diana Turner Flooded by Information: A Redesign of ATXfloods

The City of Austin's Design, Technology, and Innovation Fellows program provides an opportunity for Austin’s passionate and civic-minded designers and developers to bring the principles, values, and practices of the technology sector into government. Inspired by the success of programs at 18F, Code for America, and the U.S. Digital Service, we partner with departments throughout the city to tackle some of their biggest challenges.

10:45AM to 11:15AM
Katherine Smyth, ESRI

Head shot of Katherine SmythJoin the Open Data Revolution

As a Solution Engineer at Esri, Katherine helps cities and counties create, maintain and use geospatial data to make decisions that help support their communities. She believes that sharing Open Data strengthens all communities and leads to innovation. When she isn't traveling to speak with local governments, she is likely doing archaeology or adventuring in the wilderness.

11:15AM to 11:45AM
Glynnis Ritchie, UX Engineer

Head shot of Glynnis RitchieSetting Fire to Silos: How to Bridge the Divide Between Development and Design

Glynnis is passionate about creative collaboration, interdisciplinary teams, and the spaces where elegant code and delightful experiences overlap. When she's not designing for the web, she designs books and print collateral for Big Class, a New Orleans nonprofit that cultivates and supports voices of writers aged 6 to 18. People also know her as a calligrapher, tea connoisseur, and tabletop gaming nerd.


11:45AM to 1:15PM

Chow Time

Lunch on your own. Here's a map of nearby lunch spots:


1:15PM to 2:15PM

Head shot of Sara Safavi from BoundlessKeynote Speaker
Sara Safavi, Software Engineer at Boundless

Sara Safavi is a software engineer at Boundless who writes free and open source software that helps other people do cool geo-stuff. She is a core contributor to the open source GeoNode project, and currently spends much of her time working on the nonprofit MapStory Foundation's GeoNode-based web mapping platform. Outside of work, Sara is an organizer for MaptimeATX and frequent speaker in the Python and geospatial tech communities.


2:15PM to 2:45PM

Head shot of Christine Doig Christine Doig, Continuum Analytics

Continuum Analytics' Anaconda is the leading Python distribution for data science. Continuum Analytics sponsors several open source projects, which help empower GIS professionals. Bokeh, one of the open source projects, allows users to create interactive web visualizations using a variety of languages include Python, R and Scala. Datashader is a Python-powered, bin-based rasterization pipeline, which can help visualize billions of data points in a single image. Dask is a flexible parallel computing library, which helps scale your code from single-core to multi-core to multi-machine. Explore these exciting open source projects sponsored by Continuum Analytics in this Python-heavy session designed for GIS professionals.

2:45PM to 3:00PM

Break

Sponsored by MapD logo and link to website


3:00PM to 4:00PM

3:00PM to 3:30PM
Tim Renner, Data Scientist

Head shot of Tim Renner Geo Data Science at HomeAway

HomeAway and Expedia’s mission is to “revolutionize travel through the power of technology.” Geography is at the core of matching travelers to relevant vacation rentals for their destination. In this talk, Tim will discuss some of the unique aspects and challenges when matching travelers to destinations in a two sided marketplace.


Head shot of Jason Deckman3:30PM to 4:00PM
Jason Deckman, KTMPO

The Bike-Ped Map functions as both a geographic resource and a public engagement tool. Users can find existing bike lanes, trails, sidewalks, etc, as well as planned projects. Three publicly-editable layers allow people to suggest new projects or highlight gaps in the data. The Project App shows scoring and funding information for KTMPO projects listed in the MTP. I will discuss the challenges involved in configuring our local server and using the tools on ArcGIS Online to develop these apps.


4:00PM to 4:30PM

Lightning Talks

As we've done each year, we'll end the day with Lightning Talks, where any attendee can step up to present. If you have something quick to share, come prepared with an idea of what you could present within a short 5-minute time slot and sign up for a lightning talk on-site at the event.

Lightning Talk Rules

  • 5 minutes max – We will tightly enforce this.
  • No external computer laptops or tablets - only browser based access to materials and links.
  • Tips: Understand your topic – make your point at the beginning. You don't have to use all 5 minutes.

4:30PM to 4:45PM

Closing Remarks


5:00PM

Social at 4th Tap Brewery

Location & Parking Information

COMMONS LEARNING CENTER
at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus

10100 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX, 78753

Parking Pass

A parking pass is required at the Commons Center. Download, print and display prominently in your vehicle.

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