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WhereCamp Palo Alto 2009

Friday May 22, 2009 - Saturday May 23, 2009
SocialText HQ 665 High St, Palo Alto, California 94301 Get Directions

"Society is being transformed by new maps and new mapping technology.  Our mission is to help create a free forum for people to talk about, present, explore, and learn about projects that involve place."



The question on everybody's mind this year is where is Wherecamp? Y'all asked for a 2 day event, not centered on the weekend, with a late evening hack session - and we are mighty pleased to finally announce the schedule and venue.


Donations / Tickets

Due to limited space and higher costs, we are going to open this year up to attendees who want to purchase a ticket. The tickets will help us defer our higher costs and guarantee you a spot at the event in the chance that we run out of space. WhereCamp is still free to attend and purchasing a ticket is not required. You can purchase a ticket through EventBrite here:



Please register at:



Optionally, put yourself on WhosComing2009.


What is WhereCamp?


WhereCamp2009 is the unconference for hackers, mappers, thinkers, artists and anybody who wants to know their place. Hot on the heels of Where 2.0 [ http://en.oreilly.com/where2009/ ] we bring together up to 300 enthusiasts for two days of in depth discussion and hacking. Last year we did this at Google - thanks Google! And the year before at Yahoo - thanks Yahoo! This year we're doing it at SocialText in Palo Alto on Friday May 22nd and Saturday May 23rd 2009.

We are self-organized in true bar-camp style. Bring your projects, work and ideas to get feedback from a group of the worlds most passionate social cartographers. Topics are whatever you want them to be. Over the last two years we've seen presentations ranging from emergency crisis response such as the work http://ushahidi.com is doing, to local food such as http://www.serveyourcountryfood.net/ to psycho-geography to visualization, to mobile mapping to re-factoring urban landscapes.

The expectation is simply that you participate. It's your event and we'll all get out of it what you put into it. As usual the event is zero dollars to enter - we will be seeking sponsorship to make yummy food and other consumables appear.


Where is WhereCamp? 


WhereCamp2009 will be held at the SocialText Campus at 655 High Street Palo Alto, California. Please see:




What is the Schedule?


Note ( as mentioned ) that due to popular demand and due to the Memorial Day Weekend we are going to be doing WhereCamp one day earlier and closer to Where 2.0 than usual. The schedule currently is as follows:


Thursday May 21st 2009


Where 2.0 wraps up! [ http://en.oreilly.com/where2009/ ]


Friday May 22nd 2009


09:00 - 09:30 : Breakfast snacks

09:30 - 10:00 : Opening Circle - Introductions and co-session planning for the day.

10:00 - 13:00 : Sessions

13:00 - 14:00 : Food!

14:00 - 18:00 : Sessions - Possibly including lighting rounds of brief rapid fire presentations

18:00 - 18:30 : Closing Circle - A chance to review the day as a group, and perhaps clean up a bit.

18:30 - 04:00 : Food and hacking and talking - WhereWolf anybody?


Saturday May 23rd 2009


09:00 - 09:30 : Breakfasty snacks

09:30 - 10:00 : Opening Circle - Introductions and co-session planning for the day.

10:00 - 13:00 : Sessions

13:00 - 14:00 : Food!?

14:00 - 16:00 : Sessions

16:00 - 16:30 : Closing Session, Clean up and get out!

We close out fairly early Saturday and wander off to our respective geo hackery - however of course please feel free to help with any OpenStreetMap mapping parties or social activities and geo games. Sarah @ cloudmade.com also can help organize here. We're using the http://wherecamp.org wiki as a central organizing and planning place for anything that requires pre-planning. Post for ride-share and any other topics on the wiki as well. Now that we have a venue you should start to see the Wiki shape itself up over the next few days.

Look forward to seeing everybody!


What kinds of Topics will be discussed? 


This event is community driven and is what you make it.  It provide cross pollination between many different kinds of folks from all walks of life.  Topics have historically included;


  • augmented reality
  • usability and design science
  • remote sensing
  • geoinformatics
  • forestry and agriculture
  • food chain transparency
  • civil engineering
  • emergency disaster relief
  • urban planning
  • local search
  • context awareness
  • place hacking
  • social cartography
  • citizen journalism
  • locative gaming
  • psychogeography
  • locative art
  • iphones androids and the way the web is falling into mobile  



Also see http://twitter.com/wherecamp


January 10th 2009. Where 2.0 has just announced themselves. We're starting to look for venues and sponsorship.










Session Notes





Other Resources?


  • PublicTransportation: SocialText is just a few blocks from the Palo Alto Caltrain stop. Check for routing and connections on the Bay Area's 511 site.
  • ride share
  • room share


Who do I contact for more information?



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