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WhereCamp 2009


This time it's personal.


"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."


What is WhereCamp?


WhereCamp is the free unconference for geo hackers and social cartographers and all kinds of folks interested in place.  We run shortly after Where 2.0 and bring together software developers, artists, academics for a two day day extended discussion. We all plan the sessions together on each of the two days.  WhereCamp is an opportunity to present on ideas, questions, projects, politics, technical issues that you have - and contribute to and get feedback from other people and to make new friends with similar interests.  It's free and fun.


An unconference is a conference planned by the participants, we all convene together, plan sessions, and have break-outs into sessions.  The idea comes from FooCamp and BarCamp.  This gives everybody an opportunity to bring to the table the things that interest them the most and lets us talk about new topics that are still new and exploratory.  Part of what is important to hearing new voices and getting new ideas is lowering barriers to participation - this event is free and it is driven by the participants.


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


Expect to participate in conversations on the nature of place as described in pixels, with rays, on paper, and by social practice!




How exactly do I get to WhereCamp 2009?


WhereCamp2009 is going to held the weekend after Where2.0, which this year is May 19-21.  We're still looking at the right kind of space for the event.  Last year we hosted at Google and the year before at Yahoo.




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.


What is the schedule?


Generally the structure is like so:





07:00 - 11:00 pm : Evening activities; collaborative project hacking, coffee, conversation, staying up late, werewolf?, anything goes

11:00 - 05:00 am : Actual camping; we will look for a venue that lets us talk late late into the night and then sleep on site.




09:00 - 09:30 am : Breakfast ( We work to provide food via sponsorship to all attendees )

09:30 - 10:00 am : Morning Circle - where people can stand up and say what sessions they would like to host and then post them on the board.

11:00 - 12:45 pm : Sessions

01:00 - 02:00 pm : Lunch

02:00 - 04:30 pm : Sessions - including 'speed geeking' where we'll get people into one room and have lots of small 20 slide style presentations.

04:30 - 05:00 pm : Sessions

05:00 - 06:00 pm : Sessions




Similar to above but with a closing session as a recap.



How do I register?












Other Resources?


  • ride share
  • room share


Who do I contact for more information?


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