2020 Virtual Content - 2021 Dates Coming Soon


Mar 24 2020
9:00 am - 10:30 am
202 AB


Track Name: Tuesday 9:00 - 10:30
Session Date: Mar 24 2020 9:00 am - 10:30 am

Building a Geospatial Nervous System for the Planet

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Our world resembles a living organism. It's complex. It is interconnected as an ecosystem. It is self-healing and resilient, and always changing. As humans, we're fundamentally part of that ecosystem, and this evolution is at the same time rapidly changing our world. Today our human footprint is creating many challenges for all of us, as individuals and organizations, and the broader society. We're losing biodiversity at a rapid rate. We're facing challenges of water and food shortages, and unconstrained development, if we project it out, it is just not sustainable. These are our big challenges today. Our world needs something like our human nervous system, a kind of nervous system that's intelligent and responsive, that creates more understanding and collaboration; more systematic and collaborative action. And geography is essential to make that happen. Geography is the science of our world. It provides all the rich content; biological content, geologic content, sociological content, all the “ology’s” content as well as a common reference system which is close to our human experience. It helps us see complexity in terms of relationships and patterns. And this science brings it all together in the most remarkable way. It helps us understand and respond intelligently. Your work is contributing, directly or indirectly, to a kind of global geospatial infrastructure, sharing apps, sharing your experience, sharing data, sharing your knowledge, linking your projects into infrastructure, using the infrastructure's resources and contributing to it, creating a system for understanding and collaborative action. It is creating a geospatial nervous system for the planet.


How Will Geospatial Data Power the Next Industrial Revolution?

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The first industrial revolution was powered by steam, but the industrial revolution that we’re living through in 2020 and beyond is being powered by geospatial data. Location services, realtime analytics, smart city ecosystems and autonomous operations of all types are just a few of the innovations being fueled by geospatial data. These services and capabilities are in addition to the creation of a space economy that will be worth trillions and wholly dependent on geospatial data. What from location intelligence can be directly funneled into business intelligence though? How will realtime geo-intelligence be integrated into these systems and processes? Where will the money be in all of these endeavors? Listen in as leaders from across the geospatial industry discuss these details and logistics in order to provide you with a roadmap around how to move forward in the present to enable these opportunities in the future.


Michel Stanier

Teledyne Optech

Sanjay Kumar

World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC)

Joe Astroth

CycloMedia Technology, Inc.

Robert Mankowski

Bentley Systems

Jim Van Rens



Geo Week


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