GoGeomatics is a website that supports the geomatics community across Canada and beyond. At the Ottawa GoGeomatics Meetup this past November, founder and CEO Jonathan Murphy led a discussion on what will be the first-ever GoGeomatics Conference in 2019.
This is from a recent article.
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GoGeomatics wants to plant a seed that will grow into a national annual conference encompassing a wider view of our sector. To that end, at the Ottawa Meetup discussion on November 19th Jonathan Murphy presented his personal vision of the structure, partners, and potential themes for the conference, and invited feedback and ideas from the Ottawa GoGeomatics community. What did they want from an Ottawa conference? The answer was loud and clear: it’s time for a new national conference that showcases Canadian geospatial talent and looks to the future of location technology in Canada and beyond.
Over 40 participants highlighted multiple barriers that have prevented such a conference from being held in the past. Fragmentation within our industry looms large among those barriers: just as geospatial businesses attempt to reach clients, conference organizers struggle to reach their potential attendees in an industry with many subdivisions, including forestry, space, artificial intelligence, etcetera.
With regards to themes, many conferences divide location technology into various streams and cater their activities specifically towards the government, academia, businesses, forestry, and space, limiting the opportunities for professionals to make connections in a wider arena. Some participants identified a lack of industry and business-to-business connections representing a major gap in geospatial conferences; business owners want to network with other businesses owners rather than geospatial professionals, and students similarly need networking venues that are tailored to their needs.
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