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#GeospatialByDefault - Geospatial Forum 2019

On April 2, 3 and 4 of this year, the main giants in geospatial technologies will meet in Amsterdam. We refer to the global event that takes place in 3 days, and that has been held in recent years, called Geospatial World Forum 2019, a convergence platform where the leaders of the geospatial field present the latest innovations in the framework of Geo-engineering, and its application through symposia, workshops, seminars or workshops. The participation is significant, at least 1500 professionals and 500 organizations will be involved in the development of this event.

As every year they focus on a specific theme, the previous year was GEO4IR: Fourth industrial geo-enabling revolution, this year adding a hashtag, the main theme is #geospatialbydefault - Empower billions! 

The agenda addresses 8 programs, each of them associated with an element, geotechnology, collaborations or their application in the real field, are named below:

  • Geo4SDGs: Addressing Agenda 2030
  • Commercialization and Democratization of Earth Observation, Marketing and democratization of Earth observation.
  • Smart Cities smart cities
  • Geo4Environment
  • Location Analytics and Business Intelligence, Location analysis and business intelligence
  • Startup Day
  • Data Science Summit - Data science summit
  • Construction & Engineering - Construction and Engineering
  • Technology tracks -  Technological tracks

Each of the programs contains several activities; for example, the main exhibition halls -plenarias- will be displayed, one of the activities most awaited by attendees and participants, since they will be directed by the representatives of the largest geospatial development companies, as well as personalities from the political and industrial.


This activity is titled "Thought leadership and Political Engagement - PLeadership training and Political Commitment, and is made up of 3 panels: the Industrial Panel, the Public Sector and Development Organization Panel, and the Ministerial Panel. In these panel, topics such as: innovations, alliances and predictions in the geospatial field, actions for the protection and sustainable extraction of natural resources, the fourth industrial revolution led by artificial intelligence - AI, Big Data, the internet will be exposed. of things IoT and robotics.

Some of these presentations will be interactive depending on the technology or element to be presented, and among the speakers we can mention: Jack Dangermond - President of ESRI and member of the World Council of the Geospatial Industry, Ola Rollen - President and CEO of Hexagon, Steve Berguld - President and CEO of Trimble USA, Kwaku Asomah-Chermeh - Minister of Lands and Natural Resources - Ghana, or Paloma Merodio Gomez - Vice President of INEGI Mexico.

The first program entitled Geo4SDGs: Addressing Agenda 2030, Topics on the relationship between technology integration, engineering, society and ecosystem maintenance will be discussed. Demonstrating this way, the existence of processes and geotechnologies that allow to design, plan and create structures and infrastructures eco friendly -Friendly with the environment-, socially responsible and economic. Among the themes that make up this program are: Linking people, planet and prosperity, through the spatial lens, SDG Indicators (SDG) and geographic empowerment monitoring framework: from global policy to capabilities National and Big Data and Analysis for Sustainable Development.

In the Geo4SDG, academics, company directors, members of politics and security will be presented, who will expose the importance of the use and exploitation of spatial data, for decision-making at the social, political, social, economic and technological level. As well as, they will express how geospatial data represents an indispensable tool for monitoring and measuring natural phenomena, events or disasters. Some of the speakers who will participate in this theme, are the following: Dean Angelides - Corporate Head of International Alliances of ESRI, Stephen Coulson - Head of the Office of Sustainable Initiatives of ESA, and Professor Chen Jun - Scientist of the National Center for Geomatics of China.

The second program Commercialization and Democratization of Earth Observation - Commercialization and democratization of Earth observation, in this program, the exhibitors will specify how the technological and financial growth of Earth observation products, applications and systems has been. In addition to this, as this growth implies a greater use of these earth observation technologies over the years, which translates into greater access to spatial data, and the interest of the user in the extraction and expectation on the new technologies to be developed.

Everyone who gets a chance should attend this event. Few times do we find a waste of knowledge with experts in the field, exhibition of manufacturers and coverage of international media that together we are participants in the importance that the geospatial has come to have in the different Geo-engineering industries.

Among the characters that are responsible for the development of the program can be mentioned:

  • Richard Blain Founder and CEO of
    Earth-i - United Kingdom,
  • Agnieszka Lukaszczyk Senior Director for EU Planet Affairs - Belgium,
  • Alexis Hannah Smith CEO and founder of IMGeospatial United Kingdom,
  • Jean-Michel Darroy Vice President, Head of Strategic Partnerships Intelligence, Airbus Defense & Space

All of them, together with other participants, will talk about: the future of earth observation, the democratization of space observation data or the policies and strategies for the development of the space observation industry.

On the other hand, many are interested in the third program Smart Cities, which has boomed in recent years. This will address issues such as: the integration of artificial intelligence in the city for improved operation, connected infrastructure for smart mobility, urban energy, smart governance and smart city planning or information modeling for cities.

It should also be mentioned that the speakers will give their vision and arguments on the technological resources necessary for the formation of a Smart City, such as: sensor networks, cameras, wireless devices and their connection to the IoT. But not only that, but also how the interaction of technologies with the citizen and the process of obtaining data that helps make cities more efficient occurs, all this through the analysis approach of prepared professionals, experts in the field. of spatial analysis, mobility and technologies.

Among its participants include: Ted Lamboo Senior Vice President of Bentley Systems, Jose Antonio Ondiviela - Director of solutions in Microsoft Spain, Jette Vindum- Coordinator of Smar City in the Municipality of Vejle. Denmark, Reinhard Blasi - Market Development Officer of the European Agency GNSS and Siva Ravada Senior Director of Oracle USA.

The third group is about Geo4Enviroment - Geo for the environment, that through its exhibitors will take a message of how the use of geospatial tools, can collect and analyze dynamics that are part of the ecosystem. Its main focus is on the contribution of geotechnologies in the solution of the most important environmental problems. The themes that make up this program are mainly three: Cross-border partnership against environmental crime, Post-disaster reconstruction: recovery vs. sustainability and geospatial solutions for climate change: Are we sufficiently committed?

The speakers that make up this group, to mention several of them, are: Ana Isabel Moreno economist, Center for Entrepreneurship, SMEs, Regions and Cities OECD -France, Dr. Andrew Lemieux Coordinator Institute of Crimes against Wildlife Institute for Study of Crime and Law (NSCR), Davyth Stewart Manager of Global Forestry and Pollution Enforcement - INTERPOL France, Kuo-Yu Slayer Chuang CEO and Co-founder Geothings -Taiwan, Stefan Jensen Head of Data Governance Group - European Environment Agency, Denmark.

The importance of an event like this, is that all individual and collective efforts are visible, for the construction of solutions that take into account human-space interactions, which in the end result in a better spatial dynamics and well-being for the human being . Likewise, it constitutes a space for discussion, where it is manifested through the participation of academics, students, users (from the public and private sectors), and suppliers, the importance of space applications and technologies - and the correct spatial analysis- in the growth of the global economy and the preservation of the environment.

The other programs, of equal importance as those mentioned above, as Location Analytics and Business Intelligence, Location analysis and business intelligence, Startup Day, Data Science Summit - Data science Summit, Construction & Engineering - Construction and Engineering, pose large-scale issues for the continued geospatial development. Therefore, we invite you to participate in this great world event.

Golgi Alvarez

Writer, researcher, specialist in Land Management Models. He has participated in the conceptualization and implementation of models such as: National Property Administration System SINAP in Honduras, Management Model of Joint Municipalities in Honduras, Integrated Cadastre-Registry Management Model in Nicaragua, Territory Administration System SAT in Colombia . Editor of the Geofumadas knowledge blog since 2007 and creator of the AulaGEO Academy that includes more than 100 courses on GIS - CAD - BIM - Digital Twins topics.

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