#GeospatialByDefault - 2019 Geospatial Forum

In the next 2, 3 and 4 of April 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, convergence platform where geospatial leaders present the latest innovations in the framework of Geo-engineering, and its application through symposiums, workshops, seminars or workshops. Participation is significant, at least 1500 professionals and 500 organizations will be dedicated to 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 composed of 3 panels: the Industrial Panel, the Public Sector Panel and Development Organization and the Ministerial Panel. In these panels, 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, internet of things IoT and robotics.

Some of these presentations will be interactive depending on the technology or element to be presented, and within the speakers can be mentioned: 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 to the environment-, socially responsible and economical. Among the topics that make up this program are: Linking people, the planet and prosperity, through the spatial lens, ODS Indicators (SDG) and geographic enabling monitoring framework: from global policy to capabilities National and Big Data and Analysis for Sustainable Development.

In the Geo4SDG, academics, business managers, members of politics and security will be presented, who will explain the importance of the use and exploitation of spatial data, for social, political, social, economic and technological decision making. As well as, they will express how the geospatial data represents an indispensable tool for the monitoring and measurement of phenomena, events or natural disasters. Some of the speakers that will participate in this topic 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 of 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 the technological and financial growth of the products, applications and systems of observation of the Earth. In addition to this, as this growth, implies a greater use of these technologies of observation of the earth over the years, which translates into greater access to spatial data, and user interest in extraction and expectation about the new technologies to be developed.

Everyone who has the opportunity should attend this event. Rarely 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 Affairs Planet - Belgium,
  • Alexis Hannah Smith CEO and founder of IMGeospatial United Kingdom,
  • Jean-Michel Darroy Vice President, Chief of Intelligence of Strategic Partnerships, 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 about the technological resources necessary for the creation of an Intelligent City, such as: networks of sensors, 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 help to make cities more efficient, all this through the analysis approach of trained professionals, experts in the subject 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 exhibitors 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 the 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 Gewaings -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 translate into 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 continuous geospatial development. Therefore, we invite you to participate in this great world event.


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