Champions of industry
We'll be releasing details of GeoCom18 speakers over the coming weeks and months.
Speakers from a range of sectors, whose work trying to solve the productivity puzzle will inspire you.
We are very pleased to welcome the following speakers for this year’s conference.
Dr Maria Abreu is a regional economist, focusing on topics relating to labour markets, productivity, migration, and entrepreneurship. She is University Lecturer at the Department of Land Economy, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Pembroke College, as well as a Co-Investigator of the ESRC’s Productivity Network+, leading on the theme of skills.
This talk will present an overview of the regional and spatial dimensions of the UK’s productivity puzzle, with a focus on skills and education.
Helen has over 20 years of experience working in the public and private sector and is the Data Manager at the Met Office, the UK’s national weather and climate service.
Helen will explore one strategically important programme of work within the Met Office’s wider Transformation programme, looking at customer data delivery and the implications for the customer experience, and for the Met Office.
Katie is Director of Policy at the National Infrastructure Commission, the body responsible for providing independent analysis and advice to the Government to ensure the UK meets its long-term infrastructure needs.
This talk will introduce the work of the Commission and it’s achievements to date, with a focus on the UK’s first ever National Infrastructure Assessment, which was published in July 2018.
Andrew is Chief Executive of Centre for Cities, the UK’s only think tank dedicated to improving the economic performance of UK cities. Andrew has over 20 years of experience working on urban economic policy issues for public and private development agencies, consultants and research institutes.
This talk will focus on how Centre for Cities’ research adds a much-needed geographical dimension to debate about the UK’s productivity puzzle and the implications that has for policy.
Working at the intersection of data analysis, urban technology, and user psychology, Christina collaborates with future smart cities to put Mapbox mobile sensor data to good use. Christina is fascinated by the opportunities that big data promises for tomorrow's cities.
This talk will cover how Mapbox geolocation tools help you to get from big data to better insights. She'll touch upon various solutions to increase productivity in big data analysis - for all stakeholders, not just for data scientists.
Shan is a senior data visualization engineer at Uber. She is a coder, a designer, and a data artist. Shan is the founding member of Uber's data visualization team and creator of kepler.gl.
At Uber, location data is our biggest asset. How do we create data visualizations with rich location data, render a million points of events in the blink of an eye, and, most importantly, derive insights from them?
This talk will uncover the tools and data visualizations used at Uber to help peope efficiently gain insights from data.
Catherine joined the UK Space Agency from the Home Office in January 2012 to lead work on the Agency’s goal of growing the UK space sector.
She leads the development of new uses, new users, new applications, new technologies and a new attitude to the use of space in order to grow the space sector.
On 1 February 2018, William was appointed a Director in the Cabinet Office and CEO of the newly formed Geospatial Unit.
In addition, he is a member of the Geospatial Commission, an independent, cross government agency that will set policy for, and drive the UK geospatial agenda, reporting up into senior government Ministers and the Cabinet Office Permanent Secretary.
Martin Stabe is head of interactive news at the Financial Times. He leads a team of data journalists, designers and coders responsible for developing new data-led digital storytelling formats.
Martin will be joined by David Blood to discuss how the Financial Times, like other news organisations, has invested in developing the skills and tools needed to use geographic data on the challenging deadlines demanded by news reporting.
David Blood is an interactive news journalist at the Financial Times. His circuitous career path led him through the worlds of film production, business intelligence and communications before reaching journalism in 2014.
He joined the FT in 2016 having previously worked with BBC News Labs and the Guardian. His work is focused on interactive visual storytelling and data-driven reporting. David will be joining Martin in a joint presentation.
Puzzle Piece Speakers
The following speakers will present for 7 minutes in our quick-fire ‘Puzzle Piece’ session.
Jon is the Head of Digital Services for BWB and Director of Deetu, BWB Consulting’s Innovation hub and digital and data business.
This talk will discuss the value brought by the increasing production of robust, reliable data throughout the planning, design, construction and operation of the built assets and consider how the inclusion of geospatial data application of GIS technology can help bring about efficiency to the whole process.
Thomas, PhD, is a Lecturer in Data Management at Imperial College London leading the SCALE lab. He is currently also a Visiting Professor at the Ecole Polytechnique Federale De Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland.
In this talk, Thomas will touch on the past and future research directions in spatial data management, the very research that makes the large-scale analysis of abundantly available geographic data possible and thus enables a vast array of applications.
Damian co-founded Skyscape in 2017 as he believed unleashing the value of rooftops can have extremely positive effects on urban areas around the world.
Damian will discuss the ways in which Skyscape are utilising geospatial and property related data to create a product which drives the utilisation of rooftops to create new opportunities for businesses, whilst increasing yields for property owners.
With over 40 years’ experience in the geospatial industry initially at OSGB and then UKHO, John moved into the private sector in 2010 setting up OceanWise. He holds professional qualifications in Surveying Science and Geodesy and Marketing and Strategic Planning.
November 8th Outline Programme
09:00 – 09:45 – Registration. Exhibition & Coffee (Included)
09:45 – 11:20 – Welcomes & Speaker Session 1
11:20 – 11:50 – Exhibition & Morning Coffee (Included)
11:50 – 13:00 – Speaker Session 2
13:00 – 14:10 – Exhibition & Lunch (Included)
14:10 – 14:55 – Puzzle Piece Speaker Session 3
14:55 – 15:20 – Exhibition & Afternoon Coffee (Included)
15:20 – 16:45 – Speaker Session 4 & Closing
16:45 – 18:30 – Closing & GeoDrinks
For an idea of what’s to come, why not check out the video below from last year’s event for glimpse of what GeoCom is all about?