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Location Intelligence 2019

The digital geography event of the year!

What's it all about?

Location powers our lives every day – whether it’s Uber, Google Maps, or a super-important app that finds the best caffeine fix in your neighbourhood. That same (geospatial) technology is propelling industry, business and government forward in the digital age.

Come and learn from industry front-runners about real-world projects where location and geospatial technology are the heroes. Then, put your fingers to the keyboard and learn some practical skills in afternoon workshops.

Whether you’re a seasoned geospatial professional or a location data newbie, Location Intelligence 2019 is for you!

View the event website for more information.

You should be present for the whole duration of this event.

Vodafone xone, 213/221 Tuam St, Christchurch Central, Christchurch

Wednesday 22 May
8:30am - 5:00pm

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Miles McConway (keynote)

Environment Canterbury Director of Finance and Corporate Services

Miles is a geospatial whiz from way back. His experience stretches to Canterbury Maps, LINZ’ Geospatial Senior Official Group (implementing New Zealand’s geospatial strategy) and Canterbury Spatial Data Infrastructure Steering Group. Miles is passionate about data visualisation.

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Kurt Janssen (keynote)

Orbica Ltd CEO & founder

Kurt Janssen is a geographer and geospatialist with a passion for emerging technology and data. He worked for central government and private companies in New Zealand and California before establishing geospatial consultancy Orbica in February 2017. Kurt is renowned for thinking outside of the box.

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Pip Gilbert (keynote)

EROAD VP Strategy and Product

Pip is a status quo-challenger, growth junkie and strategic thinker with expertise in customer research, innovation processes, strategic assessment and wild ideas. She works for EROAD, an NZX-listed technology company that uses location to optimise safety and sustainability in the transport sector.

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Kris Herbert (keynote)

Placecasting founder

Kris is a former journalist who loves exploring and creating new things. One of those things is Placecasting, a location-based storytelling application that released four geo-located audio storytelling experiences last year. Kris is also co-founder of Creative Agent content studio and Content NZ.

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Hirini Tane (keynote)

Maori Maps senior researcher and webmaster

Hirini Tane is a big believer in not separating data from its context. His work for Maori Maps – a website that geolocates all tribal marae of Aotearoa - has seen him explore some pretty remote places with little more than gumboots and GPS. He recently completed a doctorate at University of Otago.

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Ryan "The Lion" Ashton (MC)

AFQY founder

Ryan is a business consultant, all-round good bloke, master communicator and networker with a quick wit and old-fashioned values of building trust and relationship before business. Ryan is founder of A Few Quiet Yarns, networking events that help you get to know the person, not their suit.

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Harkanwal Singh (workshop)

Data journalist

Harkanwal Singh is a pioneer – he was the first full-time data journalist in the NZ media, as data editor at the New Zealand Herald until mid-2017. He is founder and principal at Elements Data Studio, which produces interactive data visualisations and develops workshops on data storytelling.

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Dr Kurt Joy (workshop)

Remote sensing geospatial specialist

Kurt is a bit of geospatial genius, GIS lecturer and remote sensing expert. He’s led Antarctic research and recently developed Waikato University’s UAV hyper-spectral mapping platform. Kurt will lead an unconference - style session on remote sensing and AI with Sagar Soni. Bring your questions!

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Sagar Soni (workshop)

Data scientist

Sagar is a data scientist who specialises in artificial intelligence machine learning and deep learning algorithms for automated feature extraction and classification. He's built some impressive stuff! Sagar will tag-team with Dr Kurt Joy’s remote sensing and AI "unconference."

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Santosh Seshadri (workshop)

Geospatial innovator

Santosh is an innate philosopher, academic, world traveller and multi-linguist, not to mention a formidable talent when it comes to geospatial innovation and technical expertise. He has more than 10-years’ experience in geospatial techniques and project management. He will lead a workshop on QGIS.

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Will Jones (workshop)

Location data specialist

Will has a broad range of geospatial skills, coding languages and experience that he has applied to several geospatial projects, including NCTIR’s work to restore earthquake-damaged infrastructure in Kaikoura. Will is also an artist. He’ll lead a workshop on how to build a webmap.

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Kurt Janssen (workshop)

Orbica CEO/founder

Kurt is already a keynote speaker at Location Intelligence 2019 but he’s also hosting an unconference-style GIS in Business workshop in the afternoon. Come along and help set the agenda to discuss the data issues and opportunities that our organisations have and spatial solution ideas.


9 - 9.10am
Welcome, health & safety
9.10 - 10.40am
Keynote addresses
10.40 - 11am
Morning tea
11am - 12pm
Keynote addresses
12 - 12.40pm
12.40 - 3pm
3 - 3.30pm
Afternoon tea

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