A brief history of time
Geoawesomeness – The Location-based blog: The journey that started seven years ago as a blog about geospatial technology and everything awesome around it. What started out as a blog of passion for maps by a graduate student from Warsaw – has certainly come a long way. The site now boasts over 1800 blogs written by 69 Geogeeks from across 6 continents. We’re only missing a post from Antarctica to give us all 7 continents!
Over the course of the years, Geoawesomeness has slowly evolved into a platform for passionate GeoGeeks to read about the latest and the greatest in the geo-industry and to spread the awesomeness. One of our proudest days at Geoawesomeness was when Jack Dangermond, a legend, and stalwart of the industry wrote for us, sharing his views on where the industry is headed (Five GIS Trends Changing the World). That’s when we realised that Geoawesomeness wasn’t going to be “just a blog” anymore!
Many things have changed over the years, but if there is one thing that we as a team are very proud of; it is that since day one, we are still just as passionate about discovering and sharing the connection between location and technology. As the world never stops spinning, we never stop our quest for the new. Today, we are thrilled to announce that after months of planning and discussion (in other words, endless Skype calls, poorly drawn diagrams and caffeine powered evenings), we are adding a new dimension to Geoawesomeness – “The Next Geo”.
The Next Geo
Globally, There’s an ever-increasing number of companies and individuals who are changing the face of the geo-industry.
Almost five decades ago, a young landscape architect together with his wife, founded a land-use consulting firm – Esri, which is today a GIS company with over 300,000 customers, and 1 billion dollars in revenue! In the early 2000s, two Danish brothers (and software developers) changed the way that we navigate by creating what we today refer to as Google Maps. Even more recently, a music producer decided that our current addressing system needs a radical overhaul, coming up with an amazing yet straightforward solution – What3Words. Boundless, formerly OpenGeo, showed the industry that it is possible to have a successful business building products around open source technologies before the rest of the tech world started investing heavily in that direction. Mapbox is now leading the way in creating a successful mapping business built on top of OpenStreetMap (and raising some serious capital). Planet, Carto, PrecisionHawk, Mapillary, Motive.io are all doing some fantastic work. One cannot forget to mention – Leica, Pitney Bowes, TomTom, HERE and Trimble among others who have established successful businesses that have survived the test of time for decades. The list is a long one!
The Next Geo is all about finding these people and companies – unearthing their stories, discovering their products, understanding their business models and celebrating their success! Our vision for “The Next Geo” is to provide you with company and product insights, meaning; and of course – awesomeness!
Defining the Geo-industry
When we say Geo – we mean everything that has to do with location data. Just to take an example – Is Uber a geospatial company? Hell yeah, without maps and routing algorithms Uber wouldn’t exist. Uber isn’t just using maps and routing algorithms as tools; they are actively developing new “geo” tools that help them to transform the transportation industry, albeit controversially (Related: Uber Engineering blog post about Maps, Machine Learning, and AI).
The Next Geo is about uncovering the connection between Location and Technology where ever it may exist and to list a few of them (alphabetically)
- Augmented reality
- Autonomous Driving
- Big data (Spatial)
- Blockchain, Decentralization
- Image Processing, Remote Sensing, Computer Vision
- Location intelligence, Location data analytics
- Machine learning, AI
- Mobility as a service
- Smart cities, Internet of Things
- And many more….
What all of them have in common is – the spatial component.
We want “The Next Geo” not only to showcase exciting new technologies but also new business models. Even if you invented the wheel, you still have to market it right!
The first article of the series will go live on Monday 16th April, where we will be interviewing a startup that is creating a splash with wearable maps 😉 Stay tuned!
We know it takes a village, and so we are thrilled to have your feedback, suggestions, and any leads you think should be featured on The Next Geo! Share with us, and we’ll share it with the world! You can reach us at email@example.com or via social media 🙂
Here’s to new beginnings and a happy Tamil new year 🙂