#GeoChat “Maps for Machines” Summary

29th February was a special day for us at Geoawesomeness, as we hosted our first Twitter Q&A #GeoChat with John Ristevski, Vice President of Reality Capture and Processing at HERE (Related: Calling all map lovers: What’s a #geochat and why you should participate). We had an awesome time during #GeoChat and in case you missed it, here’s a chronological summary of what happened.

The never ending waiting to kick-off the chat

Question 1: 

The Twitter community is alive 😉

Question 2:

20 mins have already go by! Twitter Q&As can be really fast 🙂

Question 3: 

Aleks decided to go rogue 😉 V2V Communications, Open Data and more…

Its time for Question 4:

A little fun on the side

Back to the serious stuff…

Can AI power the maps? Question 5:

Okay, its close to the end… Lets make things a bit more relaxed. Speaking of which,

Time to look into the crystal ball

And curtains!!

Stay tuned for the next #GeoChat 😉

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