Background: A while ago, an acquaintance at a geo-meetup asked us “What is your vision for Geoawesomeness? I know it started as a passion project, but what is the vision that has been driving your commitment for the last seven years?”. This conversation inspired us to organize our thoughts and ended up in the creation of this Master plan for Geoawesomeness.
Since Geoawesomeness is a community-driven effort we think it is even more important for us to articulate our vision and keep attracting the best talent in the geo industry to join our team and help accelerate the adoption of geospatial technology and transform the lives of people for the better.
Why Geoawesomeness exists
We founded Geoawesomeness in 2011 as a blog to discuss how technology is changing the way we answer the question ‘where?’. Over the years, we established Geoawesomeness as a learning and conversation platform for all things location. It is our mission is to build and empower a geospatial knowledge community.
The definition of “geo” may have changed but one thing that remains constant is our passion for all things geo. Together with people like you, who read our articles and follow us on social media, we like to discuss the intersection of science, technology and location. On Geoawesomeness you can find in-depth analysis, detailed reports and constructive conversations about the geospatial industry. Whether you barely know what GIS means or you hold a Ph.D. in it, we hope you find Geoawesomeness informative and inspiring.
What Geoawesomeness does
Geoawesomeness thrives through opinions and conversations. We see ourselves as advocates and evangelists for geospatial technology. To bring this to life, we focus our efforts on these activities (broadly):
The Next Geo: Startups don’t just promote entrepreneurship in the geo industry, but they also inspire us with their innovative thinking. This is why they have a special place on Geoawesomeness. While reading their stories you have access to an open database of startups, products, and people. The Next Geo is a first step towards establishing a network of innovators, industry professionals, investors, and institutions.
Industry Trends and Database of companies
Geo Trends: At the beginning of each year, we invite thought leaders to give us their opinion about the biggest GeoTrends of the year and how they think it is going to impact their business. Only time will tell if there were able to get it right.
Database of companies: The Top 100 Geospatial Companies and Startups list wasn’t just about identifying and celebrating the best companies in the industry, it is also about creating an open database of companies. We want to create a comprehensive map of the industry to encourage product discovery, networking, exchange of thoughts and ideas.
Jobs, Careers, and Events
Jobs: Companies are constantly on the look for the best talent in the geospatial industry. We want to give them an opportunity to connect with our network and showcase job opportunities at their organization to you. This is an entirely new area of focus for the Geoawesomeness Team. Check out all the cool Jobs in Geo or submit a job.
Careers: How does a typical day in the life of a GIS analyst look like? How do you start your own mapping project with drones? What programming languages should you learn? Looking for the best master program in geo? If you want to learn something new, Geoawesomeness has an extensive list of educational programs around the world. You can also ask the community to help get you started.
Events: Conferences, research meetings, meetups, workshops – with Geoawesomeness, you have the opportunity to stay updated about all the coolest events around in your city and around the world. We have just started out to build an exhaustive list of events across the world, don’t forget to let us know about your event (submit an event).
News and Opinions: With Geoawesomeness, you can stay informed about the latest news in the industry. We’re not afraid to provide our opinions and you have the chance to openly discuss with others about them.
Interviews: Through Geoawesomeness you’ll also be closer to industry giants. We regularly interview experts working for companies such as HERE, Microsoft, TomTom to name a few. We follow your discussions on Geoawesomeness to ask them what you really want to know.
Geo-tech meets Geo-research: We help fill the gap between academic and industry with articles on the latest research projects and trends from universities and research labs. We want to give researchers a platform to articulate their research to a much larger audience besides their scientific community.
Simply Geoawesome: What is Geoawesomeness without the awesomeness? You’ll have fun with our quizzes recognizing football stadiums from space or cities based on their Flickr photo density.
Pay it forward
While working on Geoawesomeness, we have the privileged access to industry and thought leaders. We strongly believe it our responsibility to pay it forward. This is why we donated a small amount from our revenue last year to Humanitarian OpenStreetMap. We plan on increasing our social initiatives this year including but not limited to
- helping students to attend exciting but prohibitively expensive conferences
- donating (more) to NGOs and organizations that make a positive impact on society through mapping
- creating a scholarship for deserving graduate students
Do you want to make your case for OpenStreetMap over other maps? Do you want to share your opinion about the last FOSS4G conference? Do you want to discuss programming issues and how to get started with Python? Have a few tips for students on how they can land an internship? If you have something to say about the industry, Geoawesomeness is the platform for you.
If you’re passionate about the geo industry and you recognize yourself in the mission of Geoawesomeness you may want to contribute as an active team member. Let us know more about you with this online form.
Partner with Geoawesomeness
If you’re an industry player looking for an authentic community of people passionate about your products and innovations, you can partner with us. By sponsoring Geoawesomeness you’ll contribute to this master plan to foster industry conversations and education. Get in touch with us to discuss our sponsorship packages.
The Master Plan In Short
So in short, the master plan is all about:
- building the best website out there that caters to the geospatial community,
- providing a platform for GeoGeeks to blog and share their expertise across the community,
- collaborating with companies and increasing our sponsorship revenue,
- using that money to pay it forward and take our Geoawesome project to the next level.
On behalf of the entire Geoawesomeness team,
Aleks and Muthu