Locate16 conference and expo coming

pel613 locate16 conference and expo coming in april

PelicanCorp will exhibit at Locate16, a conference and exhibition billed as Australia and New Zealand’s leading spatial event, to be held at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from 12 to 14 April.

Locate16 is an initiative of SIBA (Spatial Industries Business Association), SSSI (Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute) and GITA (Geospatial Information & Technology Association) and is supported by ANZLIC, ASIERA (Australasian Spatial Information Education and Research Association), Research@Locate, CRC-SI, LINZ (Land Information New Zealand) and PSMA Australia.

Locate Conference Series is designed to energise the location industry, inspire both producers and consumers of location information, and drive greater awareness, adoption and innovation.

It features an exhibition, a conference program for people working or interested in the spatial industry and, unlike many similar industry events, also includes an academic stream called Research@Locate, run by ASIERA.

PelicanCorp sees this event as a fantastic opportunity to showcase our commitment and enthusiasm for Spatial industry on a national stage while also gaining some valuable insights into future technology and trends in terms of policy and future direction.

The conference has five streams: Prosper, Protect, Sustain, Build and the academic stream, Research@locate. People attending the conference can gain CPD points from state and territory surveyor boards. Details are on the Locate16 web site.

Also, at the event, the annual Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Awards will be presented.

There are six industry award categories: Award for Spatial Enablement; Award for People and Community; Environment and Sustainability Award; Technical Excellence Award; Award for Export; Award for Innovation and Commercialisation; and five individual categories: Spatial Professional of the Year award; Young Professional of the Year award; Educational Development Award; Postgraduate Student Award; Undergraduate Student Award.

One of the more unusual features of the event will be the “GEO.iot – enabling the spatial Internet of Things” Hackfest  open to global secondary schools, presented by spatial information technology consultants we-do-IT “to give something back of what we received from our 170+ staff from 21 countries speaking 27 natural languages and 64 different machine languages.”

The company says: “GEO.iot – the spatial Internet of Things – can be described as the confluence of location, device/user and information technology.” Schools that qualify for one of the 10 entries get a free hardware kit from which they can create their entry. As of 18 March eight of the ten slots were still available.

The main Hackfest  at the event however will be the Innovate@Locate Hackfest. This will “bring together key datasets, which are essential to our prosperity, protection, sustainability and ability to grow … to demonstrate how technology is used and showcase the innovative ideas which comes from how developers interact, mash, design and develop applications to solve problems.”

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