Geospatial World Forum 2012

There are many, many international geospatial conferences. There are those dedicated to scientific topics, some related to specific topics, such as the GSDI Association conferences and spatial data infrastructures, and then there are many vendor-specific conferences and exhibitions. However, there are very few geospatial events dedicated to bringing together all the industry leaders from the public sector, the private sector, academia and research.

In April 2012 in Amsterdam there will be a meeting of almost all of the major geospatial industry leaders you know. This event is called the Geospatial World Forum and it is bringing together the great and the good. It’s not biased on any technology, any platform, any type of data or any software vendor. It has all of these topics covered under one banner.

Simple by designThere are some seriously heavyweight speakers lined up and having just returned from the India Geospatial Forum (organized by the same people), I know the topic for this event is on the money (no pun intended). The theme for Geospatial World Forum 2012 is the Geospatial Industry and the World Economy. I encourage you to do two things. One is to take a look at the agenda and let me know if you don’t find something of interest. The other is to register.

Here is a sample list of OGC members that are involved in Geospatial World Forum at many levels. From Guest and Plenary Speakers:

Greg Bentley, CEO, Bentley
Steven W Berglund, President and CEO, Trimble Navigation
Jack Dangermond, Founder and President, Esri
Steven Hagan, Senior Vice President Development Server Technologies, Oracle
Prof. Jacqueline McGlade, Executive Director, European Environment Agency
Matthew O'Connell, CEO, President and Director, GeoEye
B.V.R. Mohan Reddy, Chairman & Managing Director, Infotech Enterprises
Jean-François Rocchi, President, BRGM
Ola Rollén, CEO, President and Director, Hexagon AB
K K Singh, Chairman and Managing Director, Rolta, India

to those involved in symposia:

Business Enterprise

Tony Boobier, EMEA Insurance Leader, Business Analytics, IBM
Ing. A A M (Bart) Kusse, Manager Competence, Center Geo-ICT, Capgemini
Upendar Kasam, Sr.Consulting Manager, Competency and Consultancy Unit (CCU), Infotech Enterprises
Hans Viehmann, Product Manager, Manager, Oracle

Defence & Intelligence:

Robert Zitz, Senior VP & Chief Systems Architect, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance Group, SAIC
Air Cdre Mark Ashwell (Retd), Vice President, Business Development & Strategy, DigitalGlobe
Christopher K Tucker, Chief Executive Officer, The MapStory Foundation
Steve P Wallach, Senior Vice President, Product Integration, GeoEye

Open Source:

Arnulf Christl, Geospatial Systems Architect, Metaspatial and President- OSGeo
Chris Holmes, President, OpenGeo


Warwick McDonald, Head, Environmental Information Services, Bureau of Meteorology
Slavco Velickov, Water Industry Sales Director, EMEA, Bentley

There will not be many events with all these geospatial industry leaders in one place. If you also take a look at the Geospatial Caravan representing all the speakers from across the world, I’m sure you will see one or more people you recognize. The OGC is pleased to be a Strategic Partner for the Geospatial World Forum. 

Geospatial Caravan