GeoIT Wherecamp Conferences

Next edition:
8th GeoIT  Wherecamp Conference 2018
October 24th , 2018 @ TU Berlin

Overview about the last editions

The GeoIT WhereCamp Conference is a premier conference focusing on the latest trends and insights around digital mapping, navigation and local intelligence within the GeoIT domain since the foundation in 2012 by Philipp Kandal, Jan Nowak and Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner after a meeting at the second O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference in San Francisco in spring 2012 and the second Wherecamp after Stanford in 2011 in San Francisco.

The 6th edition of the GeoIT Wherecamp 2016 was created by more than 350 participants, 65 speakers, 53 program committee members, 18 sponsors, 8 galileo hackathon team members and 7 organizers and opend by Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner, President of the Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation e.V.

„GeoIT Originals“ opens the conference in a panel with a moderator, like in 2016 with Simon Poole / OpenStreetMap Foundation, Dr. Volker Sasse /Speaker Open AutoDrive Forum, Vice President of Navinfo, Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner / Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation, Conference Chair, Nicholas Goubert / Sen. Director Product Management HERE Open Location Platform HERE, and Gary Gale /Geotechnologist and Neogeographer (from left to right).

This impression video gives a feeling about the conference in 2016:

The GeoIT Wherecamp 2015 Opening Panel joined up „GeoIT Originals“ from former Startups, Open Data / OpenStreetMap founder up to todays industrial commercial GeoIT players like Telenav, HERE and Google. Philipp Kandal / Navigon-Skobber-Telenav, Steve Coast / OpenStreetMap Founder, Roland Wagner, Christof Hellmis / Gate5-Nokia=Maps-HERE and Ed Parsons / Autodesk-Ordnance Survey-Google:

Some editions were extended by a third day, e.g. the Wherecamp 2016 with the 1st Galielo Hackathon…

…or the Wherecamp 2015 with a wearable Hackathon and winners:

Poster for the Wherecamp 2014 edition:


This yearly meeting created more and more a new community which was framed by the association. After 2016 the GeoIT Wherecamp conference is the yearly meeting of the association.

Also in 2017 we will once again be joined by industry leaders, experts and map enthusiasts who will share their vision and exchange ideas as to how maps, navigation and local intelligence are evolving and transforming our everyday lives. In the 2000s, car guidance solutions started to gain mainstream popularity. At the time few could have predicted the rapid pace at which maps, mobile and IoT technologies would gain traction and start transforming the way humans navigate and interact with the world around them.

Today mapping and navigation are amongst the most popular everyday usages of mobile devices. Finding your location on a phone is no longer a novelty, it has become a standard consumer expectation. Increasingly mobile gadgets such as digital cameras, watches, and even glasses are becoming location enabled. Businesses are using maps to draw more meaningful local insights, and to optimize the way they operate.

Digital maps, navigation and local intelligence have become an integral part of our everyday lives. In the years ahead, how will consumer expectations and business needs continue to evolve, and what challenges will the location industry need to overcome? How will spatial data, routing algorithms, interactive maps and location sensors need to adapt? What new hardware will be required, and what will be the role of indoor positioning sensors, IoT, autonomous cars or drones?