Maps Camp

Saturday July 9, 2016 @ United Nations HQ

Come and join 250 fellow geo-enthusiasts at the first ever Maps Camp on July 9th, 2016 at the UN. We're putting together an exciting day to discuss how Open Source and the Mapping/GIS world benefit one-another.

There'll be a mix of presentations, panels, a workshop, and a doctor's office where you can sit down with seasoned experts to discuss your projects. So whether you merely enjoy learning through maps or are a seasoned geo-professional, there'll be a ton to entertain you all day long.

Please review the UN security rules: we want you all to have a wonderful day, and starting it off by not getting in would really put a dampener on the rest of it!



* subject to change
  • 9:00

  • 9:45

    The data behind the maps
    Eric Brelsford @ebrelsford
    Eric is a software developer, a mapmaker, and a teacher. He will talk about the way data drives maps and the story behind some maps that he has been involved in making.
  • 10:15

    What is GPS?
    Jason Y. Kim
    Jason Kim from the U.S. Government's National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing ( will present an overview of the Global Positioning System (GPS), including how it works, its current performance, plans for the future, and how the government manages GPS as a National asset.
    Rick Hamilton US Coast Guard
    As a DOD Air Force operated system, who represents the public in the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS) program? Who advocates for the civil use of GPS? What kind of problems are being caused by the illegal use of GPS jammers and what issues are affecting the public's proper use of GPS mapping?
    Daniel M. Sheehan @nygeog
    GPS in Research in the Urban Environment.
  • 11:00

  • 11:15

    Building enterprise apps with Open Source
    Peter Batty @pmbatty
    This presentation will discuss enterprise web mapping and mobile applications that we've been developing for large utilities and communications companies, based on a number of open source geospatial components, including PostGIS, GeoServer and Leaflet. It will talk about why we chose to use open source and the benefits we’ve seen from that - and will also talk about how most of our projects use a mix of open and closed source elements. It will also discuss ideas on how to create extremely easy to use but still powerful applications, using approaches inspired by consumer web mapping sites rather than traditional GIS.
  • 11:45

    Communities of Data
    Tyler Radford @TylerSRadford
    Raphael Dumas @DumasRaphael
  • 12:15

    Workshop/Doctor's Office
  • 1:00

    Lunch! (provided)
  • 2:00

    Citizen Science
    Bronwen Densmore Public Lab
  • 2:30

    Open Source Time and Space
    Bert Spaan @bertspaan
    The NYC Space/Time Directory will make urban history accessible through the kinds of interactive, location-aware tools used to navigate modern cityscapes. It will provide a way for scholars, students, and enthusiasts to explore New York City across time periods, and to add their own knowledge and expertise.

    Over the past five years, NYPL Labs has worked on many digitization, crowdsourcing, and digital cartography projects, all aiming to make the collection of the New York Public Library more accesible. The NYC Space/Time Directory will build on top of those efforts, and it will create new connections between previously unconnected library collections and data sources.
  • 3:00

    Philosophies of Open Source
    Julian Simioni @juliansimioni | Courtney Claessens @sidewalkballet | Emma Grasmeder @emma_gras | Santiago Giraldo @namessanti | Moderator: Peter Batty @pmbatty
  • 3:45

  • 4:00

    Photo Map the World (Start Here)
    Janine Yoong @janineyoong
  • 4:30

    What's next for Open Source and Mapping?
    Jeff Ferzoco @zingbot | Lyzi Diamond @lyzidiamond | Courtney Claessens @sidewalkballet | Peter Batty @pmbatty | Alyssa Wright @alyssapwright
    Industry mavens together onstage to talk and enlighten about the big picture of what's next in mapping.
  • 5:15

    Wave Goodbye!


OSM US CartoDB Esri Mapbox Mapzen

Lunch will be provided courtesy of the cool folks above. This event wouldn’t be possible without their financial support and the tireless efforts of the Open Camps organizers.

Code of Conduct

All MapScamps are expected to follow the Open Camps Code of Conduct. If following this seems silly, please don’t attend!


You can reach out to @maps_camp on twitter or send us an email to get in touch. If you’d like to help organize, check out our open GitHub issues where we are discussing speakers, sponsorships, etc!