Back in September I started looking around the London web scene for a meetup group of like-minded Geo geeks and was pretty surprised to find that none existed. The Valley has a flourishing meetup scene, in London we’re getting there but its still very much in its infancy. After a great chat with Catherine Burton who runs the Web2.0 Mapping Meetup group in the Valley I decided it was time to create something similar here in olde London town.
So, the #Geomob event (or London Geo Mobile Developers Meetup if you prefer the full title) was conceived. After a couple of months of incessant networking, virtual stalking and a fair amount of pleading I had assembled a red hot lineup and a venue, all we needed now was an audience. Well, we weren’t disappointed and with a turn out of around 40 developers from the London geo scene including Nestoria, CloudMade, Yahoo!, not to mention our lovely hosts Google and many others.
Big ‘thank you’ to Google for hosting us, not only did they give us a great venue but lots of snacks and all important beer. They will be presenting at the next event (tail end of January 2009) so stay tuned to hear more from them.
An event is nothing without its speakers and our trio of geo experts really set the bar high, you can experience their wonderful talks in video below. Its a bit quiet so turn up the volume.
Next was Nick Black of CloudMade who ran through some great examples of customised mapping and gave a few hints as to where they were headed (hint: ROUTING):
To cap off a wonderful first night we had Andrew Grill asking “What Will it Take for Mobile Advertising to Find Itself?”
It didn’t end there, lets just say a few beers were had after.
Signup for the #Geomob meetup here.