Keynote Speakers

Charlie Loyd [Mapbox]

Charlie works on satellite and aerial imagery at Mapbox’s San Francisco office. He has a special interest in open data, and has been involved in several projects to publish raster data for open access. His day-to-day is in acquiring and processing imagery, including color correction, cloud removal, etc., at terapixel scales.

Andrew Turner [Esri]

Andrew's work focuses on cross-domain collaboration and democratizing the map making process creating open tools for cartography and analysis. In 2006 he published the popular and widely regarded book "Introduction to Neogeography" which led an industry shift of the GIS market. He is a world-renowned speaker, author, advocate, and engineer for crowd-sourced geospatial technology and a successful entrepreneur that has grown and exited two companies through acquisition. Currently, Andrew is the Director and CTO of the Esri Research and Development Center in Washington, DC. His team is developing new technologies for government and citizen collaboration to build communities. This includes the global ArcGIS Open Data network for open access to authoritative data, as well as open-source and interactive tools and applications to build and share insights and solutions. Andrew is an active member in many organizations developing and supporting open standards such as the OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and World Wide Web Consortium. He is also the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers leveraging technology to assist in building solutions for disaster response, recovery, and rebuilding.


Benjamin Tuttle, PhD [National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency]

Benjamin T. Tuttle is a R&D Technologist at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency. He holds a BA in Geography and a BA in Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, Boulder and an MS in GIS and PhD in Geography from the University of Denver. His research interests include human environment interactions and nighttime satellite imagery. Ben is also focused on development of web and mobile geospatial applications to enhance data delivery, analysis, and decision-making. He has authored and co-authored papers in journals including PE&RS, Geography Compass, GeoJournal, Environmental Management, and Remote Sensing of Environment. He is currently leading a team of developers to deliver new capabilities for first responders, search and rescue teams, security personnel, and military users while revolutionizing the underlying infrastructure. The team is building on cloud based environment with a full DevOps pipeline that includes automated security scanning to shorten delivery timelines and fully embrace a secure CI/CD process.


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