Location intelligence (LI) is becoming increasingly vital to a wide variety of industries, but it can still be hard to find conferences and events where you can get smart on this growing sector.
Never fear! We’ve picked some of the best conferences around the globe to learn about location intelligence and the business applications for this emerging technology. Don’t see a conference you expected to see? Just shoot us a tweet @CARTO or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’d be happy to add it to the list. Read on, and get ready to spend your professional development dollars wisely.
April 26-27, 2017 in Madrid, Spain
Our own CARTO Locations is a two-day summit exploring the world of location intelligence. The summit features speakers and panel leaders from the fields of analytics, data visualization, geospatial analysis, and data science.
April 27-28, 2017 in Boston, MA
This conference is specific to the impact drones have had on mapping. You can view the full program schedule here, which includes sessions on the ethical and legal issues of drones and software options.
GISTAM 2017: The International Conference on Geographical Information Systems Theory, Applications and Management
April 27-28, 2017 in Porto, Portugal
This conference covers GIS industry topics in great detail, with five main focus areas: data acquisition and processing; remote sensing; modeling, representation, and visualization; knowledge extraction and management; and domain applications.
May 2017 to November 2017, multiple locations
The Machine Learning Conference takes place at multiple locations throughout the year, including Atlanta, San Francisco, and Seattle. While the schedule for some locations has not been posted, you can view details from the most recent one in New York to learn how LI typically plays a part.
May 22-25, 2017 in London, UK
The general theme of this conference is “make data work.” Several of the sessions mentioned would appeal to LI interests, including one on creating interactive maps.
May 25-26, 2017 in Boston, MA
The third annual Deep Learning Summit focuses on artificial intelligence, but includes at least one session that speaks directly to LI: “Scaling Deep Learning Models to High Resolution Satellite Image Classification on the NASA Earth Exchange Platform.”
June 6-8, 2017 in Brussels, Belgium
With a tagline like “Where Geolocation powers IoT innovation,” people interested in LI are sure to feel right at home. The full schedule isn’t yet available, but you can view the pre-program details here.
June 25-28, 2017 in Austin, TX
The Smart Cities Connect Conference brings together the leaders of more than 200 progressive cities. The schedule is broken down into five sections, including “Network and Data,” which has several sessions connected to LI.
July 2-7, 2017 in Washington, D.C.
Though the bulk of this conference is dedicated to the art of cartography, there is also a significant emphasis on the technology advances in mapping. While a detailed schedule isn’t yet available, you can view the schedule at-a-glance here.
July 10-14, 2017 in San Diego, California
Serving the global GIS user community, this conference has multiple components on the schedule and promises 300 moderated sessions and 450 hours of technical training. While not as cutting edge as it used to be, this is still a worthwhile conference for those looking to specialize in GIS.
July 10-16, 2017 in Austin, TX
While the schedule for this conference hasn’t yet been released, several of last year’s sessions are applicable to LI industry professionals, including this one and this one.
August 7-8, 2017 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
This conference brings together leading scientists, researchers, and scholars in the geoinformatics and spatial analysis industries. You can view a full list of the presentations here.
August 14-19, 2017 in Boston, MA
The annual FOSS4G conference is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation.
October 2-3, 2017 in Vienna, Austria
The theme for this conference is “Innovation of Spatial Data Infrastructure for Sustainable Development.” Topics such as remote sensing in urban environments and Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) are among the major scientific sessions offered.
October 3-5, 2017 in Washington, DC
While there hasn’t yet been an official schedule released, this conference promises cutting edge technology for professionals in the smart city industry.
October 10-13, 2017 in Montreal, Canada
This annual conference brings together various industries working on issues related to cartography. Whether a senior cartographer or a map enthusiast, if you work with data visualizations you won’t want to miss this event.
October 19-22, 2017 in Boulder, CO
SOTMUS provides the opportunity to connect with other mappers, businesses, government agencies, and nonprofits, all collaborating around the free and editable map of the world. Particularly good for people who want to learn how to work with OpenStreetMap data and hack on the latest mapping improvements.
October 23-26 2017 in Jacksonville, Florida
Hosted by the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association, this is the 55th annual GIS-Pro conference. This year’s schedule hasn’t yet been released, but you can still view last year’s here.
November 7-10, 2017 in Redondo Beach, CA
Billed as “the premier annual event” for the ACM Special Interest Group on Spatial Information, this conference seeks to cover all aspects of GIS. View last year’s schedule here.
January 15-17, 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland
While not scheduled until 2018, this conference brings together scholars from numerous disciplines to discuss the influence of location-based services. More information is expected to be released as the dates get closer.
February 5-7, 2018 in Denver Colorado
This conference is also not scheduled until next year, but promises to bring together LiDAR and 3D geospatial data collection professionals to discuss changes in the industry. You can view last year’s conference program here.