Florence Broderick

CARTO joins The Urban Computing Foundation Technical Advisory Committee

As part of CARTO’s long-standing commitment to Open Source, Open Data, and Open Science, we have collaborated with many organizations providing access to next generation geospatial technology, data, and models. Today we are very excited to announce that CARTO’s Javier de la Torre, our Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, is joining the Urban Computing Foundation (UCF) Technical Advisory Committee.

The economic growth of cities is accelerating rural to urban migration. From 750 million people living in urban areas in 1950, that number rose to 4.2 billion in 2018. With such an explosion, many cities are already struggling with environmental degradation, traffic congestion, inadequate urban infrastructure, management of resources, or social inequality.

In order to analyze, understand, and act on all of these challenges, we know that Spatial Analytics is critical. As more cities start adopting continuous analysis methods based on Location Data Streams, we will see increasing adoption of spatial modeling and live city scale simulations. This will not only help to understand what is happening today, but also to predict what will happen in different future scenarios.

It is with this vision in mind that we see an ecosystem of sensing techniques, analysis, visualization, modeling, simulation, and applications all connected in interoperable ways. The Urban Computing Foundation is a neutral forum for accelerating open source and community development to enable this vision.

Urban Computing Makes Connections


This is no mean feat, as in order to realize a fully interconnected system where data can flow seamlessly from sensors all the way to simulation models, there are a lot of technologies, data formats, scientific methods, and policies that will need to be agreed upon. We think this can only happen in an open ecosystem where private and public organizations can collaborate.

In this new era of Location Intelligence, we require technology and data that connects seamlessly, is designed for the cloud, made available to Data Scientists, and accessible to everybody.

The geospatial industry has become fragmented in recent years despite efforts to standardize - largely because the pace of innovation in the private sector is pushing the boundaries of what technology can actually provide. This means that the components needed to make this ecosystem work don’t always talk to each other effectively. We believe that the UCF is an optimal forum to provide coordination, glue projects together, and provide the advocacy and awareness that is needed across the industry.

Urban Computing Foundation Partners


Facebook, Google, HERE, IBM, Interline, MIT Senseable city lab, Sidewalk Labs, StreetCred, Uber, and UC San Diego are already part of it, and under the umbrella of The Linux Foundation, we are excited to be a part of this initiative.

Collaboration and Contribution Towards Urban Computing

By joining the technical advosry committee, Javier aims to contribute expertise to UCF technical discussions in 3 main areas where CARTO is active:

Open Source software components and “glue” projects:

Connecting the community:

Data & Analysis:

  • Promoting next generation Spatial Data Infrastructure Architecture, Interoperability, and standards
  • Contributing Common grids / Modelling / Spatial Feature Engineering from our Spatial Data Science Team
  • Learn more about CARTO's work with cities like Mexico City!

    Download the case study!
About the author
Florence Broderick

Flo is VP Marketing at CARTO, leading our Demand Generation, Content, Product Marketing and SDR teams to translate the value of Location Intelligence to existing and prospective clients, generating demand for spatial analysis use cases on our platform. Prior to joining CARTO, Flo was Global Head of Marketing and Communications for LUCA, Telefónica's specialist Big Data unit, having been fast tracked into management after completing the Global Graduate Programme working in sales and marketing rotations in Connected Car, VOIP tech, and mobile data insights in the UK, Spain, Germany, and Latin America.

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