Where2.0 2008 Proposals due in 1 week

Last reminder, proposals for the O'Reilly Where2.0 conference are due December 3. So make sure and get your submissions in!

The 'topic' this year is "Location is Relative". Claus Dahl said it best during his presentation on Imity two years ago: "It's not the fact that I'm *here* at this hotel, it's the fact that I'm surrounded by all of you that makes this location important" (paraphrased)

Are you buiding a business based on proximity? How about hyperlocal search and collaborative routing? It's not enough to assume your users are driving a car and want to get from A to B the 'fastest'. Maybe they want to go the greenest/prettiest/easiest/funnest (ok, that's not a word). How does someone find out what's interesting around them? Whether it's a concert, friends, construction, transportation, or shops?

Two of the finalists in the latest LBS contests both included "find products near me", and Dash networks demoed a similar functionality coming up in their internet connected PND. But what's the next step with "near me" search?

PND's advertisements are ubiquitous this Christmas shopping season. Nearly every "Black Friday" circular sported a Garmin, Miro, Magellan, or other Navigation aid on the front page. Why this new rise in public interest of GPS? What will be hot next Christmas?

Crowdsourcing is getting hot - OpenStreetMap led the way in large-scale community driven mapping, but now both TomTom and Googleallows you to submit corrections. Where is that data going and how to you enable community-mapping?

Where2.0 next year will also feature a day of tutorials. So if you have some new tools or techniques you want to share, you should submit a proposal to teach other attendees about it.

For more inspiration and ideas, check out the CFP suggestions.


Where 2.0 2008
- Location is Relative
May 12-14, 2008
Location: Burlingame, CA

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Andrew Turner is an advocate of open standards and open data. He is actively involved in many organizations developing and supporting open standards, including OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and the World Wide Web Consortium. He co-founded CrisisCommons, a community of volunteers that, in coordination with government agencies and disaster response groups, build technology tools to help people in need during and after a crisis such as an earthquake, tsunami, tornado, hurricane, flood, or wildfire.