(Photo by April Joyner)
Thanks to the ubiquity of smartphones, cellular service providers and software developers are awash in location data. Inevitably, it’s getting sold. The idea of mega-corps tracking our every move to better serve (sell) us is rightfully terrifying. But what if this data can be used for good?
At a recent developer event, Javier de la Torre, CEO of Brooklyn mapping startup CARTO, promoted spatial data as a “real-time census” for use by policymakers. This Friday, CARTO is hosting a conference to further the conversation.
The conference will cover both theory and practice, with an impressive mix of speakers from academia and industry. If you want to learn how to wrangle huge spatial datasets, or just want to learn how this data will shape our future, this will likely be worth the 25-dollar entrance fee.
Keynote speakers include:
- Seth Spielman, Associate Professor of Geography at the University of Colorado, Boulder,
- Carl Anderson, Senior Data Scientist at WeWork and
- Julia Koschinsky, Research Director, Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago.
What began as a way for developers to quickly create interactive maps of their data, CARTO has morphed into a location intelligence platform and raised over $31 million on its way to becoming one of Brooklyn’s more impressive startup success stories.
The conference will be held at CARTO’s Bushwick offices at 201 Moore St. Don’t be deterred by appearances, the company’s hip offices are hidden in a warehouse next to a vacant lot. Doors open at 9 a.m. and the event lasts all day. Stay past 6 p.m. and you’ll be rewarded with drinks and a great networking opportunity.