Mar 12

First some basics: what is whereCampEU?

The UnconferenceWhereCamp Europe is an unconference; inspired by FooCamp and the Silicon Valley WhereCamp which traditionally follows Where 2.0. It’s open to everyone and you drive the agenda and the sessions. It’s what you make it, so come along, listen, contribute and speak. We start with a blank programme, and you post sessions and talk about whatever you want to (as long as there is a map in there somewhere). Some people put together a great presentation, others host debates and discussion – its up to you.

Who Will Be There?
WhereCamp Europe is open to everyone; from über hacker to beginner, from GIS to neogeography, from Web 1.0 to Web 2.0 and beyond, from mobile, from web development. If you have an interest in geography and how it’s changing the way in which we interact with the world then you should come along. Check out the list of 2012 whereCampers!

How Do I Find Out More?
For the latest news look for the #wherecampeu hashtag on Twitter and follow @wherecampeu. Or come and contribute to whereCampEU!


Mar 12

Google Join Us in Amsterdam

We have some good friends who have supported WhereCampEU from the start, and we welcome one of them back as sponsor for 2012 in Amsterdam. Thanks Google!

Google is once again happy to support Wherecamp EU, much of Google’s innovation in Geo takes place in Europe with development teams in London and Zurich building the next generations of products and services, so we recognise the huge potential of the development community in Europe.

We look forward to a great weekend in Amsterdam.

Feb 12

On a quest for sponsors for whereCampEU 2012

whereCampEUOne hundred registrations in less than a week, and the first 50 in just a few hours! And not even that many geofolks from Holland on the list as of yet. That is all very encouraging!!

The local org is now on a quest for sponsors for whereCampEU 2012. What is there to gain from your contribution? Straight from our ‘letter to our sponsors’:

Why Sponsor?
WhereCampEU is now an established event, each event has been attended by over 100 participants with long waiting lists as there is always more demand than spaces. The last year has seen a huge growth in the business of location, with massive uptake of location enabled devices, convergence of GPS, phone, camera and nomadic devices. Location is truly becoming ubiquitous. This is a chance to have your brand associated with the freshest and most innovative geo conference in Europe, and to connect with the grass roots developer community.

We expect to open up registrations as soon as the first sponsors have confirmed. In the meantime, please put yourself on the waiting list, you won’t be there for long.

Interested to contribute to this event as a sponsor (and to be there?) Send us a message!

Feb 12

WhereCampEU 2012 – Dates and Location

Good news WhereCampers, the wait is over. WhereCampEU 2012 will be hosted in the fine city of Amsterdam over 28-29th April, with the usual mix of unconference interaction, discussion, presentation, ideas and the odd geobeer.

More news to come soon.

May 11

WhereCamp EU 2011 Schedule (The Unconference Version)

WhereCamp EU 2011 in Berlin is almost upon us and now is a good time to firm up details for this 2-day geo-fest. Well, at least as much as you can firm up the schedule for an unconference that is.

Doors will open for registration at WhereCamp EU at 9.00 AM at GLS Sprachenzentrum, Kastanienallee 82, 10435 Berlin. There’ll be coffee and a light breakfast waiting for you. The day will formally kick off at 10.00 AM in the main hall and sessions will run throughout the day until 4.00 PM when Skobbler will be running some location based gaming mayhem.

There’s no formal plans for dinner on Friday night but, weather permitting, we’ll try to head to the venerable Prater Garten at Kastanienalle 7-9. They’ve been known to serve some rather fine German beers and all manner of BBQ’d goodness. Prater has around 600 seats so we should be able to all fit in.

Prater Garten by Oscar Palmer

Saturday’s sessions will start at 10.00 AM back at GLS and we’ll wrap up proceedings at 4.30 PM.

There will be wifi throughout the GLS premises but please be mindful of your fellow WhereCampers who may be trying to connect to the wifi by running only one device on the wifi at a time. Bringing a 3G USB stick or mifi is probably a good idea as a back up.

If you get the urge to live-blog through the two days, please go ahead but let us know on Twitter at @wherecampeu so we can publicise your good work. And talking of Twitter, the hashtag for the event will be the accurate but unimaginative #wceu. If you take pictures during the day, please tag them as wceu so we can find them.

See you all in Berlin on Friday; it’ll be a geotastic experience for one and all.

Apr 11

Skobbler Bring LBS Gaming to WhereCampEU 2011

We are trying some new things at this year’s WhereCampEU, and are super excited to welcome Skobbler who will be running the first location based game at WhereCampEU. Its top secret for now, but all you need to know is that Skobbler will be running a live location based game on the first day, and I think we might have some beer related prizes!

Mar 11

Nokia Signs Up As WhereCamp EU Sponsor

Another day, another sponsor. This time we’re happy to welcome a new face to the ever growing list of organisations who support WhereCamp EU … Nokia.

“From the Nokia N95 with its onboard GPS through to the latest generation of mobile devices with free maps and free navigation as part of Ovi Maps, Nokia is firmly committed to location and to geo in the many forms this takes. The heart of Nokia’s Location Group is based in Berlin and we’re looking forward to welcoming and supporting WhereCamp EU and everyone who will be participating to the home city of Ovi Maps for a challenging, informing and educating celebration of all that’s current in the location space.”

Gary Gale, Director, Ovi Places Registry, Nokia Berlin

Feb 11

Nestoria Back Again For Berlin

We rely upon our friends to keep us going, and we have none bigger than Nestoria who are returning to sponsor WhereCampEU 2011 in Berlin. Nestoria’s goal is to make it as easy as possible for you to find a property, in Australia, Brazil, Germany, India, Italy, Spain, France and the UK. So if you’re thinking of staying in Berlin for longer than just the weekend, Mehr über Nestoria Deutschland.

Feb 11

WhereCampEU 2011 Early Bird Passes

Our first batch of passes are now available. As well as the free passes, we’re trying something new this year – “pay what you want”, so that if you are able to contribute you can. Don’t worry if you miss out, more passes will be available soon.

Feb 11

Announcing WhereCampEU 2011

Stadtplan von Berlin 1:25000  c 1952
By sludgegulper

Mark your calendars WhereCampers, we are finalising an amazing followup to last year’s big event. Berlin, a city that’s renowned for its design and creativity is hosting WhereCampEU for two days over 27/28 May. We can’t wait, and I suspect neither can you.

When it comes to fashion, art, design and music, the German capital is the city to watch. A global influx of creatives has turned it into a cauldron of cultural cool reminiscent of New York in the ’80s.