Apr 12

Amsterdam welcomes whereCampers!

We are finalizing the list of sponsors for whereCampEU. A very important one: the city of Amsterdam. Why? There are a great many reasons for that. First of all, Amsterdammers love maps (and so do the Dutch, well many of them). But more importantly, Amsterdam (already dubbed Appsterdam) likes, no adores creativity. We PICNIC in Amsterdam, we TheNextWeb in Amsterdam, and next weekend we are whereCamping in Amsterdam as well!

The city gov sees Amsterdam as the right kind of town for inspiration and creativity. Add a rich tradition in maps and cartography and there you have it:  the city of Amsterdam welcomes you to whereCampEU.

- In a few days we will announced the final list of sponsors. In a week’s time YOU will be in the driver seat at whereCamp.EU

BTW Lots to do in Amsterdam: http://www.iamsterdam.com/ 

Apr 12

Welcome Webmapper: a proud local whereCamp sponsor!

From the official press release: “Webmapper is very proud to sponsor WhereCampEU 2012 in Amsterdam. As they are headquartered in Haarlem and have online mapping and web cartography at the core of their work, they believe that whereCampEU will be a great occassion to reflect on all the recent developments in these areas and they look forward to discussing new innovations and future directions. Webmapper is a consultancy firm headed by Edward Mac Gillavry and Richard Duivenvoorde. They create web mapping solutions and provide consultancy services in the fields of web cartography and online GIS using Open Source software. “

Way to go, webmappers! See you in Amsterdam!

Apr 12

Why the hack would you come to whereCampEU?

There are many reasons why you would want to contribute (note: not just attend) to the upcoming whereCampEU. Here are just a few:

1. Meetup with other geogeeks
You have to have a minimal level of map madness, if you want to enjoy a whereCamp. You will be able to meetup with other geogeeks, but not in your regular plan, do, act mode. Get ready to present to others, discuss the step in your project or to just code away.

2. No barriers, low on rulez
Be aware, this is an unconference. What you get out of this meetup is mostly up to you. We will be low on rulez (please do behave), in order to max out the result of this camp. That sound as a contradiction, but we strongly believe this will lead to great results (well, sometimes).

It's got to be ... Amsterdam!3. Experience the unexpected
As we don’t have a fixed plan, you may be in for a treat. We hope it’s beyond your wildest expectations! Hacking and mapping with great people all around you! Is there a better place to build great new things?

4. Amsterdam
Just one the reasons to come to whereCampEU is Amsterdam itself. Culture (Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh, Anne Frank’s house – book your ticket in advance), Nightlife (Redlight district, Leidsplein). Even better: stick around from Monday April 30th and watch Amsterdam turn Orange on Queensday. And just-in-time for this whereCamp, Foursquare provided us with a great list of Amsterdam spots.
Eventbrite - WhereCamp EU 2012

How does all of that sound? The good news: you can still register for this unconference. See you there!

with a big thank you to OpenStreetMap!

Apr 12

Staying and parking in Amsterdam

… during whereCampEU. Since Queensday is the monday after WhereCampEU, the hotels are quite full and expensive. There are a few options outside Amsterdam if you don’t mind traveling for half an hour. Also you can put your name down here to buddy up with other people.

Parking in Amsterdam
Virtually impossible!! The conference is in the center of Amsterdam, parking is insanely expensive and there is hardly any place. Please use one of the P+R facilities at the edge of town. These are 8euro/24 hour and provide public transport tickets to and from the center for each person in the car.

P+R Zeeburg 
P+R Gaasperplas 
P+R Amsterdam ArenA
P+R Fashion Center

Camping in Amsterdam
There are four campsites in Amsterdam:
* Camping Zeeburg 
* Gaasper Camping
* Camping Vliegenbos
* Camping Amsterdamse Bos (quite far)

Staying outside Amsterdam
Both Amstelveen to the south and Utrecht to the east are about half an hour with public transport (depending where you stay in those places) and have public transport through the entire night. You can use http://9292.nl/ to check the connection between the conference location and the hotels in these places. The conference is in ‘de Brakke Grond’, which is a 15 minute walk from Amsterdam Central Station. (Steven/Jw).

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Apr 12

Interactive map of Amsterdam

The folks of MapBox have kindly agreed to host the event map for free. It contains the three important locations: pre-conf drinks, conference and geobeers and routes to them from Central Station. It also has the P+R parking facilities around Amsterdam and the campsites. You can click on them for more information.


Mar 12

Nestoria Back for Amsterdam

Our longest supporters keep on coming back for more, that should tell you something: our sponsors and WhereCampEU are both awesome.

Big thankyou to Nestoria for sponsoring every year so far, and if you are looking for a place to live they can provide all your property search needs in many European countries (and further away places too).

Mar 12

Geodan supports WhereCampEU

Geodan is happy to be one of the sponsors of Where Camp EU 2012! Geodan aspires to stay ahead in the world of technological developments around geo-information, anticipating new applications and opportunities along the way. As such, we attach great value to innovation and research. Our research team is constantly identifying and analysing new developments in the field of GIS, geo-informatics, Advanced User Interaction, mobile applications, open source and open standards. To this end, we have partnered with the VU University Amsterdam: in addition to Geodan S&R members of staff, there are research assistants permanently involved in these projects. Find out more about the latest developments of the Geodan Research Lab at http://research.geodan.nl/


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!