Geo for Good is a summit hosted by Google that is focussed on the use of Google’s geo technology for “good causes.” This hands-on event is limited to just 75 participants. While he is there, Will will see demonstrations of the latest and greatest from Google. He will also have the opportunity to discuss how different organizations (including PlaceSpeak!) are using these technologies “for real.” Attending organizations include: the Smithsonian and the Jane Goodall Institute amongst many others.
Here is a brief video overview of Google Earth Outreach:
Sarath Jayewardena is one of PlaceSpeak’s talented software designers. He holds a PhD in Physics from University of Berne, Switzerland.
Sarath saw firsthand the emergence of the world-wide-web, and grew with it. Like many physicists of his time he was attracted to the latest advancements in IT and soon became a full-time IT guy.
A long time Linux affiliate, Sarath worked as an instructor in Computing Science in Sri Lanka and Canada for many years while at the same time helping the organizations he worked for build open-technology-based IT infrastructure. He draws enormous satisfaction from creating functionally beautiful software.
Most recently he has had a lot of fun with Python and Django which, together with his Linux know-how, landed him at PlaceSpeak.
Tags: Canada, computing science, Django, PlaceSpeak, Python, software, Sri Lanka, technology
Maureen Mendoza is a Masters student at the School of Community and Regional Planning (SCARP) at UBC. At SCARP, Maureen is interested in the intersections between urban development and community engagement, particularly cross-culturally within immigrant communities.
Maureen joins PlaceSpeak under the MITACS Accelerate Research Internship Program and will explore the potential opportunities for online engagement in the property development industry.
Prior to PlaceSpeak, Maureen was an intern at the Social Planning and Research Council of BC and has been involved in numerous research projects that focused on access to care services for minority groups, the settlement and integration of recent immigrants within housing, education and labour markets, as well as consultations on community-based research between UBC and community partners.
Maureen received previous degrees in Sociology and English Literature from UBC (BA) and Sociology (MA) from the University of Toronto.
Tags: Mitacs, SCARP, Students, team, UBC
PlaceSpeak is proud to announce that Dr. Andrew Csigner has agreed to join our Advisory team.
Dr. Csinger is Entrepreneur in Residence and Adjunct Professor in the Cognitive Systems Group at the University of British Columbia. He is advisor or director to several startups and is on the Board of Advisors of ISSNet, an NSERC funded research network focused on computer and network security, and is a founding member of the Steering Committee for the Vancouver Institute of Visual Analytics.
Dr. Csinger was EVP of Product Strategy and Development at Dategrity Corp., a spin-out from the Votehere Corporation. Andrew was Senior VP and CIO of Group Telecom from 1998 to 2002. In 1998, he developed and operated the first PKI Certification Authority and Repository to be licensed under Washington State Digital Signature legislation. This seminal work influenced the later adoption of federal U.S. law (the Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act of 2000, or “E-Sign Act”), and was an early model for the adoption by other states of the Uniform Electronic Transactions Act (UETA).
In 1996, he founded Xcert Software Inc. (acquired by RSA Technologies), a technology leader in the emerging business of Public Key Infrastructure (PKI). Andrew has been both mentor and reviewer for the New Ventures BC business plan competition since 2007.
Andrew received his Ph.D. and M.Sc. in Computer Science from UBC and a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from McGill University. A Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) Post-Doctoral Fellow at Simon Fraser University, and a visiting scholar at the German Center for Artificial Intelligence in Saarbrucken, his work on artificial intelligence techniques has appeared in journals and conferences around the world. He holds several patents in internet security, biometrics, and related areas.Tags: Advisors, Andrew Csinger, PKI, team, UBC
PlaceSpeak is proud to announce that Bruce Nickson has joined our team as our Director of Sales and Marketing.
Bruce has extensive experience in sales, business development and marketing of complex services and products to demanding industry verticals. His recent positions include Director of Sales for Technical Solution Inc., a new product development engineering firm and Executive Director of the International Internet Marketing Association. Bruce also co-founded a successful language training institute in downtown Vancouver.
Bruce has lived and worked in Latin America, Europe and Asia, but remains a dedicated Vancouverite. He studied in Vancouver, Halifax and London UK.Tags: Bruce Nickson, Business development, International Internet Marketing Association, Marketing, PlaceSpeak, Sales, Vancouver
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