Friday, September 27

Saturday, September 28

Sunday, September 29

What's a WhereCamp?

WhereCamps are unconferences that aim to connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to "know their place".

Popular topics include social cartography, software and hardware, context awareness, mobile experimentation, humanitarian mapping efforts, food webs and local food transparency, transit, psychogeography, geo games, paper maps, and place hacking.

Our 2013 background map is Portland, Oregon: The Age of a City by Justin Palmer

Get ready for this weekend’s WhereCampPDX 6!

WhereCampPDX 6 is this weekend! We’re kicking things off tonight! Here are all the details you’ll need to make the most of your map-filled time.

Register Now

If you haven’t signed up for WhereCampPDX yet, do it now! It’s free!


Friday September 27th, 6–9pm: Opening Party, sponsored by Esri!

Join us as we kick off the WhereCamp weekend with conversation and snacks. Feeling creative? Shoot a tiny bit of video and submit to our first-ever WhereCampPDX Film UnFestival!

Temboo / NXT Studios
123 NW 2nd Ave, 3rd floor

Saturday September 28th: Unconference Sessions

Metro Regional Center
600 NE Grand Ave
(enter through the courtyard)

  • 9:15am: Doors open, coffee is served!
  • 10:00am: Unconference kickoff, announcements, and session scheduling
  • 11:00am: Unconference sessions start
  • 1:00pm: Lunch from Nicholas Restaurant!
  • 2:00pm: Unconference sessions continue
  • 4:00pm: Afternoon break
  • 4:30pm: Even more unconference sessions
  • 5:30pm: Closing session

Afterward, evening activities TBA (hacking and pizza are traditional).

Sunday September 29th: Fun and mapmaking!

Flux Hacker Space
412 NW Couch #222
Doors open 10am

Activities will be scheduled throughout the day. Thus far, we know about:

  • 1–4pm: MaptimePDX — The inaugural meeting of Portland’s monthly map hacking meetup!

Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers throughout the event to help with setup, cleanup, and greeting people at the door. If you can contribute an hour or two, please add your name to the signup sheet.

What to Bring

  • Yourself!
  • A laptop, for hacking or sharing your favorite maps, if you like
  • Cameras, notebooks, and other ways to help record the event

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Thank You Sponsors!

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors for helping to make WhereCampPDX 6 possible. At the Polygon level, Esri and Metro, and at the Point level, Flux, MapBox, SpatialDev, and TriMet.

Announcing…The WhereCamp Film UnFestival

vineIt’s all about the six-second video these days. And if you have a short attention span, you’ll be keen on this. Join us for the first ever WhereCamp Film UnFestival. All you have to do is get your smartyphone over to Vine and download the app. Record a 6-second video of your favorite map/geo/spatial-thing and tag it with #wherecamppdx2013. It’s great way to show off your carto, app, or messy desktop. We’ll be streaming them opening night and during Maptime on Sunday.

Aaaaand ACTION!

Join us for our opening party!

Kick off WhereCampPDX with an opening party, Friday Sept. 27! Special thanks to Esri for kickin’ in some support for this party.


6pm – 9pm
Temboo and NXT Industries
123 NW 2nd Ave
Portland OR 97209

Come meet other geo-enthusiasts, talk about unconference session topics for Saturday, and get the weekend started off right.

WhereCampPDX 6 is coming! – September 27–29, 2013

WhereCampPDX is a free, annual unconference for people interested in geography and related technologies. This year’s WhereCampPDX will be happening September 27–29 at the Metro Regional Center and other Portland locations. If you’d like to join us, please register for free.

What’s a WhereCamp?

WhereCamps connect geo-enthusiasts, developers, social place hackers, artists, activists, grad students, geographers, earth scientists and anybody else who wants to “know their place”.

Popular topics include social cartography, software and hardware, context awareness, mobile development, humanitarian mapping efforts, food webs and local food transparency, transit, psychogeography, geo games, paper maps, and place hacking.

WhereCamp is an unconference, which means it has little to no pre-selected content. Instead, the content is provided by the participants once they arrive. Everyone gathers in the morning to propose sessions and schedule them in blocks throughout the day. Sessions take many forms, from prepared talks to open discussions to running around outside with balloons. We value open participation, providing access to new voices, and lowering barriers to participation. The result is a fun event is driven by the interests and talents of the participants.

When & Where is WhereCampPDX?

WhereCampPDX 6 will be held September 27–29, spanning Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Please register for free if you’re planning to attend, so we can accurately plan for food and such.

To kick things off, we’ll be hosting an opening party on Friday night with food, drink, and casual geonerdery. On Saturday, the Metro Regional Center will host our unconference day from 10am to 6pm. Sunday plays host to a variety of geo-related games and activities at locations throughout central Portland. We’re currently looking for people to run things on Sunday, so if you have an idea, please let us know.

How can I help?

WhereCampPDX is an all volunteer-run event. We’re just kicking off the bulk of the planning process now, and would love to have more folks scheming with us to make this the best WhereCampPDX ever. If you can lend a hand, please join our mailing list and stop by one of our planning meetings.

In order to keep WhereCampPDX free for everyone, we rely on the generous support of our sponsors. If your company is interested in supporting our efforts, please drop us a line.

Spread the word!

We’d love if it you could take a moment to tell other interested geonerds in your life about WhereCampPDX.

Some ideas:
* Post to your blog!
* Share your interest on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or your favorite social network!
* Join our event on Lanyrd!

See you at WhereCamp!

Announcing the WhereCampPDX 5 Keynote Speaker

Sean Gorman

Dr. Sean Gorman

We are pleased to announce this year’s keynote address for WhereCampPDX5 will be given by Dr. Sean Gorman, Chief Strategist for ESRI’s DC Development Center. Dr.Gorman is a researcher and practitioner in the field of data science with a specialty in location based analytics. Previously he was the founder of GeoIQ, which was subsequently acquired by ESRI. The development of the GeoIQ platform is in part a fusion of Sean’s background and interest in human geography, GIS, humanitarian relief, statistical mechanics, social media, and making the world of data (especially the geospatial variety) available to the public.  Through the development of GeoCommons, and working with other geo-community projects, the GeoIQ team has helped influence the growing field of crowdsourcing for geographic data.

Sean has also previously worked in academia serving as a research professor at George Mason University, and worked in industry as the as VP of R&D for GeoTel and Director of Strategy for iXOL.  His academic research was focused on security, network analysis and geospatial technologies, and has been featured in Wired, Der Spiegel, ABC, The Washington Post, Business 2.0 and CNN.  He has published over 25 academic articles in a variety of journals on topics ranging from crowdsourcing to complexity science, as well as authoring the book Networks, Complexity, and Security. He served as a subject matter expert for the Critical Infrastructure Task Force and Homeland Security Advisory Council, and was selected as one of the “Top 35 Entrepreneurs Under 35” by BisNow on Business. Sean received his PhD from George Mason University as the Provost’s High Potential Research Candidate, Fisher Prize winner and a INFORMS Dissertation Prize recipient.

Please join us for this and other great geo-events starting Friday, October 12, 2012 at Geoloqi HQ. Follow us here on the WhereCampPDX blog and on the Twittersphere @wherecamppdx or #wherecamppdx. And don’t forget to register on Eventbrite – it’s free!