Friday, September 12

  • Opening Party
    6–9pm

Saturday, September 13

Sunday, September 14

  • Fun and mapmaking!
    10am–4pm at various locations

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.

WhereCampPDX + FOSS4G

This year's WhereCampPDX is being held in conjunction with FOSS4G, the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software.

Our 2014 background map is Woodcut from MapBox

WhereCampPDX 7 kicks off tonight!

As the week of FOSS4G comes to a close, WhereCampPDX is spinning up for the weekend! Here’s all you need to know need to make the most of your mappy weekend.

Register & RSVP

If you haven’t signed up for WhereCampPDX yet, do it now! It’s free! We’re also collecting RSVPs for tonight’s party.

Schedule

Friday September 12, 6–9pm: Opening Party, sponsored by Mapbox!

Our opening party this year doubles as the closing party for FOSS4G. Join us as we kick off the WhereCamp weekend at RefugePDX in SE Portland, with drinks, small bites, and great conversation. If you’re coming from FOSS4G, it’s just down the street from the Oregon Convention Center.

RefugePDX
116 SE Yamhill St.

Saturday September 13: Unconference Sessions!

Eliot Center
1226 SW Salmon Street

  • 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 14th: Fun and hacking TBD

We’re seeking suggestions for Sunday activities. In the past, people have organized:

  • Scavenger hunts
  • Bike rides
  • Code sprints
  • GeoBrunch™
  • Kite Photography
  • OSM Mapping Parties
  • Psychogeographical Tours of Portland

Want to run something? We’ll have a board for scheduling and a forum for announcements at Saturday’s unconference.

Volunteers Needed!

We need volunteers throughout the event to help with setup, cleanup, and greeting people at the door. There are shifts available both at Friday’s party and on Saturday. 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

Share With Others

Thank You Sponsors!

Thanks to the generous support of our sponsors for helping to make WhereCampPDX 6 possible. At the Polygon level, FOSS4G and our special party sponsor Mapbox.

We’re still looking for some last-minute sponsorship, so if your company would like to support WhereCampPDX, let us know ASAP. There are details over on the sponsorship page.

Kicking Off WhereCamp + Wrapping Up FOSS4G

FOSS4G Closing Party and WhereCampPDX Kickoff

FOSS4G Closing Party and WhereCampPDX Kickoff

We’re happy to announce that we’re partnering with the 2014 FOSS4G conference to kickoff WhereCampPDX 7. Sponsored by Mapbox, the FOSS4G closing party and WhereCampPDX kick-off will be hosted at RefugePDX, Portland’s premier audiovisionary center. Refuge PDX is just down the street from the Oregon Convention Center so come chat maps and help us start the 7th Portland WhereCamp right with drinks and small bites. RSVP is open so sign up soon!

Who: You

What: FOSS4G closing party and WhereCampPDX 7 kick-off party

Where: RefugePDX, 116 SE Yamhill St. Portland Oregon, 97217

When: Friday, September 12, 6-9p

WhereCampPDX 7 is on!

The Grid

WhereCampPDX is a free, annual unconference for people interested in geography and related technologies. This year’s WhereCampPDX will be happening September 12–14 at the Eliot 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 7 will be held September 12-14, 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 Eliot 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 seeking Sunday activities, so if you have an idea or would like to run something, please let us know.

A Week of Geo Happenings!

This year WhereCampPDX is part of a whole week of geo-related events around Portland.

  • Starting off on Saturday, September 6th, join the Portland Postgres Users Group for PostgreSQL Day! Attendance is free, but an RSVP is required.
  • All week long, from the 8th to 12th, FOSS4G is in town! This is the largest global gathering focused on open source geospatial software. FOSS4G brings together developers, users, decision-makers and observers from a broad spectrum of organizations and fields of operation.
  • JS.geo, a geospatial JavaScript conference, takes place on Tuesday, September 9. Tickets are only $23.23 and are going fast.
  • On Wednesday, September 10, there’s a LocationTech Birds of a Feather Meetup.
  • Alongside WhereCampPDX at the Eliot Center on Saturday, you can join in the FOSS4G Code Sprints. The GeoServer team is continuing their sprints on Sunday.

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, or your favorite social network!
* Join our event on Lanyrd!

See you at WhereCamp!

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!

Schedule

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

Share With Others

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!