We are extremely excited to haveÂ Nathaniel Vaughn Kelso as our keynote speaker for this yearâ€™s WhereCampPDX — a free, volunteer-organized unconference for anyone interested in geography and technology. This yearâ€™s event will be held on September 24th-26th, with a full day of unconference sessions at the Metro Regional Center on the 25th.
Nathaniel Kelso has worked atÂ The Washington Post since 2005 creating maps, programs and interactive graphics for their print and online editions in a deadline-driven journalism environment. He is also the project manager and chief evangelist forÂ NaturalEarthData.com, a free source of vector and raster GIS maps. Nathaniel was lured to DC as an intern and, later, staff cartographer atÂ National Geographic Maps, where he researched wall maps and collaborated on the 8th edition “Atlas of the World”. He received his BA from Humboldt State University in 2002, with a GIS and Remoting Sensing Certificate the same year. His work has won awards from the North American Cartographic Information Society the Society of Newspaper Design and other organizations.
Nathaniel encourages everyone to stay curious and travel more, whether it’s by passport, bicycle, or PBS.Â You can catch many of Nathanielâ€™s musings at his blog,Â Kelsoâ€™s Corner or follow his never ending stream-of-consciousness on TwitterÂ @kelsosCorner.
WhereCamp is a participant-driven event that inspires many talented individuals to share their knowledgeÂ and ideas. From GIS professionals to open source maphackers, this event is a chance to brainstorm, share and learn from people who are re-tooling the idea of the map. It is the event for the creative cartographer and we hope you can be a part of it!