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.
- 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.
* Post to your blog!
* Share your interest on Twitter, Facebook, or your favorite social network!
* Join our event on Lanyrd!
See you at WhereCamp!