Saturday, October 31

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 2015 background map uses 1852 cadastral maps from the City of Portland Archives

WhereCampPDX Starts Tomorrow!

Attendees line up to add unconference sessions

WhereCampPDX starts tomorrow! We’re really excited, and we’re sure you are too. Here are some things you should know.


If you haven’t already registered and are planning to attend, please register for free via our Eventbrite page.


Friday, October 7 — Opening Party

  • 7:00pm – 9:30pm: We’re kicking things off with a party at Collective Agency in Old Town!

    Join us for an evening of geographically-inclined conversation, snacks, and activities. Collective Agency is located at 322 NW 6th Avenue; if there isn’t someone at the door when you arrive, dial 200 on the keypad and we’ll buzz you in.

Saturday, October 8 — Unconference and Hackathon

The unconference takes place in the Metro Regional Center at 600 NE Grand Avenue; you’ll want to use the entrance by the courtyard on the Irving Street side of the building. There’s a parking garage attached to Metro that charges a reduced weekend rate for all-day parking.

  • 9:20am: Doors open, breakfast is served!
  • 10:00am: Unconference kickoff, announcements, and session scheduling
  • 11:00am: Unconference sessions start
  • 1:00pm: Lunch from Nicholas Restaurant!
  • 1:30pm: Keynote — Bibiana McHugh of TriMet
  • 2:15pm: Unconference sessions continue
  • 4:15pm: Afternoon break
  • 4:30pm: Even more unconference sessions
  • 5:30pm: Closing session and Sunday activity pitches

  • 6:30pm: Evening Hackathon
    Our evening hackathon is your chance to sit down start building all the great things you came up with during the day, with pizza and speedy internet to help you along. The hacking will occur at P-I-E (The Portland Incubator Experiment), which is located at 1227 NW Davis Street.

Sunday, October 9 — Activities about town

On Sunday, we dedicate the day to a mix of outdoor activities, casual hacking and discussion. We’ll have a schedule board for Sunday set up during the unconference where you can propose ideas for things that work better outside of the conference environment. We’re using the area around Jameson Square Park in the Pearl district as our home base. The general plan is to meet up at Cloud Seven Cafe in the morning, and move over to the Ecotrust building around lunchtime. The GeoLoqi team will be running a game of MapAttack on in the morning, and the rest of the day is up to you! Look for more announcements and details during the unconference.

Help us out

We’re looking for a few great volunteers to help out with stuff at the event, you can sign up for a slot using this spreadsheet

Stuff to bring

Bring a laptop for geo-hacking or if your session requires it. There are projectors in two rooms. Bring cameras, bizcards, notebooks and anything else you’d like to use to capture the highlights of WhereCampPDX.

Talk about WhereCampPDX on the internet

Our sponsors are awesome

We’re happy to be able to run WhereCampPDX as a free event and provide you with tasty food, but none of this would be possible without the support of our generous sponsors. If you see someone from one of these organizations at WhereCamp this weekend, thank them for us!

Help find Mark

Mark Bosworth, a member of our WhereCamp community, has been missing since last Friday. Please help spread the word. It’s believed he may have left the area around Riddle, Oregon where he was last seen in an attempt to get home, and may be disoriented due to a health condition.

More information is available at
Rafa has also set up to collect information on the search process, and any leads people may have.

TriMet’s Bibiana McHugh to Keynote WhereCampPDX 4

Bibiana McHugh

We are pleased to announce Bibiana McHugh as our keynote speaker for WhereCampPDX 4.

Bibiana McHugh has worked in TriMet’s Information Technology Department since 1997 and currently leads a team of innovative web developers and analysts as the IT Manager of Geographic Information Systems and Location-Based Services. Bibiana leads several open data and open source software initiatives including Open Trip Planner,,, and the TriMet App Center. After initiating collaboration with Google for the first release of Google Transit, she helped pioneer the now worldwide standard General Transit Feed Spec (GTFS). Bibiana received her degree in Geography from the University of Kansas.

In the past year, TriMet and Metro have put significant resources into manually improving Open Street Map (OSM) using regional jurisdictional data as a reference. It now rivals commercial routable networks and supports the OpenTripPlanner (OTP), which is scheduled for public release in Portland on Oct. 15th. OTP is now an international open source, multi-modal trip planner that was seeded from a Metro Regional Travel Options grant two years ago. OTP is entirely open: the development method, the software license, the architecture, and even the data.

In addition to showing a preview of OTP, Bibiana will also kick-off the first TriMet Apps Contest. TriMet has over 40 applications listed now at that are all developed by third parties using open data at This contest will encourage local users and developers to design an application specifically for visitors that will encourage tourism by public transit in our city. Contest details will be revealed at the event.

WhereCamp PDX is a free, volunteer-organized unconference for anyone interested in geography and technology. This year’s event will be held on October 7-9, with a full day of unconference sessions at the Metro Regional Center on October 8th.

Announcing WhereCampPDX 4!

WhereCampPDX is a free, annual unconference for people interested in geography and related technologies. This year’s WhereCampPDX will be happening October 7-9 at Metro Regional Center and other Portland locations.

Discussions swirl through the commons area


WhereCamps are volunteer-created events for anyone interested in geography and technology. Everyone who is interested in these topics is invited to participate.


An unconference is a conference planned by the participants. We come together in the morning and plan the sessions that will make up the day’s discussions and activities. This gives everyone an opportunity to bring the things that interest them the most to the table, ask questions, and talk about new and exploratory topics. We value open participation, providing access to new voices, and lowering barriers to participation. As a result, the event is driven by the interests and talents of the participants.

When & Where

WhereCampPDX 4 will be held October 7–9, spanning Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

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 once again host our unconference day from 10am to 6pm. Sunday activities will take place at various locations throughout central Portland and are being currently being scheduled. Follow the WhereCampPDX site for up to the minute details, and let us know if you have great ideas for Sunday activities.


Get involved! Join our Google Group, add to the wiki, and above all, register!

Register for free at

Spread the word!

We’d love if it you could take a moment to tell other interested geonerds in your life about this year’s WhereCamp PDX. Some ideas:

See you at WhereCamp!

Related Events: OpenGov Meetup in October

Via Molly Vogt:

This event is intended to being together folks in the Portland area who are interested in Open Government, Gov 2.0, and ways that technology may expand and improve civic engagement.

Meet and compare notes with others interested in open government. Sarah Schacht, Director of Knowledge as Power, will speak on international standards for sharing government documents in a computer-readable format and the movement to get government documents speaking in the same tagged language.

This is a 21+ event, with a hosted wine, beer, and appetizers for attendees.

Go here to register:
Please note that Sarah Schacht is asking for a registration fee to cover food and beverages.

Join the OpenGovWest-PDX Google Group at

OpenGovWest-PDX was sparked by the Open Gov West conference held in Seattle in March ( which brought together a diverse range of government folks, electeds, nonprofits, citizens, and technologists to discuss open government ideas and strategies.

Sponsored by Knowledge as Power and hosted by OpenSourcery.