Geospatial Media and Communications is pleased to announce the winners for The TechRuptors. The awards recognise young entrepreneurs, who have built new businesses or are making a difference in the success of their companies and, in many cases, are making positive and lasting contributions to the community. The award ceremony took place on the 17th January during the Gala Dinner of Geospatial World Forum 2018, in Hyderabad, India.


The Technology Disruptors are:

  • Wills Marshall, Co-Founder and CEO, Planet-Technology Disruptor: Will Marshall revolutionized the entire earth observation industry with satellites as small as a loaf of bread. Launched in 2010 from a garage, the company, earlier known as Planet Labs, today has the largest number of satellites in orbit.
  • Mark Johnson, Co-Founder and CEO, Descartes Labs- Disruptor in the Making: Mark is known as the pioneer of Artificial Intelligence in geospatial space. Under his leadership, Descartes Labs is teaching computers to see the world with deep learning and artificial intelligence. Its machine learning has created the first living atlas of the planet with the use of satellite imagery.
  • Steve Coast, Founder, OpenStreetMap- Social Disruptor: Inspired by the success of Wikipedia, Steve Coast founded OpenStreetMap in 2004 when he was still a student. It took a few years for the idea of an open map to catch on. Today OpenStreetMap is considered a prominent example of voulteered geographic information. It is among the most heavily used sources for mapping data for about 2 million registered uses. It is the defacto map for large chunks of the world. The project is still going strong, with new and improved data added to it everyday by anybody who sees the value in an open map project.
  • Javier de la Torre, Co-Founder and CEO, CARTO- Technology Disruptor: As a student of Agriculture Engineering and Environmental Science, Javier de la Torre is passionate about data and it’s potential to improve the way decisions are made. By 2012, Javier discovered the magic of location intelligence, when he moved ahead and founded CARTO with a vision to democratize data analysis and visualisation.
  • The TechRuptors Award is a natural extension of Geospatial Hall of Fame Awards which were presented at Geospatial World Forum 2017.


Geospatial Media and Communications is glad to announce the winners of this year’s Geospatial World Leadership Awards. The ceremony took place on January 17th, at Geospatial World Forum 2018, in Hyderabad, India.

A S Kiran Kumar, ISRO, was awarded a ‘Special Acheivement Award’ for being the backbone of ISRO’S path-breaking Innovations and outreach in the recent times. Kumar has been instrumental in commercialization of the Indian Space Industry by opening up ISRO to private players. Steve Berglund, CEO, Trimble, was fecilitated with ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for transferring Trimble from a GNSS, surveying hardware company, to a leading geospatial solutions, and expanding into new verticals, all the while keeping the bottomline profitable.

Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media and Communications presented the awards to winners.

Other winners include:

  • Geospatial Ambassador of the Year- Dorine Burmanje, Chair of the Executive Board, Dutch Kadaster, The Netherlands.
  • Making a Difference- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
  • Geospatial Business Leader of the Year- Howard Lance, CEO, Nazar Corporation.
  • Geospatial Solutions Company of the Year- AECOM.
  • Geospatial Technology Company of the Year- HERE.
  • Enabling Public Policy and Infrastructure- Natural Resources Canada.
  • National Geospatial Agency of the Year- United States Geological Survey (USGS).
  • Geospatial Hub of the Year- Geovation, UK.
  • Geospatial Woman Champion of the Year-Anna Hale Miglarese, CEO, Radiant Earth, USA.

Geospatial Media and Communications established the Geospatial World Leadership Awards to recognize and acknowledge geospatial leaders who have gone an extra mile and paved the way for our industry to follow.

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With the advent of information technology in the past half-century, geographic information has evolved as a common language of 7 billion people around the world. And disruptive tools have further integrated geographical information into broader IT and Engineering processes.

While disruption gets to be new normal, geospatial is getting ubiquitous, pervasive, and
‘by default’ in our daily living. As we prepare to enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, driven by Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, Internet of Things, and Robotics, geospatial aspires to be an integral part of this disruptive journey. However, in the process, it gets disrupted as well, opening its closely guarded boundaries to larger market drivers, and creating new growth opportunities, weathering through market forces and consumer behavior. A host of next generation entrepreneurs are joining the innovation bandwagon and beginning to explore the hidden treasure of spatial thinking, empowering IT-enabled services and optimizing engineering workflows and business processes.

Disruption is not only all about technological innovation, but also cuts across complete value chain of the business lifecycle. While opening new market opportunities, disruption brought a whole set of new business model towards delivering tangible information services in user friendly manner through a collaborative and interactive platform. Simplifying utility and value of geospatial knowledge for consumers became determining factor for successful business models.

At the same time, it also threatened the well-established heavy boundaries and challenged legacies of existing business ecosystems, leaving them with no options but to pursue transformation towards solutions-centric business models through collaborative platforms, embedding its capabilities with processes, workflows and systems of user industries, optimizing productivity and efficiency, and subsequently amplifying its value and impact in economy.

Though, geospatial industry is growing exponentially in terms of market size and its value impact in the world economy and society, its journey hasn’t been and going forward not likely to be smooth at all. The industry, which is very upbeat with technology innovation, rosy market prospects, defined value propositions and likely financial investments, is going through a churning process as it faces competition from unknown quarters, challenges from legacy practices, shortage of qualified manpower, deficit of market driven leadership, and above all ruthless consumer behavior. Such a transformation process would attract few casualties, forcing market consolidation and portfolio integration.

However, this initial painful experience is opening avenues for a larger pool of innovators
and business leaders, at the same time creating a collaborative environment to harness
larger business goals. Undoubtedly, geospatial industry is at the cusp of a digital revolution, simplifying and amplifying geospatial practices and values in world economy and society.

The 2018 edition of the Geospatial World Forum under the theme ‘GEO4IR: Geo-Enabling Fourth Industrial Revolution’, will be held between January 15 – 19, 2018 at Hyderabad International Convention Center, Hyderabad, India. Geospatial World Forum is the flagship event of the Geospatial Media and Communications.

Geospatial Media and Communications is the world’s largest geospatial knowledge platform. It aims to facilitate collaboration and demonstrate the value and benefits of geospatial technology for organizations, governments and citizens.

The event serves as a crucial platform to understand best practices and create opportunities for exchange of ideas between the government and the industry leaders. It is imperative for governments to participate in these events to understand best practices and facilitate the development of a successful local geospatial industry. These include encouraging the adoption of geospatial data in informing decisions in urban planning, health and emergency services, disaster management and environmental protection, modernizing technical infrastructure required for data collection and incentivizing private sector participation.

Geospatial World Forum also offers a unique opportunity to government and industry leaders to discuss how to design policies that make better use of geospatial technology to tackle economic and social issues.

The 2018 edition will discuss various aspects such as Smart City, Construction and Engineering, Location Intelligence, Defence and Public Security, Geospatial Innovation, Sustainable Development Goals, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence Internet of Things and more.

The conference will also host four key events under one roof – GeoBuiz Summit, AI&IoT Summit, Geo 4SDGS Forum and Location World.



Unlock block chain

The UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum will be held on January 14th&15th, 2018 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel DIFC. UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum is one of the biggest Blockchain Forums to take place in the region’s.

In this forum more than 60 Blockchain startups from more than 35 countries in the world will be attending to exhibit and speak about their startups. More than 45 prominent Blockchain experts will be speaking in the event.

The sponsors of UNBLOCK Blockchain include Smart Dubai, IBM, DarkMatter, Emirates Airlines, Microsoft Avenza Solutions, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority, DU Telecom and Dubai Municipality. UNBLOCK Blockchain Forum is also supported by Startup Bootcamp, Crypto Valley Labs and Careem as transportation partner.

Attendees will hear about what Blockchain is and how to successfully implement Blockchain projects.

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The UNLOCK Blockchain Forum is set to take place on January 14th and 15th, 2018, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Dubai. This will be an opportunity for the global and regional startups to showcase their Blockchain solutions for free.

Al-Iktissad Wal-Aamal, the preferred conference partner of government and private sector organisations, is working with the Dubai government’s entity Smart Dubai to build the future of Blockchain and it’s related ecosystems. UNLOCK has gathered prominent international and regional speakers from around the globe to speak about Blockchain implementation across different sectors such as Finance, Health, Government and Smart Cities.

It will also be a stage to discuss the opportunities as well as challenges being faced today. It will also help to find out which platforms will outperform others, as well as the regulatory and legal concerns pertaining to Blockchain. There will be workshops on topics such as crypto-currencies and ICO Initial Crowd Funding.

UNLOCK Blockchain is calling all the interested startups to Dubai to learn more about the implications of Blockchain in today’s world.


The second edition of the Future Cities Show will be held in Dubai, UAE from April 9 – 11, 2018. The show focuses on three pillars which are sustainability, innovation and happiness under the theme of achieving sustainability through innovation. It will also showcase the cities of the future by highlighting the best and most innovative technologies that will change the future.

Future Cities Show focuses on education, wellbeing, knowledge sharing, collaboration among government-private-universities-society, user-driven innovation, livability, discussions, sustainable energy solutions, sustainable economic development and sustainable societal development to drive the wellbeing of all nations.

Future Cities Show will be full of activities that include an exhibition that showcases innovative technologies and sustainable solutions, a conference that will discuss future technologies and how cities will be retrofitted with new sensors, energy saving systems, processes and change management.

Future Cities Show activities will be based on the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations and adopted by 193 countries in September 2015. The show is a great platform for local and international institutions from various industries to showcase their latest technologies which will redefine the way we live.

Future Cities Show 2018 will bring together environmentalists, sustainable leaders, innovators, solution providers, healthcare practitioners, security vendors, energy consultants, manufacturers, builders, urban developers, architects, investors, mayor’s, mobility players and students under one roof to interact, discuss and showcase solutions for a smart sustainable future.


AIM Startup will host the second edition of its annual Innovation Showcase and Pitch competition in Dubai, UAE, between April 9 – 11, 2018, in conjunction with the Annual Investment Meeting, Future Cities Show and DIGAE under the theme “Technology for Sustainable Development and Inclusive Growth”.

Dubai is getting ready to host the creators, innovators and masterminds of our time. AIM Startup is inviting people who are bold enough to step out of their comfort zone and work towards building a brighter future which will be abundant in oppurtunities and resources. It is for the startups who use technology to solve global challenges, while respecting and safeguarding the environment and keeping it greener for our future generations. This will allow them to live in a world based on values of trust, transparency and equality.

AIM Startup was launched in 2017  as an initiative of the UAE Ministry of Economy to connect promising startups with investors and business partners from other parts of the world. AIM Startup is an ideal platform for startup companies looking to raise capital, expand into new markets and forge meaningful business relationships with major investors, business leaders, representatives of international institutions and government entities.

More than200promising startups will convene under one roof to meet investors, corporates, government representatives and industry experts in AIM Startup 2018. An opportunity will be given to them to demonstrate their groundbreaking solutions to a global audience of more than 20,000 people. Startups can showcase their products and pitch their products and services to a panel of distinguished judges and investors. This is a big chance to meet officials, investors and experts from different industries. Industry leaders will share their insights​ through interactive panel discussions, talks, fireside chats and keynotes.

All startups using technology to solve global challenges can participate and win exciting cash prizes and awards.

A roadshow is organized all around the GCC which will be conducted between 14th November 2017 to 25th January 2018.

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), the world’s leading peer-to-peer network of successful business leaders has kicked off its flagship bi-annual learning event, the EO Global University, in the city of Hyderabad this week.

It was inaugurated on Wednesday 26th October by Honourable Vice President of India, Shri. Venkaiah Naidu and the Honourable Minister for IT, Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD), Industries & Commerce, Mines & Geology, Public Enterprises and NRI Affairs, Mr.K.T.Rama Rao. The 2017 EO Hyderabad University has brought over 500 EO members from 35 countries belonging to 87 chapters across the globe, together for four days of learning and experience sharing.

The event is taking place at the Hyderabad International Convention Center from 25th – 29th October, the 2017 EO Hyderabad University is also offering attendees access to a prominent line-up of global, regional and local speakers, entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

(L-R) EO University Local Lead, G.V. Kumar; EO Global Chairman, Brian Brault; EO Global University Lead, Michael Ross; EO Regional Director, South Asia, Chiranjiv Patel, addressing media, at the ongoing Entrepreneurs’ Organization’s flagship program 2017 EO Hyderabad University, JUGAAD, at HICC. Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) is a global, peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000+ influential business owners with 169 chapters in 52 countries.

Entrepreneurs’ Organization is a global peer-to-peer network of more than 12,000 influential business owners with 169 chapters in 52 countries. Founded in 1987, EO is the catalyst that enables leading entrepreneurs to learn and grow, leading to greater success in business and beyond.

EO Global University is one of EO’s most highly anticipated global events that takes place twice a year in different cities across the world. It includes four days of learning combined with social experiences that are unique to the host country. The overall aim is to provide truly global learning experience and an opportunity to interact with and learn from some of the world’s leading business and life-changing experts.

For more details visit 2017 EO Hyderabad University