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WeAreDevelopers Congress brings together developers and IT professionals from all over Europe in one place. The aim of the congress is to connect developers with one another in order to spread knowledge and also to connect companies and startups with the best IT professionals. WeAreDevelopers has become a global brand in three years, working with large corporations like Microsoft, Google, Facebook, IBM, SAP, Adidas, Porsche and Informatik.

As previously announced, the WeAreDevelopers Congress, this year brings Steve Wozniak the founder of Apple, a computer pioneer and investor. As a Silicon valley icon, for the past three decades, Steve Wozniak helped shape the computing industry into what it is today. Today, he is a Chief Scientist at the data virtualization company, Primary Data. Among other things, Woz is also the founder of Electronic Frontier Foundation. Except ‘Woz’ John Romero joins again the list of lecturers. John is an award-winning game designer, level designer and programmer whose work portfolio includes 130 games, of which 107 have been published commercially. John Romero is the creator of timeless hits like Wolfenstein 3D and Quake. The lecture will be held by Angie Jones, senior automation engineer at Twitter, on the topic of development of ubiquitous networks. Angie took part in the development of automation strategies and a framework for countless software products. Also, she often shares her wealth of knowledge at conferences through technology workshops for talented girls programmers- Black Girls Code.

This year’s congress will be held as in the previous three years in Vienna, Austria and due to its exceptional interest, it is transferred to Austria Center Vienna, a facility with a total capacity of over 25,000 participants. Except lectures the conference also offers a place where developers can get to know and experiment with the latest inventions that will come out on the market. In order for all the guests to feel at home, besides the official part of the congress, the participants will have food courts, large amount of developers life fuel – coffee and access to various parties.

The best tickets still in circulation

The WeAreDevelopers World Congress 2018 will welcome 150+ speakers from all over 70 countries, have ten specialised tracks of workshops and talks and invites startups worldwide for this year’s startup competition.

Early bird tickets at their best price can still be purchased on the official website of the Congress

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Startups and other companies can make team discounts with the contact of the WeAreDevelopers team at [email protected]

 

A huge technology revolution is happening in the world. And Geospatial Technology is the most important technology in this revolution and it is applied in all sectors.  It is applied in urban development, education, telemedicine, maintenance of roads, railways and waterworks, for analysis of demography, agriculture and in many other fields.

Geospatial technology is helping our government to achieve its goals in programs like Swachh Bharat, Pradhan Mantri Awaaz Yojana and Smart City Program. Space technology had entered all households in India.  India is one of the few countries in the world to make a big advance in geospatial technology. It is become a pioneer in geospatial technology. Our capability has been acknowledged and accepted by countries who have been working on space technology even before we started it.

Geospatial technology has become an essential part of new developmental progresses and it has transformed your country. Our government shows a progressive approach to geospatial technology and it is applied everywhere. Through this technology government monitors all the corners of our country and makes further plans for the development of our country. And this technology makes every project a success.

India is not only getting ahead but it is one of the few countries which has made a great advancement in geospatial technology in a short period. India will definitely make astounding developments in the future using geospatial technology.

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.

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.

 

 

The Indian Navy has been keeping a close tab on Chinese submarines entering the Indian Ocean Region through its very own military satellite GSAT-7, also known as Rukmini. GSAT-7 Rukmini, weighing nearly 2650 kg was the first military communication satellite developed by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the Indian Defence forces with the Indian Navy being the primary user. Rukmini is the last of ISRO’s seven fourth generation satellites.

Rukmini was launched early on August 30, 2013 a top an Ariane 5 ECA rocket from Kourou in French Guinea. This gave India a major push in maritime security.

It was successfully placed into a geosynchronous Orbit around 3600 km above Earth, nearly five days prior to its launch after atleast 3-orbit raising manoeuvres from ISRO’s Master Control Facility in Karnataka’s Hassan.

Rukmini is used exclusively by the Indian Navy to secure real-time communications between its numerous warships, aircraft, submarines and land-based communication systems.

The GSAT-7 also has an approximately 2000 nautical mile footprint over the Indian Ocean Region (IOR). It is an advanced communication satellite that will provide a wide range of service spectrum from low bit rate voice to high bit rate data communication.

Scientists say, its payload is designed to provide communication capabilities to users over a wide oceanic region which include the Indian Land Mass.

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C38) successfully took off on its 40th flight and is carrying the Cartosat-2 series satellite along with 30 co-passenger nano satellites​ from Sri Harikota in Andhra Pradesh at 5:29 a.m on Thursday.

The PSLV-C38 launched with 712 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation and 30 co-passenger nano satellites together weighing about 243 kg at lift off into a 505 km polar Sun Sybchronous Orbit (SSO) at 9:29 am on Friday.

The co-passenger satellites comprise 29 nano satellites from 14 countries- Austria, Belgium, Chile, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia, the United Kingdom and The United States of America besides a nano satellite from India.

Cartosat-2 is a remote sensing satellite, a dedicated satellite for the defence forces. It is similar in configuration to earlier satellites in the series with the objective of providing high-resolution scene specific spot imagery. It can recognise objects within the square area (0.6m×0.6m). It can be used in identifying terrorist camps and bunkers.

In this modern technology, we want everything to be technologized and smart, this has given way to the emergence of Artificial Intelligence. In short, replacement of humans with computerized machines, and computers to complete the work faster and smarter. By 2045, many experts say computers will be more intelligent than humans.

What is Artificial Intelligence?

Artificial intelligence is defined as the theory and development of computer systems and computerized machines which are able to perform tasks such as visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making, and translation between languages. It is complex in nature. It builds up of various complicated mixture of computer science, mathematics, psychology, neuroscience etc. Complex programming helps these machines to replicate the cognitive abilities of human beings.

From a survey of the stock market, it is found that a company in U.S does more than 500 million automated trades per month, so here a robot takes tonnes of information, makes a decision every millisecond and makes millions of hundreds of dollars every year. This is just an example what artificial intelligence is going to make, it is going to happen every industry in the world. There is no chance that human could compete with artificial intelligence until they are original. Artificial Intelligence is a part of big data and complex algorithms to arrange our Facebook timeline or beat us at chess.

Indian government is trying to elevate India through Digital India. India has a poor identity information for every individual, with the use of artificial intelligence, we can expand digital access nationwide.

Some basic problems which can be solved in India with AI:

Traffic is a major problem faced in India with the use of GPS and Maps, people can find the shortest routes and get rid of traffics which consumes their time.

AI also can help out youngsters in space research and exploration in detecting errors in the rockets and space ships and also help them out in placing the satellites correctly in the orbits without any inconvenience.

One of the major issues​ faced by Indians are the activities happening at border, many soldiers are sacrificing their lives in order to save our nation. This can be reduced with the emergence of AI in Indian Army. AI can detect Foreign bodies, bombs prior. Easily can diffuse bombs without any damage to human lives. AI can put a stop to the loss of lives in India because of terrorism.

India is slowly placing itself in the field of science. AI can be a good companion for youngsters to promote themselves in research and also can help them to invent new techniques in science.

In many companies’ youngsters are about to work in night shifts but that has caused many health issues. Here, AI can replace humans in working at night times.

AI can also replace humans in agriculture field with the emergence of machines and technologies that make the work even more easier. Through artificial intelligence, we can detect many problems that undergo in the cultivation process. AI will be a great support to farmers in agricultural production.

But how far is AI feasible in India?

Already many youngsters in India are facing the problem of unemployment. By introduction of Artificial Intelligence, youngsters who are currently working will also become unemployed. The life of young people in India will become a big question mark!

Cost required for repair and maintenance of the AI will be very high. Needs​ to be updated every now and then with changing requirements.

Moreover, AI doesn’t have any sympathies and they are not processed in that way, so they might risks our own lives. They might cause problems to humans and there is also a chance of misusing them. Because hacking of information is equally possible which then can be misused.

If we are about to discuss the Cons of AI it is equal to the number of Pros. AI is most welcomed in India but we must bring a solution to the Cons that arises because of AI. If not, it will surely affect the life of upcoming Indians.

There has been a lot of buzz about wearables such a Google Glass, Apple’s iWatch and Samsung’s Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

Wearable computing devices let users to go hands-free, there are lot of ways they could be useful at work. Sporting a pair of smartglasses, staring at a blank wall and using hand gestures to superimpose data on 3D image of an airport could help visualise a set of chain reactions​ likely to be triggered in an emergency. Such a representation of data can help crisis handlers better manage a situation.

SITA lab, a facility dedicated to strategic research to drive innovation in the air transport sector, is working on swift boarding using smart glasses from Vuzix and Google Glass. The SWIFT boarding with Smart glasses project involves providing agents in boarding area with smart glasses with built-in camera, scanner and head up display, which can be used to securely verify passport and boarding pass information for faster bording.

Microsoft HoloLens, a pair of smartglasses is a self contained holographic computer enabling users to engage with digital content. It runs on Windows 10 and enables the blending of physical and digital worlds in ways that were previously impossible.

Data such as passenger real time location, aircraft position, gate information, flight status information, security wait times and retail dwell times can be supplied between Airport management software and HoloLens data. This information merged with 3D real time views can help to forsee the impact a flight delay could have on all subsequent flights as well as to predict the rush of passengers.

To make Wearable technology, a reality in the airport of the future, the passenger and document processing times using the technology wil have  to be optimised.

We need to learn how to interact in the new environment. In the same way that we moved from computers to smart phones and voice recognition, now we can  go beyond the screen.

Internet has opened gates for everyone connected to it, to connect throughout the world. Over the decades it has become an integral part of everyone’s life. Earlier internet was basically created to connect two or more computers throughout the world but today the whole view of internet has changed. It has become an ultimate source of news, information, entertainment and much more. Its services are not limited to just one or two aspects.

Today a kid from primary school needs internet to complete his homework and an old man also needs internet to do various day to day jobs. The main aim of internet was to share technologies and ideas from one place to all parts​ of the world. Today internet has become a major part of life of a youth who is looking over to different career aspects, or finding new ways to earn a living. The internet acts as a guide, teacher, helper and what not! It gives us much needed exposure to the world by giving us ideas of the things happening around the globe and also giving new ideas to achieve new heights.

In Indian scenario where parents are in a constant habit of spying and controlling all the activities of their children, how far is internet useful? Is the exposure on screen enough for the youth from such houses to dream and achieve it?

In metro cities children are given liberation to choose their career as they wish. But small towners, they can’t even decide anything else other than what their parents wish, pursuing is out of question! Under this situation what does a young mind actually need? Is internet enough to feed his curiosity?

Technology has provided a lot to the youth through Internet. But their demand keeps on growing. Internet exposure has advantages and disadvantages​ in many ways, it depends on the user how he wants to use it.

Parents in small towns​ believe that internet is only for youngsters to waste their time on messaging apps and social sites. They want their kid to succeed but having their physical presence and according to their will. The virtual world is not what they believe in. Along with this, the fact that “adulterated” content is easily available on internet makes them more curious to know what happens on the screen when they are away.

Ask any parent today whose children age between 7 to early 20’s and you will hear a genuine complain that their children are being busy on their phones or laptop. You can hear this from 9 out of 10 parents. Here, they are not wrong on their part but it raises trust issues. They must have trust on their blood and values. Checking on your child’s internet usage is good but keeping an eye all day and not letting them imagine out of the box is not. They still have to learn that internet is far more versatile and useful than this. It gives new opportunities to work and study, to choose different profession out of one’s interest which might not be available in their city, state or even country. In most of the cases parents are scared of their children getting fooled. Since there was no internet in their time, they believe that most of the opportunities given or provided are usually fake and non-practical. The youth today wants to learn from their own mistakes. They want to fly with the wings made by them. Sure the net is full of frauds but that’s where children need the family to give moral support and advice.

Internet has many users​ and a must for today’s generation but to attain a 100% success exposure and liberation is equally important. Virtual exposure gives you the wings but practical exposure gives you courage to fly.