Geospatial World Forum 2018 felicitates Technology Disruptors of the 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.


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