Tag: geospatial

Learn how to Monetize Geospatial Technologies growth with Willy Simons at Startup Grind Nairobi Fireside Chat

Learn how to Monetize Geospatial Technologies growth with Willy Simons at Startup Grind Nairobi Fireside Chat

Events, General, News, Startup
Geospatial technology is already becoming a darling of the business world according to Laban in his Interview with Geosymp in March, 2017. Think about more direct business models such as Uber, Sendy, OkHI , services led models such as Google Maps services or software based companies such as Esri. Businesses are fast adopting location-based services and monetizing them. Over the past 18 years, that Willy has worked in the industry, he has definitely learnt a lot about how best young innovators in this field can take advantage of the fast-moving wave. Having started out close to 18 years ago, Willy has amassed experience in providing business services in geospatial industry and will be sharing this experience as he appears at the Fireside Chat on the October 27, 2017 / 6:00 PM. This w
Geo4Africa Summit in Kampala, Uganda

Geo4Africa Summit in Kampala, Uganda

Conferences, Events, General, Geo4Africa Summit
The much awaited event, Geo4Africa Summit convened under the theme “Geo Tools innovating Knowledge databases”  opened today with Daniel Nangakha from ILICIT Africa giving the opening remarks for the summit.  In his speech he took the opportunity to elucidate the impacts of Geospatial technology across Africa and specifically in Uganda where his organization that promotes technology in enhancement of livelihoods works. The event that brings together professionals from different sectors of the Geospatial industry to share, engage, network and learn from each other.  The event is held at Hotel Africa, Kampala, Uganda has attracted geospatial professionals from across the divide to a powerful engagement with todays Keynote address from Byron Anangwe from RCMRD and Justus Muhwezi from Uganda
The legacy of ISK, and my dream for Geospatial Society of Kenya

The legacy of ISK, and my dream for Geospatial Society of Kenya

General
This piece has taken quite a while for me to finish in fact it clogged my pipeline as I battled with part of me wishing to stay true to me self a lateral thinker or to do the logical thing and stay politically correct. Normally, I'd be more vigorous and thorough on how I present my arguments.However, as I intended to appeal to the rational sense of everyone, I'll make it a little soft and convincing. You are well allowed to comment, dispute some facts presented here. Let's get right in... (2-May-17 Edited to add headings for readability and to correct external links) Let's start from where we are as an industry... Early this year, the Geospatial Media Communications released the Global Geospatial Outlook report that ranked 50 selected countries in terms of geospatial readiness. In ...
FOSS4G 2018 Dar es Salaam Logo Contest

FOSS4G 2018 Dar es Salaam Logo Contest

Conferences, Events, General, News
Edited on 30/3/2017 with change of Submission date Now it is exciting news to have the Free and open Source GIS community gather in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania for the annual celebration. If you are an enthusiast like me, you'll agree with me, this is "Finger lickin' good." Besides interacting with global Open geospatial leaders and thought leaders, there is pretty neat content and learning that takes place during this venerable event of its kind. And if that is not enough, FOSS4G coming to Dar also means something else. You get to take part in design of its "outfit". That's right. You get to competitively take part in the Logo design through the FOSS4G 2018 Dar Logo Contest. At Geosymp we are delighted to extend to you the FOSS4G 2018 Local Organizing Committee call for logo designs
Dr Mark Boitt: UAVs have disrupted mapping as we knew it; and it’s fascinating

Dr Mark Boitt: UAVs have disrupted mapping as we knew it; and it’s fascinating

Interviews
A surveyor all rounded in the fields of Land & Engineering Survey and Remote Sensing Expert. Mark lecturers at JKUAT in the department of Geomatic Engineering and GIS.  In his own time you'll find Mark exploring the fantastic phenomena such as a possibility of life outside our milky way, travelling and reading. In his words: "I value professionalism and quality output with regard to geospatial assignments. My ambition is to become a seasoned licensed surveyor in the coming future." Editor's takeaway: "Africa has the technical capacity to advance research in geospatial technology, but experiences resource constraints" Qn: You have done extensive research on applications of Remote Sensing especially on desertification, ecological modelling, hydrological assessment, climate change mo
Geosymp becomes Geo4Africa Summit ’17 official Digital Media Partner

Geosymp becomes Geo4Africa Summit ’17 official Digital Media Partner

General, Geo4Africa Summit, News
Geosymp is delighted to be the official digital media partner of the Geo4Africa Summit 2017. This is a premier Geospatial conference that draws its participants from across the continent and globally. Global and local Geospatial Software, Solutions and Hardware providers, System Integrators, Developers and users will be gathering from 11th to 14th July 2017 in Kampala to showcase, present and discuss the work they've done with geospatial technology. This is surely an exciting moment and we at Geosymp are definitely delighted to be part of this remarkable premier event. The conference theme for this year is: "Geo Tools Innovating Knowledge Databases” aligned at the conference aiming to popularize geospatial technologies and their relevance to the social and economic development in Africa i
Kenya’s Big Five Map Story

Kenya’s Big Five Map Story

Applications, ESRI, General
This is my very first step in GIS and web mapping to be specific. Being in my first year in campus, I have this passion for GIS that drives me out of the norm to explore and learn new things that come my way. It took hard work and determination and I finally came up with a story map app. I had to ignore the fact that I had very little knowledge of this course. The app that I created did not come out of the blues nor did I just wake up and do it. It required the know-how to create it. So, I enrolled for an online course from Udemy that I was able to learn the Esri program. I faithfully did the course and at the end of it I acquired the skills on how to make story map apps, geo-apps, native apps among others. This is when I came up with KENYA’S BIG FIVE map story. The web map can be accessed

Mara Mapping Party

Applications, Conferences, Events, General, Industry, News
The Mara Mapping Party was hosted by Upande LTD in Nairobi in collaboration with ITC in the Netherlands,  UNESCO-IHE and Wageningen University and Research. The event brought together mappers and GISers from different institutions within the three regions to discuss the usefulness of the the Geospatial technologies in different sectors. With a number of demo sessions of completed and ongoing projects on mapping, the professionals were able to discuss exhaustively on issues pertaining to this topic of interest. The interactive sessions between the three groups were also so much fun as great topics were discussed amongst the members. Some of the topics discussed include; Mau Mara Serengeti Sustainable Water Initiative (MaMaSe) by Prof. Michael McClain  from UNESCO-IHE, Mara Rangeland
Willy Simons: “Kenya is not yet operating at the cutting edge of Geospatial technology”

Willy Simons: “Kenya is not yet operating at the cutting edge of Geospatial technology”

Interviews
Willy Simons has worked in the geo-spatial industry, since coming to Kenya in 1994. Over the last 18 years in the capacity of Founder and Managing Director of several companies. Among them Esri Eastern Africa, Oarkar Services and currently Spatiality He combines his vast industry experience with qualifications in agricultural science, geo-spatial technology, business and project management. Willy cares about leadership, competitiveness and productivity and wants to use his skills to leave this world a better place. See more here LinkedIn Qn: I was looking to have this interview in Swahili, so it's just fair for me to ask this first. You've been in Kenya since 1994 roughly 23 years, how's your Swahili? Ans: I have a basic understanding of Swahili, and have been taking lessons since last y...
Why PostGIS is the love of GISers

Why PostGIS is the love of GISers

Applications, Database, Industry, Opensource, Software
We are living in a changing world. A world that is becoming more modern by day. Every individual is now a sensor, generating a continuous flow of location-encoded data, thanks to this new era of location-aware mobile phones , geocoded Computer IP addresses, GPS devices in our cars and so much to list. It is convincing to say that the location aspect of things is now part of our lives. Seemingly, questions never end. How close is the nearest hotel from my office? Where were the crimes in my city for the last two months? What is the shortest route from my home to the hospital? Where should the next emergency station be built so as to minimize the response time? People ask these questions and others like them, every day all over. Answers to these questions and the likes requires a mechanis...