British Computer Society LBS event 24th September

 In conference

On Wednesday 24th September, I was among the presenters invited to speak at the British Computer Society’s evening on Mobile Location Based Services in London.

The event was organised by the British Computer Society, North London Branch, in association with the BCS Geospatial Specialist Group.

I was joined by Justin Davies from NinetyTen, and Gary Gale from Yahoo!

Gary’s Ygeoblog has additional resources from the night as well as a brief writeup.

It was one of the best Location events I have been involved with (either as a presenter or an attendee) for some time because there were no sales pitches, just 3 people passionate about location presenting on a range of topics related to LBS.

Justin gave the audience an excellent primer on LBS and the challenges faced by the available technologies, and Gary talked about some of the services from Yahoo! including Fire Eagle, and their Yahoo! GeoPlanet initiatives.  I finished off the evening with some live demos of Google Maps, BlogLoc and I also spoke about future location services for mobile advertising such as zone detection.

Because the audience of around 70 people were not from the location industry, the Q&A following the presentations was lively and dynamic as they sought to find out more about this interesting space.

A summary of the services I discussed and demonstrated on the night can be seen at

A big thankyou to Richard Tandoh and his volunteers at the BCS for inviting me and also organising an excellent evening. 

While I’m not working directly in the LBS space anymore, I still have a passion for it, and I am still being asked to present at conferences.  

Look out for my guest article in Vodafone Receiver about location next month.

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