Alistair Hart presents at the first Pivotal conference

Young Alistair
Alistair talks community activism and citizen science using spatial technologies

Last month Mappt Evangelist Alistair Hart presented at the first ever geospatial conference, Pivotal 2015, in Brisbane. Held at the city’s Convention and Exhibition Centre, the event ran from 29-30 June, and the slideshows from the guest speakers are now online.

Pivotal say the program was organised “to showcase the world’s brightest minds in spatial technologies (including those from NASA and UNESCO) through an exciting and comprehensive program designed for business, government, and thought leaders.” Pivotal had never been done before and aimed to understand the future opportunities for integrating spatial technologies, give a fantastic chance to network and to also provide opportunities to collaborate and provoke thinking.

Alistair Hart and Patrick Meier (founder of humanitarian technology network CrisisMappers.net) meet at Pivotal

Alistair Hart and Patrick Meier (founder of humanitarian technology
network CrisisMappers.net) meet at Pivotal

Pivotal also aimed to teach attendees how spatial technologies are solving the big challenges facing society. Mappt’s Evangelist Alistair Hart contributed to this topic with his presentation on day two, session four: Mapping and Engaging Our Hearts and Minds. Alistair has built up a great deal of knowledge in the 20 years he has worked on spatial information. He has also witnessed how people have used this technology over the years, so focused his talk on community activism and citizen science using spatial technologies. Here are a few images that helped him communicate his message. To see the full slideshow follow the link.

Young Alistair

This photo was taken shortly after Alistair (pictured) and 7 other activists were physically assaulted at the construction site for Port Hinchinbrook in September, 1997. In 2011, Mother Nature handled it herself and sent in Cyclone Yasi…

The marina at Florida style canal estate Port Hinchinbrook following Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The damage here symbolises the perils of inappropriate coastal development. (Photo: Paul Crock/AFP, courtesy Brisbane Times)

The marina at Florida style canal estate Port Hinchinbrook following Cyclone Yasi in 2011. The damage here symbolises the perils of inappropriate coastal development. (Photo: Paul Crock/AFP, courtesy Brisbane Times)

Australian Army engineers review some of the damage caused by Cyclone Yasi on the Cassowary Coast.

Australian Army engineers review some of the damage caused by Cyclone Yasi on the Cassowary Coast.

A resident of the Innisfail area points out the hardships of life following Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry in 2006. This image underscores the challenges faced when depending on connected spatial services (eg. webmapping and internet-connected mobile apps) to facilitate disaster response.

A resident of the Innisfail area points out the hardships of life following Severe Tropical Cyclone Larry in 2006. This image underscores the challenges faced when depending on connected spatial services (eg. webmapping and internet-connected mobile apps) to facilitate disaster response.

If you were unable to make Pivotal or you attended and missed a talk, the slideshows from the presentations have now been uploaded onto the Pivotal website.