Locate Conference 2022 Image credit: Alicia Smith

Australia’s Leading Geospatial Conference, Locate23, is happening on the 10 – 12 May 2023 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

With an exceptional number of companies from across the globe, the exhibition hall of Locate23 will give delegates the opportunity to meet and discuss the latest industry trends and technology with over 35 companies from the Geospatial sector and beyond. 

Plenary sessions will commence on Thursday 11 May with ‘Industry Intersections.’ Welcoming delegates to the busy two-day schedule; Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency, will open the conference by talking about Where in Spacefollowed by a panel led by Prof Alan Duffy, Professor and Pro Vice Chancellor Flagship Initiatives at Swinburne, on the topic ‘What is the connection and how do we improve it?’. Panellists from the ‘land, sea and stars’ perspective include Bradley Slape, Surveyor General of SA (land), Jennifer Brindle, Hydrographic Surveyor, Precision Hydrographic Services (Sea), Enrico Palermo, Head of the Australian Space Agency (Stars) and Melissa Harris, Chair of The Australia and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC) (Industry Intersections). 

The Thursday afternoon plenary ‘Diversity for an Empowered Industry’ will cover highly topical presentations starting with Geoff Smith, CEO, Australian Spatial Analytics, who will present on ‘The Rockstars in Neurodiversity’ followed by Hilary Thompson, Executive Director, Australian Hydrographic Office, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation, who will talk to the audience on ‘Advancing gender equality in the Pacific’. 

These two speakers will join Maurits van der Vlugt, Chair, Space, Spatial and Surveying Diversity Leadership Network (SSSDLN), on a panel led by Lucinda Hewitson, CEO & Founder, Diversity Inclusion to discuss ‘From words to action: what’s getting in the way?’

‘Research and Innovation’ will start the Friday program with Dave Gerner Program Manager – Regional Innovation, Wine Australia, talking on ‘Mapping vines to wines – GeoTech in the wine  industry’ followed by Professor Monica Wachowicz, Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT), with her presentation on Unleashing Geospatial AI: Opportunities and Challenges in Collaborations Between Academia and Industry. 

Moderated by Elizabeth Pierce from the Australian Space Agency;  Lisa Bush, Branch Head, National Location Information Branch, Place and Communities Division Geoscience Australia, Robert Tugen, A/g Director, Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation (AGO) and Dr Darren Sutton, Program Leader Intelligence, Defence Science and Technology Group will sit on the ending panel to discuss ‘What’s the role in government in responding to emerging  trends?’ 

The final plenary of the conference is on the topic ‘Into the Future’ and will begin with a  dialogue on ‘Australia’s future market combining space and spatial’, moderated by Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, Chair, Locate Conferences Australia; and including panellists Alan Smart, Senior Associate, ACIL Allen Consulting and Sandy Carruthers, Deputy Chair and space representative, The  Australia and New Zealand Land Information Council (ANZLIC).

Following this, Joseph Seppi, Geospatial Sector Lead and Senior Vice President, Woolpert, will be presenting ‘Geospatial Evolutions – From Map to Multiverse?’ and Christina Gerakiteys, CEO UtopiaX, SingularityU Expert, Founder IdeaSparx, Futurist, Creativity and Innovation Expert will be closing the session with her talk on ‘Celebrating a Moonshot Mindset’. 

Between plenaries, there will be a number of concurrent sessions and tech talks; and on the Wednesday workshops will run throughout the day. With limited spots remaining, if you are planning to attend the event, it is recommended to register soon.

The event is set to exceed the expected delegate attendance, and with a sold out exhibition, this event is one on the calendar not to miss. Go to the Locate website to access the full program and register today.

Full list of sponsors and exhibitors here

Infrastructure Magazine is a media partner of the Locate23 event.

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