In this short video, CloudMade’s CTO, Jim Brown, talks about CloudMade’s technologies and how they are used to create better user experiences in automotive, outdoors, fitness and wearable products.
The technologies Jim talked about can be found here:
- Hybrid – aggregation, sync and management of location content
- Mapsafe – cloud-based personal data and preference storage, sync, access and backup
- Micromap - a compressed, routable, searchable geodata format
- UMDb – a tool chain that imports data from numerous formats into Micromap
To learn more about CloudMade’s technologies and for a demonstration of their capabilities, get in touch.
Last week at Apps World Conference and Exhibition industry experts and newbies gathered together to discuss the current state and future of mobile applications development. Even the heavy London snow didn’t prevent 2,400 people from attending the show, and it turned out as two excellent days of networking.
With three simultaneous streams (Developer, Marketing and TV, Handset and OEM) the Apps World event aimed to address the entire app ecosystem, and the challenge of development, design and delivery of apps across multiple platforms. Nick Black, CloudMade Co-Founder and Head of Products, spoke at the conference on how location is helping to create and monetize outstanding apps.
CloudMade also exhibited in Developers Zone where we were busy meeting with new and existing developers.
We are always looking for new ways to meet with developers and understand how we can help you build better user experiences and increase your revenue. You can help us by sending information about any interesting events you plan to attend to firstname.lastname@example.org
There are a load of great events happening over the next few weeks. Here are some highlights:
MiniBar June – Friday 26th June 2009
London’s favorite Friday tech meetup, MiniBar, returns to the Truman Brewery this Friday. A great way to unwind after a long, hot week.
GeoMob – 30th June 2009
GeoMob is a relatively new event that has picked up an impressive follow amongst London geo and mobile developers. This month’s event is being hosted by the British Computer Society and features talks on mobile advertising from AdFonic and local search from Spoonfed. Needless to say, the CloudMade team will be there en-masse
iPhone Developers’ Group – London and South-East
If you missed WWDC and want to find out what all the fuss is about, the July 8th meeting of the London and South East iPhone Developers’ Group is not to be missed. CloudMade will be talking about the abilities and limitations of MapKit, CoreLocation and our own iPhone Maps Library.
Update: We’ve just announced that CloudMade will be sponsoring WhereCamp 2009. We’re excited to be joining WhereCamp’s organizers and helping to put together the best geo unconference of the year. As well as sponsoring the event, we’ll be sponsoring a special hacking contest to be help from Friday night – Saturday. This is your chance to build something inventive and inspirational using the latest geo APIs around. We’ll provide awesome prizes for the winners and snacks and refreshments for late night hackers. We’ll release more details shortly – keep an eye on our @cloudmade twitter account for details.
WhereCamp will return in 2009 bringing two days of geo hacking, map making and locative fun. This year’s event will be held at SocialText Campus at 655 High Street Palo Alto.
If you haven’t been to a WhereCamp before, here’s what the WhereCamp organizers say:
“We are self-organized in true bar-camp style. Bring your projects, work and ideas to get feedback from a group of the worlds most passionate social cartographers. Topics are whatever you want them to be. Over the last two years we’ve seen presentations ranging from emergency crisis response such as the work http://ushahidi.com is doing, to local food such as http://www.serveyourcountryfood.net/ to psycho-geography to visualization, to mobile mapping to re-factoring urban landscapes.
The expectation is simply that you participate. It’s your event and we’ll all get out of it what you put into it. As usual the event is zero dollars to enter – we will be seeking sponsorship to make yummy food and other consumables appear.”
Over two days participants will have the opportunity to interact with the world’s leading geo developers. CloudMade will be well represented, making this the perfect opportunity to talk one on one with the people who build CloudMade’s tools and APIs. Get tips, hear about upcoming releases and have your say on future development.
To find out more and to sign up, click here.
Mobile Jam Sessions give developers a chance to talk, debate and share ideas in a fast paced, challenging environment. They fuse the freedom of expression found at “un-conferences” like Bar Camps, or the awesome Where Camp with a topical set of discussion topics lead by industry experts. If you are developing mobile applications this is a great chance to hear the latest and greatest from the people building the handsets, networks and developer tools, as well as catch up with other like-minded developers.
I (Nick) will be leading a discussion about adding social and locative information to applications. We’ll be talking about the apps and approaches that have worked and seeing what we can learn from past successes as well as failures. We’ll also be exploring the different sources of map data that are out there for developers – particularly useful given Apple’s recent announcement telling developers to “bring your own maps” to iPhone applications.
If you want to add location to your mobile app, but don’t know where to start, help will be at hand. Even seasoned geo-pros will discover new, useful information and contacts.
The event is free to attend, and you can sign-up here.
If you are in London on Friday 27th March and you aren’t going to MiniBar, you should re-think your plans!
MiniBar is the perfect end of week meet-up for anyone working in technology, new media or start-ups in the London Area. The tech meet-up event like no-other, MiniBar is held in the old Truman Brewery where you can sip on beer (free to early arrivals) and cocktails whilst discussing the latest trends in the London tech scene.
This month’s MiniBar is a Location special, brought to by CloudMade and #GeoMob. The line up includes:
- CloudMade – Nick Black – Why Your Application Needs Maps from CloudMade
- OpenCycleMap – Andy Allan – Why Cyclists Need Special Maps
- Nestoria – TBD
- GeoMob – Chris Osborne
- Power of Information Review – Richard Alan
Entry to the event is free, but you need to RSVP here.
Over the last few days we’ve launched the CloudMade Developer Programme in front of packed audiences in San Francisco and London. There was a real buzz at both events – a feeling that the tools and services we’ve been working on are going to make a real difference to developers.
There’s a lot of anticipation at CloudMade about the applications that can be built using our mapping APIs. If you’re looking for inspiration, you need a quick recap, or you couldn’t make it to the events, read on to find out more.
Our first developers’ evening will be held at 18.30pm on the the 31st July at our Menlo Park offices. Anyone in the San Francisco Bay Area who has an interest in location aware applications, mapping, GPS and free data is invited to attend the event, which is guaranteed to include insight, intrigue, sneak-previews and free pizza.
OpenStreetMap and CloudMade founder, Steve Coast, will share his insights into the world of collaborative map making, talking about why the world needs free and open geodata, why traditional models of map making are not cut out for a world where maps form a core part of everyday life. You’ll hear how your applications can benefit from the rich map data that OpenStreetMap has to offer.
From mobile phones, to satellite navigation, from mashups to social networks – maps are everywhere. Yet most of the maps we use each day are owned by two companies – Tom-Tom and Nokia. We think that maps are too important to be controlled by a handful of governments and companies. Everyday tens of thousands of OpenStreetMap volunteers around the world are helping to liberate map data by making maps which can be used free of charge by anyone, anywhere in the world for almost any use you can imagine.
By packaging OpenStreetMap data into a set of high quality, professional products and services, CloudMade are shaking up the existing market place. CloudMade co-founder, Nick Black, will talk about their existing APIs which allow developers to embed high quality maps in web and mobile applications as well as talking about future plans for some exciting new APIs and services.
Developers will have the opportunity to talk to the CloudMade team who will be on hand to answer questions about their current and future plans over a slice of pizza and a drink.
Registration for this event is free. To register, click here.
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The Association for Geographic Information’s 2007 conference is happening next Wednesday and Thursday in Stratford Upon-Avon, UK. This year’s theme is ‘Building a geo-Community’, and ZXV will be there to share our collective experience of community software and geodata projects.
Unfortunately, the tickets for the event have sold out, but our slides will be posted here straight after the talk.