IGNITE – Create the M.App of the Future

Hexagon Geospatial has launched a global competition, IGNITE, to plan and build an innovative Hexagon Smart M.App, a cloud based dynamic information experience that transforms geospatial information into 360° business analytics and meaningful visualizations. The Hexagon Smart M.App provides the understanding that leads to world-changing solutions.

You may submit ideas in any of the six core challenge themes – Finance, Food, Safety, Infrastructure, Health, and Conservation.

IGNITE Challenge Phases:

1. Ideation Phase
2. Execution Phase

Timeline: The last date for registration for the ideation phase is May 1, 2016. Top 20 finalists from the ideation phase will then be selected for the execution phase where they will have approximately 3 months, until August 31, 2016, to build their Hexagon Smart M.App.

Prize Details: The top 3 finalists of the execution phase will be awarded cash prizes of $100K, $50K and $25K for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners. The remaining 17 finalists will each receive $5,000 prizes for their submissions.

Visit the IGNITE challenge page to find out more and to register as an innovator, either as an individual or as a team. No entry fee is required.

Mapbox Vector Tiles Supported in OpenGeo Suite

Boundless, a provider of open source geospatial software and services, recently announced the upcoming version of their OpenGeo Suite will support the output of vector tiles, including the popular open source Mapbox Vector Tiles (.mvt) format. The next version of OpenGeo Suite is expected to be released by the end of January, and will include an updated instance of GeoServer which supports output in vector tile formats.  Click here for more info.

Local GIS Jobs This Week

GIS Systems Architect – Los Angeles area

Cadastral Tech II – Orange County

GIS Manager – City of Carlsbad

GIS Intern – City of El Cajon

GIS Aide – City of Thousand Oaks

Geography Instructor – LA Valley College

Geospatial (GEOINT) Analyst – El Segundo area

Applications System Admin – Redlands area

Gas GIS Technician – San Diego area

GIS Operator – Costa Mesa area

ROP GIS Instructor – Alta Loma High School

Utilities Senior Engineering Tech – City of Riverside

GIS Manager – San Diego area

GIS Teaching Positions – USC, Spatial Sciences Institute

Senior GIS Programmer Analyst – Riverside area

GIS Programmer Analyst – Riverside area


ESRI MOOC: Do-It-Yourself Geo Apps

ESRI is hosting a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on building your own Geo Apps.  They state:

You don’t have to be a software developer to build valuable geo-enabled apps that make your communities smarter and businesses more successful. This course will show you how to combine location and narrative in one application to better communicate and broadcast your story, create custom web applications that solve problems in your community, and build powerful native applications for iOS and Android devices without touching a piece of code. If you are a developer, you’ll be interested in Esri’s APIs, SDKs, and the buzzing GeoDev community.

The course includes:

  • Hands-on exercises, short video lectures, quizzes, polls, and discussion
  • 4 week course with 7 sections open throughout the course, 1-2 hours of study per section
  • Certificate of completion and awards

You will be exposed to application templates and test drive Web AppBuilder and AppStudio.  The free online course runs from February 3 to March 3, 2016.  Check it out and sign up!

New Book: Designing Better Maps

Designing Better Maps: A Guide for GIS Users, second edition, is a comprehensive guide to creating maps that communicate effectively. Author and cartographer Cynthia A. Brewer guides readers through the basics of good cartography, including layout design, scales, projections, color selection, font choices, and symbol placement. Designing Better Maps also describes the author’s ColorBrewer application, an online color selection tool. The second edition includes a new chapter on map publishing.  The book is paperback and 260 pages.

Check out a recent review of the book here.