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Pioneers of geospatial industry take the stage at Geospatial World Forum 2017

Inaugural ceremony of Geospatial World Forum 2017

Hyderabad, India: Geospatial World Forum 2017, the global geospatial technology and business conference witnessed the geospatial industry moguls come together on one common platform. M Venkaiah Naidu, Minister of Urban Development and Information Broadcasting, Government of India, inaugurated the forum. Appreciating the futuristic theme of the conference — Geospatial + Deep Learning: Shaping Smarter World, Naidu commented, “A forum like GWF, that covers all aspects of geospatial technology, is very important and relevant in today’s times. My ministry’s programs like Smart Cities, Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT) and Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) are all based on geospatial and information and communication technologies (ICT).”

At the ‘Visionary Session’, founders of Trimble and Esri, two of the largest and longest-running geospatial companies, shared their thoughts and vision on the ever-evolving geospatial industry. Their decades of unmatched passion and unparalleled contribution inspired the audience present at the event. “GIS is getting smarter – it is collaborating with other technologies and leveraging them. It is integrating everything – people, processes, things and data about them.

Smart GIS applications are already changing how we think and act.

(Left) Charlie Trimble, Founder of Trimble, with Jack Dangermond (Right), Founder of Esri, and Sanjay Kumar, CEO, Geospatial Media And Communications

We are providing a system of insights. We mature the technology and make it available. Humans have never been more capable of sharing and applying geographic knowledge,” said Jack Dangermond, Founder, Esri.

“There are drivers and observers in the industry. As an observer, I see that mega trends of today can shape a better tomorrow. They are actually transforming the industry and world. Science of positioning is in everything. I see a GIS industry that is providing solutions to increase productivity by unleashing the power of geospatial,” said Charlie Trimble, Founder of Trimble Inc.

Jack Dangermond and Charlie Trimble are iconic and their statements are. In a world where location is becoming fundamental to all decision-making, these individuals have not only taken our industry to new heights, but have also made the term ‘geospatial’ a term of common man.

About Geospatial World Forum

Geospatial World Forum is known as the only conference covering the entire spectrum of geospatial technologies, workflows, policies and practices in one global platform. Founded in Hyderabad in 2007, the conference has travelled to Amsterdam, Geneva, Lisbon and Rotterdam.