Geoloqi Open Data Hackathon at Upstart Labs Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 – Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011!

Come hack on open gov datasets and Geoloqi! We moved into an new office space! We’re sharing it with Upstart Labs, a great new company from the founders of StepChange group (recently acquired by Dachis Group).

We’ll have food and drinks, and plenty of interesting things to discuss and work on. The new office has two war rooms for planning and plenty of space for hacking and discussion.

Thanks to our wonderful local sponsors who will be providing food and drink! That’s CivicApps for lunch, and Thetus Group for breakfast! Geoloqi will be providing beer and refreshments, and Stumptown will be providing coffee!


Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 from 6:30Pm-9:00Pm – Setup and Planning (including beer and snacks)

Saturday, Nov. 19, 2011 from 9:30Am-6:00Pm – Hacking and Presentations (including breakfast, lunch and snacks).

Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011 (optional day for additional hacking!).


Upstart Labs / Geoloqi HQ
500 NW 9th Ave, Portland, OR 97209

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Full Schedule

6:30Pm-9:00Pm – Hacking, planning and drinks begin!

9:30-10:00Am – Registration, breakfast and coffee.
10:00Am-10:15Am – Attendee short presentations. Groups and individuals set up to hack. Ideas are tossed around.
10:15Am – Hacking Begins!
12:00Pm – Lunch and snacks arrive!
01:00Pm – Hacking continues
05:00Pm – Presentations, and dinner on your own!
06:00Pm – Hack late into the night if you wish.

10Am – Optional day if you want to continue building your layer or app! We’ll be at the office until 6:00Pm to help you out.


While the event is free, we’ll want to make sure we have food and drinks for everyone. RSVP on Plancast!, or check out the event on Calagator! We look forward to seeing you there!

I’m Leaving My Day Job to Work Full-Time on Geoloqi!

I’ve made the difficult decision to leave my day job and go full-time with Aaron Parecki and others on Geoloqi. In doing so, I am leaving Vertigo Software, the best company I’ve ever worked for. I remember feeling normal (as a nerd often doesn’t) when I first visited the headquarters last year. I remember finding it easy to talk to everyone about tons of awesome things. Had things been any different, I would’ve stayed for as long as possible. I fully intended on doing so when I joined.

I had the privilege to work on some incredible projects including mobile applications for NBC Sports. Each project gave me a new experience and a new way of approaching problems. Early on, I learned from Andrew Thompson what would’ve taken me years to learn on my own. My mind was stretched, my process developed, and my skills strengthened. These were not easy projects. The best things are not very easy. However, Vertigo had a way of picking projects that increasingly challenged me (like a good video-game) so that I could safely level up.

What Next?

Lots of speaking engagements, making Geoloqi a heck of a lot better than it is right now, interacting a lot more with the Portland tech community and global community, and a game of real-life PacMan using GPS! I’ll also be speaking all over the world, which was an effect of speaking at TED. It’s going to be an intense and interesting year.

Conference and Speaking Schedule

  • Where2.0 – April 19-21.
  • WhereCamp, Stanford University – April 22-23.
  • Open Gov West – May 12-13.
  • Webdirections Conference, Seattle – May 13-14.
  • Augmented Reality Event, Santa Clara, Ca. – May 17-18.
  • Open Gov Hackathon – Apps for Education – May 21.
  • Geoloqi at TiE Oregon – May 25th.
  • Geoloqi at Webvisions – May 25-27.
  • Frontiers of Interaction Conference, Milan, Italy – June 16-18
  • OS Bridge – June 20-24.
  • Indie Web Camp – June 25-26.
  • SF Writers Systems Theory Workshop – July 11-20.
  • Speech in SF – July 21-22.
  • Conference on Technology, Seoul, Korea. August 1-5.
  • Geoloqi in Germany, August 6-22.
  • Media Evolution: The Conference, Malmo, Sweden. August 23-25.
  • Westminster Symposium on Democracy, Westminster College, September 19-22.
  • Manchester University Speech on Technology and Humanity, September 23.
  • Conference TBD, Boston, MA, November 2011.
  • IxDA 2011, Dublin, Ireland. Feb/ 2011.

I should be updating all of this information into Dopplr as it happens:

If you’d like to book me for a speaking engagement or for consulting appointment, please see speaking.


A Dictionary of Cyborg Anthropology, illustrated by Maggie Nichols, will be available this summer.

Real-life PacMan with Geoloqi this Weekend!

If you’re in Portland this weekend we’ll be running a real-life game of PacMan at the Park Blocks. Hope to see you there!


Thanks to everyone at Vertigo and in the Portland and San Francisco startup community for their support. If you ever want to contact me, feel free to tweet @caseorganic. Talk to you soon!

Mobile Portland: Ambient Location Apps and Geoloqi

Tonight Aaron Parecki and I will be speaking at Mobile Portland on ambient location apps and Geoloqi. We’ll be presenting an information-packed speech on our experiences with geolocation, GPS, location triggers and non-visual augmented reality. See you there!

We’ll will cover the current players in the geolocation market, the location market itself, and why location is such a big deal. Topics such as real-time location sharing, geolocation triggers, geonotes, proximal notification and automatic checkins, and privacy and security will be discussed.

Presentation Description

Wouldn’t it be nice if your colleague’s phone could SMS its location to you? If you know position and velocity, you know when they’ll arrive. The result: the interface disappears. No redundant actions or queries. The same software could turn your lights on as you approach the house. Or automatically “check in” to certain locations for you. Or leave a note for yourself the next time you’re at the store.

Augmented reality and location were hot topics last year, but there is often a confusion between aesthetics vs. practicality, and fantasy vs. reality. This presentation will highlight the advantages and disadvantages of visual and non-visual augmented reality.

In the presentation, we’ll will highlight why developers of apps should look at what users want to do now, as well as what users want to do in the future, why social apps should try to mirror real-world relationships, why sharing should be about who you share with as well as how long you’re sharing, and why developers should think about how to make apps “ambient” and require less user interaction.

What Will Be Covered

  • The location market. Where it is now and future projections.
  • Why the market is here (timing, hardware, affordability, etc.).
  • Some history (PARC research, etc.)

The current players:

  • What they’re doing
  • Where they fall short
  • What we’re passionate about and are trying to solve.
  • Philosophy of interface evaporation.
  • Other cool things you can do with ambient location and sensors (fun home automation tricks and pranks).


Monday, January 24, 2011 – 6:00pm


Urban Airship / Cloud Four
334 NW 11TH Ave.
Portland, OR 97209
United States
See map: Google Maps


The event is free, but you should RSVP so that a seat can be arranged for you. RSVP for Ambient Location Apps and Geoloqi.

About Aaron Parecki

Aaron Parecki
Aaron Parecki is a Portland-based iPhone and PHP developer interested in solving practical problems with technology. In his free time, he enjoys geolocation, linguistics, and building home automation systems and IRC bots with a sense of humor.

For the past 2.5 years, he has been tracking and visualizing his location every 6 seconds, making him a frequent presenter at the Portland data visualization group. His fascination with location sharing and GPS began at the age of 6, when he traced the routes of family road trips on a map with a highlighter. He combined these interests and created with Amber Case in an effort to help people connect in the real world.

Aaron has 11 years experience in web app development, database design, graphic design and printing, and server administration. You can learn more about Aaron at, and you can follow him on twitter at @aaronpk.

About Amber Case

Amber Case
Amber Case is a cyborg anthropologist and user experience designer from Portland, Oregon. Her main focus is mobile software, augmented reality and data visualization, as these reduce the amount of time and space it takes for people to connect with information. Case founded, a private location sharing application, out of a frustration with existing social protocols around text messaging and wayfinding.

Last year, Case was featured in Fast Company as one of their Most Influential Women in Technology and spoke at TED on technology and humans. She worked with Fortune 500 companies at Wieden+Kennedy and now works as a user experience designer at Vertigo Software in Portland, Oregon.

You can learn more about Case at, and on Twitter at @caseorganic.