#geomob London

Last Thursday night I went to #geomob, the mobile developer's meetup in London. These events have been running for some time in San Francisco, but this was only the second one here in the UK.

The event is already growing - the number of speakers had doubled since the inaugural meeting in late 2008. Many people I spoke to agreed that this reflects the rapid adoption of geolocation: we've moved very quickly from location as a new thing to location as a must-have for emerging web and mobile applications.

Chris Osborne (@osbornec) kicks off #geomob
Photo credit: Gary Gale

There were 4 interesting presenters. The event was organised by Yahoo! Geo Technologies and you can read more about the event on their blog.

I learnt that there are 13,000 satellites orbiting the earth. On the visualisation shown by Google Earth, the satellites appear as a giant haze around our planet.

From the redoutable Alfie Dennen, we heard about an online/offline treasure hunt and the world's largest work of art taking place across the British Isles. Both projects could not have happened without geolocation on mobile.

The founder of location-based social search tool Rummble talked about how mobile applications need to get you to relevant, and in their case local, information in less than 15 seconds, and how this can be achieved by tapping into your trust network (of people).

Perhaps the most esoteric talk of the night was on FluidDB. Self-confessed vapourware now, but possibly the data platform of the future. Anything based on evolutionary biology and advanced maths is right up my street.

Sophie Major
YDN International