GeoMonday 2016.4 – The beauty of maps

The year 2016 is soon to end, but not before we have our 4th and last edition of GeoMonday. Even though the nature is showing all different shades of grey, we want this time to have a broad overview of technologies and projects which help to generate beautiful and easy to use maps. Fortunately enough there is way more then just markers and also the base maps can now be easily customized to feature either your corporate identity or help to tell your story.
Join us in that colorful journey of maps you have never seen before.

This time we offer a full range of X-Max buffet completely for free in order to smoothly finish the GeoMonday year 2016.

Get your tickets for the 4th GeoMonday 2016 now at:

Date: 5th of December 2016
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: Office Club Berlin, Pappelallee 77/78, 10437 Berlin

Please also have a look at our partner Esri’s developer summit, which is starting the day after:


GeoMonday 2016.2 – swarm bee location-awareness technology

To support location-awareness independent of satellite navigation nanotron has created the swarm bee family of wireless modules. Modules are available with Chirp or UWB radio technology. All of them are sharing the common swarm API. The swarm product family targets the growing market for autonomous smart items and cuts time to market for location-aware products by 12 months. With swarm bee developers focus on application design. The talk describes the basic swarm bee module configuration and explains use cases and business applications.

Dr. Thomas Foerste, VP Marketing & Sales nanotron Technologies GmbH, Berlin (Germany) joined nanotron in 2008 from LSI. Previously senior sales and marketing positions with LSI, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and Agere Systems. Ph.D. in Semiconductor Devices from Technical University Dresden, Germany.

GeoMonday 2016.2 – A fresh look at indoor location

TraceWave has developed a new technology for indoor location without any infrastructure. Our radio nodes measure distance and direction between them. This works both indoors and outdoors, with only two nodes but also with multiple nodes.  This is a completely new concept, called relative location. If there are more than two nodes, they will work together and create a mesh network. If one or more nodes is fixed and has known coordinates than all nodes can deduce their own coordinates, this is called absolute location. If one or more nodes has GPS coordinates, all nodes can deduce their own GPS coordinates from that, even when they are inside a building. This is called geo-location. So, our technology can provide indoor-GPS functionality. The core of our radio nodes is a low-power 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz radio transceiver. Our radio signals are different from WiFi or Bluetooth, because they specifically designed for distance and direction measurement. The radio easily can be implemented as an integrated circuit and will fit in e.g. a watch, bracelet, ID badge or tag. We currently are finalizing our prototype, an FPGA-based software defined radio.

Corné van Puijenbroek is a serial entrepreneur and has 30 years of experience in high-tech wireless development. After working at NXP, Ericsson (DECT) and Lucent/AT&T (WiFi) he was CTO of Adcon in Austria, (ZigBee). In 2005 was co- founder and CTO of GreenPeak, a ZigBee company, acquired in 2016 by Qorvo. Corné also was CTO and VP at several startups, in the area of LTE, solar and low- power wireless. He is (co )author of 13 patents. Corné is co-founder and CEO of TraceWave GmbH.

GeoMonday 2016.2 – Low-cost Outdoor and Indoor Asset Tracking

Here logoTracking Solutions consist of many different ingredients: low-cost and
power-efficient tracking hardware, accurate outdoor and indoor
positioning technology, secure device and account management as well
as advanced geo-visualization and analytics tools. I’ll present
concrete end-to-end tracking implementations based on HERE’s
geo-services and talk about our learnings so far.


Hannes KruppaHannes Kruppa manages the software and hardware R&D team at HERE which
brings HERE’s geo-location services to the Internet of Things. He
holds a PhD in Computer Science and has previously conducted research
at ETH Zurich, IBM and Carnegie-Mellon.

GeoMonday 2015.4 – Impressions

The last session of GeoMonday 2015 was again a supreme gathering of geo-addicted tech people and a set of fantastic speakers. We had a last minute commitment from Gabriele Negro (kietsy). He joined the presentation canon as the 4th speaker. The session was kicked of by Maximilian von Garnier (Yelp), followed by David Yu ( and Robert Tochman-Szewc (Jodel).

It was interesting to see, how much messaging, advertisement and place discovery nowadays seamlessly blend together and that often the related spatial content is not anymore associated with a map view.

For those who missed the session, here some videos of our speakers:

And some presentations:

Finally here some impressions:

We wish all presenters, guests and followers of GeoMonday a merry christmas and a happy new year. Please bear with us, as we are coming back in 2016.

PS: Have also a look into our newly planned head organization and consider becoming part of it:


GeoMonday 2015.4 – Jodel and Location

The presentation will introduce you to Jodel, a student-targeted location-based communication platform, show the role of location in the product and how the company went through different solutions to keep a consistent user experience without sacrificing performance.



After finishing his Master’s Thesis about Brand Analysis on Reddit, Robert Tochman-Szewc joined Jodel as a Business Intelligence developer and analyst. There, he was in charge of creating a location-focused warehouse solution for the company, a key part of the company’s analytics stack. Later, he continued reworking the application backend and is currently Tech Lead at the company. He has previously worked at SAP in different departments during his Bachelor studies.

GeoMonday 2015.4 – – Shortening the Distance in Local Search

Yelp, Foursquare, and many others have paved the way for consumers and local businesses to interact with each other.  These services give context to the eternal question “Where should I go?”  In this session, founder David Yu will talk about how to “shorten the distance” between a user and what they want.  For example, how does one answer the question “What handbags are available close to me?”  David will describe some of the data, search and recommendation problems he has worked on, and how Scoped plans to take local search one step further, not only to help consumers find what they want, but also to empower brick and mortar businesses.

* Data science is not a buzz word – examples from Bioinformatics and Goodreads
* Personalized search – Demo #1
* Defining the data topology for the physical world
* What can we do with data? – Demo #2


David Yu is a serial entrepreneur.  His first company Discovereads was acquired by Goodreads/Amazon, and the technology currently powers book discovery for more than 50 million users world wide.  He also worked as the CTO of Q Digital, a media company with 10 million MAUs.  Scoped is his third company.  David double-majored in computer science and molecular biophysics at Yale University, and received his JD degree from Harvard Law School.  Before becoming an entrepreneur, David worked for Genentech’s Bioinformatics department, using computer algorithms to find potential drug targets.  In his spare time, David enjoys skiing, playing the cello, and going to rock and classical concerts.

GeoMonday 2015.4 – Yelp – The Power of User Generated Content

The consumer voice online is stronger than ever. With the influx of social media, mobile purchasing, social sharing and reviewing, there is nowhere for businesses to hide when it comes to customer comments. Consumers love to share their thoughts and feelings about great businesses. So what happens when something goes right or wrong? They write a review online of course! Online community and review site Yelp now attracts over 89 million unique visitors per month coming from mobile devices alone, with 90 million reviews submitted to the site in total. So with that in mind, this session will address:

• Yelp – Fact & Metrics
• Attributes on Business Listings (Business & User generated)
• Yelp’s Recommendation Software
• Yelp’s API
• Careers @ Yelp

Maximilian von Garnier is Yelp’s Manager of Local Business Outreach for Germany. He hosts informational sessions with local business owners across Germany to educate them on best practices for navigating the world of online reviews. He works with Yelp’s Small Business Advisory Council, and delivers constructive feedback from the business community to the different division within Yelp. He also hosts a series of webinars about Yelp’s free online tools, and regularly produces informative content for Yelp’s “Blog for Business Owners”. Prior to joining Yelp in 2014, Max worked for AOL Germany as an Editorial & Video Production Manager for ten years. He was born in Berlin and now lives in Hamburg. For six years he was the head coach of the Hamburg Blue Devils (American Football).




GeoMonday 2015.4 – Experience your places


Everyday we are crossing plenty of streets with hundreds of interesting places. Each of them have their own story. Once we want to capture them in the digital space it’s a tremendous effort to harmonize all those individual attributes.
This 4th and last GeoMonday in 2015 covers the lifecycle of place data capturing, aggregation and integration in products.


When: Monday December 7th, 2015, starting 7pm sharp
Where: Mobilesuite, Pappelallee 78/79, 10437 Berlin

You are welcome to join our event to become part of the GeoMonday community. Get your free tickets here:

We will announce our speakers in the next days and weeks, so stay tuned…

GeoMonday 2015.3 – Speakers, venue and transport information

As our next event at the 14th of September is soon to kick-off, here for your the complete list of speakers for GeoMonday 2015.3 – A new dimension in Geo:

Martin Scholl: Capturing the world in 3D: beyond OpenStreetMap
Christian Janke: Chances & challenges of unmanned aviation
Frank Neitzel: Mobile 3D Mapping with a Low-Cost UAV System
Arno Fischer: A practical guide to use drones

Please remember we start this time at 6PM, as we planned for a live hands-on session into unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) before the talks will start. Also this time we enjoy to have our event in the wonderful city of Potsdam, located south-west at the gates of Berlin. The address is:

arcona Hotel am Havelufer
Zeppelinstraße 136
14471 Potsdam

A possible route is available here:,+Zeppelinstraße+136,+14471+Potsdam/@52.4610203,13.1363902,12z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m18!4m17!1m5!1m1!1s0x47a851dd8abc4201:0x52120465b5fabc0!2m2!1d13.3830683!2d52.5306438!1m5!1m1!1s0x47a8f4357f4f7fa1:0x3953a63584cb8ac7!2m2!1d13.0335271!2d52.3907463!2m3!6e0!7e2!8j1444842000!3e3

For those who haven’t got there free tickets yet, here is your link: