Organizing Committee

David Bitner [dbSpatial]'s picture

David Bitner [dbSpatial]


David Bitner is the founder of dbSpatial and a consultant specializing in open source geospatial application and database development. David is an OSGeo Charter Member and a member of the Sahana Software Foundation Board of Directors. David was the chair of the 2013 FOSS4GNA event in Minneapolis.

Kristin Bott [Reed College]'s picture

Kristin Bott [Reed College]

Instructional Technologist

Kristin works at the intersection of technology and teaching/learning, supporting Reed College faculty and students in all-things-data-related, including statistical and geospatial analysis and mapping. She served as a LOC co-chair for FOSS4G 2014 (PDX) and co-chaired the Travel Grant program for FOSS4G 2014. As a member of the FOSS4G-NA 2015 organizing committee, Kristin is focused on increasing access to FOSS4G and helping to build a more diverse and therefore stronger open source geospatial community.

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Ragi Burhum [AmigoCloud]


Ragi began his geospatial career over a decade ago as an engineer at ESRI, where he worked on the Geodatabase team creating, designing, and maintaining ArcGIS core components. At Microsoft, he worked on the main GIS data pipeline of Microsoft Flight Simulator. He ran a successful GIS consulting company in the Bay Area where he helped organizations like NVIDIA and CSR with their GIS challenges. In addition to founding GeoMeetup, the largest developer-centric geospatial Meetup in the world, Ragi is also heavily involved in Open Source GIS Software (he is an active OSGeo Charter member) and often contributes code to O.S. geospatial projects (e.g. as a committer in GDAL) that are the foundation of several Open GIS applications worldwide.

Geospatial Libraries, GDAL, PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Mobile, Interoperability, Realtime-servers
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Robert Cheetham [Azavea]

President and CEO

Robert Cheetham is the founder and CEO of Azavea, a B Corporation based in Philadelphia that creates civic geospatial software. Azavea’s open source projects include GeoTrellis for high performance geoprocessing, OpenTreeMap for urban ecosystems, DistrictBuilder for legislative redistricting and other geospatial libraries and utilities. He founded Azavea to apply geospatial technology for civic impact and to advance the state-of-the-art through research. Prior to founding Azavea, he served as a software developer and GIS analyst for the University of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department and as a civil servant in Japan. He serves on the advisory board of the Penn State University Masters in GIS and GeoDesign programs and as an occasional lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania, School of Design. He has an MLA in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania and a BA in Japanese Studies from the University of Michigan.

Map Algebra, geoprocessing, spatial analysis
Eddie Pickle [RadiantBlue Technologies]'s picture

Eddie Pickle [RadiantBlue Technologies]

Managing Director Open Source Programs

Eddie Pickle is a geospatial technology executive and co-founder of two successful software companies. At RadiantBlue he works with US government customers and commercial partners to bring the power of open source geospatial technologies to bear on web and mobile apps. Previously, Eddie led the spinout of open source pioneer OpenGeo (a division of OpenPlans) into the global geo leader, Boundless. While at Boundless, Eddie helped found the LocationTech industry working group.

Eddie is a knowledgeable data scientist with extensive experience at creating and operating industry data consortiums for geospatial data, financial services and risk management. Previous to his service at Boundless, he was one of the founders of IONIC Enterprise and served as its Chief Operating Officer until its purchase by ERDAS in 2007. Prior to that, Eddie was a senior executive at Claritas (now part of Nielsen) and IXI Corporation (now part of Equifax). Eddie holds a Masters degree in Geography from UCLA with a specialization in demography, and a BA in Geography from the University of Tennessee.

Open source software. Building industry consortia. Crowd sourcing for data development.
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Alyssa Wright

Vice President, Partnerships and Business Development

Alyssa Wright works at the intersection of open technology, cultural diversity and mapping. As Vice President of Partnerships and Business Development at Mapzen, Alyssa leads community initiatives and communications to bring the best mapping capabilities to organizations of all sizes. Alyssa also co-organizes GeoNYC, a monthly mapping salon of 1000 of the most innovative spatial thinkers in NYC and maptimeNYC which y'all know a ton about. :) Throughout her work, Alyssa is driven to build mapping tools that are powerful tools of connection.

Alyssa received an M.A. in Media Arts and Sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab, where her work focused on documenting technologies of empathy within geospatial contexts. She completed another Masters in physical computing from New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program and graduated magna cum laude from Wellesley College with a B.A. in women’s studies, and a concentration in media studies and design.