2015 GeoRodeo

Annual Texas GeoDeveloper Round-Up, May 22nd, Austin, Texas
Masthead for 2015 GeoRodeo A banner for the 2015 GeoRodeo, Cowboy Nerd in front of Chisos Mountains

Code, Code on the Range

TNRIS invites you to the 3rd annual GeoRodeo - a roundup of geodevelopers, coders and any professional from across the state of Texas who is looking to incorporate new ideas and creative solutions into their work.

This free, interactive, technical conference, held at the Commons Center of the JJ Pickle Research Campus, is specifically for the Texas GIS/geospatial developer community.

Join us to learn about tips and techniques for open data, open source, and commercial GIS applications. Check out our Agenda below.

Register for Free on Eventbrite

Registration is required in order to attend and is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Register for the GeoRodeo

Unleash Mapping Mayhem - Watch the Promo

Thanks to Stuart McSpadden, a creative member of the Texas geospatial community, we have an (un)official promo video for this year's GeoRodeo.

TNRIS GeoRodeo from Stuart McSpadden on Vimeo.

Commons Center Parking Pass

Make sure to download the parking pass for the Commons Center at the J.J. Pickle Campus. They do tow!

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Keynote Speaker
Andrew Hill, CartoDB

Head shot of Andrew Hill from CartoDB

Andrew Hill is the Chief Science Officer at CartoDB where he explores the future of online mapping to help guide innovation and education. He is a biologist by training but has been working in maps, GIS, and data visualization for many years.

Thank You to Our Sponsors

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Become a sponsor of the GeoRodeo and connect with the Texas GeoDeveloper community.

Agenda Overview

Learn more about presenters by clicking on their names.
8:00AM to 8:45AM Breakfast - Social
8:45AM to 9:00AM

Opening Remarks - Richard Wade, Director of TNRIS

9:00AM to 10:00AM

Keynote Address: Andrew Hill, CartoDB

10:00AM to 10:15AM Break
10:15AM to 11:45AM
11:45AM to 1:30PM Lunch on your own
1:30PM to 3:00PM
3:00PM to 3:15PM Break
3:15PM to 4:30PM
4:30PM to 5:15PM

Lightning Talks

5:15PM to 5:20PM

Closing Remarks


Mappy Hour at Black Star Co-op

I am new to programming. Will I benefit from this?

Yes, this event is designed to help you make connections and provide some guidance for accomplishing your geospatial goals. There will be an emphasis on coding and breaking down the process for modern geospatial solutions.

Should I bring my own Laptop?

Yes, we encourage that you bring your own laptop loaded with whatever tools and code that you want/need. There will be wireless internet connections available. Note: Make sure you have a fully charged battery to avoid power outlet ‘range wars’!

8:00AM to 8:45AM

Breakfast – Social

8:45AM to 9:00AM

Opening Remarks – Richard Wade, Director of TNRIS

9:00AM to 10:00AM

Keynote Address: Andrew Hill, CartoDB

10:00AM to 10:15AM


10:15AM to 11:45AM

Sean Gillies – Mapbox

Sean GilliesWriting, running, and Distributing Python GIS Software

Many of us are using Python to extend our GIS software or write entirely new applications. I'm going to provide an overview of modern best practices for writing, running, and distributing Python GIS software, talk about new features of Python 3, and demonstrate several new modules that will help you make the most out of Python.

About Sean

Sean is an engineer at Mapbox, working on core algorithmic and geospatial issues. He’s the creator of the successful Shapely and Fiona open-source GIS libraries, and one of the main authors of the GeoJSON specification.

Johannes Kebeck – Microsoft

Johannes Kebeck

After a quick lap around some of the location-enabled products and services at Microsoft we will dive into the developer aspects starting with cross-platform development of connected apps before looking at the new universal Bing Maps control for Windows 10 with its offline and 3D capabilities.

About Johannes

Johannes is a Program Manager for Microsoft’s Bing Maps based out of Redmond, WA with many years of experience in various geospatial technologies. In 2004 he joined Microsoft in Germany, a year later he relocated to the UK and joined the Bing Maps team and in 2011 he moved to Redmond as a Program Manager.

Dana Bauer – Object Rocket, Rackspace

Dana BauerDeath and Open Data: Conquering your Fears and Sharing your Data

People in many types of organizations are often afraid to share their data; we fear losing control, and we fear the unknown. Drawing from strategies used by counselors who tackle end-of-life conversations (death is the biggest fear of all), I'll talk about the cultural changes necessary for our community to get data out in the open.

About Dana

Dana Bauer is a programmer, geographer, and open data enthusiast. She's part of the Developer Experience team at Rackspace, where she makes tools and leads workshops to help developers and technologists build amazing things with the Rackspace Public Cloud and OpenStack. She is an instructor with Software Carpentry and Girl Develop It and an organizer with the Public Lab. ​

11:45AM to 1:30PM

Chow Time

Lunch on your own. Here's a map of nearby lunch spots:

1:30PM to 3:00PM

James Seppi – TNRIS

James SeppiTurf - Geospatial Analysis in JavaScript

Turf is a relatively new open-source JavaScript library for spatial analysis that works both in the browser and on the back-end via NodeJS. This presentation will introduce Turf through examples, show some neat projects using Turf, and let you know how to contribute to its development.

About James

James Seppi has been a software developer at TNRIS for 3 years. He holds a Master's degree in Water Resources Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. James is also a co-organizer of the MaptimeATX meetup group.

Nik Freeman

Headshot of Nik FreemanHow to help a map go viral

New maps hit the web everyday, but they don't all make headlines. This presentation will discuss observations and conclusions drawn from watching maps circle the Internet. From planning to execution to promotion, I'll offer tips and practices to help your maps rise above the average, gain attention, and get their message in front of an audience.

About Nik

Nik Freeman earns a living managing and analyzing geographic data in the energy industry. He holds degrees in geography and communications. As a freelance geographer, he maps whatever suits his fancy. His maps occasionally go viral throughout the Internet.

Gretchen Peterson

Gretchen PetersonCartography in the Modern World

A fun presentation on what's new in cartography: general principles, workflow, and common patterns are all discussed along with a multitude of examples, some serious, some entertaining, and some seriously entertaining.


About Gretchen

Gretchen Peterson is the author of the cartography books Cartographer’s Toolkit and GIS Cartography. Peterson resides in Colorado and actively tweets via @petersongis on cartography.

3:00PM to 3:15PM


3:15PM to 4:30PM

Peter Girard – AppGeo

Peter GirardRedesigning DriveTexas for Scalability

The DriveTexas web application is an important tool for the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to communicate to the public the current status of roadway conditions. The app shows current information on both planned conditions, such as construction, as well as unplanned and unfolding situations such as weather events and serious accidents. Peter will discuss its development and applications.

About Peter

Peter is a Vice President and head of application development at Applied Geographics, Inc. (AppGeo) in Boston. He has been programming in the geospatial industry for nearly 30 years, starting at the New York State Department of Transportation in the late 1980s and moving on to Esri in the 1990s before arriving at AppGeo in 2000.

Andrew Thornton

Headshot of Andrew ThorntonWeb Maps with D3.js

These days, the common thread among many web maps is very likely a JavaScript library called D3.js. D3 is quickly becoming the de facto choice when it comes to data visualization in the browser. It provides incredible flexibility by embracing web standards, resulting in few limitations other than a developer's imagination. In this talk, Andy will take the intimidation out of this little powerhouse of a library, and show you the essentials you need to begin making your own incredible maps with D3.

About Andrew

Andrew Thornton is a Senior Front-End Developer for Exigo Energy Solutions in Austin, TX. He loves all things data, with a special passion for data visualization and mapping. He is the co-author of a book titled Developing a D3.js Edge, and is the organizer of the D3.js Austin Meetup. You can check out some of his personal work here.

4:30PM to 5:15PM

Lightning Talks

If you have something quick to share, come prepared with an idea of what you could present within a short 5-minute time slot and sign up for a lightning talk on-site at the event.

Lightning Talk Rules

  • 5 minutes Max – We will tightly enforce this.
  • No external computer laptops or tablets - only browser based access to materials and links
  • Tips: Understand your topic – make your point at the beginning. You don't have to use all 5 minutes

5:15PM to 5:20PM

Closing Remarks


Mappy Hour at Black Star Co-op

Join MaptimeATX and ATX-OSG after the GeoRodeo for a 'Mappy' Hour at Black Star Co-op.

Maptimeatx and atx-osg Mappy Hour at black star graphic

Parking and Location Information

Be sure to download the parking pass for free parking at the Pickle Center.

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at the J.J. Pickle Research Campus

10100 Burnet Rd
Austin, TX, 78753