Map Solutions 2016: Intellias continues to build map development community in Ukraine

On June 4th Intellias held its 2nd annual Map Solutions conference: Navigation and Location-Based Technologies in Kyiv, having invited distinguished industry experts from HERE, Yandex, CartoDB, OsmAnd, Mapbox, maps.me, Familyinsafe, Qrok and GisFile to deliver their presentations. The event attracted more than 150 participants from Ukraine, Germany, Spain, Netherlands and Russia, eager to share best practices in GIS and Automotive industries as well as discuss the trending topics in routing, traffic services, 3D rendering, in-house navigation and other related issues.

In 2015 Intellias held the country’s first navigation and location-based services event in Lviv, ever since we have been working towards building a community of map developers in Ukraine and creating a platform, where they could share their experiences, connect with each other and learn from renowned industry experts from all around the world. Different domains, platforms, approaches, inputs of industry players and research institutions – all this contributed to an engaging list of topics and unparalleled experience for the visitors.

The event, designed as a Conference-as-an-Experience, featured extensive opportunities for networking, and offered provider-agnostic concept of the conference with purely technical focus. The unbeatable attraction of the conference was a HERE mapping car, which collects HD map data to pave the way for the future of self-driving cars.

One of the event highlights was an in-depth discussion on OpenStreetMap (OSM). A Mapbox expert Andrey Golovin shared his experiences with OSM data improvements for navigation. Ilya Zverev from MAPS.ME presented on processing and storing OSM data for faster extraction and rendering and finally Viktor Scherb concluded the discussion with OSM implications for open source smartphone applications. Map Solutions conference received a very favourable feedback from Ukrainian geospatial community, represented by 50 North Geospatial Blog:

“Commitment of the audience was remarkable: participants responded to reports with numerous and diverse questions! As we know, attentive audience is a sign of high quality content… A team of 50 North Spatial bloggers enjoyed the

 conference a great deal! It is such a pleasure to spend a weekend in the environment full of map development geeks. We are hoping for more events like ‘Map Solutions’ to happen in the future!” The conference was also highlighted in the post of Mail.Ru Group, published at Habrahabr collaborative blog:

“Map Solutions Conference is an important event, not only because of its uniting potential for people with a common interest in geospatial technologies, but also as a way of attracting new people into the field of digital mapping and growing neogeospatial industry [in Ukraine]”.

The success of two previously held events has contributed to the ambition of the company to transform it into an annual event. In 2017 Intellias plans to launch a conference of even greater scale, designing it to become a top attraction for those, whose professional competencies or interests are about digital mapping.

 

 

About Intellias

Intellias is an IT outsourcing company with a nearshore software development centres in Lviv, Kyiv and Odesa (Ukraine). It has been successful for years in German-speaking Europe and recently in Benelux, United States and Canada. KPMG highlighted Intellias as one of the leading IT-BPO providers in Lviv, and also the company was awarded the status of Lviv's top IT employer in 2010-2016 (DOU).

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