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OGC supports American Geographical Society’s 2017 Fall Symposium, Geography 2050


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Release Date: 
Thursday, 26 October 2017 UTC

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and symposium partners the American Geographical Society (AGS), GEO, and USGIF will present the AGS Fall Symposium, Geography 2050: The Future of Mobility on November 16-17, 2017. Hosted by the Earth Institute at Columbia University, the two-day event will take place in Alfred Lerner Hall, and discuss the vital trends in mobility that will reshape the geography of our planet by 2050.


Geography 2050 is a multi-year strategic dialog about the vital trends that will reshape the geography of our planet by 2050. This year’s event - Geography2050: The Future of Mobility, will convene thinkers from government, industry, academe, and the social sector to help develop a geographical understanding of how innovations in mobility will reshape the geography of our planet in the coming decades. It will also focus on how geospatial data and technology innovations will help shape the future of mobility.


This year’s symposium seeks to bring the best minds together to map and shape a future where mobility innovations will be harnessed for the betterment of humankind and the planet.

This year’s speakers will include:

  • Dr. Parag Khanna, geostrategist, author, and world traveler,

  • John Hanke, co-inventor of GoogleMaps and Pokemon Go

  • Brian McClendon, co-inventor of GoogleMaps, and former head of R&D at Uber

  • Ms. Linda Bailey, Executive Director of the National Association of City Transportation Officials

  • Dr. Alison De Cerreno, Port Authority of NY/NJ

  • Mr. Travis Mason, Airbus A3 autonomous flying taxi service

  • Mr. Bruce Upbin, Virgin HyperLoopOne

  • Ms. Patty Clark, Senior Advisor of Aviation Policy, Port Authority of NY/NJ

  • Dr. Lee Schwartz, Geographer of the United States;

  • And many more.


The symposium will be comprised of sessions dedicated to particular dimensions of the future of mobility and how it will change the global geography, including:

  • Mobility Innovations Reshaping our World - Past Present and Future

  • The gamechanger of shared, electric, and autonomated vehicles

  • Next Generation Cargo Mobility

  • Regional Transportation Solutions

  • Mobility and the City of the Future

  • How geospatial technologies are shaping the future of mobility and vice versa

  • Mapping and managing the skies above

  • Connectography and our Future World’s Regions

  • Investment in, Ownership of, and Access to the Future of Mobility in Different Geographies.


For more information about the symposium, including registration details, visit


About the American Geographical Society

Established in 1851, the American Geographical Society (AGS) is the oldest professional geographical/geospatial organization in the United States. The goal of AGS is to enhance the nation’s geographic literacy so as to engender sound public policy, national security, and human well-being worldwide. AGS provides leadership to frame the national discussion of the growing importance of geography and geo-spatial tools. The Society maintains its headquarters in New York City. For more information on AGS go to


About the OGC

The OGC is an international consortium of more than 525 companies, government agencies, research organizations, and universities participating in a consensus process to develop publicly available geospatial standards. OGC standards support interoperable solutions that "geo-enable" the Web, wireless and location based services, and mainstream IT. OGC standards empower technology developers to make geospatial information and services accessible and useful with any application that needs to be geospatially enabled. Visit the OGC website at