Cartonama Conference

Making the most of geospatial data, community mapping, and location-based services.

The ‘Where’ question is central to our everyday lives. Geospatial data shapes our ability to answer that question and build intelligent applications, whether on the web or on your mobile device.

Supported by contributions from crowd-sourced data projects and open source software, geo data and its technology spectrum has grown impressively in recent years. In the face of this massive and diverse range of spatial data and technologies, the ability to choose effective methods for storage, retrieval and visualisation becomes critical .

The Cartonama conference is about geographic data, the technology behind it, the applications built around it and the overarching aspect of community and mobility.

We will organize workshops along with the conference. The goal would be to provide hands-on training to collect, store and visualize geographic data, and finally, to build location-based services with these tools. Workshop theme falls into:

  • Nature of Geospatial Data: Structure, Formats and Operations
  • Collection, Storage & Delivery of Geospatial Data: Crowd-sourced Models, Standards and Databases
  • Location-based Services: Front-end and Back-end tools to build and manage your applications
  • Leveraging Open Geographic Data Repositories: Using OpenStreetMap to visualize and tell stories through maps

You can submit your workshop proposals via the submissions through the funnel below.

##Speaking submissions
You can submit a proposal to speak at Cartonama via the submission funnel below. Please describe your proposal in as much detail as possible. Detail is important if you’d like to be voted up into the schedule.

Your submission will be up for public voting for up to 2 weeks before the event. For the final tally, we will only consider votes from ticket holders, as a way to ensure participants get exactly what they pay for.

Making a funnel submission does not guarantee final selection. Selected speakers will get a free ticket to the event (limited to one speaker per proposal). Proposers whose talks are not on the final schedule will be able to purchase tickets at the prevailing rate for the day on which they made their proposal.

You can buy a ticket to the event here.

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Sajjad Anwar


GeoCommons and TileMill: Stories through maps.

Submitted Sep 13, 2012

Introduce two major web mapping tools - and TileMill. Equip the participants to mashup interesting data to make quick maps and render custom maps using OpenStreetMap data.

Outline is an online maps mashup application where anyone can upload datasets and create maps quickly. TileMill is a map design studio which uses the map styling language called Carto. Both of them are important tools to tell stories through maps. The workshop will be a hands-on tour of both these tools while we play around with few datasets to make beautiful maps.


Fair understanding of data formats like GPX, KML and CSV. Understanding of CSS will be a super bonus to pick up TileMill.

Speaker bio

Sajjad Anwar is a hacktivist and programmer. He works in the research and design of data analytics and infographics. He loves maps and have been part of the OpenStreetMap project for over four years. While helping several non-profits to bootstrap their geospatial infrastructure, he has build extensive experience on using and deploying the right technology for the same.

Sumandro is a consulting researcher interested in built environment, urban technologies, visualisation, story-telling and politics. He edits the Cartonama blog, contributes to The Pop Up City blog, and makes long presentations on NSSO data.


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Cartonama is HasGeek’s conference on mapping and location-based services. more