Location services is one of the most interesting areas of web development today. Technologies that were once too complex and esoteric to be used by anyone outside of NASA or the military became standard offerings for the likes of Hotels.com and Foursquare, and are now being regularly deployed by even the smallest startups. In this session Raj will track the evolution of mobile mapping and talk about the rich capabilities around location now available to even casual mobile developers around mapping, demographics and location-aware customer insights.
Raj is a platform advocate for Cloudant, an IBM company. He pioneered Web mapping-as-a-service in the late 1990s with a startup he co-founded. After that he finished his PhD at MIT, which explored the potential of web services to power urban information systems. Prior to joining Cloudant in 2014, Raj work on spatial data interoperability challenges for the Open Geospatial Consortium, an international standards body. He's a frequent speaker on interoperability and geo-location services, and contributed to O'Reilly's 2005 book, "Mapping Hacks."