Monday October 12th

8:45am: Shuttle Transfer from Wild Palms Hotel to Google

9-10am: Breakfast / Registration

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

10-11am: Introduction & Welcoming Remarks

Speakers: Rebecca Moore, Charles Kleemann and Raleigh Seamster

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

11-12pm: Tools for mapping & visualization

Moderator: Sean Askay

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

In this session, you’ll hear an overview of Google mapping tools for mapping and visualization needs, then hear from a selection of our partners about how they used these tools to map and visualize their data and work. See below for the lineup of partners who will be speaking.

11:00am - 11:15am

Overview of tools for visualization and mapping by Sean Askay

11:15am - 11:25am

Brian Hettler, Amazon Conservation Team

Collaborative mapping of Indigenous sacred sites in South America using Open Data Kit and Google Earth.

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11:25am - 11:35am

Scott Loarie, iNaturalist

Putting nature on the map: a crowdsourcing approach to scaling biogeography

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See the Map

11:35am - 11:45am


Aishwarya Brahme, Shelter Associates

Geospatial Mapping of Essential Services for Urban Poor!

See the Map.

11:45am - 11:55pm


Adam Reyer, Oceana

Global Fishing Watch: Shining a light on global fishing activity to restore the health, abundance and sustainability of our oceans

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12-1pm: Lunch

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

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Google Earth Basics

Presenter: John Bailey

Location: CL2-Crane Beach

If you’ve no or limited experience with Google Earth this is the session for you. We’ll start by teaching you to how to navigate and change preferences, and will guide you through exploring the built in content. Next we’ll explore some of Google Earth’s best tools, such as the historical imagery slider and teach you about the creation GUIs that allow you to create your own visualizations.

Prerequisites: None; Please install Google Earth Pro ( on your laptop before the session begins.

Google Fusion Tables

Presenter: Vanessa Schneider

Location: CL2-Cayman Islands

Looking to tell a visual story with your data? In this workshop, we’ll introduce you to Google Fusion Tables, a tool to help you host, visualize and publish your spreadsheet data as interactive maps for the web. The session will start with a brief overview of Fusion Tables and examples of how the tool’s being used for mapping. Then we’ll dive into demos to get you familiar with how easily your data can be turned into a visualization with impact.

Prerequisites: Make sure you have a Google account ( and are familiar with Google Drive.

Best Practices for Google Earth

Presenter: Sean Askay

Location: CL3-Maxwell

Do you want to create better, easier to use content in Google Earth? Does Earth take forever to start-up because you have so much stuff in My Places? This class will give tips and tricks for creating and managing your KML data. You will also learn techniques for making your KML projects easier for your audience to view and explore, such as leveraging advanced folder types (like radio buttons), and setting the default view for your features.

Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with Google Earth and creating KML content using the drawing tools or importing simple datasets. Make sure you have a recent version of Google Earth Pro installed (7.1.2+).

2:45-3:15pm: Coffee Break

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

3:15-3:45pm: Keynote Talk

Speaker: Jen Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Local & Maps

Location: CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

3:45-4pm: Break

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Google My Maps

Presenter: Allie Lieber

Location: CL2-Crane Beach

In this session, you will learn how to use My Maps to create simple, collaborative maps on your desktop or mobile phone. This session is intended for first time users of My Maps, or users who would like a review of all the basic features and develop their skills.

Prerequisites: A Google account

Advanced Google Earth

Presenter: Christiaan Adams

Location: CL3-Maxwell

Learn about the advanced features of Google Earth (and Earth Pro), such as importing and visualizing GIS datasets (vector & raster), animating GPS data, calculating viewsheds, creating and generating movies of tours and more. The session will also briefly cover KML coding for advanced visualization and content creation, depending on the skills levels and interest of the attendees.

Prerequisites: Experience creating content with Google Earth; GIS or basic KML coding experience a plus, but not required. Please install Google Earth Pro ( on your laptop before coming to this class. Also have a text/code editor that's good at XML, such as Notepad++ (Windows) or [TBD] (Mac), or jEdit (any platform).  

My First Maps API

Presenter: Karin Tuxen-Bettman

Location: CL2-Datai Beach

Take "baby steps" into the Google Maps API world. In this session, you'll create a "Hello World" Maps API webpage, and will learn how to do things like change the options (background map type, initial location, etc.), overlay data and KML layers, and start to showcase your first Earth Engine maps. While this is taught for non-programmers by a non-programmer, we will work with snippets of code copied-and-pasted from the website.

Prerequisites: None; no prior JavaScript coding necessary.

Maps API Challenge

Presenter: Jordon Mears

Location: CL2-Caymen Islands

Sharpen your Javascript and Maps API coding skills through a series coding challenges using the Google Maps Javascript API. This course starts with some basics of Javascript and Maps API and quickly delves into more advanced parts of the API including Geocoding, Places, DataLayer and ElevationService. Writing code is big part of this course.

Prerequisites: Laptop, web browser (Chrome or Firefox recommended), some knowledge of Javascript (Maps API experience a plus), a Google account

5:45-7pm: Welcome Reception

Location: Outside CL2-Crane Beach Tech Talk

7pm Shuttle transfer from Google to Wild Palms