Pivotal Youth Symposium


The Pivotal Youth Symposium delved into how spatial information technology (gathering, analysing and relaying information specific to location) is shaping our world, as well as creating new and influencing existing careers for the 21st century.

The Symposium ran in parallel with the inaugural 2015 Pivotal International Executive Summit on 29 - 30 June.

We were privileged to have key note speakers from the 2015 Pivotal International Executive Summit who are at the cutting edge of science, technology and sustainability, sharing about their careers and real world experiences.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from and interact with world leaders in their fields — such as:

Dr Jonathan Trent – Director of the NASA OMEGA Global Initiative on how spatial technology made the Mars Rover mission possible.

Dr Yola Georgiadou – on how spatial technologies are being used to assist developing countries in South America and Africa.

Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran – on how spatial technologies are enabling sustainable development in India.

Patrick Meir - how the US Marines used the internet and dynamic crowd - based crisis mapping to respond to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with speakers and have their say on a diverse range of topics including:

• How can we use data for good?

• How will technology impact the future and careers?

• Why is the spatial industry an exciting career to pursue?

• Can spatial and digital technologies make the world a better place?


The Pivotal Youth Symposium delved into how spatial information technology (gathering, analysing and relaying information specific to location) is shaping our world, as well as creating new and influencing existing careers for the 21st century.

The Symposium ran in parallel with the inaugural 2015 Pivotal International Executive Summit on 29 - 30 June.

We were privileged to have key note speakers from the 2015 Pivotal International Executive Summit who are at the cutting edge of science, technology and sustainability, sharing about their careers and real world experiences.

Attendees had the opportunity to hear from and interact with world leaders in their fields — such as:

Dr Jonathan Trent – Director of the NASA OMEGA Global Initiative on how spatial technology made the Mars Rover mission possible.

Dr Yola Georgiadou – on how spatial technologies are being used to assist developing countries in South America and Africa.

Dr Annapurna Vancheswaran – on how spatial technologies are enabling sustainable development in India.

Patrick Meir - how the US Marines used the internet and dynamic crowd - based crisis mapping to respond to the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti.

Attendees also had the opportunity to interact with speakers and have their say on a diverse range of topics including:

• How can we use data for good?

• How will technology impact the future and careers?

• Why is the spatial industry an exciting career to pursue?

• Can spatial and digital technologies make the world a better place?

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