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OSGeo Member
Name: Edoardo Neerhut
Job Title: Program Manager (Spatial Computing)
Company: Mapillary (now part of Facebook)
City: Melbourne
State: Victoria
Country: Australia
Local Chapter: Aust-NZ
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Language(s): English
Personal Description : I have loved maps since I was gifted a Dorling Kindersley World Atlas as a child. Over time that interest evolved and was satiated through travel and learning about other cultures, but the maps themselves remained elusive. It was only when I joined Mapillary in 2015 that I was able to explore my interest in maps and geospatial further, initially through OpenStreetMap, and later through QGIS. Both projects have opened my eyes to the world of maps and open source, but more important to me are the practical applications of these tools. Seeing the connection between maps of cycle infrastructure in Ottawa and government initiatives to reduce fatalities is one such example, but I have been fortunate to play a small part in others such as flood resilience, wheelchair accessibility, and government asset management programs. All of these projects demonstrated to me the powerful insights geospatial tools can provide, and the sheer capability and talent within the OSGeo community.

Since returning to Australia in December 2016, I have enjoyed engaging with the local communities of the region, and working together with others to build a strong regional geospatial community. In 2018 we put together the first FOSS4G SotM Oceania which was an overwhelming success with 250 people attending. Building upon this, we have created the entity OSGeo Oceania to support future conferences, improve participation, and elicit new perspectives. I led sponsorship efforts for FOSS4G SotM Oceania 2019 in Wellington, New Zealand and am happy to say the conference was a wonderful continuation from the prior year with record sponsorship that helps ensure the sustainability of OSGeo Oceania in the years to come.

My efforts are currently focused on the Membership Working Group so that we can increase the diversity within the organisation while getting more people involved.

If you're ever in Melbourne, come and say hi! If not, reach out on Twitter:
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