We are delighted to welcome back to the GeoVation judging panel for a second year, Gary Gale, now Director, Ovi Places Registry, at Nokia. Gary brings a wealth of geographic information experience and will join the panel for all three GeoVation challenges, culminating in the GeoVation showcase on 4 May.
A self professed “geek with a life”, Gary’s had a life-long love affair with maps since discovering the iconic Harry Beck map of the London Underground on the back of the London A-Z street atlas at an early age. After “growing up and getting a proper job” he now lives in Teddington in South West London with his family and works in London and Berlin as the Director of Ovi Places for Nokia; he’s also the co-founder of WhereCamp EU, the chair of w3gconf and sits on the UK Location User Group.
Prior to Nokia, Gary was at Yahoo!, leading their Geo Technologies group in the UK, releasing GeoPlanet and Placemaker and providing the geo heavy lifting for Flickr and Fire Eagle; he’s also been at Digicon, developing geophysical technologies to aid in the search for natural resources and at the European Space Agency Research Institute in Rome, Italy, participating in the development and launch of ERS-1, Europe’s first remote sensing satellite. Outside of the location and geo field, he’s been at companies including the BBC World Service, Reuters, Factiva.com and Network Associates.
Gary joins a GeoVation judging panel consisting of Roland Harwood, Victoria Harris and Peter ter Haar.