Validation of the Concept

This week I went to California for my annual trek to the O’Reilly Where 2.0 conference. This is a gathering of the world leaders and top tech geeks for anything and everything to do with online mapping and related technologies. It’s a great opportunity to meet people who read and write about Google Earth and Maps related technologies, and also the guys and gals who create them.

On Tuesday I ran a workshop on “Extending Google Earth“, where I presented the many ways you can make Google Earth do much more than just look at your house. Not only that, but one of the highlights of my talk was the announcement of a very cool ship simulator built by Paul van Dinther which uses the Google Earth API.

But, the best part of the workshop was that I happened to describe a bit about the Tahina Expedition to the audience. Lots of people were apparently “wowed” by the concept. Over the next few days I had dozens of people come up to talk to me about the trip and ask all kinds of questions about it. And, as I told them more about the cool gadgets and amazing photography which will be shown in Google Earth as we travel the world… well, let’s just say I think I recruited a few dozen subscribers to this blog. 🙂
To me, this was the first opportunity to actually talk to a large number of people in person about the Tahina Expedition. It was extremely gratifying to have these very intelligent, technologically savvy, mapping experts validate my vision of a new way to share a traveling experience.

And, the icing on the cake is that several companies I met with discussed possible partnerships which will either enhance data available to Tahina for our travels, or provide another avenue for us to share our experience. Needless to say, I’m traveling home today thrilled with the experience, and even more psyched about the big trip!

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