First phase of MundoGEO#Connect Award 2012 begins

There are more than 20 categories in which professionals, institutions, companies and brands in the geospatial field will compete. Garmin is endorsing this year’s award

MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012 , the largest gathering of geospatial industry in Latin America, is taking place at the Frei Caneca Convention Center in Sao Paulo from May 29 to 31, announces the opening of the first phase of the MundoGEO#Connect Award 2012, which will recognize professionals, institutions, companies and preferred brands in the industry. In addition to new categories, a difference in this year’s award is the sponsorship of Garmin, a global manufacturer of navigation systems.

The award ceremony will be held on May 29, the first day of the MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012 event. Altogether there are 22 categories, separated into professional, social networks, institutions, companies and brands.

The first phase, which will go thru March 30, users, experts and decision makers in the geospatial sector will indicate who the finalists should be. The second phase will be held in April. The winner of each category will be chosen by the community from the most voted ones in the first phase.

Vote now and choose the best of geospatial industry! But remember: the system only allows a single vote in the categories, upon voting confirmation via email. Click here to access the form.

Check out the categories of the 2012 MundoGEO#Connect Award:

Best of the Brazilian geospatial industry

• Personality of the year
• Best educational institution
• Preferred public institution
• Best geo twitter
• Best social network group
• Company with an outstanding presence on social networks
• Best junior geo company
• Best marketer
• Best satellite images company
• Best mapping company
• Best Location Based Services (LBS) company
•Best company of geodesy and topography equipments
• Best GIS software company
• Best image processing software company
• Best solutions developer company

Most distinguished international brand

• Topographic and geodetic GPS
• Total stations
• Commercial GIS
• Open Source GIS
• Image Processing
• Satellite images
• Geospatial data interoperability

In the first edition of MundoGEO#Connect Award , held in June 2011, one of the spotlights was Luiz Paulo Souto Fortes, the head of geosciences at the time of the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics (IBGE), which won the award of the professional of the decade in the geospatial sector. The National Institute for Space Research (INPE) was also recognized as the best teaching and research institution.

“MundoGEO#Connect Award, since its creation, aims to draw attention to the professionals, institutions and companies through recognition of its own community,” said Eduardo Freitas, technical coordinator of MundoGEO # Connect LatinAmerica. “For the second edition, we received several suggestions, some of which have become new categories such as the best Twitter profile on geotechnology and the best junior company in the industry,” he concludes.

Winners of MundoGEO#Connect 2011 Award

Winners of MundoGEO#Connect 2011 Award


How did the event start? MundoGEO # Connect LatinAmerica came about from the perception of its founders on issues that resonate the most in the major social networks, in surveys with magazine subscribers and visitors to the MundoGEO portal. Thus, one objective of the event is to connect, either in person or online, users, experts and decision makers in the area of ​​geo, so there is an exchange of ideas on current issues of the geospatial industry in Brazil and Latin America.

How is the workspace? The number of auditoriums for the activities of MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012 was enlarged by 100% in relation to the 2011 event. Also, in this edition, the venues at the products expo and services were increased by 50%. Click here to access the floor plan of the expo and meet the companies which will exhibit their products and services. Free access to the expo is granted for users and industry professionals.

Who attends the MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica? The data collected in the 2011 edition showed that 32% of the participants are directors and 33% managers or coordinators, 50% are from the private sector and 36% in the public sector and the areas with higher percentages of interest are the environment, natural resources, utilities, infrastructure and land planning.

How was the first edition of the event? In 2011, there were more than 100 speakers, including representatives of international companies such as Joel Campbell, the president of Erdas, Tarun Bhatnagar, director of corporate geo of Google for Latin America; Wolfgang Bidermann, executive of RapidEye; Dale Lutz, vice president of product development at Safe Software, and Mike Renslow, representative of the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ISPRS). Click here to access the lectures of MundoGEO # Connect 2011.

What’s new in MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica  2012? According to Emerson Granemann, director and publisher of MundoGEO Group, the event will have several seminars, workshops and side events that will discuss trends in GIS, remote sensing, land surveying, GPS and spatial data infrastructures in the areas of oil & gas, mining, government, agribusiness, environment, among others. “We have a lot of innovations in this second edition. The award ceremony was expanded to choose the best professionals, institutions, companies and brands, upon voting on the Internet throughout the geo community, “says Emerson.

How can I participate? Registrations for the event are already open. Click here to check course packages, seminars and forums of MundoGEO # Connect LatinAmerica 2012


MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012
Where: Frei Caneca Convetion Center, Sao Paulo. Click here to see it on the map.
Date: May 29 thru 31

MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012 counts with the sponsor of:

Santiago & Cintra Geo-tecnologias, that represents Trimble, Topcon, Faro and Optech; Furtado Schmidt,  that represents  Garmin, Nikon and Spectra Precision; Hexagon, one of the most important groups in the  metrology sector, and Leica Geosystems, Erdas, Intergraph and Sisgraph detainer; Alezi Teodolini, that represents Ashtech and Datageosis.

About MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012

MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica 2012 is the largest annual event in the area of geomatics and geospatial solutions and will take place between May 29 and 31 at the Frei Caneca Convention Center in Sao Paulo (SP). With the theme “Sharing information for a better world”, the expectation is to bring together 10,000 people in the field, between participants in the seminars, forums and courses, the expo visitors and people connected via webinar and social networks. The event is a creation of MundoGEO, with the support from IBGE, Emplasa, Sao Paulo City Hall, Embrapa Satellite Monitoring, Ministry of Defense of Geographical Service, among others. The event features several courses, seminars and forums, plus a marketplace with more than 70 global brands such as Google, Trimble, Hexagon, Erdas, DigitalGlobe, Leica, RapidEye, Astrium, GeoMax, Topcon, among others. Internationally, the event has the support of OGC, ISPRS, GITA, Directions Magazine, GIM International, V1 Magazine, Professional Surveyor and Geo Connexion. The first edition of MundoGEO#Connect took place between June 14 and 16 of 2011 in Sao Paulo (SP), bringing together over 7500 people.

About MundoGEO

MundoGEO, organiser of the MundoGEO#Connect LatinAmerica event, is a communication company that since its founding in 1998, has a mission to connect and integrate the community of geomatics and geospatial solutions in Latin America. For that, it uses MundoGEO magazine and the internet through social networks, webinars and MundoGEO portal in Portuguese, Spanish and English. All these activities are bring together more than 100 thousand professionals, positioning the company as a leader in Latin America and one of the world’s leading companies in this sector.

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