June Newsletter

It feels like only a few weeks ago the ground was still covered in snow and the sun only made a brief appearance each day.  Well, that has changed and summer is now in full swing.  Back at our annual board meeting in January we had discussed how to make the most of these warm sunny months and planned on pausing our monthly meetups in favor of in-person socials.  Something fun enough to entice members to take a day off from enjoying the outdoors and sun and spend some time with the community, but things have changed.

With our calendar thrown out the window, we will have our monthly meetup go on as scheduled (Thursday, June 21st at 7 PM).  Our speaker will be Clare Corthell - Product Manager from Lyft, the details are below.

Meetup Topic - Mapping at Lyft

Maps are the original information visualization, concisely rendering what occupies the physical space around us. Within the last hundred years, maps have evolved from hand drawing replication to mass production -- as remote sensing explodes, mapping is going through a renaissance. This talk seeks to cover approaches to the modern mapping technology stack, and how businesses use them, how the open-source ecosystem is cracking the sector-wide open, and how Alaskans may have a unique role in building maps of the future
Clare Corthell grew up in Nikiski and has lived between Alaska and San Francisco for the last decade. She is currently the Product Manager of the map data and geovisualization teams at Lyft. She previously founded an aerial map making startup, a data science consultancy, and a Kenyan ridesharing company. At Stanford Engineering, she specialized in Computer Science and Product Design. She is the author of the Open Source Data Science Masters, the blueprint for university accredited degrees around the world.
We will be hosting a virtual meetup with a conference call as well as live streams.  Both options information are here:

Conference Information
June 21, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup
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Featured Project

We don't have a featured project this month so if you are working on something interesting that you would like included in next month's newsletter then please contact us in the #alliance-leadership channel in Slack.

Upcoming Events

June. 21, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup

July. 30, 7 PM - Statewide Meetup


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