A former archaeologist, Kurt Menke is a Certified GIS Professional (GISP) based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. He received a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. That same year he founded Bird’s Eye View to apply his expertise with GIS technology towards ecological conservation. His other focus areas are public health and education. He is an avid open source GIS proponent, recently authoring Mastering QGIS for Packt Publishing and Discover QGIS via Locate Press. In 2015 he became an OsGeo Charter Member.
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, United States
Mark Munsell is Deputy Director, CIO and IT Services Directorate at the the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). In this role, he oversees the directorate’s IT-related capabilities and services and encourages innovative development aimed at streamlining and modernizing NGA’s IT infrastructure to better serve its GEOINT mission partners and corporate customers.
Mark is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a degree in Geography and a minor in Aerospace Studies.
Managing Director Open Source Programs at RadiantBlue Technologies, United States
Eddie Pickle brings a wealth of open source software, geospatial, and executive expertise to his role as Managing Director Open Source Programs at RadiantBlue. Before coming to RadiantBlue, Eddie was the founding CEO of Boundless (formerly OpenGeo), leading the company in its spinoff from its non-profit parent. Eddie has worked in the geospatial industry for more than 30 years, and has been a senior executive at both well-known software (IONIC) and data (Claritas, IXI) leaders. He has worked with commercial, government, and non-profit organizations worldwide, and is a Councilor of the American Geographical Society.
At Boundless, Eddie built the global leader in geospatial open source software, initiated the successful FOSS4G North America conference, and led the first FedGeoDay for open source in the DC area. Previous to his service at Boundless, Eddie was one of the founders of IONIC Enterprise and served as its Chief Operating Officer until its purchase by ERDAS in 2007. Prior to that, Eddie was a senior executive leading sales, data development and data solutions at Claritas (now part of Nielsen) and IXI Corporation (now part of Equifax). Eddie holds a Masters degree in Geography from UCLA with a specialization in demography, and a BA in Geography from the University of Tennessee.