Young Professionals Forum

"Making a Difference in Geospatial Industry"

World Trade Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands


Professional development has been a major hurdle in geospatial industry of late. Continuous evolution in the areas of sensors for data acquisition, data management, real time analytics and visual interaction paradigms, together with the increasing prevalence of cloud computing, is affecting the capacity requirements in both government and private sectors. The future roles of young geospatial professionals are no longer seen as traditional geographers or surveyors, rather the market is demanding for data collection specialists, software developers, spatial analysts, 3D modeller, data integrators, etc.

Young Professionals Forum aims to provide a platform for students and industry to share the same stage and discuss how the next generation geospatialists can make a difference in our ever-changing industry. Senior executives of major public and private geospatial companies and young CEOs of start-ups will be invited to share inspirational stories and vision on the future trends and direction of the industry. Students will be given opportunities to present their research work (thesis) at the Forum in front of prospective employees, followed by a special pitch session by companies and government agencies to promote internships and job opportunities for students.

Target audience

Undergraduates, postgraduates and young professionals under the age of 35.

Poster Contest

Participate in our exclusive Young Professionals Poster Contest for a chance to win €500!!

Students are invited to participate in an exclusive Poster Contest sponsored by Geospatial Media and Communications BV, highlighting innovative geospatial application research projects that could create new business opportunities in the industry. All posters will be presented and evaluated on 25 May 2016 at the Young Professionals Forum. Best Poster will be awarded €500!

Write to Sarah Hisham at to register for the contest.


0900-1100 hrs:

Geospatial Industry: What are the Options?


Hendrik Westerbeek President
The Netherlands

Senior executives of major public and private geospatial companies shall offer their takes on the future direction of geospatial industry, and how young professionals can prepare themselves to fit in. Young CEOs of start-up companies, too, will be invited to share their stories and thoughts on different paths available for students to take after graduation.

Ron Bisio, Vice President, Geospatial, Trimble, United States

Perspective from major global geospatial company + Trimble's Young Surveyors programme

Alf Overmars, Director - Management Organisation & HRM, Kadaster, The Netherlands

Changing roles of national mapping agencies and the capacity requirement

Arnout van Raaij, GIS Consultant, BAM Infraconsult, The Netherlands

Latest geo-technology deployed in construction industry – how graduates should prepare

Robbie Schingler, Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Planet Labs, United States

Formula for a successful start-up

Felix van Veldhoven, Business Consultant, Geodan, The Netherlands

Preparing for your first job – do's and don'ts

1100-1200 hrs:
Tea/Coffee Break and Posters Presentation at Exhibition Area
1200-1300 hrs:
Lunch Break
1300-1500 hrs:

Innovation & Entrepreneurship


Prof. Josef Strobl Chair, Department of Geomatics
University of Salzburg

Listen to new generation thesis projects and talks from young entrepreneurs for a glimpse at geospatial industry's future skills and technologies.

1500-1600 hrs:
Tea/Coffee Break and Posters Presentation at Exhibition Area
1600-1730 hrs:

Job Opportunities Pitch – We Want You!


Peter van Oosterom Professor of GIS Technology
Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment
TU Delft
The Netherlands

Companies and agencies (government/NGOs) who are hiring or looking for student interns will be invited to give 10 minutes pitch on their offerings. The session will be followed by open floor discussions between students and these representatives. The Best Poster award will be announced at the end of the session.

Registration Fee

€35 per student, which include:
  • Full day participation at Young Professionals Forum
  • Access to exhibition area, workshops and other sessions at Geospatial World Forum on 25 May 2016
  • Lunch and tea/coffee breaks
  • Conference kit

For students who are interested to attend Geospatial World Forum from 23-26 May 2016, the fee will be €120 (including entry to Young Professionals Forum).

Two days registration is also available at €60.

* This fee is valid for students in full time education only (not in paid employment). Professionals will need to pay the regular fee here.


Sarah Hisham

Mobile: +31 6 1103 5280