Ed Parsons

Geospatial Technologist, Google Inc

Richard Süselbeck

HERE Technologies

At some point in the ’90s, a very young Richard rather enjoyed Indiana Jones and therefore decided to become an archaeologist. To prepare for this bright future, he got himself a summer job on an archaeological dig. It turned out to be a very rainy summer. There were no rolling boulders. One evening the man in charge took him aside, looked at him with haunted eyes, and said: “Don’t become an archaeologist.” So, Richard got himself a PhD in distributed systems instead and embarked on a career in tech. At some point, he took a wrong turn and got lost in the middle of Mongolia. That day he realized the importance of location data. This led him to become a Principal Developer Evangelist at HERE Technologies where he helps developers find their way using map and location APIs

Taco Olthoff

Taco Olthoff


5 years from now, instead of the fastest route drivers want to drive the route where they can be most productive, even if this is just enjoying the view.
Responsible globally for the product marketing of TomTom’s Navigation Technologies (Navigation software, Maps and services) to OEMs, Tier-1s and other players in the automotive industry. Passionate about driving change by developing new value propositions and business models for a future where drivers are increasingly becoming passengers. I enjoy sharing TomTom’s views and getting in contact with people with whom we can make change happen!

Jens Figal

Portfolio Manager, Heidelberg Mobil

Jens Figal is responsibly for the strategical and further development of the product portfolio with the solutions in the areas of mobile, location-based services and cloud.

With his team he works on the product Deep MapTM and in the areas of Research and innovation for solutions to questions in the spatial context.

He was previously employed at Deutsche Telekom AG within the unit Products & Innovation and worked on the development and launch of mobile solutions for enterprise customers and internationally active telco services.
Jens Figal is a media and communication scientist and enthusiastic by the diversity about human-computer interaction.

Jacopo Ovarelli

Galileo GPS, EU GNSS Agency (GSA)

Timothy Ellersiek

Timothy Ellersiek

HeiGIT , University of Heidelberg

Timothy Ellersiek is one of the core developers of Openrouteservice (ORS) – a free to use route planning service purely based on Openstreetmap data. ORS is developed by the Heidelberg Institute for Geoinformation Technology (HeiGIT) funded by the Klaus Tschira Stiftung. The API offers all different kinds of profiles and options providing the user with a highly customizable environment to plan routes all over the globe.

HeiGIT is directed by Prof. Alexander Zipf.

Manuel Friedrich

Manuel Friedrich

Berlin Partner

Cluster ICT Media Creative Industries, Berlin and Brandenburg

Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner

President of the Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation e.V.

Professorship for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation at Beuth Hochschule für Technik Berlin