Tech Forward Speaker Spotlight: Robert Cheetham

Tech Forward is excited to welcome Robert Cheetham to Nashville this September!

Robert Cheetham is the founder and CEO of Azavea, a B Corporation that applies geospatial technology for civic, social, and environmental impact.

Azavea creates geospatial visualization and analysis software for infrastructure, climate change, urban ecosystems, elections, transit, public safety, and human services. The firm’s public service mission and research focus are at the heart of its work including: open source projects, R&D partnerships with universities, the Summer of Maps program, the OpenDataPhilly project, and donating a portion of its profits to charitable organizations.

Prior to founding Azavea, Robert served as a software developer and GIS analyst for the University of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Police Department and as a civil servant in Japan. He has an MLA in Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning from the University of Pennsylvania. He serves on the board of the Callowhill Neighborhood Association and the advisory boards for the Penn State University Masters in GIS and GeoDesign programs.

At the Tech Forward Conference, Robert’s presentation, “Data of the Future—Creating Change Through Data Visualization & Big Data”, is intended to give organization leaders the knowledge they need to push for data-focused change. You’ll hear about how this alternative application of technology has shaped social programs and city wide initiatives.

Join us in September to hear from Robert about  tools that will help you make our organization more successful in your mission advancement and helpful change!

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