The creator of GrassrootsMapping.org, Jeff Warren designs mapping tools, visual programming environments, and flies kites as a fellow in MIT's Center for Future Civic Media, and as a student at the MIT Media Lab’s Design Ecology group, where he created the vector-mapping framework Cartagen. He co-founded Vestal Design, a graphic/interaction design firm in 2004, and directed the Cut&Paste Labs project, a year-long series of workshops on opensource tools and Web design in 2006-7 with Lima designer Diego Rotalde.
Warren holds a BA in Architecture from Yale University and spent much of that time (and the following years) working with artist/technologist Natalie Jeremijenko, building robotic dogs and so forth. To find out more, visit Unterbahn.com.
Neogeography and the desire to create on-demand aerial image maps inspired Stewart Long to found Gonzo Earth, an aerial imaging service based company focused on acquiring and/or remotely processing aerial image data. High resolution orthomosaic projects such as an 8 Gigapixel 2009 map of Burning Man illustrate the capability of the custom techniques and present technology. He acquires data from kites, balloons, UAVs, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and satellite gaining experience in working with data of varying resolution and precision. This flexibility positions Gonzo Earth to remotely process imagery from sources such as the GrassrootsMapping.org Gulf of Mexico project and the Tahina Expedition global circumnavigation.
Stewart holds a BA in Environmental Geography from Chico State, and is completing a MS in GIS from at San Diego State.