Andrew Turner

Andrew Turner

Neogeographer and Geospatial Collaboration Architect

Washington D.C. Metro Area

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Andrew Turner's Overview

  • CTO, R&D Center DC at Esri
  • Co-Founder at CrisisCommons
  • Author at O'Reilly
  • Neogeographer at HighEarthOrbit

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Andrew Turner's Summary

Andrew's work focuses on cross-domain collaboration and democratizing the map making process creating open tools for cartography and analysis. In 2006 he published the popular and widely regarded book "introduction to Neogeography" which led an industry shift of the GIS market. He is a world renowned speaker, author, advocate and engineer for crowd-sourced geospatial technology and a successful entrepreneur that has grown and exited two companies through acquisition.

Currently, Andrew is the Chief Technology Officer of Esri Research and Development center in Washington, DC. His team are developing new technologies for realtime analysis of geospatial data that will serve the US Defense, Intelligence, NGO, and Consumer markets through on-demand access to multi-domain data streams.

Andrew is an active member in many organizations developing and supporting open standards such as the OpenStreetMap, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open Web Foundation, OSGeo, and World Wide Web Consortium. He is also the co-founder of CrisisCommons, a global community of volunteers leveraging technology to assist in building solutions for disaster reponse, recovery and rebuilding.

Andrew has consulted for enterprise and multinational organizations such as the United Nations, World Bank, USGS, MapQuest, the BBC, the Library of Congress in developing their geospatial and community components. He has lectured coursed and lead workshops for Stanford, University of Virginia, and other universities and organizations teaching about utilizing modern data sharing technologies.

Andrew Turner's Experience

CTO, R&D Center DC


Privately Held; 1001-5000 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

July 2012Present (2 years 3 months) Washington D.C. Metro Area

We're heading up new initiatives within Esri that focus on Open Data, Web Collaboration, and realtime geospatial analysis. Our team is part of the Esri core development team building the world's best geospatial technology used by over 300,000 organizations worldwide.



Nonprofit; 1-10 employees; Internet industry

2009Present (5 years)

Worked with the community and management team to build and implement the vision of a global network of technical volunteers that assist in response to man-made and natural disasters.



Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

September 2006Present (8 years 1 month)

Author of "Introduction to Neogeography" in 2006 which served as a catalyst for academic and industry research in open access to geospatial data and visualization tools for personal use.

Author of the "Where2.0 Business Report" covering the industry market, opportunities and competition, and future trends.

Frequent speaker at O'Reilly events on geospatial technology, open-source collaboration and crowd-sourcing.



October 2005Present (9 years)

Freelance development of applications (desktop and web), websites, and technical articles. Primary fields are in mapping applications, geolocation, and 'home' automation.

Sample Projects: DashSaver, When2Where, Whereisbot, IndigoWidget/IndigoWeb, MacMini Robot

Developed web interfaces to home automation software in Indigo
Articles publish in Linux Journal and MacTech magazines

Chief Technology Officer

GeoIQ (Acquired by ESRI, July 2012)

Privately Held; 11-50 employees; Information Technology and Services industry

August 2008July 2012 (4 years) Washington, DC

Developed architecture and deployment of a multi-tiered geospatial analytics, data sharing and visualization platform for rapid decision making and collaboration. Developed using agile methodology with open-source and in-house built components, GeoIQ was used by United States Federal, Defense and Intel customers, multinational organizations, consumer enterprise, and as a public cloud website, GeoCommons.

I managed the engineering team, customer delivery and support, partner strategy, and product releases. Frequently invited to conferences to speak on the cutting edge of geospatial visualization and web collaboration.

GeoIQ was acquired by Esri in 2012.

Co-Founder and CEO


June 2006August 2008 (2 years 3 months)

Designed and built an online web platform for users and developers to create, publish, aggregate, and consume information about location. Mapufacture was a geo-aggregator where people can find out interesting information in their area, what's going on in a city they are visiting, or just become more connected with the world they live in.

Mapufacture was acquired by FortiusOne in August 2008.

Systems Development Engineer

Realtime Technologies, Inc.

June 2003April 2007 (3 years 11 months)

Developed software and hardware systems to assist engineers in designing and engineering vehicle systems. SimCreator was a graphical design application where users could create a high-fidelity, realtime vehicle simulation, automate through scripting or view and operate in an immersive 3-D simulator with motion base haptic feedback.

I was responsible for writing core C++ code, implementing physics algorithms and vehicle models, working with customers to build simulations and scenarios. SimCreator was used by the US Army, and major automative manufacturers and suppliers.

Graduate Research Assistant

Virginia Tech

Educational Institution; 5001-10,000 employees; Higher Education industry

20002003 (3 years)

Masters of Science in Aerospace Engineering. Advised by Dr. Christopher Hall

Researched neural network adaptive algorithms for spacecraft attitude controls and dynamics.

Engineering Lead for the VT HokieSat, a university nanosatellite project whose mission was to measure the ionosphere and the affect on sensors such as the Global Positioning System. The team of 30+ engineers, researchers, and faculty conceived, designed, built and tested the entire system including structures, propulsion, electronics, software, and attitude control servos.


Astrium Space

Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Research industry

May 2002December 2002 (8 months)

Developed Spacecraft sensor and actuator simulations in MatLab Simulink.

Aerospace Engineering Intern

Analytical Graphics, Inc.

Privately Held; 201-500 employees; Defense & Space industry

June 1998August 1998 (3 months)

Developed software components for Satellite Toolkit (STK) - a spacecraft simulation and modeling tool that is widely used in the aerospace industry.

Supported users by developing scenarios and spacecraft models in STK.

Andrew Turner's Honors and Awards

  • Smart CXO

    Washington SmartCEO
    • April 2011

    Recognized for:

    * Management philosophy
    * Service to the industry and local community
    * Ability to create competitive advantages for the company
    * Optimization of business processes
    * Innovation of products
    * Record of establishing new customer relationships and improving existing relationships

  • Golden Dot Award for Best Animation or Mash-Up

    Institute for Politics, Democracy & the Internet (IPDI)
    • October 2009

Andrew Turner's Projects

Andrew Turner's Languages

  • German

  • Mandarin

Andrew Turner's Publications

  • Introduction to Neogeography

    • O'Reilly
    • December 23, 2006
    Authors: Andrew Turner

    Neogeography combines the complex techniques of cartography and GIS and places them within reach of users and developers.

Andrew Turner's Skills & Expertise

  1. Ruby
  2. JavaScript
  3. CSS
  4. Python
  5. C
  6. PHP
  7. Ruby on Rails
  8. Maps
  9. Agile Methodologies
  10. Aerospace Engineering
  11. Neural Networks
  12. Algorithms
  13. Hadoop
  14. Collaboration
  15. Crowdsourcing
  16. GIS
  17. Web Applications
  18. System Architecture
  19. Standards Development
  20. Software Development
  21. Web Services
  22. PostgreSQL
  23. MySQL
  24. Geomatics
  25. Open Source
  26. AJAX
  27. Web Development
  28. Java
  29. REST
  30. Mobile Applications
  31. Objective-C
  32. Linux
  33. Cloud Computing

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Andrew Turner's Education

Virginia Tech

MS, Aerospace Engineering

September 2000June 2003

Thesis: Open-Source, Extensible Spacecraft Simulation And Modeling Environment (

Research: Adaptive Spacecraft Attitude Control Using Neural Networks (
Virginia Space Grant Consortium Graduate Research Grant recipient


Activities and Societies: Hokiesat Nanosatellite Project (Project Manager, Lead Software Architect, Attitude Determination & Control System Lead), Sigma Gamma Tau (Aerospace Engineering Honors),

University of Virginia

BS, Aerospace Engineering


Undergraduate Thesis: Development of a Semi-autonomous Control System for the UVA Solar Airship 'Aztec'


Activities and Societies: Solar Airship Engineering Team, Pep Band, Symphonic Orchestra

Methacton High School

High School Diploma


Andrew Turner's Additional Information


Programming (C++, Objective-C, PHP, Ruby, Javascript, Python), Web services, Spacecraft, Autonomous controls, Vehicle Dynamics, Curling, Trombone, Photography, Scuba Diving, Snowboarding/Skiing/Snowshoeing

Groups and Associations:

Detroit Curling Club, Southeast Michigan Ruby Users Group (, Geowankers, AIAA, SAE, AAS, FooCamp, OSGeo

Honors and Awards:

Invited Speaker: Stanford, NYU ITP, University of Kansas, FOWA London 2008, Web2.0 Expo NY 2008, Location Intelligence Conference

- "Introduction to Neogeography"
- "Where2.0: State of the Geospatial Web"

- Where2.0 Conference Committee 2007/2008,
- MapQuest OpenAPI mashup winner, 2006
- Detroit Curling Club Men's Champion 2007, Mixed Champion 2006

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