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Building Location Aware Web Applications

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February 5, 2009 5:45 AM

Grand Denver Hyatt, 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202

Grand Denver Hyatt, 1750 Welton St, Denver, CO 80202

Location-aware web sites, applications, and devices can provide users with rich social connectivity, useful content, efficient movement around their environment, highly targeted advertising, and more. Major web players understand the benefits of location awareness and have jumped into this space. Google’s My Location (which locates users via cell-towers) and Yahoo!’s Fire Eagle (which brokers a user’s locations) are just two examples.

While most devices now have functionality that make location determination possible, understanding these technologies and how they can be deployed and used by mobile devices and web sites can be complicated.

This session is targeted to all attendees who want to learn more about the tools available to bring location to their web site or mobile applications. We’ll discuss how GPS, cell tower triangulation, and Wi-Fi positioning work, and on which platforms they are available.

BrightKite, a location-based social network, will also join us to talk through recommendations and best practices when it comes to implementing location-based services as part of a mobile or web application.

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