Travelling into London is always an education. I’ve met terrific people on the train so many times, and now that the LUSH shop in Waterloo has been converted into a sweet-smelling map-shop there’s double the reason to savour the journey.
The point of our journey
We all know the point of a journey is not to arrive, but in this instance I had meetings planned at the Special Forces Club in Mayfair (and that’s all I’m allowed to say so no happy snaps!) and then on to the Geovation Hub in Clerckenwell where the bi-monthly Geomob were to convene for some outstanding presentations, prize-givings and #geobeers (of course!).
New Map shop at Waterloo
The Lush staff were amazing and really took to this map selling malarkey. After a first week of sales they are on track to make a huge impact on (or possibly invent!) the carto-cosmetics industry. I had a great demo on their “naked” products which are marketed alongside the MapWraps we made. I learnt how to tie the wrap professionally.
The Geomob included great presentations on government open data and Gary Gale delivered the latest from what3words. The world of maps on fabrics was presented by Treasure Pocket but ultimately there could only be one winner.
The amazing Mars Map by Ordnance Survey’s Chris Wesson was a great story with a beautiful outcome. So beautiful it probably deserves to go down on fabric 😉
The #Geobeers led to heated arguments on proprietary vs open data and algorithms and Derek Rethens got shot! Literally, a drive-by-paint-ball shooting from the window of a speeding vehicle as he supped! Overall that SplashMaps day was definitely an education.