Global tech expert mentors Aussie startups to map their app success

Oct 10, 2016

An international startup expert is helping local developers create groundbreaking location-based apps set to rival global success stories like Uber, Airbnb and Tinder.

Esri’s Global Startup Program Manager Kurt Daradics will make a special visit to Australia this week to mentor aspiring tech entrepreneurs on how to use advanced location-based analytics to turn their ideas into commercial reality.

The Esri Startup Program is a free, three-year program that gives emerging businesses the tools to build mapping and location analytics capabilities into their products.

Co-founder of CitySourced – a community engagement app used by cities around the world, including the Gold Coast – Mr Daradics said the fusion of open data and disruptive technologies, such as augmented reality and the Internet of Things, was inspiring exciting new mobile applications.

“Internationally, we have already helped a wide array of startups produce some really interesting products, from social media mapping to intelligent transport solutions, and we’re just getting started,” Mr Daradics said.

“In Australia, we see a lot of potential for startups to drive innovation in established industries, particularly in mining and agriculture, for example, where drone and imagery apps provide state-of-the-art solutions for those industries. The commercial market is also full of opportunity.” 

“New developers are coming up with some really great ideas to solve problems and enhance our lifestyles. We can help make those ideas a reality.”

Esri Australia’s Chief Solutions Strategist Gary Johnson said all the most successful and life-changing apps of the past few years – such as Yelp, Uber, Tinder and Airbnb – have location-based analytics at the heart of their technology.

“These are the big household names in the new technology world and all, at their core, are about matching where people are with the services they want,” Mr Johnson said.

“The release of free open data about population, transport and weather, and the proliferation of data-collecting mobile devices, is providing the real-time spatial data necessary for those apps.” 

“The Esri Startup Program is enabling Australia's emerging developers to also use these disruptive technologies to progress their ideas and get them to market.” 

“Using location-based analytics to combine all that data and analyse it in innovative and creative ways will enable these startups to come up with entire new product lines.”

While in Australia, Kurt will be meeting with business leaders, angel investors and startup entrepreneurs in Brisbane and Sydney.

Visit the Esri Australia location-based analytics page to learn more about the benefits this advanced technology offers businesses.