“Never Get Lost”: June 2 at BookPeople
Kudos to BookPeople and Bill Kilday (pictured above) for adding an engaging and immersive experience to a standard book release event for “Never Lost Again: The Google Mapping Revolution That Sparked New Industries and Augmented Our Reality.” After a reading, signing and Q&A with the audience, participants (who buy a copy of the book) will be invited to join a scavenger hunt, both inside the store and in the surrounding area.
Events take place on Saturday afternon, June 2. The reading begins at 2 pm and the scavenger hunt at 3 pm. Prizes will be awarded at a reception that starts at 4 pm.
A scavenger hunt is an ideal real-world example of the mapping revolution Kilday explored in his highly-anticipated book, which was released earlier this week.
Kilday, the VP Marketing and Live Events for Niantic, takes readers behind-the-scenes to deliver a first person look at the people who created the tools that gave us Google Earth, Google Maps and Pokémon GO.
Kilday, born in Houston as the youngest of eight children, now lives in Austin with his family. In his compelling, personal anecdote-packed tale, he follows Keyhole from its startup creation by small-town Texas boy John Hanke, through years of struggle to the company’s big break when CNN used the technology to cover the first invasion of Iraq. Google bought in and relaunched the software as Google Maps and Google Earth. Hanke’s original company then spun out of Google, and is now responsible for Pokémon GO and the upcoming Harry Potter: Wizards Unite.
More than just a look at where we’ve come so far, “Never Lost Again” also looks ahead at the prospects for emerging map-based technologies including augmented reality and driverless cars.
For more information on this June 2 event, visit BookPeople.
More upcoming Austin events:
June 4: Austin Virtual League Meetup
June 4: Intro to the Austin Media Scene
June 5: Austin Forum on Internet of Things
June 5: Capital Factory Accelerator Info Session
June 5: iPhone Developers Meetup
June 5: Solopreneurs Growth Network at Business Success Center
June 6: Austin Digital Marketing Conference
June 7–10: Startup Weekend Hackout 2018
June 19: SKU 6 Showcase Day — Graduation Pitch Event
June 21: Central Texas LGBT-Allies Diversity Summit
June 22: DivInc Spring 2018 Demo Day
June 23: Austin Ice Cream Festival
June 25: SXSW 2019 PanelPicker Speaking Application Process Begins
August 1: SXSW 2019 Registration Opens
August 3–5: RTX Austin 2018
August 22: Snap Judgement LIVE!
October 2: InnoTech Austin
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Hugh Forrest serves as Chief Programming Officer at SXSW, the world’s most unique gathering of creative professionals. He also tries to write at least four paragraphs per day on Medium. These posts often cover tech-related trends; other times they focus on books, pop culture, sports and other current events.