40 under 40

Outlook 2020: 40 under 40 Geospatial Leaders

Join xyHt in Celebrating Young Leadership in Geospatial Professions, Industries, and Sciences

Who are the current young geo-leaders internationally?

And where are they making a difference?

Read the 2019 xyHt 40 under 40 profiles here.

Send your nominations to 40under40@xyht.com before September 1, 2017.

A maxim goes, “We teach children their future, and not our past.” With the exception in the geospatial realm of archaeology, forensics, monitoring, and boundary survey (where historical evidence, fundamentals, and method are of utmost importance), the new wave of leadership shines in recognition of and responsible management in rapid change. (And even the exceptional disciplines have seen rapid change.)

This is not just about the bold young folks shaping the world for geospatial practitioners, but about their contributions towards prosperity and a better world for our clients and the general population.

xyHt will be profiling a sampling of these folks under age 40 in the 2020 Outlook supplement (delivered in January 2020 with xyHt)—“40 under 40” for short. We’ve reached out to folks within the many disciplines we cover: surveying, geodesy, education, construction, location sensors, spatial IT, and more, to help us identify candidates. But we would also like you help.

Do you know a promising candidate or candidates (domestic and/or international)? He or she could be:40 under 40

  • a mentor, active and promising student, support specialist, product developer or scientist, or advocate for geospatial matters;
  • a geospatial practitioner or educator who is preserving the past (without insisting we live in it);
  • a leader in professional associations—it’s not just about how many committees one volunteers for but more about who might really be making a difference, and maybe in unconventional ways;
  • an entrepreneur who is showing us a better way, developing and providing products and services that yield increased production, better results, and enhanced safety.

We would like to profile folks who are really making difference, who are shining examples to inspire youth to choose to enter geospatial fields.

At professional association meetings or conference you’ll hear the perennial conversations about the future of the professions, of succession planning, how to attract the next wave of practitioners, developers, researchers, and business leaders. Let’s think about the kind of young leader who inspire today’s youth, giving them examples of the great things they can do in geospatial fields, by providing examples (closer to their age). Let them know they can make a difference even early in their careers.

Who are the geospatial equivalents of the bold folks who shaped their world? The Elon Musks, the Jobs, the Gates—folks who made a difference long before their 40th birthday?

Send your nominations to 40under40@xyht.com before September 1, 2019. You can write up a rough paragraph or two outlining your reasons for nominating, or simply provide a name.

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