Course curriculum

Geospatial analysis can be challenging and time-consuming – from preparing data of different shapes, forms, sizes, to processing large and complex datasets at scale. Find out how Foursquare's Unfolded platform is solving these problems with H3, a hexagon-based grid system that can simplify data unification and processing, opening your data to new kinds of geospatial analysis. In this session, Senior Staff Software Engineer Nick Rabinowitz will discuss how H3 is transforming geospatial analysis and introduce Hex Tiles, a new tiling system built on H3 for fast visualization and analysis of massive spatial datasets. Supporting parallel processing for datasets with millions of rows, the Hex Tiles system is designed to easily ingest and enrich spatial datasets of all types and sizes - going from data unification to visualization in minutes. By transferring spatial data over the web in a tiled, grid-based format, Hex Tiles make it easy to visualize and explore massive spatial datasets and conduct analytics on the fly.

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    The Power Of Hexagons: How H3 & Foursquare Are Transforming Spatial Analytics

    • The Power Of Hexagons: How H3 & Foursquare Are Transforming Spatial Analytics


Senior Staff Engineer Foursquare

Nick Rabinowitz

Nick Rabinowitz has over 25 years of experience in software engineering, data visualization, and information management. He is currently a Senior Staff Engineer at Foursquare, where he works on web-based geospatial applications. Prior to joining Foursquare, he spent 5 years as a software engineer at Uber, where he led the development of business intelligence applications, helped to launch the Open Source H3 library, and created the Two Percent Pledge to promote charitable giving for Uber employees. He recently started geocaching and is unduly proud of his 138 finds.