CARTO 2018: Our Year In Review


From start of year roadmaps to end of year industry recognition, here’s a brief recap of our very busy 2018!

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CARTO 2018: Our Year In Review

2018 is drawing to a close and here at CARTO it has been a year for the record books. From January’s company retreat in Valencia to this month's inclusion as Strong Performers in Forrester’s Location Intelligence Wave Report  we aimed for the stars and had a lot of fun along the way.

Below are a few accomplishments made possible thanks to a team that brought passion  curiosity  and dedication to each and every challenge in 2018. This was the key to our successes this past year  and it’s our driving force heading into 2019.

So  for your pleasure  we present CARTO's year in review! Vamos!



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The year kicked off with a retreat for the entire company in Valencia where different teams shared their plans for 2018. From our commercial vision for the year to new features and solutions from our product and Data Science teams  the week laid out an ambitious plan on new and exciting ways of making Location Intelligence more accessible to our user community.


Alongside tech and telecommunications leaders from around the world  in February we headed to Barcelona for Mobile World Congress 2018. This year’s congress was particularly exciting as we announced a new  jointly-built solution called Vodafone Analytics  allowing Vodafone to accelerate their data monetization journey alongside their B2B customers across the world.


Vodafone Gif


Since its debut  new features have been added equipping users with insights on mobility patterns for better decision making in Retail  Real Estate  Tourism  Public Administration  and more. In October  public officials in Bizkaia used Vodafone Analytics to manage  monitor  and measure the local impact of MTV Music Week with data from IoT sensors.


Our Data Science team participated in several events to celebrate NYC Open Data Week 2018. Partnering with Enigma and SAVI Pratt  we kicked off the week with Data Through Design  an art exhibit presenting viewers with a tactile view of open data.




Later in the month CARTO was featured in a new publication from Alex D. Singleton  Seth E. Spielman  and David C. Folch titled  Urban Analytics for its commitment in moving beyond traditional GIS.Urban analytics  "the practice of using new forms of data in combination with computational approaches to gain insight into urban processes " addresses the impact mobility problems have on city residents. And to exemplify this impact and the role of data visualization in presenting this information  the authors highlighted the L Train Shutdown Analysis from Stuart Lynn  Head of Data Science  and Mamata Akella  Head of cartography.


The entire CARTO team worked around the clock to finalize preparations for not one  but two industry summits bringing Location Intelligence practitioners and pioneers to Spain in April for CARTO Locations Madrid.




The two day summit featured exciting presentations from industry experts on the latest advancements in Location Intelligence demonstrating innovative ways of working with location data. Highlights included:

And as the summit drew to a close  our CEO Javier de la Torre invited to the stage Luis Cueto  the Mayor of the City of Madrid  and Avichai Bakst  from Waze Connected Citizens Program  for one last announcement: a new partnership and traffic management and mobility solution called Traffico.




Since then we’ve helped cities and local governments from San Diego  California to Louisville  Kentucky address mobility problems by connecting Waze traffic data to city-specific tools  apps  and dashboards using our Location Intelligence platform.


Once Locations Madrid ended  we shifted focus to finalizing details on new projects slated to be announced at CARTO Locations New York  especially the beta release of Airship. For developers  Airship provides a frontend library whose ready-to-use layout elements  components  CSS styles  and icons were specifically designed to avoid problems Location Intelligence Apps often encounter.


In the last six months  the team behind Airship has expanded the initial library's components  and in November Airship v1.0 launched featuring an independent framework  mobile readiness  and interactive elements that improve data storytelling.


At Locations New York we presented CARTO VL as the future of digital cartography  and since June we've been building maps that surpass what was once thought possible. In early June the product team hosted an internal CARTO VL hackathon which received some truly amazing submissions. We also mapped the spread of forest fires across the U.S. with VL  and along the way discovered other patterns including the relative speed at which some fires were growing. In the clip below  listen to some of our team discuss the advancements in web mapping that the wildfire map displays:


In November CARTO VL v1.0 was released with extensive documentation available in the Developer Center.


CARTO Locations featured presentations highlighting the added value of location data streams and to kick off the second half of 2018 we spotlighted new ways of solving old problems by applying spatial data science techniques to these new data streams. Topics included:

Site planning for food trucks with mobility data


Food Trucks


Optimizing sales territories with genetic algorithms


Predicting traffic collisions with GPS and mobile data


These stories reminded us why spatial data science and location data streams are so powerful when combined to solve real-world problems.


Summer months might normally be a little quieter  but our Solutions and Design teams spent August finding ways to improve the online experience for CARTO users. What came from their hard work was a new Help Center  with tips on getting started  building a map  and working with your data  the Developers Center which provides resources like APIs and Libraries that will help build the next generation of Location Intelligence applications  and a redesigned home page.


Help Center


From introductory guides on data preparation  to specific tutorials on working with CARTO.js and MAPS API  quick DIY refreshers on SQL and PostGIS  the Help Center provides an entry point into CARTO that the Developer Center advances with more technical guides and references on building Location Intelligence apps on CARTO's platform.


The 2018 Spatial Data Science Conference was held on October 12th in CARTO's Brooklyn Office. Co-sponsored by The Center for Spatial Data Science at the University of Chicago  the day long conference featured dozens of talks  keynotes  and panel discussions exploring the challenges of working with spatial data from public and private sector leaders alongside academics and researchers.


SDSC Pictures


Check out our microsite for recordings of the presentations and keep an eye out for our 2019 edition!


November marked the first anniversary of CARTOframes. As a Python package designed to easily get data into and out of CARTO  CARTOframes creates an ETL workflow native to Data Scientists that includes standard languages and tools including Jupyter notebooks  Geopandas  Matplotlib  and SQL and PostgreSQL. Because CARTOframes interacts with Matplotlib static data visualizations can be pulled from the Maps API and generated using a single line of code.


One Line of Code Map


Make sure you don’t miss our January webinar with CARTOframes guru Andy Eschbacher!


After an intense and prosperous year  the CARTO team were excited to be included in Forrester’s Location Intelligence Wave as a Strong Performer  as well as receiving recognition from Gartner in their Outdoor Mapping and Location Services Competitive Landscape Report.

 And that's a wrap on CARTO 2018! Happy holidays and we look forward to an even busier 2019!


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