Abraham Poorazizi

Geospatial Geek, Builder, Innovator

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Geospatial Data & Technology Leader


I am an award-winning geospatial data geek, builder, and innovator. I am passionate about creating digital solutions to solve real-world problems using open-source software, open standards, and open data. In my career, I have helped engineering teams implement software development best practices, supported product teams deliver turnkey solutions, and worked with sales and marketing teams to showcase products by giving presentations and writing blog posts.

At the moment, I am a senior developer advocate on the Amazon Location Service team at Amazon Web Services (AWS). I strive to inspire developers by showing them how Amazon Location Service (and AWS) can solve real-world problems, educate them by telling them what to build and how to build it, enable them by helping them choose the right tool for the job, and engage with them to gather feedback.


Self-Motivated, Creative, Team Player

Core Skills

  • Spatial Data Science
  • GIS Systems Design
  • Web Mapping
  • Geospatial IoT
  • Cloud Computing


  • Entrepreneurship
  • Rapid Prototyping
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Visualization
  • Data-Driven Applications

Technical Skills

  • Languages: JavaScript, Python, SQL
  • Tech Stack: PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Node.js, Vue.js, MapboxGL.js
  • Geospatial: QGIS, GDAL/OGR, GeoServer
  • DevOps: Git, Docker, AWS Cloud


First Place at AWS Graviton Hackathon

Amazon Web Services (AWS), 2021

Second Place at AWS Graviton Hackathon

Amazon Web Services (AWS), 2021

First Place at AWS ML Developer Challenge

Amazon Web Services (AWS), 2020

Best Existing App Migrated to Aurora

Amazon Web Services (AWS), 2018

Best Interactive Map

Open Source Geospatial Foundation (OSGeo), 2015

Best Open Data Mashup

ChallengePost & Socrata, 2015

Best Web Map & People's Choice Award

GeoAlberta, 2014

Best Web Map & Best Student Map

GeoAlberta, 2013

Best Student App

Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), 2013


University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada

PhD, Geomatics Engineering - Graduated: 2016

I worked with a team of researchers on various projects from developing a social media platform for urban planning to building an OpenStreetMap-like platform for the Arctic and creating a framework for filtering, classifying, and mapping social media messages for disaster response.

K.N.T University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

MSc, Geomatics Engineering - Graduated: 2010

I used open-source software and open geospatial standards (OGC) to build an interoperable system to acquire, process, and publish sensor observations from air quality monitoring stations.



Senior Developer Advocate / Feb 2022 - Present

Show developers how AWS can solve real-world problems, tell them what to build and how to build it, help them choose the right tool for the job, and get their feedback.


Senior Solutions Architect / Oct 2018 - Feb 2022

Provided a unique skill set of design, architecture, and business strategy to build easy-to-use and scalable data analytics and visualization products.


Co-Founder & CTO / Dec 2016 - Feb 2018

Led the design and implementation of a software solution for simplifying water management in the energy sector.


I Make mApps


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Calgary, AB, Canada


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