Former Google And Uber Executive Headlines CloudCorp's 2018 Luncheon

Bby Toby Nosker
KNCK News Director

Brian McClendon, co-creator of Google Earth and a recent Vice President of Advanced Technologies at Uber Technologies Inc., was the featured guest speaker at CloudCorp's 2018 Luncheon on Tuesday, February 6th. McClendon was in Concordia to talk a little about what the next generation of jobs in Kansas will look like and how STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education is critical to the future of the country and our state.

McClendon is a software designer, developer, and engineer. He was a co-founder and angel investor in Keyhole, Inc., a geospatial data visualization company that was purchased by Google in 2004 to produce Google Earth.

Brian holds twelve issued patents, including seven relating to KML, the XML-based language schema for expressing geographic annotation and visualization in two-dimensional maps and three-dimensional Earth browsers. KML became an open standard for GIS data in 2008.

He was Vice President of Engineering at Google for over 10 years before joining Uber in June 2015 as VP of Maps and Business Platform. Now residing in his home town of Lawrence, he maintains close ties with his alma mater, the University of Kansas, serving on advisory boards for both the School of Engineering and the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.

Prior to speaking at Tuesday's CloudCorp Luncheon, McClendon spoke to students at Concordia Junior/Senior High School.

McClendon, a Democrat, announced last month his decision to run for Kansas's Secretary of State.

Tuesday's CloudCorp Luncheon was held at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church Parish Hall in Concordia.