Darren Platakis is the Founder and Executive Director of Geospatial Niagara, non-profit organization that seeks to promote geo-literacy and community participation through geography. He holds a BSc. degree in Geography and a Post Graduate Certificate in GIS/Geospatial Management. In 2013 he was elected to the College of Fellows in the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. He envisions a Niagara where every citizen is an engaged citizen through geographic awareness and access to geospatial technologies and information. His discussion encompasses Geospatial Niagara projects TreeOcode Niagara and the Niagara Minecraft Project and how these projects can educate, engage and invest students and citizens in their communities.