A former archaeologist, Kurt Menke is a geohipster based out of Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. He received a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of New Mexico in 2000. That same year he founded Bird’s Eye View to apply his expertise with GIS technology towards solving the world’s mounting ecological, economic and social issues. His areas of focus are public health, conservation and education. Kurt Menke has a broad skillset. He is a spatial analyst, cartographer, web map developer, trainer/teacher and author. He is an open source GIS authority, recently co-authoring Mastering QGIS for Packt Publishing and authoring Discover QGIS through Locate Press. In 2015 he became an OsGeo Charter Member. He is an experienced FOSS4G educator and is a co-author of the GeoAcademy. He teaches on a regular basis. His offerings range from a semester long Intro to FOSS4G course he originally developed in 2009, to short courses and professional workshops. In 2015 he was awarded the Global Educator of the Year Team Award by GeoForAll as part of the GeoAcademy team.