Location Innovation Lab


Location Innovation Lab


The Location Innovation Lab (LIL) team develops smart-city software systems in the pursuit of fostering a more resilient organization.

Working at the nexus of safety and efficiency we co-create custom applications (apps) that are used daily by the University of Oregon. LIL apps support campus operations, emergency management, planning, business continuity, and much more. LIL’s innovations are shared through transfer of our technologies and sponsored research projects. 


Made by Ducks for Ducks. Learn more about LIL's custom applications.

By the Numbers

We believe in the power of a pin drop.
Pins Dropped in Call Log
Visits to Campus Map Apps in 12 Months
Olympic Trials Supported by ORION
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Featured Project

Leftover Textover (LOTO) is a collaborative project aimed at tackling food insecurity.

LOTO notifies students about free, available food on campus using texts and campus mapping.


Learn more about Leftover Textover


The foundation of the LIL system is our unique room-level mapping and location engine. By maintaining room geometry in an agile manner, the LIL location engine efficiently keeps pace with the continuous change of a large organization.

At the UO, LIL’s system services multiple campuses housing 30,000+ individual rooms across more than 375 buildings. LIL’s software stack addresses a wide range of issues important to organizational resilience including: 

  • Situational awareness  

  • Incident and large event management  

  • Thousands of daily calls for service  

  • Field tools for facilities maintenance  

  • Asset management 

  • Student food insecurity 

Using the real-world experiences at UO, LIL’s location-based innovations strengthen resilience at UO and beyond.

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Meet The Team

Ken Kato


Justin White

Senior Developer

Brook Eastman

GIS Manager

Andreas Wenzel

Software Developer

Lillie Parker

GIS Analyst Programmer

Amy Shadell

Innovation Program Coordinator