2014 CalGIS Conference in Monterey to Feature High-Profile Speakers

URISAEach year the four URISA chapters in California, along with the California Geographic Information Association, come together to present the California GIS Conference. This year, the conference will celebrate the milestone 20th annual event in Monterey, California, April 14-16, 2014.

The conference will kick off on Monday with preconference courses and meetings and then feature a full day (Tuesday) of important general sessions and keynote addresses:

  • Mike Migurski, of Code for America, will deliver the opening keynote address discussing “GIS: Leaders from Within”. He’ll discuss Code for America’s work with hundreds of local city, county, and state governments, They have found that GIS departments and data are the unsung heroes of civic hacking and open data. Location data is first out of the gate with government data releases, and beautiful maps and visualizations are the poster children of accessible public data. What are the technologies that got us here, and what future skills and methods will help support the central role that GIS data plays in the civic tech ecosystem?
  • Dylan Lorimer, product development manager for Enterprise Earth and Maps at Google, will discuss “The Changing Nature of Geo” during the mid-morning keynote.
  • Just before a hosted lunch, a powerhouse panel discussion will focus on “The Future of GIS/Geospatial in California: Technology, Collaboration, Innovation”. Panelists will include:
  1. Scott Gregory – State of California GIO Alex Barth – Developer, Open Data Expert – Mapbox
  2. Dylan Lorimer – Google
  3. Jeff Johnson – Boundless
  4. Chris Thomas – Esri
  5. Mark Greninger – County of Los Angeles GIO

The Tuesday afternoon line-up will feature a town hall session on “Geospatial Education, Career Development and Mentoring, where the conference will discuss some critical issues facing the development of the human element critical to GIS success with a goal of generating actionable tasks that can be used to support human resources across the state. A brief look-back at 20 year history of CalGIS conferences will precede Lightning Talks, always entertaining!

Wednesday’s education will feature twelve breakout sessions on a wide range of topics from the environment and modeling to data sharing and Federal programs. The conference will conclude with a powerhouse closing session featuring Eric Gundersen of MapBox, who will discuss open source solutions followed by the closing keynote speaker, Jack Dangermond, President of Esri, dicussing “GIS Technology Trends”.

Always an important part of the conference is the opportunity to visit with exhibitors and sponsors and network with the California GIS community during a number of conference events.

In addition, Esri, gold conference sponsor, is hosting a GeoDev MeetUp on Sunday evening and a Story Map Competition on Monday.

Review the entire conference program online at www.calgis.org and register by April 11 in order to save $25.
[Source: URISA  press release]

Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum: Geodesign for a Sustainable World

UniversityofWashingtonSeattle07 May 2014
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
University of Washington, Seattle, HUB Lyceum
Registration Information

The Pacific Northwest Geodesign Forum brings together faculty, staff, students, and community partners using geospatial information technologies to create, evaluate, and monitor sustainable solutions to complex problems. Many complex problems involve a mix of social, economic, and ecological considerations that require collaborative efforts to address the challenges at hand. Methods for arriving at sustainable solutions to problems are emerging in the form of geodesign frameworks and concepts implemented using geospatial information tools. The goal of the Forum is to provide participants with a level of understanding about geodesign frameworks and concepts plus geospatial information tools that can implement them for addressing sustainable solutions to complex human-natural-built community problems at varying spatial-temporal scales. Geodesign enables us to change our world through design. Forum discussions include Community-University partnering opportunities for exploring solutions to complex problems.

7:45 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Registration and Light Refreshments
8:15 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. Welcome, Introductions, Program Overview
8:20 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Who is in attendance? Sectors-Areas-Attendees Participating
8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Why Geodesign? Its Character and Benefits with Q & A
9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Challenges for the Geodesign Community
10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Break
10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. A Tour of Geodesign Tools with Q&A
10:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Quick Cases Using Geodesign Tools
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Buffet Lunch with Discussions
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Discussion Groups: PNW Geodesign Community of Practice
2:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Report out from CoP discussion groups (3-5 minutes each)
3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Next Steps Synthesis for PNW Geodesign Forum
3:45 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Informal networking as we vacate the Lyceum venue – out by 4PM