Rochester Fall Conference Review By Rebecca Foster, Conference Chair
A big round of thanks to all who attended, presented, exhibited, and helped to organize the 17th Annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Fall Conference and Workshops in Rochester. This was an historical event for the Consortium since it was our first conference south of the metro; over 640 members attended, making this our second highest attendance ever.
Once again the exhibit hall was full, and we continue to appreciate the support of our vendors as well as the information and ingenuity they bring to the conference. You can find information about all of our vendors and links to their companies on our GIS Products and Services page. They would be pleased to discuss any remaining questions you may have about their products or services.
A special thanks to all of you who donated to the Consortium's Scholarship Program either by making a donation to the silent and live auction, bidding on one of the items donated, purchasing a new logo shirt, or attending the annual beer tasting event. The money raised through those activities will enable the Consortium to continue to recognize and support student excellence in Minnesota in the fields of geographic and land information systems.
Organizing the conference is always a huge job but a rewarding experience. Each year volunteers are needed to accomplish a variety of tasks related to planning this event. Volunteers help with everything from organizing workshop and session schedules to decorating the facilities. Any assistance is welcome and appreciated, as are all ideas and suggestions. Should YOU be interested in helping or offering a suggestion, please send a message to email@example.com – it will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
Next year the conference will again be in Rochester (we usually are in the same venue two years in a row since that qualifies us for a better rental fee), and the sound system will be much better! Due to availability this year, Taylor Arena was the only room large enough to host the luncheons and showcase the vendors. Unfortunately, the sound system wasn’t very professional and we apologize for any inconvenience it may have caused. Next year, we’ll be in the North Lobby and Exhibit Hall, an area of the Mayo Civic Center that was designed for hosting conferences. Along with better audio, the lunches and exhibitors will be in separate rooms.
So, mark your calendars for next year’s conference, scheduled for October 1-3 in Rochester.