Time to Register for the Annual Conference
By Rebecca Foster, 2007 Conference Chair
It’s time to register for the 17th annual Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium Conference and Workshops. Hopefully, all of you have received your Preliminary Program in the mail – if not, visit www.mngislis.org to review it and register for the conference. As the conference chair, I would like to welcome all of you who have already registered for the conference, and extend a warm invitation to any of you who haven’t yet.
The Conference Planning Committee is excited about this year’s event. In addition to it being our first time in Rochester, this year 95% of our workshops will be hands-on! There will be a robust slate of sessions and a full exhibit hall, and the silent auction will run all day Thursday.
- Wednesday, October 10
- Thursday, October 11
- Opening plenary: America’s Secret Eyes in the Sky
- Concurrent sessions
- Scholarship competition
- Awards luncheon
- Exhibit hall and vendor reception
- Silent and live auction
- Birds-of-a-feather sessions
- Friday, October 12
- Concurrent sessions
- Closing lunch and plenary: Neogeography and the Social Mapping Movement
- Member meeting with door prizes
Workshops: The event begins with workshops held in the Mayo Civic Center. Come to the Grand Lobby to register, enjoy a continental breakfast and receive your packets in the morning or join us for lunch at 12:15 and attend an afternoon workshop. With a broad offering of hands-on and lecture-style workshops on a variety of topics, we hope that everyone will find something of interest.
Social Hour: That evening, be sure to stop by Goonie’s, located just two blocks west of the Civic Center. The Consortium will again host a social hour that evening with complimentary appetizers and comedy! It should be a good time – please try to join us for this fun and free entertainment option.
Opening Plenary: Conference registration begins at 7:30 a.m. and we lead things off with a great plenary session. Dr. Keith Clarke, Research Cartographer and Professor, will address the conference and speak about America’s Secret Eyes in the Sky: Implications of the First Real Decade of Remote Sensing.
Concurrent sessions begin immediately following the keynote. Six tracks of concurrent sessions run throughout the conference schedule, providing information on a vast array of GIS/LIS-related topics. Learn how others have implemented solutions to issues you might be having, find out about new technology advances and listen to recent research in a field of interest.
Scholarship Competition and Awards Lunch: For the third year, outstanding students from across the state will be competing for cash prizes in a dedicated scholarship track. Watch for the competition entries among the student track presentations and in the poster gallery. Thursday’s lunch will spotlight the annual Polaris Awards, given each year by the GIS/LIS Consortium.
Exhibit Hall, Vendor Reception and Auction: The exhibit hall, open throughout the show, will be the site of the silent auction held all day Thursday with a live auction during the vendor’s reception, following the concurrent sessions. Vendors will be on hand to share their latest technologies and services. Conference attendees are encouraged to contribute to the silent auction and bid on auction items as all proceeds from this event benefit the Consortium’s scholarship program. Sample the hors d’oeuvres during the Thursday evening vendors’ reception as you make your way through the hall and the poster gallery, where you can meet and talk with the poster presenters and exhibitors.
Beer Tasting and Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions: Finally, after the close of the poster gallery and the exhibit hall, join us in the Galleria Ballroom at the Radisson Plaza Hotel for the annual beer tasting. Home brewers are welcome to bring samples to share. Tickets can be purchased at the registration desk or at the door. All proceeds from this event support activities to foster and recognize exceptional up-and-coming GIS professionals. Across the hall from the beer tasting will be three free concurrent Birds-of-a-Feather (common interest groups) sessions.
Sessions and Closing Plenary: The conference concludes with concurrent sessions in the morning followed by lunch and the closing plenary session. Our closing lunch will include an awards presentation to this year’s student scholars. Closing the conference will be Ken Hoetmer, Managing Director of Spatial North Technologies, discussing Neogeography and the Social Mapping Movement. Following the lunch will be the Consortium’s brief annual member meeting and awesome door prizes. You must be present to win!
We are excited about the conference and related events and hope you are too! It should be a great conference with quality workshops, engaging sessions, full exhibit hall, quality entertainment and an excellent opportunity to network and reconnect with friends and acquaintances. Please let others know about the conference who might not get our materials directly.
To register, visit our website at: www.mngislis.org. While there, you can learn more about the conference and contribute to the silent auction! Thanks to each and every one of you who support the Consortium, and we hope to see you all in October!
For more information, please contact Rebecca Foster at RFoster@ci.edina.mn.us or 952-826-0447.