MN GIS/LIS 2009 Fall Conference Planning
By Jeff Storlie, 2009 Conference Chair
Planning has begun for the 19th Annual MN GIS/LIS fall conference and workshops. This year’s event is scheduled for October 21-23, 2009 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center (DECC) in Duluth, Minnesota. We haven't been in Duluth since 2002.
Workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 21, and a committee is forming to develop a selection of educational, low-cost workshops. They will be half-day, full-day, hands-on, or lecture-style and will range from introductory to advanced topics. Entertainment will be planned for Wednesday evening following the workshops to welcome both workshop attendees and early conference arrivals.
The conference kicks off on Thursday, October 22 with a keynote speaker followed by multiple tracks of morning and afternoon concurrent sessions and a noontime awards luncheon. A committee to develop the sessions is also being formed and will be sending out a "Call for Presentations" in the early spring. Remember, this is a member-driven conference - please consider presenting GIS/LIS-related activities that you have been involved in over the past year.
Following Thursday’s sessions will be the annual poster session and vendors reception. Free hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages are served and a cash bar will be available. This event provides an excellent time to visit with vendors, learn about poster displays, network with colleagues and win door prizes!
Entertainment will be planned for Thursday evening following the poster session and vendors reception to continue networking and relaxing with your GIS/LIS colleagues after a long day of sessions.
On Friday there will be more concurrent sessions, followed by a closing luncheon. At the luncheon, we will recognize scholarship recipients, hear an engaging speaker and end with a brief annual meeting. Additionally, there will be a product demonstration track running throughout the conference to showcase the latest in GIS/LIS technology.
Much of the conference is run solely on volunteer effort. There are a number of ways you can contribute to a successful and fun event. Committees are formed around the following topics: workshops, sessions, facilities, entertainment, scholarship fundraising, and communications. The planning committee would be grateful for any and all volunteers. Contributing as an instructor, presenter, speaker, etc. is also very helpful.
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or simply to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.