MN GIS/LIS 2009 Fall Conference Update
By Jeff Storlie, Conference Chair
The 19th Annual MN GIS/LIS fall conference is scheduled for October 21-23, 2009 at the DECC Entertainment Center in Duluth, Minnesota.
Here are some of the conference highlights!
All of the workshops will be held on Wednesday, October 21. This year you’ll be able to choose from at least 15 workshops with a wide range of topics. Many thanks to those of you who answered the workshop survey and helped us define a great selection of topics.
Sessions and Posters
The call for presentations was sent to more than 2200 Consortium members, those who have attended previous conferences or who have requested mailings. Submissions were accepted through the deadline of May 15.
We are hoping to fill seven concurrent tracks again this year, including a full track of product demonstrations and our fourth year of student scholarship competition. Posters will be both project-specific and cartographic examples this year. Poster authors will be available for an hour during the vendor reception on Thursday evening to answer your questions.
Plenary Sessions and Exhibitor Hall
The conference kicks off on Thursday, October 22 in Pioneer Hall at the DECC Center. The keynote and closing speakers, respectively, are:
- Peter Batty, a leader in the field of combining geospatial, location and social networking technologies. He’ll be speaking on “The Geospatial Technology Revolution” http://geothought.blogspot.com/
- Sam Cook, award-winning author and local Duluth News Tribune columnist, has gained renown for his witty and heartfelt description of life in the North Country.
If you’d like to view how the Exhibitor Hall will be set up, see the Exhibitor Brochure
Wednesday Night Event
A social event, with hors d'oeuvres, beverages, and cash bar, will be held at the Duluth Curling Club following the Wednesday workshops. You will get a chance to sign up and throw some rocks at a mini bonspiel (curling tournament). Details will be provided later.
Thursday Night Events
The annual vendor reception and poster session will follow Thursday’s sessions. There will be free hot hors d'oeuvres and beverages, as well as a cash bar. This event provides an excellent time to visit with vendors, learn about poster displays, network with colleagues and win door prizes!
A Duluth fun run/walk is in the planning stage for late Thursday afternoon. Details will be provided later.
The always-popular beer tasting event will be in the downstairs Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Conference Headquarters after the vendor reception on Thursday.
Online conference registration will open in late July using the Consortium website and registration system. A preliminary brochure will be mailed with the full program posted on the Consortium's website prior to registration, providing an overview of the many workshops, sessions, learning and social opportunities available during the conference. You’ll also be able to make your hotel reservations online during this time.
Contact and Duluth Info
Please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer or to suggest ideas, ask questions, or for any other conference-related communication.
I look forward to seeing all of you at the Duluth DECC Center. If you’d like to do some touring of Duluth now, visit the website at http://www.visitduluth.com