Welcome to the 21st Annual MN GIS/LIS Conference and Workshops, October 5-7
By Tami Maddio, 2011 Conference Chair
It is almost time to head to St. Cloud for the 21st annual MN GIS/LIS Conference and Workshops. I am looking forward to seeing everyone and meeting new attendees. Whether you are coming to your first conference or you’ve never missed one, the experience is always inspiring. Each year, attendees come away with new ideas, new contacts and a sense that the Minnesota GIS/LIS community is quite impressive.
Our opening keynote speaker this year is Dr. Scott Mest, a research scientist from NASA who uses GIS technology to study the surface of the Moon and Mars.
Mr. Kenny Salwey, the self-proclaimed “Last
River Rat”, is our closing keynote speaker. He has spent his life living on the Mississippi River and is a master storyteller.
The 2011 Conference Committee has worked hard to provide an enriching experience. There is something for everyone, including presentations and workshops for all levels of expertise. Wednesday Workshops are offered at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. Sessions are organized by topic and opportunities abound for seeing some impressive work. The conference ends on Friday with more sessions and the closing keynote.
There are also plenty of opportunities to have fun and reconnect with colleagues. Don’t miss the Wednesday night Welcome Reception showcasing a group of local comedians. On Thursday after a day of sessions and speakers, visit the exhibitor’s hall and relax at the Vendor Reception. Following the Vendor Reception, don’t miss the annual “Networking Event” where the GIS/LIS community can get together, talk, snack and taste good beer and wine while supporting the MN GIS/LIS Scholarship fund.
There is still time to register. Onsite registration is available throughout the conference. For more information and to look at the Conference Preliminary Program, please visit the MN GIS/LIS Consortium website at www.mngislis.org.