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 25th Annual Conference and Workshops
Charting our Future
October 7-9, 2015
Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, Duluth, MN

 What's New!

The 25th Annual Conference and Workshops of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium will be held October 7 – 9, 2015 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Workshops will be held Wednesday, October 7, with the conference following on Thursday and Friday. Highlights of the three-day event include:

Sessions Presentations
The Sessions Committee will select presentations to represent levels of expertise and a broad topic base. Selection will be based on the value of the proposed topic to the audience and the quality and clarity of the abstract.

Are you new to speaking, or have an interesting short topic? Try the Lightning round — a quick, 12-minute presentation! The perfect intro to conference speaking, present work in progress, or give a brief overview, leaving the audience with a key point to remember.
Presentation Types:

  • Lightning Round (12 minutes)
  • Individual Presentation (25 minutes)
  • General Topic Presentation
  • Technical Presentation
  • Panel Discussion (60-90 minutes)
  • Product Demonstrations (25 minutes)
  • Poster Display
  • Display area: 4 ft (height) x 8 ft (width)
  • Project-specific and cartographic exhibits welcome
  • Web Map Display
  • Video submission format (.wmv), once an abstract has been accepted

Abstract submission:

  • Abstracts cannot exceed 300 words
  • Incomplete abstracts will not be accepted
  • Abstract submission is online only

To submit an abstract for a presentation, panel discussion, poster, web map, or product demonstration, please click HERE!

Product Demonstrations
Presentations by conference exhibitors that market specific products or services may be accepted as product demonstrations. Information regarding exhibit hall space will be sent to prospective vendors in early May.
The submission deadline for all presentation types has been extended to June 17, 2015. Abstract submissions are the foundation of the conference and early submission is appreciated.

A combination of half-day and full-day workshops will be offered on Wednesday. Workshop participants can select from a variety of topics, ranging from general introductory issues to specialized technical-focused topics.
The Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium is pleased to offer a diverse list of workshops on Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

  • Introduction to Python Using the ArcGIS Field Calculator
  • CAD and GIS Integration
  • Data Driven Pages
  • Introduction to Collector for ArcGIS
  • Intermediate Collector for ArcGIS
  • Integrating Sensors with ArcGIS Platform
  • ArcGIS Online
  • Introduction to ArcGIS Pro
  • Portal/ArcGIS Online Security
  • Parcel Fabric Migration is Done Now What?
  •  …and more!

Tuesday, October 6th
Once you’ve arrived in town, join your colleagues for networking and great food at Canal Park Brewery, conveniently located within walking distance of the DECC and the Canal Park hotels. Canal Park brewery features a unique brew pub menu, along with craft beers brewed on site.
Wednesday, October 7th
After a long day of workshops, stop by the Geo-Lounge where we will be hosting a “dessert first” networking event. This event will be open to all, with a special welcome to our educator attendees. After the Geo-Lounge, feel free to wander over to Grandma’s Sports Garden for a welcome reception and entertainment! 
Thursday, October 8th
Once the sessions are over, be sure to stop by the vendor reception in the DECC exhibit hall. Afterward, join us for the conference social at the Holiday Inn, located in downtown Duluth. The festivities include a craft beer tasting event, featuring craft brews from across the Northland region! We will also have wine and sodas available. Proceeds from the event will benefit the MN GIS/LIS scholarship fund.
Friday, October 9th
The conference may be over, but the weekend is just beginning in Duluth! Feel free to explore and visit one of the many scenic sites, enjoy the craft brews, restaurants and entertainment in Canal Park or downtown. Don’t forget your MN GIS/LIS Conference discount card!

Exhibit Hall

The vendor exhibit hall will showcase a redesigned layout and highlight the latest GIS-related hardware and software, GIS products and services. The exhibit hall will be open Thursday and Friday.

Exhibitor Registration
Information regarding exhibit space will be sent to prospective vendors in early May. To be added to the prospective vendor list, contact Ashley Crunstedt at 651-203-7248, or send your contact information to:
Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium
Attn: Ashley Crunstedt
1000 Westgate Drive
Suite 252
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55114

Exhibitors’ Reception

Conference registration includes admission to the Exhibitors’ Reception on Thursday evening. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be served and a cash bar will be available. The reception will be held in the exhibit hall, providing another opportunity for attendees to visit conference exhibitors. Registration information and workshop descriptions will be available in July. Conference registration includes lunches, evening receptions and all refreshment breaks.

5K Fun Run/Walk
The Consortium will once again have a 5K Fun Run/Walk event on the Friday morning (October 9, 2015) of the conference. We’ll meet at 6:00 AM for a ‘brisk jaunt’ along the Lakewalk on the shore of Lake Superior. The route will be “out and back” with guide signs placed for key distances and at the 2.5 km “turn-around” point.

Event registration will be limited to 50 participants (to comply with our event permit issued by the City of Duluth). Event participants will receive a high-performance commemorative event t-shirt. More details will be available soon from the Consortium website.

Registration fees will be as follows:

Half-day Workshops
$125 if payment received by September 25
$160 if payment received after September 25
$170 if payment is made On Site

Full-day Workshops
$210 if payment received by September 25
$240 if payment received after September 25
$250 if payment is made On Site

$265 if payment received by September 25
$300 if payment received after September 25
$320 if payment is made On Site

Student Rate (includes all presentations and lunches) $45

Session and Poster Presenter Rate
$220 if payment received by September 25
$300 if payment received after September 25

Presenter Rate
Session and poster presenters will receive a $45 discount from the full conference rate if payment is received by September 25.

A maximum of one discount is available for each individual presentation. If more than one person will be presenting in a session, it is the responsibility of the session presenters to coordinate who will apply for the discount. Additionally, no discounts are available for product demonstrations.

Calling All Students & Young Professionals!
The conference offers many opportunities for students and young professionals! The registration rate for students is significantly reduced. Showcase your skills in the student poster competition and see fellow students participate in the scholarship program. In addition to learning how professionals are using GIS in Minnesota, there is a specific session on finding, applying, and interviewing for GIS jobs. Watch for opportunities to apply for the student assistant program and sign up for the mentor program to be matched with a seasoned GIS/LIS professional to network and help navigate the conference. Hope to see you there!

Web Map - The official conference map for the 25th Annual Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. Where can you get the conference rate? Where can you grab a dinner or #geobeer? What other great things can you do in Duluth? All of these questions, and more can be answered in one place!



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