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 30th Annual Conference and Workshops - CANCELLED
October 28-30, 2020
Bemidji, Minnesota



CANCELLED - 2020 GIS/LIS Annual Conference and Workshops

With rapidly changing directives to manage the spread of novel coronavirus, we regretfully cancel the 30th Annual GIS/LIS Conference and Workshops scheduled for October 28-30, 2020 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. Please note that all Exhibitors/Vendors will receive a full refund.

Stay tuned for more details on how to participate in our Annual Membership Business Meeting in October. We are still moving forward with the Polaris Leadership Award  and  Lifetime Achievement Award, so please submit nominations by June 30.

This annual conference gathering is a great time to learn new skills, meet new colleagues, and visit with old. We are optimistic for the future and hope that you will consider meeting with us again at the Spring Workshops in 2021. Thank you to all the instructors who committed to lead workshops this fall, vendors who purchased booths, to the planning committee, and to the GIS/LIS Board.


The 30th Annual Conference and Workshops of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium will be held October 28-30, 2020 at the Sanford Center in Bemidji, Minnesota. Workshops will be held Wednesday, October 28, with the conference following on Thursday and Friday. Highlights of the three-day event include:

Sessions Presentations
Exhibit Hall
Exhibitor Registration
Exhibitors' Reception
Registration Fees
Student Assistant Program

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. The Consortium is particularly interested in presentations highlighting the following topics (however, any topic is welcomed):

  • Web, Mobile, and Story Maps
  • Open Data and Open Source
  • Remote Sensing and Drones
  • GIS Program and Data Management
  • Programming and Development
  • Environment (Natural Resources, etc.)
  • Transportation, Utilities, and Infrastructure
  • Accessibility and Usability
  • Education
  • GIS Leadership and Management

Presentation Types:

  • Lightning Round (12 minutes)
  • Individual Presentation (25 minutes)
  • General Topic Presentation (25 minutes)
  • Technical Presentation (25 minutes)
  • Research Discussion (60-90 minutes)
  • Panel Discussion (60-90 minutes)
  • Product Demonstrations (25 minutes)
  • Poster - General (Display area: 4 ft (height) x 8 ft (width))
  • Poster - Student (Display area: 4 ft (height) x 8 ft (width))
  • Project-specific and cartographic exhibits welcome
  • Web Applications – on touch screen display in exhibit hall

Abstract submission:

  • Abstracts cannot exceed 300 words
  • Incomplete abstracts will not be accepted
  •  Abstract submission is online only
  • Deadline is Friday, May 29, 2020

To submit an Abstract, please click HERE!

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 Wednesday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

Exhibitor Registration

To be added to the prospective vendor list, contact Sarah Ewald at 651-379-7301, sarahe@mngislis.org  or send your contact information to:

Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium
Attn: Sarah Ewald
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 August. Conference registration includes lunches, evening receptions and all refreshment breaks.

Registration fees will be as follows:

MN GIS/LIS Conference Registration Information Registration information and workshop descriptions will be available in August. Conference registration includes lunches, evening receptions and all refreshment breaks. Registration fees will be as follows: Registration fees will be as follows:

  • Half-day Workshops
    $135 if payment received by September 30
    $170 if payment received after September 30
    $180 if payment is made On Site

  • Conference
    $275 if payment received by September 30
    $310 if payment received after September 30
    $330 if payment is made On Site

  • Student Rate (includes all presentations and lunches) $45

  • Session and Poster Presenter Rate
    $230 if payment received by September 30
    $310 if payment received after September 30

  • Presenter Rate
    Session and poster presenters will receive a $45 discount from the full conference rate if payment is received by September 30.

  • Fresh Start or Retired Rate
    The MN GIS/LIS Consortium offers another option for those seeking a GIS position and for retired GIS related professionals to attend the Annual Conference. Potential attendees can fill out the Conference Rate Request Form by August 1.  

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.

Student Assistant Program

The Consortium is seeking full time students interested in GIS to assist us with logistics on-site throughout the conference in Bemidji. Accepted student assistants will receive:

  • Complimentary registration
  • Hotel accommodations (shared with other students)
  • An experienced mentor
  • And much more!

Applications must be submitted by Monday, August 10, 2020. Learn more about the program, and apply today!

 

 


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