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 24th Annual Conference and Workshops
"Without Boundaries"
October 1-3, 2014
Rochester, Minnesota

Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, MN

Justification Letter
Final Onsite Program
Exhibitor/Sponsor Registration
Call for Presentations (PDF)
Submit Abstract
Workshop FAQ (PDF) 
New! Student Assistant Program (PDF)
Exhibitor/Sponsor Packet
Hotel Information
Rochester Visitor Info
Mayo Civic Center

Upcoming Deadlines & Dates
Early Registration Deadline:       Friday, September 5th
Poster & web Map Submission Deadline:      Friday, September 5th
Conference Hotel Rate Deadline: Tuesday, September 9th
Registration Deadline:   Friday, September 26th
Pre-Conference Workshops:  Wednesday, October 1st
Conference Dates:   Thursday - Friday, October 2-3rd


Registration Rates

Half Day Workshops:


$125 if payment is received by Sept 5

$160 if payment is received after Sept 5

$170 if payment is made on-site

Full Day Workshops:

$210 if payment is received by Sept 5

$240 if payment is received after Sept 5

$250 if payment is made on-site


$265 if payment is received by Sept 5

$300 if payment is received after Sept 5

$320 if payment is made on-site

Presenter, Poster & Web Map Rate:

$220 if payment is received by Sept 5

$300 if payment is received after Sept 5

$320 if payment is made on-site

Conference Student Rate:

$45 (includes all presentations and lunches)


Poster & Web Maps Submission

It’s not too late to submit a poster or web map for this fall’s conference. Accepted submissions will receive a discount on registration. Hurry, the deadline is Friday, September 5th!

Student Moderators Wanted

We are looking for student volunteers to moderate the Pre-Conference Workshops, October 1, 2014 at the Rochester Civic Center.

This is a great opportunity to sit-in on a workshop! As a moderator you will introduce the instructor, share announcements, hand out instructional materials and act as a liaison to conference staff.  

Sign up as a student moderator!

Mentor Program

The Consortium is seeking students and young professionals (2013 or later graduates) and GIS professionals. Mentors and mentees will be matched based on expertise and interest areas.

To sign up, please send us an e-mail at with Mentor Program in the subject line.

Student Poster Competition
If you are a student or a spring 2014 graduate, submit your poster to be eligible to win a $100 cash prize. To submit your poster, visit our submission page and select the “Poster (Student)” option when submitting your abstract.

Competition Rules include:

·        You must submit your abstract before Friday, September 5th
·        You must be registered for the conference
·        You must list your school name on your poster
·        You must be present at the poster presentation from 5-6 p.m. on Thursday, October 2nd


Keynote Speakers


Kevin Mickey, GISP, CTT+
8:30 a.m. Thursday, October 2, 2014
Geospatial Data Management: Building a National Data Sharing Infrastructure

Kevin Mickey is the Director of Geospatial Technologies Education at The Polis Center at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). He is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor for the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI where he teaches graduate courses in the application of GIS for emergency management and public safety. He has over 20 years of experience in providing introductory through advanced education on a variety of geospatial tools and topics. This includes serving as a senior instructor for the National Emergency Training Center’s Emergency Management Institute. Kevin is a recognized expert in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazus-MH technology and supporting methodology. Experience with Hazus-MH includes multiple hazard modelling projects as well as design and management of over two dozen FEMA courses in flood, earthquake and hurricane risk assessment, disaster operations, and data management.

In addition to his role as an educator, Kevin has managed and/or supported dozens of spatial technologies projects since joining The Polis Center in 1990. For the past decade he has supported multiple state and local hazard risk related projects. Examples of organizations that he has supported include the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and the Indiana Department of Homeland Security. Work completed for these agencies included the creation of geospatial tools and workflows for managing flood risk, conducting risk assessments, and developing mitigation plans for multiple communities in each state. He has also supported the governments of Canada and Singapore by providing recommendations on flood risk mitigation tools and strategies.

Kevin currently serves as Secretary of the Multihazard Mitigation Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences Board of Direction; chairs the Professional Practices Division of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) and will become a member of the URISA Board of Directors in September 2014; chairs the Indiana Geographic Information Council Education Committee; and is a past member of the Indiana Geographic Information Council (IGIC) Board of Directors.

Joshua Stevens
12:30 p.m. Friday, October 3, 2014
From Sensemaking to Sharing: The Importance of Design in Geographic Analysis and Communication

Josh Stevens is a GIScientist and cartographer focusing on User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX) design within geovisualization and GIS applications. He currently works in the Penn State GeoVISTA Center as a Ph.D. candidate in Geography and a National Science Foundation Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship (NSF IGERT) fellow in Big Data Social Science within the Department of Political Science. His work combines research in graphic design, human-computer interaction, and spatial analysis to better understand the relationships between interaction and visualization in cartographic software. In addition to research, Josh teaches cartographic design in both classroom and workshop settings. His work has been featured in Time, Wired, Foreign Policy, and a number of public exhibits.


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