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 26th Annual Conference and Workshops
Your GeoSpatial Destiny
October 26-28, 2016
Duluth, Minnesota

Duluth, MN. Photo credit: Cassie Stovern

What's New!

  • Registration is now OPEN! Register Online
  • View the Onsite Program 
  • Call For Poster Presentations - We have a number of excellent presentations in store for this years conference. There's still room for more Posters. In order to have your poster included in the program, the abstract is due by September 14, 2016. Otherwise, the deadline is September 23, 2016.
  • 5K Fun Run/Walk
  • Entertainment
  • Exhibitor Registration - Exhibitor and sponsor registration is now open. Click HERE to register online.
  • The *official* conference map for the 26th Annual Conference in Duluth, Minnesota. The map was made with mobile design in mind, try it on your phone or tablet!

The 26th Annual Conference and Workshops of the Minnesota GIS/LIS Consortium will be held October 26-28, 2016 at the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center in Duluth, Minnesota. Workshops will be held Wednesday, October 26, with the conference following on Thursday and Friday. Highlights of the three-day event include:


Sessions Presentations - The submission deadline for Poster presentations is September 23, 2016. In order to be included in the program, the deadline is September 14, 2016.

To submit an abstract for a  poster,  please click HERE!

Presentation Types:
Poster Display

  • Chose from the general member poster display or the "open student poster competition".  Please note:  the "open student" poster contest is NOT the 2-yr college Scholarship Contest.  Any enrolled student may participate, there is one winner of this contest. 
  • Display area: 4 ft (height) x 8 ft (width)
  • Project-specific and cartographic exhibits welcome

 Poster Abstract submission:

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

To submit an abstract for a  poster, please click HERE!


Other 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


17  half-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 26th, 2016

  • Introduction to Collector for ArcGIS 
    Get started using Python with GIS
    Using Geoprocessing Services with JavaScript API
    Parcel Fabric 101
    Making a Web Map Like That
    Designing a Long-Term GIS Vision & Implementation Plan
    Creating simple GIS applications with Python
    CAD and GIS Collaboration
    Running Enterprise GIS Systems in God Mode
    Intermediate Collector for ArcGIS
    Advanced Python: Build your Own Classes and Modules
    ArcGIS Web AppBuilder: Basics of Creating Custom Themes and Widgets
    Parcel Fabric 601
    Q is the Bee’s Knees
    SQL 101: Spatial Data Revealed
    Open Data Portals: What, Why, How?
    ArcGIS for Server: Administration and Advanced Topics 

Tuesday, October 25th
Once you’ve arrived in town, join your colleagues for networking and great brews at 7 West Taphouse, located at 7 W Superior Street, which is within walking distance from the local hotels. 7 West Taphouse is a laid back bar and restaurant with a large beer selection and variety of food options.

Wednesday, October 26th
After a long day of workshops, stop by the Geolounge for some drinks and food. This event will be open to all, with a special welcome to our educator attendees. After the Geolounge, feel free to wander over to Grandma’s Saloon, 522 S Lake Ave, for a welcome reception with food and drinks and more networking opportunities. 

Thursday, October 27th
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!

Friday, October 28th
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 28, 2016) 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:
MN GIS/LIS Conference Registration Information Registration information and workshop descriptions will be mailed 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 October 7
    $170 if payment received after October 7
    $180 if payment is made On Site

  • Conference
    $275 if payment received by October 7
    $310 if payment received after October 7
    $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 October 7
    $310 if payment received after October 7

  • Presenter Rate
    Session and poster presenters will receive a $45 discount from the full conference rate if payment is received by October 7.

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.



Official Web Map - Visit the *official* conference map. View the conference schedule, check out workshop and session offerings at the DECC, check out places to visit while in Duluth, and much more! The map is also mobile friendly - check it out on your phone or tablet device!

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