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2015 GIS/CAMA Technologies Conference

March 2 - 5, 2015
The 19th annual specialty conference co-sponsored by URISA and the International Association of Assessing Officers (IAAO).

CalGIS 2015: 21st Annual California GIS Conference

June 1-3, 2015
Sheraton Grand Sacramento
Call for Participation


Every year, the URISA chapters in California  and the California Geographic Information Association, come together to present the CalGIS Conference.

Southern California Chapter of URISA
Northern California Chapter of URISA 
Central California Chapter of URISA
BAAMA - Bay Area Automated Mapping Association
California Geographic Information Association (CGIA)

Make plans to join the California GIS Community in Sacramento this June for the 21st Annual California GIS Conference!

Call for Participation

Abstract Submissions Due February 2, 2015

What have you been working on that you would like to share with your GIS colleagues and peers in California? Tips & tricks, research, success stories or cautionary tales?

In addition to earning points toward GISP certification and generating attention for your accomplishments, presenting at a conference is a great way to improve your public speaking skills and develop professionally!

To Participate:

  1. Prepare an abstract (title and a brief description of your proposed presentation).
  2. Select the track or theme below which most closely fits your topic.
  3. Select your preferred presentation format.
  4. Submit via the online abstract form no later than Monday, February 2, 2015.

Presentation Formats

Share your experiences with your colleagues at the 21st Anniversary of CalGIS! Participation may come in a variety of formats including:

  • Map Gallery – Have you developed some beautiful maps? Share them with your colleagues in the map gallery!  We can show off web maps too!
  • Poster Presentation – Have you used GIS to help answer a question or address a problem? Poster presentations allow you to share your work with colleagues via a visual format in a leisurely setting. Posters may incorporate any combination of descriptive text, graphics and maps.
  • Lightning Talk - These are very brief presentations (5 minutes max – you will be timed!) which highlight an essential element of your work with GIS. They are also a great way for your colleagues at CalGIS to get to know about your work and serve as fantastic conversation starters! Fun and often irreverent.
  • Presentation – If you prefer a more traditional approach, presenting your GIS applications, developments, tips and tricks in a longer format talk, we also offer opportunities for 10, 15, and 20 minute PowerPoint presentations.
  • Active Learning - Would you like to propose a walking tour about local geography? Doing mobile data collection on phones? Would you like to compare OSM and other map data to real places? It brings us such pleasure to have GIS improve our ties to the real, physical geography of place.
  • Not sure? – If you have topics or ideas you’d like to share, let us know! The program planning committee will also have opportunities to involve participants in panel discussions, town-hall forums, or other formats. Let us know what you’d like to share and we will try to find the best opportunity for you to participate!

Abstracts due on or before February 2, 2015 (submit via the online abstract submission form)

Presentation Themes

Last year’s CalGIS conference was incredible and we would like to continue building on that. Again, rather than narrowly-defined thematic tracks we are opening things up to you, the community. Submit whatever topics, experiences, applications, technical developments and themes you are passionate about and we’ll work to build a program around the interests of our community rather than dictating them in advance.

Our goal this year is to have a practical takeaway from each session, for technical sessions this could be a snippet of commented code or a process flow chart. For business skills sessions it could be further reading or a method to try. Broadly speaking, please categorize your presentation topic into one of the categories below:

  • Spatial Tools -  Share your GIS success stories. Whether at work or at home; on the desktop or on the phone; on the web, in the cloud or elsewhere… what has GIS helped you accomplish lately?
  • Web/Programming Skills, Tips and Tricks – This is your opportunity to share that nifty new tool, script, web application, or whatever else you’ve developed, hacked, begged, borrowed, or licensed to make your GIS world a better place.
  • Leadership Skills, Self Management, Business Acumen - Too often, technical employees struggle with professional advancement, whether within a company, or promoting their own business, due to a focus on technical training.  There is a lack of emphasis on training for marketing, finance and business development.  This is a chance for entrepreneurs and GIS managers to share how they manage the business side of GIS. Another potential idea within this theme: how are you effectively getting your point or story across to your organization’s decision makers?

Please Note: Presentations that market specific products and services will not be accepted, nor are presentations of this nature acceptable at the conference. Case studies should be presented by the sponsoring organization, not by vendors. Please consider exhibiting/sponsoring the conference to promote your company's products and services.

Presenter's Schedule

  1. Abstracts are due on or before Monday, February 2, 2015.
  2. You will receive notification of your acceptance status by February 17, 2015.
  3. The CalGIS 2015 Conference will take place June 1-3, 2015 in Sacramento, California.

Proceedings and Speaker Registration

During the conference, there are often three sessions with multiple presentations occurring at the same time which means attendees cannot hear all of the good ideas being presented. So they greatly value the Conference Proceedings distributed after the conference! Presenters whose proposals are accepted are expected to submit written papers for publication in the Conference Proceedings. If PowerPoint or slide presentations are submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings, a narrative description must accompany them. The final version of your presentation is due on the day it is presented to attendees at the conference. It can be provided by thumb drive transfer on site at the conference. Note that all accepted presenters must register and pay the conference registration fee. Of course, presenters are encouraged to attend the entire conference so that individuals can connect with you to ask follow-up questions, make suggestions, etc.

Abstracts due on or before February 2, 2015 (submit via the online abstract submission form)

Preliminary Conference Schedule

  • Monday, June 1, 2015: Pre-conference workshops training and meetings; evening networking event
  • Tuesday, June 2, 2015: Opening keynote address;breakout sessions; exhibits; networking reception
  • Wednesday, June 3, 2015: General session; breakout sessions; exhibits; poster session; closing keynote address

Registration and Venue

Registration Fee Schedule: Members of a California URISA Chapter and/or the CGIA may take advantage of discounted member rates. Registration includes access to educational sessions, keynote addresses, the CalGIS 2015 Exhibition, one hosted lunch, coffee breaks and a networking reception. There may be preconference courses/workshops that will require an additional fee (those will be specified by February 17.

  • Early Rate (through March 2, 2015): $75 student/$200  member/$230 nonmember
  • Regular Rate (March 3-May 29): $100 student/$300  member/$330 nonmember
  • Onsite Rate (at the conference): $125 student/$325  member/$355 nonmember

Sheraton Grand Hotel: The conference will take place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel, 1230 J Street (13th & J) in downtown Sacramento. The discounted conference rate is $145 single/double with a limited number of government rate rooms. Rooms reserved under the CalGIS conference block include complimentary in-room internet access (normally an additional fee).

Room reservations can be made by calling the Sheraton's Central Reservations Line at 1-800-325-3535. Be sure to request the CalGIS/URISA conference rate, which will be available until the rooms are filled or until May 15 (whichever comes first). An online form to reserve your hotel room will be available shortly.

Exhibits and Conference Sponsorship

Exhibit and sponsorship opportunities will be available to suit a wide range of budgets. The Prospectus will be detailed in January.

Recent events:



Blue Marble
Connected Nation
eGIS Associates, Inc.
Geo Planning Services
GeoTech Vision
Hexagon Geospatial
North River
Open Spatial
Planning Communities
Sani-International Technology Advisors
Spatial Focus
TGA inc.
Thomson Reuters
Valtus Imagery Services