URISA Caribbean GIS Conference to Feature Influential Keynote Speakers

NSDI strategy and the importance of open geospatial standards to be discussed in Curacao.

URISA Certified Workshops to be Presented Virtually

Don't miss: An Overview of Open Source GIS Software and Asset Management.

URISA Members Recognized for Exceptional Volunteer Service

During GIS-Pro 2014, URISA’s 52nd Annual Conference in New Orleans last week, a number of individuals were recognized for their exceptional volunteer service to the association.


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).

URISA's 7th Caribbean GIS Conference

Preconference Workshops & Training: October 26-27, 2014
Conference: October 28-30, 2014
Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort - Curacao
Spatial Technologies: Fueling Economic Growth and Development

“The URISA Caribbean GIS conference is the premier geospatial event in the Caribbean. It is the best place to see and discuss all aspects of geospatial technologies with like-minded individuals. I am consistently amazed at the great educational content. I simply never miss the URISA Caribbean Conference and I always encourage others to attend.  When they do, they are always impressed with the quality of the event." - Valrie Grant, MSc,GISP - Managing Director, GeoTechVision

Final Conference Program PDF File
This printed program which will be distributed to each registrant at the conference.

Online Conference Program & Mobile App - Download to your smartphone or tablet for easy navigation and scheduling.

Registration & Venue
Preconference registration has ended. You may still register onsite. Click the registration link
above for further instructions.

Conference Scenes While They Happen

Monday, October 27, High Level Geospatial Information Management Meeting Participants

Renewing Connections: Dr. Earl Edwards (Trinidad), Angeleta Wilson (Cayman Islands), Valrie Grant (Jamaica)

Check out the photos and video from the GIS4C sponsored UAV Workshop. Fantastic review and energy!

GeoOrbis booth is always active with partners from DigitalGlobe, Hexagon Geospatial and EOMAP.


Networking Reception with our Exhibitors

Ronald Chapman (Barbados) checking out GIS4C's drones. 

Roy Huggins, GIS4C, Esri's distributor for the Dutch Caribbean.

 Roshaun Clarke of Spatial Innovision talking with customers.

Earn points towards GIS Professional Certification (GISP)!

URISA is an international geospatial organization that provides geographic information system (GIS) education and training, advocacy for the profession, and essential resources to foster excellence in GIS. URISA has presented several successful conferences focused on the effective application and management of GIS and other information technologies within the Caribbean. Previous conferences have taken place in Jamaica (2001), Barbados (2004), the Bahamas (2006), the Cayman Islands (2008), Trinidad and Tobago (2010) and Jamaica (2012). We are pleased to host the 2014 conference in the Dutch Caribbean!

"Attending the URISA Caribbean GIS conference always proves to be a exhilarating, learning experience, well worth the time with great networking opportunities available. I think this geospatial event is a great use of money by any GIS professional seeking to perfect their craft in the Caribbean. This is my fourth conference and it keeps getting better and better every year. There's always a wide spectrum of attendees, presenters, keynote speakers, etc. to interact with, who represent a wide cross-section of public and private industries, agencies and academic institutions not only from the the Caribbean region but as far as North America and Europe. I am always excited about walking away with ideas, insights and information on how to implement world-class GIS business models for my organization better and more efficiently each and every time. DON'T MISS THE CARIBBEAN'S PREMIER GIS CONFERENCE!" - Fidel  Omar-Ali, Telecommunications Services of Trinidad & Tobago Limited (TSTT)


Objectives of URISA's Caribbean GIS Conference

  • To inform broad cross-section of Caribbean users about GIS technology and applications
  • To share experiences regarding GIS implementation and management issues
  • To establish new relationships with the vendor/consultant community
  • To provide workshops and sessions that are application driven, and are relevant to the Caribbean community of GIS users
  • To foster a Caribbean GIS network
  • To assess the state of readiness of national and regional Spatial Data Infrastructures
  • To act on directives from the High Level Meetings held over the past several years, fostering executive support for GIS


Conference Program

In addition to influential keynote speakers discussing NSDI strategy and the importance of open geospatial standards, the conference features preconference workshops and courses, important regional conversations, dozens of educational sessions, and a solutions exhibition.

New for 2014! The URISA Caribbean GIS Conference is utilizing an online app for the conference program. Easy-to-navigate and downloadable to your smartphone or tablet. A great way to network with speakers, instructors and fellow attendees.

Link to our Program App using the QR Code:

The Conference Program was developed through a Call for Presentations. The deadline for abstract submissions has passed, however, you can still submit your abstract to Pat Francis,  for the committee's consideration.

Exhibits & Sponsorships

Opportunities to exhibit at and sponsor the conference are detailed in the Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus. Don't miss the opportunity to market your solutions to this informed and innovative market!


Sponsor Promotion

Gold Sponsors:

  • Spatial Innovision
  • Esri
  • GIS4C


Bronze Sponsors:

  • GeoOrbis
  • GeoTechVision 
  • HERE 
  • West Indies Aerial Survey



Exhibit Booths

Spatial Innovision Booths #9,10/12,13
GeoOrbis Booths #16/17
GeoTechVision Booth #18
HERE Booth #11
Milsoft Utility Solutiions Booth #15
West Indies Aerial Survey Booth #14
Washington College GIS Program Booth #8
Esri & GIS4C Booths #3,4,5
Sani International Technology Advisors Inc Booth #7
PCI Geomatics Booth #2

Registration & Venue

Preconference registration is no longer available. If you have not yet registered, rest assured that you may do so onsite at the Santa Barbara Resort. URISA conference registration will be located in the Arawak Ballroom Foyer. Please complete this downloadable registration form and bring it with you (with payment) to register onsite.

Downloadable Onsite Conference Registration Form

Full Registration includes Proceedings, Networking Reception, Luncheons on Tuesday and Wednesday, and Conference Social Event.

Fee Schedule

Full Conference Registration $475 US
Full-time Student Registration $175 US
One Day Registration $275 US
  • Attendance at a preconference workshop requires an additional fee. Refer to registration form and the program schedule for fees
  • The registration fee for a single day registration includes the Conference Proceedings, attendance at the educational sessions and social events for that day only.

Payment: Payment may be made via check (US dollars), credit card or via wire transfer (If paying through wire transfer, please refer to accompanying instructions. Wire transfer payments MUST include an additional US$15 for fee.)

To assist with supervisor approval of your attendance, consider this attendance justification letter we developed. Personalize it to address your organization's particular needs.

All participants must read and abide by the URISA Event Code of Conduct to promote a respectful experience for all.


The Conference will take place at the beautiful Santa Barbara Beach and Golf Resort. We have arranged for very economical sleeping room rates at the hotel. URISA Conference attendees may take advantage of $129 single/double discounted rates which include in-room and resort-wide internet access.

Make your hotel reservations via this online form or phone +(5999) 84-1234.
Don't delay. A very limited number of rooms remain available at the conference rate.

Transportation from Airport - information on car rental at the airport and an online form to reserve airport shuttle transfer via Business Serenity ($60 all inclusive for a roundtrip shared shuttle). You can also use this form to reserve your shuttle.

Note that taxi service averages about $65 each way between the airport and Santa Barbara hotel and driving time is approximately 35 minutes.

What You Should Know About Curacao (climate, time zone, currency and much more):

Handy tips from the Curacao Tourist Board

Conference History

Map of Conference Locations

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