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CalGIS 2019 Call for Proposals

The CalGIS 2019 educational program is developed through a peer review of submissions received. The members of the Planning Committee will spend many hours reviewing, debating and discussing submissions. They will collaboratively develop the  educational program shortly after the submission deadline. We expect to have the full  program details published shortly thereafter. 

Why should you present?

  • Get recognized for your achievements and enhance your professional profile.
  • Increase the visibility of your organization and your project.
  • Help somebody else who is facing similar challenges.  
  • Receive valuable Contribution Points toward your GISP certification or renewal.
  • Discuss your work in a meaningful way to a variety of individuals.
  • Receive valuable feedback from your peers. Are you on the right track?

Call for Presentation Proposals - Due January 9, 2019 

The agenda is developed by reviewing submissions received through the Call for Presentations. The 2019  Planning Committee welcomes the submission of individual papers, complete sessions, mini-workshops, and panel discussions.

We've included a list of suggested topics below to generate ideas. We welcome topics of interest at all levels, from beginner to expert.  All proposals received will be reviewed and considered for the program.

Suggested Presentation Topics:

  • Transportation GIS including transit, bicycle and pedestrian, safety, autonomous vehicles, multi-modal safety and vision zero, transportation network companies
  • Open Source Development
  • Geospatial Technology for Agriculture, including Cannabis
  • GIS for Environmental and Social Justice
  • GIS Leadership, Management, and Human Resources
  • Geospatial Data Standards, Governance, and Curation
  • GIS for Research
  • GIS for Emergency and Incident Response
  • GIS Supporting Health & Human Services
  • GIS for Water Planning, Management & Sustainability
  • Data Sharing & Web Development
  • Solutions for Small Jurisdictions
  • Next Generation 911
  • Mobile & Cloud Solutions
  • Data Collection and Safety in the Field
  • Innovations/Outside the Box Applications
  • Artificial Intelligence/Big Data in GIS
  • Imagery: Use of UAVs/Drones
  • The Geography part of GIS
  • Everything else ...

Presentation Format:

  • Single presentation—individual presentation that will be scheduled on its own. Each presenter is allotted approximately 25 minutes, including questions from the attendees.
  • Complete session—Comprised of one subject covered by one or more presenters. The expectation is that the depth and complexity of the issue merits the longer time. A complete session is 90 minutes in length.
  • Panel discussion —A panel is a 60-90 minute presentation which encourages interaction and discussion between the panelists and the audience. Panel presentations should include at least three panelists all speaking on aspects of a particular topic.
  • Mini-workshop—A 90-minute seminar, forum, or tutorial presented by an individual or small team on a particular topic. Topics could range from a technical “how-to” to policy and governance.

Presentation Proposal Submission Deadline: January 9, 2019

Click here for the Presentation Proposal Submission Form

Important Notes:

  • Presentations cannot be sales pitches or commercials. Presentation submissions by industry representatives must include a co-presenter who is a user.  The focus must be on education and not selling a product a service.  There will be a few session slots for our premium sponsors.
  • All accepted presenters must submit either a formal paper (preferred but not required) or presentation with notes (i.e. PowerPoint/Prezi) during the CalGIS for inclusion in the proceedings. Your session moderator will collect the papers/presentations during CalGIS on a thumb drive.
  • To accommodate event management, presenters are expected to meet deadlines. The conference utilizes a Sched App for the online publication of the event schedule, individual presentations, speaker biographies, exhibitor profiles and attendee networking. Presenters will receive instructions to upload their biographies and engage with the community upon acceptance.
  • Breakout session rooms are moderated and equipped with a screen, projector, and cables to plug into the presenters’ laptop (it is the responsibility of the presenter to verify their laptop’s compatibility with provided cables). A PowerPoint Conference Slide Template will be distributed to all presenters, even if you only use it for your presentation title and name.
  • All accepted presenters must register and pay a registration fee (full event, one-day... several options). Acceptance as a presenter does not register you for the event — registration fees are required.

Call for Workshop Proposals - Due December 3, 2018

Do you enjoy teaching/presenting?  Want to help transfer knowledge to the GIS community in California?  We are soliciting educational content and instructors for full-day and half-day  workshops. These courses  are scheduled on Monday, April 8, 2019 and attendance at one workshop is included with full conference registration.  

Suggested topics are provided for general reference only.  We welcome workshop topics of interest at all levels of expertise, from beginner to expert.  Learning objectives and takeaways will be vitally important components of your proposal, along with a full course outline, any pre-requisites or knowledge required, classroom setup needs, and instructors' biographies. If selected, instructors for each workshop may elect to receive an honorarium or free registration to the conference. 

Suggested Workshop Topics:

  • Transportation Mapping Technology
  • Data Quality Management/Metadata/Best Practices
  • Leadership and Management
  • Professional Development & Certification
  • Open Source Geospatial Applications
  • Sharing Data and Maps on the Web
  • ArcGIS Applications
  • Imagery: Use of UAVs/Drones
  • URISA Certified Workshops
  • Other topics of interest to the community

Workshop Proposal Submission Deadline: December 3, 2018

Click here for the Workshop Proposal Form


  • Deadline for Proposals:
    • Workshop Proposals: due December 3, 2018
    • Presentation Proposals: due January 9, 2019
  • Acceptance Notification: January 21, 2019
  • Presenter Registration Deadline: March 4, 2019 (After that date, unregistered speakers will be removed from the program.)
  • Event: April 8-10, 2019

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