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URISA's Caribbean GIS Conference

We convened in Port of Spain for fantastic GIS education, collaboration and inspiration! 

Thank to all who attended, presented and shared their ideas during the #CaribbeanGIS conference. Much appreciation to our sponsors and participating exhibitors! Hope to see many of you at 2020 URISA GIS professional education programs.

Program Details/Agenda - Review the packed and important educational program.





More to come!



Events took place at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Trinidad (#1 Wrightson Road, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago), with a contemporary design, waterfront views and an exciting downtown location. 

About Trinidad and Tobago

Trinidad is the largest island in the nation of Trinidad and Tobago, off Venezuela's coast in the southern Caribbean. The capital, Port of Spain, is home to the Royal Botanical Gardens and the National Museum and Art Gallery, dedicated to local history and artwork. Its historic center is leafy Woodford Square, while Queen's Park Savannah is a popular recreation area and location of the boisterous annual Carnival.
To the north, undeveloped Maracas Beach is a sun-and-surf destination, the renowned Asa Wright Nature Centre offers bird-watching and the forested crags and waterfalls of the Northern Range can be accessed via trail. Charter boats depart from northwestern coves and bays for sport fishing expeditions or scuba diving around colorful coral reefs. With a Creole culture incorporating African, European, East Indian and Chinese traditions, Trinidad is also known for its distinct cuisine, plus calypso and soca music.

Conference History

The URISA Caribbean GIS Conference developed out of discussions that took place during the 1999 Esri International User Conference in San Diego, California between URISA staff and members in the Caribbean . An unmet educational need was identified, a business case was made, and the first conference took place September 9-12, 2001 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Since then, the conference has successfully taken place eight times and has come to be known as the premier geospatial event in the region.  Caribbean GIS professionals are at the forefront of technology adoption and are regularly acknowledged for outstanding accomplishments across the region. 

Explore the history of the conference through this Story Map. Click on the image below:

There was certainly a need for a community and a robust URISA Caribbean Chapter has developed from conference activities. Visit the URISA Caribbean Chapter website for additional news.    

Usually presented every two years, the conference most recently took place in Barbados. 


Click on the following link to review the abundance of education that was presented at the conference, including the one-day focused program track, developed in partnership with the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) that explored best practices for utilizing GIS and other tools to prepare, respond, and manage disasters:   Online Conference Schedule




“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

"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. 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)

 Make Plans to Join the Informed and Enthusiastic Caribbean GIS Community!


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