GIS-Pro 2020: A Virtual Experience
With in-depth workshops on September 23 & 24 and October 6 & 7!
Though we cannot assist with home schooling your children or checking in on your senior parents, we can stay true to our mission to provide professional education and training and a vibrant and connected community – albeit virtually. Our dedicated volunteer leaders have collaborated to provide you with content that we hope will be valuable to you and your organizations. We've taken the opportunity to re-envision the program to focus on some of the most important topics of the day: Public Health, Community Resilience, Equity & Social Justice, GIS Leadership, and Ethics.
- Tuesday, September 29: Martin O'Malley, Former Governor of Maryland
- Wednesday, September 30: Chris Vaughan, Geographic Information Officer for the Federal Emergency Management Agency
- Friday, October 2: Juliana Blackwell, Director of the National Geodetic Survey
Featured panel discussions focused on Racial Equity & GIS, Contact Tracing, GIS Ethics, and Redistricting, along with dozens of concurrent sessions are on the agenda with live Q&A. Sessions will be available on demand for GIS-Pro 2020 registrants after the conference, so there will be no fear of missing a presenter or topic of interest. Review the full program here.
We’ve significantly reduced the cost to participate – for attendees and our partners – in order to make it easier for more of the GIS Community to attend, without the added cost of travel and lodging. We've intentionally scheduled full and half-day instructor-led online workshops the week before and the week after the main conference to work better with busy schedules. Attendance at a workshop is included with full event registration and, as with in-person workshops, capacity is limited in order to facilitate interaction and engagement.
The workshop line-up is as follows:
Wednesday, September 23
- Best Practices for GIS Project Planning and Management
- NG911 & the GIS Workflow
- GIS in Emergency Management
- Microsoft Project™ Software Tutorial
Thursday, September 24
- Experimental Learning Techniques to be More Effective
- Introduction to GIS for Equity and Social Justice
- Navigating a Virtual Landscape for your GIS Career
Tuesday, October 6
- Building Community Using Geospatial Tools
- Unpacking the NENA NG911 GIS Data Model
- Changes Afoot After 2022: State Plane and the Death of the U.S. Survey Foot
Wednesday, October 7
- Preparing for GISP Certification
- Coordinate Systems and Projections
Hear about which workshop Rachel Rodriguez Marquez selected to attend at GIS-Pro 2020.
Sponsorship opportunities are plentiful and our corporate, business, and educational partners are poised to connect.
Though we can't go geocaching and explore the host city together this year, virtual networking opportunities will support the development of professional networks. Our community has always been resilient and eager to help each other through a crisis. Join us virtually at GIS-Pro 2020 and engage, ask questions, explore solutions, earn GISP points, and make the most of this opportunity.
Start making your plans for GIS-Pro 2020.REGISTER
- Virtual URISA workshops will take place on September 23 & 24 and October 6 & 7.
Keynote addresses, breakout sessions, partner-sponsored sessions, and special interest group meetings will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (September 29-October 2).
A Virtual Solutions Marketplace will provide access to our partners.
- Networking at the Virtual "Hotel Lounge" and opportunities to connect, engage, and collaborate will be plentiful.
Click on the Image above for a Site History StoryMap created by Alyssa Randall and Ashley Hitt
Mark your calendar!
Baltimore was the intended host city for 2020. We will be back in Baltimore in 2021!
GIS-Pro 2019 took place September 28-October 2, 2019 in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Huge thank you to the conference committee (led by John Nolte, Ashley Hitt, and Judy Colby-George), our sponsors, exhibitors, speakers, instructors and all of the participants who collectively made #GISPro2019 a memorable and valuable conference.
- Detailed Conference Agenda, Speaker Directory, Sponsors & Exhibitors
- Conference Overview (with lots of photos) in the September/October issue of The GIS Professional
URISA was thrilled to partner with the California Geographic Information Association (CGIA) and the four California URISA Chapters - SoCal, NorCal, CentralCal and BayGEO - to present GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 in Palm Springs! Those five California-based geospatial organizations typically collaborate to present CalGIS each spring, an event that has a long history (nearly 25 years!) of educational and community-building excellence.
Instead of two separate meetings, we collaborated on one geospatial super-event and it was fantastic!
- GIS-Pro & CalGIS 2018 Program Details - check out the full program to see what you missed!
- Peruse event images
- Learn about CalGIS 2019 in Fresno
Thank you to our Southeast Chapters (Florida, Georgia and Carolina URISA) for their support!
URISA and the Northwest GIS User Group were proud to present GIS-Pro & NWGIS 2015, October 18-22, 2015 in Spokane, Washington, in cooperation with the Northern Rockies and Washington URISA Chapters. Nearly 450 GIS professionals attended the conference. There was a lot of interaction and discussion and excellent reviews of the educational program. A very positive conference experience! What a fabulous conference! See what you missed: Online Conference Program
GIS-Pro 2014: Leveraging Spatial Technology to Support Sustainable and Resilient Communities
September 8-11, 2014
New Orleans, Louisiana
Click on the logo below for all of the details about GIS-Pro 2014:
Onsite Program Brochure (PDF)
GIS-Pro 2013: Videos... see what you missed!
- GIS-Pro 2013 Ignite Session
- GIS-Pro 2013 Keynote Addresses
- Awards Breakfast & URISA GISCorps Ten Year Anniversary Recognition
- URISA GISCorps Tribute Video!