Annual Conference 2015

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CONFERENCE REGISTRATION:

ONLINE Conference Registration is NOW CLOSED

**** YOU MAY STILL REGISTER ONSITE ON EITHER TUESDAY MORNING STARTING AT 7:30 AM OR WEDNESDAY MORNING STARTING AT 7:45 AM ****

We are very pleased to be back in Bloomington for IGIC’s 2015 Annual GIS Conference.  In 2014 we had 325 people at our conference in INDY, and we hope everyone can join us again this year.  We have another great event planned for you this year, with two days of……

  • Networking – Meet with other Indiana GIS professionals and leaders in the GIS industry
  • Hands on and classroom workshops – Get in-depth instruction and hands on experience taught by GIS experts.
  • Inspiring presentations – Learn new techniques and how GIS is changing the state.
  • Vendor Booths and Sponsorship opportunities – Showcase your products and services and show your support to Indiana’s GIS community.

IGIC PRE-CONFERENCE EVENTS:

Monday May 11th  (Afternoon and evening Pre-Conference Networking & Social Activities for the early arrivers)

  • Bloomington Bike Tour – 3:00 PM – 5:30 PM.  Coordinating our bike ride event this year is Laura Haley, GIS Manager, City of Bloomington.  Sign up for this optional event when you register online, or just show up!  If you do need to contact Laura in advance of the event email her at haleyl@bloomington.in.gov.  Explore Bloomington with a casual bike ride on some of our fabulous multi-use trails. We’ll meet at 3:00 p.m. on Monday afternoon behind the Convention Center and make a loop which includes the B-Line, the Bloomington Rail-Trail, and the Clear Creek Trail.
  • Bloomington Evening Meetup – 6:30 PM – ??.    Matt Rummel is coordinating this event for us again this year.  Sign up for this optional event when you register online, or just show up!  If you need to contact Matt you can email mrummel@cbbel-in.com or call him at 317.289.7866.  GISers will begin gathering at 6:30 pm at The Tap, a local Bloomington watering hole located on the southwest corner of the Square in downtown Bloomington (101 N. College Avenue). We just want to make sure that your bodies are plenty hydrated before the conference officially begins on Tuesday.  Dinner and drinks will be on your own.

OTHER SPECIAL EVENTS:

  • Monday 5/11/15 – 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM. Esri GeoDev Meetup – Bloomington, IN
    Esri hosted a Meetup last year as a Conference Eve event and it was a great success, so please consider attending this year. The Esri GeoDev Meet Up is taking place Upland Brewing Co., 350 W 11th St, Bloomington. Food and beverages will be provided at the GeoDev Meet Up! (Come a lil’ hungry, why don’t ya?). This event is a social gathering for developers to discuss the latest in mapping, geo technology, geo services, web and mobile mapping apps, app design, cloud solutions, map data or anything else related to solving real-world “geo” problems. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for this FREE event with Esri HERE.
  • Tuesday 5/12/13 – 7:30 PM. 39 DEGREES NORTH – 10 Year Anniversary Party – Bloomington, IN
    39Degrees invites you to their 10 Year Anniversary Party at the Atlas Ballroom, 209 South College Avenue, Bloomington. YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER for this FREE event with 39 Deg. North. To receive your Party Pass, please see a 39 Deg. North representative at their booth or floating around the convention center.

FULL SCHEDULE:

Download a .pdf copy of the final Full 2-Page Conference Schedule HERE

Download a .pdf copy of the final Full 56-Page Conference Program HERE

2015 CONFERENCE WEB APP IS AVAILABLE:

The Web app was developed by several Indiana Geological Survey staff and is compatible with a desktop computer, tablet, and smartphone. The app includes a Session Workshop schedule, Offsite Workshops map, Arts and Entertainment map, and Food and Drink map.  The app will be available through the end of May. The URL is : http://igs.indiana.edu/GIS/igic2015/

 

Conference Sponsors:

This year we have 4 Diamond & 1 Ruby Sponsors, they are…

2015 sponsors

In addition to helping financially support IGIC and our Annual GIS Conference, our sponsors get the opportunity to make a special 5 minute IGNITE presentation during lunch on Tuesday.  These presentations are always exciting and sometimes even funny, as our sponsors are recognized leaders in their various geospatial market segments, and their insights are always of great interest to our attendees.

Conference Vendor Exhibitors:

Our exhibitors are very important to us, so we put them right in the heart or the action – vendor booths circle the Grand Ballroom where all General Sessions, Lunches and the Vendor Reception are held.  Our 2015 Conference Attendees can take advantage of meeting with representatives from the following companies:  

39 DEGREES NORTH

Cannon IV

Eastern Engineering

Esri

GeoCue Group

GRW

Infogroup

Latitude Geographics

Pictometry

Positioning Solutions Company

Providence GIS Solutions

Rapid Reproductions

The Schneider Corporation

Seiler Instrument Company

Sidwell

Surdex Corporation

Tyler Technologies

WhiteStar Corporation

Woolpert

Awards

Excellence in GIS Awards.  Each year, IGIC honors outstanding projects through our Excellence in GIS Award. This award recognizes organizations in six different categories for their use of geospatial technology to improve our world.  Eligible projects are those developed or completed in 2014 or 2015.  This year we are pleased to have 19 nominations in our competition.  The nominees are:

Large Community (population over 50,000)

Madison County Council of Governments

Small Community (population under 50,000)

Town of Chesterton

City of Westfield

City of Huntingburg

County

Allen Co

St Joseph Co

Wayne Co

Huntington Co

Noble Co

Educational and Nonprofit

The Polis Center at IUPUI

Lyles School of Civil Engineering, Purdue University

State or Federal Agency

INDNR Division of Water

IDEM

ISDA Division of Soil Conservation

INDNR Division of Water, Resource Assessment Section

Business or Commercial

Vectren Energy Delivery

Sanitary Management and Engineering Company (SAMCO)

39 Degrees North

Duke Energy, Midwest GIS

Our award presentation this year will be held during lunch on Wednesday.  To tale a closer look at each of our nominated projects this year click HERE.

 

College Poster Competition and Student Volunteer opportunities.  The annual GIS Poster Contest provides an excellent forum for GIS students to present their work to the entire Indiana GIS community.  All current undergraduate and graduate students from Indiana universities are eligible to join the poster competition.  We currently have eight (8) posters entered in this year’s competition.  All posters will be on display in our Map Gallery, and all conference attendees will be able to pick up a ballot and vote for their favorite student poster.  Winners will be announced dueing lunch on Wednesday and cash prizes will be awarded for:

First Place: $200.00
Second Place: $150.00
Third Place: $100.00

Venue

We love having our annual conference in Bloomington.  Just an hour south of Indy, Bloomington is nestled in the rolling hills of southern Indiana, and is the home to Indiana University.  Bloomington’s motto is “the soul of a big city but the heart of a small town, with something to offer everyone”, and we will definitely take advantage this venue – with IU’s spring semester ending right before our conference, we have the whole town to ourselves, plus easy access to the IU computer lab facilities at Well Library and Woodburn Hall for our hands-on GIS workshops.

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The convention center and conference hotels are right downtown, located just a few blocks from Bloomington’s historic courthouse square and revitalized shopping, and eating district with a vibrant night life.

 Bloomington/Monroe County Convention Center

302 S College Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47403

Conference Hotels 

Rooms & Rates: Our Group Block and Rate are no longer available, so please contact the Hotel for room availability and rates.

Courtyard By Marriott (At the Convention Center)

310 South College Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47403

812-335-8000

 

Hyatt Place (1.5 blocks away)

217 W Kirkwood Avenue

Bloomington, IN 47404

812 339 5950

  Other Hotel Options

Hilton Garden Inn (5 blocks away) – 245 N College Avenue

Springhill Suites (8 blocks) – 501 N College Avenue

Bloomington Information

Visit Bloomington Information – http://www.visitbloomington.com

Indiana University Visitor Information – http://www.indiana.edu/~iuvis

 

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