Featured Presenters

Visit 2021 Virtual Conference Schedule for complete agenda.

Zeb Wood
Tuesday, May 25. 1:00 pm

3D Data Visualization in the Age of Video Games

Never has it been easier to gather, translate and visualize data 3-Dimensionally. This session will review at a 100ft level the potential for leveraging geospatial data in new ways to create rich, spatial experiences for both practitioners and citizens. Once warmed, the audience will look to a future in which Indiana can lead this spatial revolution from its own backyard.

Zeb connects IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI, college students to hundreds of local start-ups and internationally recognized partners, delivering emerging tech and media projects totaling thousands of hours of service. Website: https://soic.iupui.edu/people/zeb-wood/ 


Frank Winters
Tuesday, May 25. 9:00 am

A NSGIC Perspective

NSGIC exists to advance effective national coordination of geospatial information by supporting state-level cooperation. NSGIC serves as a national forum for the development of capable and future-oriented geospatial leadership. In this presentation, Frank will dig a little deeper into what NSGIC is all about and why that is important to a statewide organization of GIS practitioners like IGIC.

Frank is New York State Geographic Information Officer (GIO). In this role he is responsible for Statewide GIS coordination, policy, and framework data programs. Frank also serves as the Executive Director of the New York State Geospatial Advisory Committee. In his past role as GIS Director for the New York State Department of Transportation, Frank served as a member of the AASHTO GIS for Transportation Task Force. Frank also serves as the president of the National State Geographic Information Council. Frank has a Master of Science in Geography from the University of Idaho and has been involved with GIS in New York State Government for 28 years.


Collaborating with Elected Officials
Wednesday, May 26. 10:00 am

Laura Johnson is Duke Energy's managing director for government affairs In Indiana. She began her work at Duke Energy in 2013 and has 15 years of government affairs experience and has extensive knowledge of the energy industry. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in 2005 in political science and communication studies.

Jeffrey Thompson is a Republican member of the Indiana House of Representatives, representing District 28. He assumed office in 1998. His current term ends on November 8, 2022. Thompson's professional experience includes working as a Chemistry, Physics and Math Teacher at Danville Community High School.

J.D. Ford lives in Wayne Township, Indiana. He earned a bachelor's degree in political science and criminal justice from the University of Akron and a master's degree in education from Purdue University. Elected in the 2018 elections, he represents the 29th Senate District as a member of the United States Democratic Party.