GIS Community Anticipating Remarks from #GISPro2020 Keynote Speakers


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URISA is pleased to introduce the keynote speakers for GIS-Pro 2020, URISA's 58th Annual Conference, taking place virtually September 29-October 2.

URISA is pleased to offer a free registration option to hear and watch these keynote speakers deliver their talks 'live'.

Tuesday, September 29: Martin O'Malley, Author and 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

Panel discussions focused on Racial Equity & GIS; GIS and the Pandemic; Contact Tracing; Innovations in Forecasting and Addressing Supply Chain Disruptions During COVID-19; GIS Ethics; and Redistricting are featured along with dozens of concurrent sessions with interactive 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.

#GISPro2020 also features pre- and post conference instructor-led virtual workshops, which are scheduled the week before and the week after the main conference. Attendance at one workshop is included with full registration. Because each is designed as a classroom experience, capacity is limited.

The workshop line-up is comprehensive:

Wednesday, September 23

Best Practices for GIS Project Planning and Management

NG911 & the GIS Workflow

GIS in Emergency Management

Microsoft Projectâ„¢ 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

Attendance at GIS-Pro 2020 counts toward GIS Professional (GISP) Certification and renewal.

We thank all of the speakers, instructors, sponsors, and participants for their dedication to advancing the profession.

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