Despite the rain the 2017 Geospatial Summit, held on April 26th at UW-Madison, attracted over 125 registrants. Attendees from various UW system campuses were present, including UW-Eau Claire, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Platteville, UW-Extension, and even the University of Illinois. Other sectors included various government agencies, private companies, non-profits, the general public, as well as students, faculty, and staff.
Highlights of the 2017 Summit included:
A special GIS Professional Career Panel kicked off the event at 10am discussing their experiences and perspectives as geospatial professionals featuring: Emily Champagne, GIS Supervisor; Kelly Felton, Land Information Officer; Kim Ness Sundeen, GIS Analyst/Developer; Zihan Song, Second year Master student; and Marcy Bidney, Curator/Assistant Director.
At 11am, representatives from 12 area employers participated in the Geospatial Careeer and Networking Fair. Students and attendees learned how they can maximize their opportunities as they think toward the future.
At 1pm, fifteen research presentations by a diverse group of speakers took place in three concurrent sessions.
The Summit concluded with a keynote presentation from Marcy Bidney, Curator at the American Geographical Society Library, who spoke on “Geographic Information: The Changing Landscape of Access.” This talk focused on the evolution of access to geographic information over the last two decades.
We want to take this opportunity to thank Marcy for being the Keynote Speaker and for her participation on the career panel. We also want to thank our other career panelists and all of the conference presenters, whose time and efforts helped make the event a success. Likewise we would like to thank the GIS Certificate Program, Nelson Institute, and the Cartography Lab for sponsoring the afternoon break with cookies.
For those of you unable to attend this year, we hope to see you at the 2018 Summit. Relevant information will be posted on the Geospatial Alliance and SCO websites as the date draws closer.