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August 6, 2014
URISA 2014 Caribbean GIS Conference Details Announced

Des Plaines, Ill., Aug. 1, 2014—URISA is pleased to announce the program details for its Seventh Caribbean GIS Conference, taking place October 26-30, 2014 at the Santa Barbara Resort in Curacao. The conference, themed "Spatial Technologies: Fueling Economic Growth and Development" features important regional conversations, preconference courses and workshops, comprehensive education, and opportunities to connect with experts, peers and private sector sponsors.

Important Regional Conversations:

Geospatial Information High Level Meeting:  targeted at key decision makers in the industry particularly, senior personnel of international and regional bodies with responsibility for the management of geospatial data and information, senior government officials, experts on geospatial related issues in academia, members of the donor community, and private sector companies.

General Session: The Importance of Geospatial Technology in the Caribbean: will examine the various issues that organizations are facing in the region as well as what is the overall value proposition that geospatial technology brings to the Caribbean economy. Participants will include senior representatives from national governments, donor agencies, academia, as well as experts from the vendor/consultant community.

Special Interest Group Roundtables: Important conversations including Geodetics, Open Source, Women in GIS, and Education.

Preconference Courses and Workshops:

  • Getting Started with GIS
  • Caribbean Decision Support System for a Climate Resilient Marine Managed Areas Network
  • Mobile and Server GIS: Field to Finish (two-day course)
  • URISA Certified Workshop: Addressing
  • URISA Certified Workshop: GIS Return on Investment
  • ArcGIS Online
  • UAV Workshop

Comprehensive Education: Nearly 50 presenters in sessions covering important topics, including:

  • Climate Change and Sea Level Rise
  • Disaster Mitigation/Modeling
  • Harnessing the Power of GIS for Utility, Asset and Infrastructure Management
  • Environmental Hazards
  • GIS in Disaster Management
  • Innovations in GIS
  • National GI Policy Development & NSDI
  • Public Participation GIS
  • Public Safety, GIS for Emergency Response
  • Addressing Systems
  • Change Detection
  • Geosciences & Regional Economic Development
  • Enterprise GIS and Mobile Technologies
  • Best Practices in Today's Digital Organization
  • Spatial Technologies for Water Resource Management
  • GIS in Public Health
  • K-12 Education
  • Using UAVs (Drones) for Aerial Imagery Acquisition

Start reviewing the abundance of education on the schedule.

Conference History:  Previous URISA Caribbean GIS conferences have taken place in Jamaica (2001), Barbados (2004), the Bahamas (2006), the Cayman Islands (2008), Trinidad and Tobago (2010) and Jamaica (2012). We are pleased to host the 2014 conference in the Dutch Caribbean.

Exhibits & Sponsors:  The opportunity to connect with the companies that provide solutions for Caribbean technology needs is a major component of the conference. Several of the conference sponsors are also developing vendor solutions sessions to allow for a deep-dive to learn about their products and services. Discounted exhibitor fees are available until September 1.

Conference Venue:  The Conference will take place at the Santa Barbara Resort. We have arranged for discounted sleeping room rates at the hotel. URISA Conference attendees may take advantage of $129 rates for single or double occupancy which includes in-room internet access.

Registration - Register for the conference by September 1 and save $100!

Full conference registration (only $325) includes the conference proceedings papers, access to keynote speeches, breakout sessions, meetings, two lunches, reception and networking social event.

Learn more about the 2014 URISA Caribbean GIS Conference and start making plans to attend today.

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