The 2017 Washington State GIS Conference will be a four day event held May 15 - 18, 2017 at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center, Tacoma, WA.
Please be certain to thank the 2017 Conference Sponsors!
Important Dates Conference Schedule Registration Information (Register Here) Workshops Keynote Speaker Call for Presentations, Panel Discussions, & Lighting Talks Best Map, Poster, Script, & Online Mapping Application Contests WAURISA GIS Person of the Year – The Summit Award ESRI Hands on Learning Lab Exhibitor Information Hotel Accommodations Transportation Women in GIS Breakfast Conference Socials Call for Conference Planning Volunteers Richard 'Dick' Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition & Award
View the Conference Schedule here, 2017 Washington GIS Schedule & Directory.
A Conference at A Glance Schedule is now available!
The Conference Booklet is now available!
You can manage your schedule online and using a mobile device 2017 Washington GIS Schedule & Directory (mobile) or simple scan this QR code with your device!
Conference registration open! WAURISA is pleased to announce that Conference registration is now open.
Ends May 1
May 2 - 18
|Discounts are set for Presenter at 50%|
This year WAURISA is proud to have 2 full days of high caliber workshops. These range from ˝ day sessions to a 2-day long class.
˝ day $90
Full day $170
Special Interest group meeting $45
Hours: Morning starts at 8:30am Afternoon starts at 1:30pm
2 Day workshop:
Working with Geodatabases and Linear Referencing (MT4)
Asset Management: Planning, Strategy, and Implementation (URISA CERTIFIED) - (M1) - All Day
Survey123 for ArcGIS- (M2) - All Day
Practical Python for the GIS Analyst - (M3) - All Day
Rapid Cartography with QGIS - (M5a) - Half Day - Morning
Geosimulation and agent based modeling - (M5b) - Half Day - Afternoon
Drone and UAV: From start to finish - (T1) - All Day
Special Interest Group WGGL - Government Leaders - (T3) - All Day
GeoPlanner for ArcGIS - (T5a) - Half Day - Morning
ArcGIS Pro - (T5b) - Half Day - Afternoon
Opening Keynote by: Monica Stephens, PhD
University at Buffalo
Monica Stephens, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography at the University at Buffalo (SUNY Buffalo) in New York.. She obtained her doctoral degree from the University of Arizona in 2012 and worked as a visiting scholar at the University of Kentucky. Her research integrates methodologies in Geographic Information Science (GIS) with Social Network Analysis (SNA) and Big Data. She harnesses and critiques these methodologies with data from social media and user-generated content to trace inequalities across gender, race and economic status. She blogs with colleagues at www.FloatingSheep.org where she has harnessed social media to map hate speech and identified clusters of internet content indicating a social divide in the United States. She has spoken about her work on gender and technology at SouthBySouthwest and TEDx. She has produced maps for Wired Magazine, the Atlantic, and the Guardian and been interviewed by BBC, CBC, NPR and NBC as well as many blogs and newspapers.
The deadline was April 14, 2017. Abstracts for the 2017 program are no longer being accepted.
The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) invites you to enter your best poster, map, script, or mapping application at the 2017 Washington GIS Conference. Take advantage of this great opportunity to showcase your work and inspire your peers and colleagues with your fascinating projects.
The deadline has past. The deadline to enter the poster contest was May 14, 2017
The Summit Award is given to the Washington State GIS Person of the Year. It is given to a person who has contributed to the GIS Community in Washington State. This award is given out annually at the WAURISA Conference.
Selection criteria can be found on the "Awards" page under
GIS Person of the Year.
The deadline has past. The deadline to submit a nomination was May 10, 2017
Past winners include:
Take Esri training at your own pace in the Hands-on Learning Lab (HOLL). The lab consists of a group of laptops with headphones where students can work through lessons at their own pace. A lesson consists of a recorded presentation followed by a hands-on exercise. Each lesson typically takes about 45 minutes to one hour to complete and students can generally come and go as they please. Find out more from the Hands-on Learning Lab Flyer
Make plans to exhibit at the 2017 Washington GIS Conference! Our conference attendees are looking for the latest
advances in the GIS industry - this is an excellent opportunity for your company to connect with influential decision-makers.
All pertinent details for exhibitors are contained in the Call for Exhibitors PDF document. We sincerely look forward to working with you to make this a successful engagement for your company and products.
Exhibitor/Vendor registration: www.regonline.com/wagis17
|Mt. Olympus||Mt. Baker|
|Number of Booths||No Booth||1|
|Conference Attendee Passes||1||1|
1 year WAURISA Chapter Sponsorship
(see waurisa.org/joinus for details)
|Logo and Company Description in Conference Program||Yes||Yes|
|Logo on Conference Website||Yes||Yes|
|Visibility in Quarterly WAURISA Newsletter The Summit||Logo||1/4 page|
|Post-Conference attendee list (name & org.)||Yes||Yes|
|Opportunity to Present in Technology Track||No||Yes|
|Participate in Exhibitor Passport Program **||No||Yes|
|Additional Booth Space* (double-size booth)||N/A||$350|
We are returning to the Hotel Murano for the 2017 conference hotel. Hotel Murano is located at:
1320 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Phone: (253) 238-8000 or (877) 986-8083 toll free (Ask for the "WAURISA GIS Conference" to receive the special group rate.)
Online and phone reservations will be accepted until Apr 23, 2017 which is the cut off date for reservations.
Online Reservation Link: Reserve a Room
Phone Reservations: 253-238-8000 or 888-862-3255 (Ask for the "WAURISA GIS Conference" to receive the special group rate.)
Room Rates are $120 per night, not including lodging tax (13.5%) or TPA fee ($1.50 per night)
Getting to the Conference:
Please consider car pooling or taking public transit to the conference. Directions to the Tacoma Convention Center, click here.
The following transit lines have routes that take you to the Sounder Station/Amtrak Station in Tacoma. Once there, you can ride the free Tacoma Link light rail directly to the conference center at 10 minute intervals. Visit the following transit links for details.
Pierce Transit (PT)
Intercity Transit (IT)
Tacoma's Free Link Light Rail runs frequently throughout the downtown corridor with a stop located just outside the GTCTC on Commerce Street. More information: route map (PDF) and schedule.
Street parking is free in Tacoma, but you'll need to arrive well before 8 a.m. on weekdays to find a free all-day parking spot. Additionally, there are free parking spots for 1 and 2 hours near the center, but be aware that parking enforcement is quite efficient. The Greater Tacoma Trade and Convention Center offers on-site parking at the rate of $10 per day in the Lot A Garage.
The Greater Tacoma Trade and Convention Center offers on-site parking at the rate of $10 per day in the Lot A Garage. More information here.
Another option is to park for free at the Tacoma Dome Station and take the free Tacoma Link light rail to the convention center. Parking and route map here.
Location: Steel Creek
1114 Broadway, Tacoma, WA
Whether you are finishing a day of our workshops or just arriving for the conference, come join us at Steel Creek for a few hours of socializing and reacquainting with your GIS colleagues. If you are feeling adventurous join in the line dancing lesson or ride the mechanical bull!
Washington URISA is pleased to announce that the 4th annual Women in GIS Breakfast will occur at Bite in the Hotel Murano on
Wednesday, May 17 from 7:00 - 8:30 AM. Besides great food, this is an informal chance to network and make friends with other women in geospatial.
This is a no host event and reservations are required. Attendance at the conference is not required.
To reserve your seat, visit Sched at http://sched.co/AOuz or the Facebook Event at http://bit.ly/2oMPCNv.
Location: Bite1320 Broadway Plaza Tacoma, WA 98402
Location: Conference Facility
Come hang out with the Conference's exhibitors at the Exhibitor Social. Get your "Exhibitor Passport" stamped for a chance to win prizes. Visit with your colleagues, check out the posters and vote for your favorite!
Location: Washington State History Museum
1911 Pacific Ave, Tacoma, WA
This year the conference social is at the Washington State History Museum. Join us for a unique opportunity to socialize and eat good food while wandering the permanent exhibits with friends and new acquaintances.
If you don't want to face traffic Thursday afternoon after the conference, the Tacoma Museum of Glass has free admission from 5:00pm - 8:00pm. Watch Hilltop Artists will provide glassmaking demonstrations in the Hot Shop.
WAURISA is currently planning the 2017 conference. If you are interesting in being part of the conference planning process, please
contact us at Volunteer@waurisa.org.
RICHARD ‘DICK’ THOMAS MEMORIAL STUDENT PRESENTATION COMPETITION & AWARD (back to top)
WAURISA announces the annual Richard "Dick" Thomas award. This award was established to honor Washington State GIS pioneer and mentor Richard
'Dick' Thomas, who passed away in 2006. The intent of this award is to honor Dick by continuing his work of encouraging students to excel in their studies
and to transition successfully into careers in the field of GIS.
Please see the Competition FAQs for more information on how to enter the Richard 'Dick' Thomas Memorial Student Competition.
Now accepting abstracts which can be submitted here - the deadline for entering is April 7, 2017.