2017 Washington GIS Conference


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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.

CONFERENCE AREAS OF INTEREST

Important Dates
Conference Schedule
Workshops
Keynote Speaker
Best Map, Poster, Script, & Online Mapping Application Contests
WAURISA GIS Person of the Year – The Summit Award
Hotel Accommodations
Transportation
Richard 'Dick' Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition & Award


IMPORTANT DATES  (back to top)

CONFERENCE SCHEDULE  (back to top)

Schedule information will be posted here.

 

REGISTRATION  (back to top)

Registration details to be announced.


WORKSHOPS  (back to top)

WAURISA invites you to submit a proposal to conduct a workshop for the 2017 Washington GIS Conference. We are seeking instructors to give educational workshops on a wide range of GIS topics. All submissions are welcome and will be evaluated as a potential workshop focus. Proposals are due February 7, 2017. See the 2017 Call for Workshop flier (PDF) for more information on submitting a proposal for a workshop.

OPENING KEYNOTE  (back to top)

Key Note speaker to be announced.


BEST MAP, POSTER, SCRIPT, ONLINE MAPPING APPLICATION CONTESTS
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Contest details to be announced.


WAURISA GIS PERSON OF THE YEAR – THE SUMMIT AWARD  (back to top)

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 2017 Summit Award Nomination form will be posted shortly.

Past winners include:

  • 2016 - Chuck Buzzard - Pierce County
  • 2015 - Joy Paulus - Washington State Geospatial Program Office, WA Technology Solutions
  • 2014 - Sabah Jabbouri - Green River Community College
  • 2013 - Karl Johansen
  • 2012 - Greg Babinski - King County
  • 2011 - Tom Nolan - City of Seattle
  • 2010 - Ian von Essen - Spokane County
  • 2009 - Marty Balikov - ESRI
  • 2008 - Mike Onzay - City of Mercer Island
  • 2007 - Donna Wendt - City of Tacoma
  • 2006 - Nancy Hultquist - Central Washington University, Geography Dept.
  • 2005 - Geoff Almvig - Skagit County
  • 2004 - Linda Gerull - Pierce County
  • 2003 - Richard 'Dick' Thomas - Sammamish Plateau Water and Sewer District




HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS  (back to top)

Hotel details to be announced.

TRANSPORTATION  (back to top)

Getting to the Conference:

Please consider car pooling or taking public transit to the conference. Directions to the Tacoma Convention Center, click here.
Transit Options:

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.

Sound Transit
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.

Parking options:

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.

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 March 31, 2017.

Competition Prizes

1st Place

  • Dick Thomas Award Plaque
  • $500
  • One year membership in WAURISA
  • Free registration to the 2018 Washington GIS Conference
  • Publication of paper in The Summit (Washington GIS Newsletter)
  • Plus, possible additional prizes

2nd Place

  • Dick Thomas Second Place Award Certificate
  • $250
  • One year membership in WAURISA
  • Publication of paper in The Summit (Washington GIS Newsletter)
  • Plus, possible additional prize

3rd Place

  • Dick Thomas Third Place Award Certificate
  • $125
  • One year membership in WAURISA
  • Publication of paper in The Summit (Washington GIS Newsletter)
  • Plus, possible additional prizes


All Student presenters will earn 1 GISCI Contribution Point for Conference Presentation in addition to points earned for attending the 2017 Conference.