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  • 11 Feb 2019 12:16 PM | Marketing WAURISA (Administrator)

    WAURISA is pleased to announce that Conference registration is now open to register for workshops and the conference. This year WAURISA is proud to have two full days of high caliber workshops along with two days of the conference. The workshops range from ½ day sessions to 1-day classes. For a full list of this year’s workshops and information on the Washington Government GIS Leaders meeting, check out the Workshops webpage. We are again returning to the Hotel Murano Tacoma for the conference hotel and workshops. More information can be found on the conference webpage.

    Check out the conference webpage for more information about this year’s keynote (William ‘Bill’ Johnson - @MappingGuy), the Call for Presentations, Call for Submissions to the Richard ‘Dick’ Thomas Memorial Student Presentation Competition & Award, Call for Posters, Maps, Web Applications, or Scripts, and the Call for Exhibitors.

    The hashtag for this year’s conference is #wagis19.

  • 30 Jan 2019 12:46 PM | Marketing WAURISA (Administrator)

    Call for Maps, Posters, Scripts and Web Applications

     The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) invites you to share your best poster, map, web applications or script with the broader community at the 2019 Washington GIS Conference.

    This year’s poster presentation showcase will provide the opportunity to share and exhibit your creative talents, inspire your peers and potentially earn some cash in the process!


           Best Cartographic Design

           Best Analytic Presentation

           Best Data Integration

           Best Online Interactive (Web) Map

           Best Student Map

           Best Innovative Scripting or Geoprocessing Tool

           Best Mobile App

    Contest Details

    Submissions may include:

            Online interactive map / app

            Mobile Apps


            Maps and posters to display in our gallery

    o   Poster size dimensions will need to be no larger than 48” x 96”.

    Entrees must be submitted through our online form and must meet guidelines outlined on our website.  Submissions that do not meet these guidelines will not be displayed at the conference.

    Fellow conference attendees will cast votes for their favorite entry for each category. The winners will receive Amazon gift card prizes.  Posters are not allowed to be removed prior to 1:00 PM on Thursday, May 23. Posters left behind will not be returned. Entrants do not have to attend the conference; however, there is no guarantee their map or poster will be displayed in their absence.

    Submit Abstracts at: https://waurisa.org/Poster-Contest

    Submission DEADLINE: May 17, 2019

    Questions? Email  mapcontest@waurisa.org

    Additional information at: https://waurisa.org/

    Calling All Students! 

    WAURISA invites you to share your original work related to GIS, geography, or geographic research by entering the Dick Thomas Student 

     Presentation Competition and Award, the DTA.

    The DTA Student Presentation Competition will occur on Thursday, May 23rd during the 2019 Washington GIS Conference at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center in Tacoma, WA.

    Individuals chosen to present will gain recognition in the professional community, raise awareness of critical issues, and be eligible to win cash prizes.

    Competition FAQs


    o   1st Place $500

    o   2nd Place $250

    o   3rd Place $125

            The DTA Student Presentation Competition is open to all currently enrolled students, and students who have graduated or completed classes within the last year

            Projects presented need to have occurred while students were still attending school

            Presentation abstracts will be accepted from February 1st through March 8th.

            The DTA Submission Form and Additional Guidelines and FAQs are posted on the DTA Competition page of the 2019 Washington GIS Conference website. 

            Please contact the DTA Coordinator at dta@waurisa.org with any questions.

  • 17 Jan 2019 12:15 PM | Marketing WAURISA (Administrator)

    Call for Presentations & Panels for the 2019 Washington GIS Conference

    The Washington State Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (WAURISA) invites you to share your experience, expertise, and knowledge with colleagues and offer solutions for success by presenting at our 2019 annual conference.

    Individuals chosen to present will gain recognition by their peers, raise awareness of critical issues, and identify current trends in the industry.

    The Presentations Sub-Committee is seeking presenters to share a wide range of GIS topics and will select presentations, panel discussions, and lightning talks to reflect an array of interests and levels of expertise. Selection will be based on the value of the proposed topic to the audience and the clarity of the abstract.

    Please submit an abstract for presenting any of the following:

    • Project Presentations - 30 to 90 minutes long, or
    • Lightning Talks - no longer than 15 minutes, or
    • Panels - participant list must be formed prior to abstract submittal

    Abstract Submission DEADLINE: March 27, 2019

    For information on presenter/panelist benefits and abstract submission requests, visit the Presentations webpage.

    Abstracts can be submitted to the WAURISA Presentations Google form. 

    Questions? Please send all questions to presentations@waurisa.org. For information on deadlines and other important dates check the Important Dates page.

    Call for Exhibitors

    Would you like to show off your geospatial business to ~300 GIS professionals?   The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) is pleased to invite you to exhibit at the 2019 Washington GIS Conference, May 22 – 23, in Tacoma, WA at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

    You'll have booth space, a chance to present about your business in the exhibitor technology presentation track, access to all the sessions at the conference, and opportunities to make your logo visible at the conference and all year long in the quarterly Summit Newsletter.   

    Showcase your products and services to the hundreds of GIS Professionals who will attend!

    Need more details? Check out the Invitation to Exhibit PDF or contact Mike McGuire for more details.

    Call for Volunteers

    The conference is a labor of love and hard work!  More hands make it more fun for everyone.  Do you want to work behind the scenes while you learn the lay of the land? We've got those kinds of opportunities.  Want to stand out and be seen?  We've got those kinds of opportunities, too! 

    Whether you're an introvert or an extrovert, we love your help and your dedication to the profession. Step up your participation and join us in planning the next conference!

    Did you know participating at the 2019 Washington GIS Conference could earn you GISP points?!

    Visit the 2019 Conference website or contact our Volunteer Lead at volunteer@waurisa.org to discuss ways in which you can participate.

  • 8 Jan 2019 2:05 PM | Marketing WAURISA (Administrator)

    We are proud to welcome Bill Johnson, the "Carpe Geo" Evangelist with AppGeo, as the 2019 conference keynote speaker!

    "What is carpe geo?

    We have all heard the phrase carpe diem which translates to “seize the day.”

    Carpe geo is seizing the opportunity to do great things with GIS.

    A GIS project almost inevitably starts with a simple request, “Can you make me a map?”

    The requester may not even know what they are asking for beyond that they want a map.  A vague request is an opportunity to learn, teach, and explore the full potential of GIS.  The trail from this simple request may lead to a very different destination than the one originally envisioned.

    When you view this as a chance to experiment, mine ideas, and see where the exploration leads …"

    For more information on Bill Johnson, the "Carpe Geo" Evangelist, check out the Keynote webpage on the 2019 Washington GIS Conference website.

  • 2 Jan 2019 8:21 PM | Marketing WAURISA (Administrator)

    The Washington State Chapter of URISA (WAURISA) invites you to the 2019 Washington GIS Conference from May 20 – 23 in Tacoma, WA.


    Pre-Conference Workshops will be May 20 – 21, 2019 at the Hotel Murano. The Conference will be May 22 – 23, 2019 at the Greater Tacoma Convention & Trade Center.

    Are you interested in...

    Seeing what your colleagues are up to?

    Earning points towards your GISP?

    Networking with other GIS professionals?

    Then plan on joining us May 20-23, 2019 in Tacoma, WA!


    As always the conference will offer:

    Excellent training workshops!

    A passionate Keynote speaker!

    Dynamic presentations!

    Fun social events and more!


    Stay tuned for more information about the Conference Keynote, workshops, registration, and so much coming in the next few months! Stay up to date with the latest information from the Conference website, or WAURISA’s social media accounts – LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook, or join our email list.

  • 20 Sep 2018 1:16 PM | Josh Greenberg (Administrator)

    A Two-Day event to be held in downtown Spokane WA

          November 5-6, 2018

    Workshops / Presentations / Dinner (Social)

    All for only $85 ($10 for students)

    More details soon

  • 8 Aug 2018 3:32 PM | Josh Greenberg (Administrator)

    WAURISA’s annual Washington GIS Conference is a well-established annual event attended by an average of 300 professionals and students in the geospatial industry. This event has grown beyond the capacity of just volunteers and so for the second year the WAURISA board is looking to pay a Conference Coordinator to assist.

    The primary role of the conference coordinator is to work with all the conference subcommittee leads and the Board Conference Liaison to facilitate collaborative decisions.

    If you are interested in being considered for the  Conference Coordinator position please send a letter of interest to


    Conference Coordinator contract can be downloaded here:


    We will be accepting letters of interest until August 21, 2018 


  • 8 Jun 2018 3:07 PM | Conference WAURISA (Administrator)

    Conference materials are now available for download for members only.  

    Visit the conference event page for more details!

  • 21 May 2018 1:24 PM | Ann Stark (Administrator)

    MEMBERS - Please cast your vote for Board Members.  You must turn in your vote before Thursday at 10 AM.

    Find candidate biographies and details about voting by visiting www.waurisa.org/board-candidates.

  • 16 May 2018 9:42 AM | Conference WAURISA (Administrator)

    If you are arriving Tuesday night or will be in town already from attending the workshops, be sure to join us at the Welcome Social from 5:15 pm to 7:30 pm, Tuesday, May 22 at the Red Lion Hotel in Olympia.  It's a great networking opportunity!  See you there!   

    For other schedule items be sure to see all the details here: 


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