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GeoAlberta 2014: A Time to Learn, Share & Network


An estimated 350 participants are expected to attend the upcoming GeoAlberta Conference, taking place from October 27-29 at the Coast Plaza Hotel and Conference Centre in Calgary, Alberta. This event will provide a forum for the Western Canada geospatial industry to learn from one another, discuss, and network. In fact, that’s the theme of this year’s conference: “Learn, Share & Network.”

Here are just a few reasons to attend GeoAlberta 2014:

  • Learn about Geospatial Information Technology
  • See the latest location-based gadgets
  • Meet prospective clients
  • Network with industry professionals
  • Share your GIS experience and skills
  • Learn how others are solving problems

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This year, organizers are introducing new Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to the program to give participants the opportunity to discuss topics of formal interest in this often diverse geospatial industry. Currently, some of the topics include: GeoCaching, Electrical Utilities, Geomatics in Education, and Municipal GIS. In addition to SIGs, the conference will also feature workshops to provide educational opportunities for the more technical-oriented attendees. Take a look at the GeoAlberta conference schedule to start planning which workshops you’ll attend!

The conference also boasts a fantastic lineup of speakers. Here are three that you won’t want to miss:

  • Adam Evens from Google, discussing trends in GIS
  • Choose Lethbridge, giving an address during the second day of the conference
  • Hugh Culver, author of the Amazon best-selling book Give Me A Break, closing the conference talking about how our habits drive our behaviour

Also, rumour has it that GoGeomatics’ own Jonathan Murphy will be giving a talk about human resource changes to the Alberta geomatics sector. You heard it here first!

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“The conference provides an excellent and affordable training opportunity to the geospatial industry,” says Jennifer Dick, Communications Chair of GeoAlberta, “from government to environmental management, to oil and gas, to location-based services and web-based application development. The range of sessions uniquely cover those topics and much more!”

Early bird pricing ends September 5, and full-time students can get special pricing ($200 for the full conference) by emailing a scanned copy of their ID card to registration@geoalberta.com.

The GeoAlberta 2014 Conference is being organized by volunteers from various geospatial organizations. GeoAlberta is a combined effort of three professional associations: Alberta Geomatics Group, GeoEdmonton, and URISA Alberta.

After the conference on Wednesday, October 29, head over to the Libertine Public House for the GoGeomatics Calgary October Social! It’s a great way to kick back and discuss everything you learned at the conference with some great geomatics folks.


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