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  • 12 Mar 2020 12:59 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    WAURISA is taking all developments concerning the coronavirus (COVID19) very seriously and will continue to closely monitor the situation. As of March 11th, Governor Jay Inslee instituted a ban on large gatherings and events of 250 people or more in King, Pierce, and Snohomish Counties for the remainder of March. Unless the ban is extended on large events into April and May, WAURISA has no plans to postpone or cancel the Washington GIS Conference scheduled May 18-21st at the Hotel Murano. 

    If the event is cancelled or postponed due to an extended ban our policy will be to issue full refunds to all participants. Health and safety are of the utmost importance to us so we will continue to keep you updated as we gain more information regarding measures taken to keep our members safe. We will update this message with any new developments or information.

  • 11 Jul 2019 10:07 AM | Conference WAURISA (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 our capacity to manage solely with volunteers, so, for the third year the WAURISA board is looking to pay a Conference Coordinator to assist in the planning and organizing of the event.

    The primary role of the conference coordinator is to work with all the conference subcommittee leads and the WAURISA Board Conference Liaison to facilitate collaborative decisions and logistics for the 2020 WA GIS Conference.

    Conference Coordinator contract and scope of work can be viewed here:


    We will be accepting letters of interest until July 25, 2019  

    If you are interested in being considered for the Conference Coordinator position please send a letter of interest and CV to:  president@waurisa.org

  • 20 May 2019 5:43 AM | Josh Greenberg (Administrator)

    Pre-Conference Workshops begin at the Hotel Murano

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  • 15 May 2019 12:56 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)
    2019 Washington GIS Conference Information

    Entries into the Maps, Posters, Scripts and Web Applications Contest are still being accepted for the 2019 Washington GIS Conference!

    Entries for the Poster, Map, Web Applications, or Script Contest are due May 17!

    This year’s Contest provides anopportunity for all to share and exhibit their projects along with their creative talents This is your opportunity to inspire your peers and potentially earn some cash in the process!

    Visit the Contest webpage to learn more about the Poster, Map, Web Applications, or Script Contest and to submit your entry.

    Submission deadline: Friday, May 17, 2019

    Questions? Email  mapcontest@waurisa.org

    More Conference Announcements:

    Job Posting & Resume Table

    Is your organization hiring for GIS positions?

    Are you looking to take the next step in your career?

    If so, be sure to stop by the Job Posting & Resume area at booths #1 & #2 near the Ballrooms on Wednesday, May 22nd.  Peruse job postings and resumes already at the table or leave your own for others to consider.

    Are you looking for help with your resume? There will be GIS professionals with hiring experience available to review resumes at designated times. Please stop by to schedule a time to meet with a reviewer. Hope to see you there!

    We still need moderators and other volunteers!

    We are still looking for moderators to moderate presentation sessions and other needs. Interested in volunteering in another way? All volunteers need to complete our online form and email our volunteer leads at volunteer@waurisa.org.

    Come visit our Exhibitors at the 2019 Washington GIS Conference at their booths.

    Our exhibitors may have the solution you need to solve a perplexing issue.

    Be sure to thank them for their support of WAURISA and the Conference.

    ·         Aakavs Consulting – Booth #22

    ·         Ascent GIS - Booth #18

    ·         CityWorks– Booth #5

    ·         DATAMARK– MBI – Booth #13

    ·         David Evans and Associates – Booth #6

    ·         EagleView Technologies/ Pictometry – Booth #8

    ·         Esri – Booths #3 & #4

    ·         FLO Analytics – Booth #7

    ·         Frontier Precision, Inc.– Booth #15

    ·         GeoCortex– Booth #12

    ·         GeoTerra, Inc. – Booth #11

    ·         King County GIS Center– Booths #9 & #10

    ·         King's Books – Booth #23

    ·         Sanborn Map Company – Booth #14

    ·         University of Washington, Tacoma – Booths #16 & #17

    ·         VESTRA Resources Inc. – Booth #24

    Other sponsors include:

    ·         Extensis

    ·         Access Geographic, LLC

    ·         HxGN Content Program

    ·         Innovate! Inc.

    ·         Timmons Group

  • 8 May 2019 10:20 AM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    Last week to register for the 2019 Washington GIS Pre-Conference Workshops!

    Choose from an amazing selection of high quality training opportunities with 13 different workshops to choose from brought to you by experts from around the country.

    Workshop Registration ends May 9th, 2019 so don’t miss out!

    Workshop Costs:  $200 Full Day, $100 Half day workshop

    Sorry, Lunch is NOT included.

    There’s still time to register as an exhibitor

    We ONLY have 2 open booths left! For more information, on booth sizes and exhibitor benefits, please look at the Exhibitor flyer (PDF) or contact Mike McGuire (mikem@ascentgis.com).

    Upcoming deadlines:

    Workshop registration deadline – May 9

    Poster / Map Contest deadline – May 17

    Pre-Conference Workshops – May 20 – 21

    2019 Washington GIS Conference – May 22 – 23

  • 2 May 2019 10:04 AM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    Let’s be social!

    There are always great opportunities to network and have fun at the Washington GIS Conference. This year is no exception.

    “Speak Easy” to join us at the Welcome Social!

    Tuesday, May 21 from 5:15 – 7:30 PM

    Gallery at Hotel Murano

    This year’s Conference Welcome Social will be held Tuesday evening, May 21 at 5:15 PM at the Hotel Murano.  Find your way to the Gallery and answer a fun question to enter the WAURISA Speak Easy!  Also, play our Speak Easy Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win a prize.  Light appetizers will be provided and there will be a cash bar.

    Washington Women in GIS & Technology (WWGT) User Group Meeting

    Wednesday, May 22 from 12:00 -1:00 PM

    GTCC Rm 316

    Join the Washington Women in GIS & Technology (WWGT) User Group Meeting for lunch on Wednesday, May 22 from 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.  Grab your lunch and come to the conference room (GTCC Rm 316) to socialize, share experiences, ask questions and briefly learn what the WWGT has planned for the rest of the year.

    Exhibitor’s Social

    Wednesday, May 22 from 4:30 – 6:00 PM

    GTCC Lobby

    Come hang out with this year’s fantastic Conference exhibitors at the Exhibitor Social! Enjoy complimentary appetizers and one complimentary drink. Get your "Exhibitor Passport" stamped for a chance to win prizes while you learn all about how our exhibitors can support your work through their services and products. Take the opportunity to visit with your colleagues, and then check out the posters, web maps, and apps contest to vote for your favorite!

    Evening Social

    Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM

    7 Seas Brewery, 2101 Jefferson Avenue

    After learning what the exhibitors have to offer at the Exhibitor’s Social on Wednesday, May 22, head on down to the 7 Seas Brewery at 2101 Jefferson Avenue, just a few blocks south of the Convention Center after 6:30 PM for more fun at the Evening Social.  We will be playing WAURISA Pub Trivia in the reserved side room, so start putting together your teams of 2 - 4 players!  If you don’t have a team, come on down and we will match you up!  In addition to the provided appetizers, there will be other food and beverages available for purchase.

    Check out Sched, the digital schedule!

    Take some time before the Washington GIS Conference to look over the schedule on Sched & don't forget to register so you can join us in Tacoma, May 20 - 23.


    Upcoming deadlines:

    Workshop registration deadline – May 9

    Poster / Map Contest deadline – May 17

    Pre-Conference Workshops – May 20 – 21

    2019 Washington GIS Conference – May 22 – 23

  • 15 Apr 2019 3:18 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    The Conference schedule is available on our website

    Standard registration ends April 17th. Save yourself money and register before rates increase!


    Do you need help explaining why its important to attend the conference?

    Download our sample letter of justification to persuade your boss about the return on investment!


    Upcoming Deadlines

    Standard Registration deadline – April 17

    Workshop registration deadline – May 9

    Poster / Map Contest deadline – May 17

    Pre-Conference Workshops – May 20 – 21

    2019 Washington GIS Conference – May 22 – 23

  • 4 Apr 2019 12:11 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    Changes to Pre-Conference Workshops

    There have been a number of changes to the Pre-Conference Workshops.

    Added to the list of workshops is a new offering from Geocortex –

    Working Smarter with Geocortex and Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS presented by Ryan Cooney. This is a half day workshop presented in the morning of Monday, May 21.

    Unfortunately, the following workshops were cancelled:

    Improved 9-1-1 Indoor Location Accuracy for mobile devices

          - This was moved to a regular session during the conference.

    Customize ArcMap Tools with Python Add-ins

    Click here for a full list of workshops (PDF). Last day to register for workshops is Thursday, May 9.

    Call for Nominations to The Summit Award

    Picture credit:  Hotel Murano

    Nominations are now being accepted for Washington URISA’s Summit Award, aka GIS Person of the Year. The Summit Award recognizes the "highest contribution to the Washington GIS Community". It is presented during the annual Washington GIS Conference for highest contributions by an individual to the Washington State GIS Community.

    Everyone that has earned The Summit Award exuded professionalism, grace, and a get-it-done-with-a-smile attitude.  This is your chance to nominate a person that exemplifies these qualities.

    Criteria for The Summit Award:

    • ¨      The nominee has changed the GIS profession in some "significant way."
    • ¨      The person shall have practiced the profession for at least 10 years within Washington State.
    • ¨      The nominee shall have made a significant contribution to the GIS profession and community in Washington State.
    • ¨      The person should be known for their excellent work and successful projects in the GIS field.
    • ¨      The nominee should have volunteered significant time for the GIS profession and community in Washington State.
    • ¨      The nominee should not be a current WAURISA board member.

    For inspiration, you can see a list of past Summit Award winners

    To submit a nomination, please email your submittal to nominations@waurisa.org. Nominations are due Wednesday, April 10.

    Upcoming deadlines:

    The Summit Award Nominations deadline - April 10

    Standard Registration deadline – April 17

    Workshop registration deadline – May 9

    Poster / Map Contest deadline – May 17

    Pre-Conference Workshops May 20 – 21

    2019 Washington GIS Conference May 22 – 23

    Coming up next week - Schedule Overview and more!

  • 26 Mar 2019 12:23 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    Last chance! Call for Presentations due March 27th

    The deadline is just around the corner for abstract submissions for the 2019 Washington GIS Conference. 

    Submit your abstract for a 30, 60, or 90-minute presentation, panel discussion, or lightning talk by March 27th.   Check out the webpage for more information on presenter benefits, as well as, the submission details and requirements.

    Questions? Please send all questions to presentations@waurisa.org.

    Call for Volunteers

    The conference is a labor of love! 

    We have all kinds of opportunities for volunteering behind the scenes on a Conference Sub-Committee or during the Conference at the Registration Desk or as a moderator in one of our outstanding sessions.

    Join us for the 2019 Washington GIS Conference! We would love your help and your dedication to the profession. 

    Did you know participating on a conference committee could earn you GISP points?!

    Contact our Volunteer Lead at volunteer@waurisa.org to discuss ways in which you can participate or fill out the Volunteer Form on the Conference website.

    Upcoming deadlines:

    Standard Registration deadline – April 17

    Hotel Murano group rate registration deadline – April 28

    Workshop registration deadline – May 9

    Exhibitor sign-up deadline – May 15

    Poster / Map Contest deadline – May 17

    Pre-Conference Workshops May 20 – 21

    2019 Washington GIS Conference May 22 – 23

    More about the 2019 Washington GIS Conference

    Stay tuned for upcoming announcements!

  • 26 Mar 2019 12:20 PM | Marketing WAGISA (Administrator)

    You can download/view the latest version of the Summit


    Articles in this issue include:

    • WAURISA President’s Message
    • Behind the Scenes in Sinking Cities: New York
    • Will We Make It Out Alive Podcast
    • WA Women in GIS & Technology
    • WA State Supports K-12 AGOL Contest
    • WA State Imagery Consortium
    • Volunteering At the WA GIS Conference

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