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Annual Conference

29th Annual Conference

February 10-12, 2016

Osthoff Resort – Elkhart Lake, WI

Our theme this year is The Illusion of Simplicity. We come together each year to share lessons we’ve learned, describe hurdles we’ve jumped, identify new technologies we’ve implemented, and promote innovative ideas that advance all aspects of our field. We acknowledge that, often, what we do is not simple, but we can look to the WLIA community to help foster an environment that helps us design, develop, and create with the ultimate goal of achieving simplicity for our users.

We welcome our speakers, which include Dr. Ian Muehlenhaus, Director of the Masters in GIS and Online Map Programming at UW-Madison, who will speak and engage you on the most interesting topic of “Why Do Maps Matter?”

Rep. Adam Neylon will discuss his efforts in supporting the development of the unmanned aerial systems technology in Wisconsin.

Aurelia Moser, developer at CartoDB and a graduate of UW-Madison will grab your attention speaking on the subject of “Storytelling from Space: Satellites, Citizen Science, and Stylish Slippy Maps.”

Alan Rudnick, Village of Elkhart Lake President, will welcome us to the area and Sen. Tammy Baldwin will address the Association via a taped video message. We will also hear from Wisconsin Geographic Information Officer Jim Giglierano.

This conference will provide you with compelling speakers, educational sessions, and technical workshops to help develop a vision specific to your organization. The program also includes the annual map contest, the exhibit hall, GeoLounge, Esri “Hands on Learning Lab,” and the WLIA Town Hall Forum.

New this year is the “Opening Event” on Wednesday evening. There will be a dinner and music by Dead Horses. Featured speaker for the evening will be DOA Secretary Scott Neitzel.

Please view the Annual Conference mobile schedule to read about sessions, speakers, and more!