2019 Annual Conference

WLIA is excited to welcome you to the 32nd Annual Conference held at Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley in Appleton, Wisconsin, February 20-22, 2019.

This year promises to continue to showcase the latest achievements by hard-working individuals such as yourself. The geospatial industry is continuously growing and changing. New technology is being invented while older technology is being re-invented, and it is the goal of this conference to gather like-minded people to learn and adapt to the changing geospatial environment. It is people like you, who attend these conferences and adapt to the continuously changing field, that are responsible for Wisconsin’s success in the field of geospatial technologies. This year’s conference will include educational and technical workshops, the ESRI Hands on Learning Lab, a Silent Auction, the Annual Map Contest, special interest group meetings, a town hall forum, as well as plenty of opportunities to make new connections and network with peers and exhibitors.

We are thrilled to welcome these keynote speakers:

Kenneth Field
Cartography. We’ve been through a lot. I’ve written you a book. Maybe others will read it and get excited about you in the same way I have. I’ve also created an online course for others to learn a bit more about you too. In this talk I’ll share my passion for cartography and lift the covers (map sheets) to reveal my relationship with cartography to date, and how my current focus is about giving back to the discipline to help others on their own cartographic journey. There’s pain and humor along the way. It’s often been a fraught relationship. It’s a scrapbook of my life in cartography from student, through academia to the corporate world. I’ll explore the backstories, the hidden work, challenges and often brutal reality of negotiating a path to get things done. I’ll also reveal the next chapter.

Jon Bowen
The simple idea of hit a button get a ride has revolutionized how we get around cities, travel, and urban mobility as a whole. While the concept itself is quite simple – the technology that powers these platforms is an extremely complex ballet of one of the largest geographic information systems in the world. As a major player in ridesharing, food delivery, freight, and more – Uber has not only redefined how people perceive spatial information but has the opportunity to take the mobile mapping landscape to a whole new level. I will walk you through how maps help power Uber’s two sided marketplace while also exploring why there is more opportunity now than ever before for cartography, maps, and creative spatial problem solving to power the future of the on-demand marketplace.

Tanya Buckingham
I am an accidental cartographer. That statement may seem a little odd since I have always been a cartographer, and I can’t imagine not being one. In almost every challenge I find a reason to include a map as at least one of the tools. This largely is because two themes emerge from the work that we do: empathy and change. Inherent to the things we make, we challenge people to stand in another place or time. And, we often show what was or what will be, or we ask the reader to imagine a history or a result of what is. At this midpoint in life and career, I have begun reflecting on the things I’ve built—both cartography products and many fulfilling products that came along with mapmaking, including: coaching students, leadership, archaeology expedition, and running for office. We will walk through some of those projects and I hope that our most productive conversations will follow this talk, when we can consider what we might build together.

We hope to see you at the 32nd Annual Conference!

Student Rates:
Full Conference – $50
Thursday Only – $45
Friday Only – $40
Workshops – $150 Full Day or $75 Half Day

Member Rates:
Full Conference – $250
Thursday Only – $225
Friday Only – $175
Workshops – $150 Full Day or $75 Half Day

Non-Member Rates:
Full Conference – $400
Thursday Only – $345
Friday Only – $250
Workshops – $180 Full Day or $90 Half Day