Thursday, 18 July 2013

GeoCommunity ‘13 – It’s coming!

With just two months to go until GeoCommunity ‘13 (henceforth known as GeoCom) I have decided it is time for an update! With early bird bookings set to close at the end of July (less than two weeks away) preparations are well underway for the Nottingham Conference.

Why Geocom ‘13?:
For those of you who don’t know, GeoCom is THE conference for the geographic information community in the UK. Taking place in Nottingham between 16th and 18th of September GeoCom brings together speakers and delegates from all corners of the disparate geo information community from digital cartographers to local authority GIS analysts.

If you haven’t booked already I have compiled some of the compelling reasons why if you are a member of the GI community you should:

·        The largest and most comprehensive independent event in the UK GI calendar – providing unparalleled opportunities for learning, sharing best practice and networking
·        Long standing high levels of delegate satisfaction – 95% of polled delegates at Geocommunity ’12 thought the event was good value for money and 94% felt it me their expectations
·        The broad scope of the GeoCommunity conference brings together many different elements of the GI industry from BIM to remote sensing allowing delegates to see what developments are being made in sectors outside their own and inspire innovation across sectors
·        Unique to GeoCommunity ’13 is that we are running alongside and at the same location as FOSS4G ’13 giving you access to a wider set of international delegates than would be normal for a UK focused conference.
·        An opportunity to be a part of the wider AGI community

Preparations and Progress:
So far the build up for GeoCom ’13 is going well with over 40 speakers confirmed covering a wide range of topics from Open GIS to BIM. Alongside our speakers and in demonstration of the confidence the UK GIS industry we are also proud to announce we already have 10 sponsor partners signed up. This includes our Platinum members Ordnance Survey and Esri, for a full list of our sponsors see here. We are also happy to announce that this year our supported charity will be Map Action.

Away from speakers, sponsors and delegates the AGI team are also gearing up for GeoCom, this year is going to be a particular marathon as we are also working in partnership with FOSS4G. As a result we will be getting very well acquainted with the East Midlands Conference Centre as the prestigious global open source conference is running back to back with Geo Com ’13.

We hope you can join us for Geo Com ’13 and more updates to come on the preparations, hopefully with some awkward photos of the AGI team busy at work (if I can find my camera).



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